Winter in the Czech Republic is associated with amazing Christmas markets, lights and a wide selection of hot alcoholic beverages. The most famous of them are:
- Beer grog. Czechs boast the best beer in the world and use it in spas, shampoo and bread. Beer grog includes the following ingredients: dark beer, dark cane rum, maple syrup, barley and vanilla sugar.
- Hot Becherovka cocktails. Becherovka is a popular drink that was created in 1907 and was meant to be used as a medicine as well as a social drink. It is said that 20 ml shots, one on the morning and one in the evening, would help your body stay strong, youthful and healthy. The typical hot Becherovka cocktail include 40 ml of Becherovka, 150 ml of hot water, one slice of lemon and a spoon of honey.
- Avalanche (Lavina in Czech). This cocktail requires a large shot of Becherovka mixed with 100 ml of red wine and heated up together with 20 ml of honey and 10 ml of fresh lime juice. Once it is warmed up you can add a cinnamon stick.
- Grog. It can be found in most Czech restaurants and cafes. It is a mixture of rum, hot water, sugar and a slice of lemon.
- Mulled wine. This is the most typical Czech winter drink that can be found anywhere. This recipe involves heating the wine up in a pot, adding fresh orange or lemon juice, sugar, lemon slices and cloves. There are many varieties of this hot beverage.
- Hot Butter Becherovka. The recipe involves mixing an extra-large shot of Becherovka with 100 ml of thick apple juice, 20 ml of fresh lemon juice and 20 ml of honey water. The liquid is poured into a cup and then a slice of unsalted butter, 4 cloves and 1 star of anise (also known as badian) are added.