Have you tried Malta’s festive drink? If you are planning a trip to Malta over the winter period, be sure to get your hands on a local favourite-Imbuljuta!

What is it?

This hot drink is traditionally served after Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve, as well as on New Year’s Eve. With a pungent aroma packed with spices such as cloves and cinnamon it evokes wonderful memories for many.  

Typically, it is served in mugs or small bowls and always piping hot, you’ll also find many local families have their own twist on this classic drink. If you want to impress your friends and family, or take a taste of Malta home with you, take a look at the recipe below from local home cook Marthese Quattromani, as she shares her version of this Maltese classic.

Imbuljuta Ingredients

  • 250g dried peeled chestnuts
  • 750ml water
  • 100g cup sugar
  • 100g cup cocoa powder
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1tsp whole cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 local orange* cut quarters and pits removed
  • 2tbs corn flour blended in a little water
  • Some chocolate chips to serve (optional)


  1. Soak the chestnuts overnight.
  2. Drain the chestnuts and take off any remaining peel and put in a pan.
  3. Add fresh water, wine, sugar, cocoa powder, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and the orange quarters.
  4. Bring to a boil and simmer until the chestnuts are tender, about 1 hour.
  5. At the end of cooking remove oranges and cinnamon sticks
  6. Mix well the corn flour to slightly thicken.
  7. Serve hot in a cup or a bowl with some chocolate chips.

With thanks to Marthese for this wonderful recipe.

If you are wondering what other local culinary treats are awaiting you in Malta, take a look here at our blog post about traditional Maltese Food

With a wealth of traditional dishes waiting to be devoured during your holidays in Malta, keep your eyes peeled (or should we say tastebuds!) for some culinary treats!

Book your flights to Malta now and get ready to sample all the flavours of the Maltese islands!