Imbuljuta tal-Qastan

Imbuljuta tal-Qastan

Imbuljuta is the traditional Maltese drink served after Midnight Mass on Christmas and New Year’s Eve.  It is the perfect recipe for those special nights where you want something hot, spicy and deliciously seasonal.  This drink has that wonderful Christmassy smell to it, with the cloves, cinnamon and chocolate and orange and tangerine rinds as ingredients.  Generally it is served in mugs or small bowls and always piping hot.


400g dried chestnuts

175g sugar

50g drinking chocolate

50g dark chocolate chopped in large pieces

grated rind of 1 orange

1 tangerine peel finely chopped

mixed spice

ground cloves


  1. Wash chestnuts a couple of times always changing the water after every wash.  Place the chestnuts in a large bowl, cover with water again and allow them to soak overnight.
  2. The next day first take off any remaining peel then put all the chestnuts and the water into a large saucepan.  Add all the other ingredients.
  3. Put on a moderate heat till it starts boiling.
  4. Reduce the heat and simmer for about 50 minutes or until the chestnuts are tender.  If necessary add some boiling water.