Traveling in Europe during winter may be the perfect opportunity to see the big sights and city lights without having to deal with the crowds of tourists that often visit in the warmer months. And it is the perfect time of year to try all the delicious winter fair and wintery drinks that are synonymous with authentic European traditions. So what do you try and where? These are our top 5 must try wintery drinks when traveling through Europe in the colder months.
1.? Gluwein – Germany
A mixture of cloves, oranges, red wine, vanilla and cinnamon, Gluwein is a traditional German drink enjoyed on special occasions like Christmas and during the winter.? Served in hearty ceramic mugs, Gluwein is something of a German staple in the wintertime, and no matter where you go, you will be offered a toasty mug of this delicious spicy wine that will warm the cockles of your heart and then some. Look out for it at the bustling popular markets held over Christmas in places like Nuremberg and Leipzig. There’s nothing like a little winter warmer to boost your retail therapy at a traditional Weihnachtsmarkt.
2.? Hot Chocolate – Lithuania
Now there are hot chocolate connoisseurs who have claimed not only to have tasted but to have made the ultimate cup of hot chocolate, but unless they have been to Lithuania ? they haven’t lived. Karstas sokoladas is completely unforgettable and totally intoxicating.? It is a small espresso mug filled to the top with milk and black chocolate, melted and served to be eaten with a spoon. The best place to acquire the ultimate chocolate hangover is the Lithuanian Opera and Ballet Theatre where at interval you can fight your way to the front of the queue to the bar.
3.? Bicerin ? Italy
Turin, in Italy, is the birthplace of the famous Italian hot drink that is a sublime combination of melt in your mouth hot chocolate, espresso and full cream milk, each poured lovingly one at time. And the best place to enjoy one is in the tucked away, tiny cafe aptly named ”Bicerin”, which is located across from the entrance of the Sacristy dell Consolata. This is an historic cafe that has tables that are terribly tiny and are not easily going to accommodate travelers with their large backpacks and laptops, but if you can get the chance to squeeze in here, you won’t regret it.
4.? Tea ? England
The English are almost as famous for their cricket as they are for their cup of tea, and while on your winter tours in Europe, you will most certainly get the chance to sample the ultimate cup of tea. That most coveted cup of tea is the answer to all of life’s woes ? fatigue, pain, suffering, a reward after a long hard day at work; the perfect and most asked for beverage that can both relax and stimulate anyone. Considered to be a sort of comfort beverage, with a spot of milk and sweetened by sugar, it can be accompanied by anything: a nice piece of hot, buttery toast or a freshly baked scone with strawberry jam and cream.
5.? Irish Coffee ? Dublin
The Irish are well known for their love of great revelry and festivity, and when it comes to serving the ultimate Irish coffee, Dublin is no exception. The ultimate conclusion to any great meal or a delicious beverage to be shared among families and friends, the comforting combination of great coffee, a dash (a couple of dashes if an Irishman is pouring them) of great Irish Whiskey, topped with a generous helping of cream, and you have yourself a little drop of Irish heaven.
Europe is filled with fascinating destinations, seeped in history with loads of little nooks and crannies hidden away just waiting to be explored. The varied cuisines beg to be sampled, and the local drinks invite, comfort and warm the soul.