Ultimate list of Christmas Drinks

Ultimate list of Christmas Drinks

Christmas is a social time with friends and family and what better way to spend time with loved ones than with a nice drink of something special.

Are you bored of the standard vodka, gin or whiskey? I am a bit so I have been searching for some alternatives this year and have a great list for you. I got to try so many of these, it was a hard chore but one I definitely enjoyed doing.

Gin

Gin Baubles

Now I am a vodka girl at heart and don’t like gin but loved the idea of Gin filled Baubles. When they arrived I planned to just put them on the tree and if anyone came to visit who was a gin drinker then they could drink the contents. But I had a little sip and I actually really liked it. It was filled with Pickering’s Gin made in Scotland and this is now a drink I will be having over the festive period.

These baubles are such a cool idea as well because once you have drunk the gin you still have something to put on the tree at Christmas, maybe I could fill them with Pickering’s ever year…. You can read my full review here.

The Edinburgh distillery made headlines after 30,000 of their gin-filled Christmas baubles sold out in 82 seconds in 2016 so I really wanted to try them and was so glad I got to this year. I will be getting these for gifts for my friends that are gin lovers, then I will be in their good books for 2018!!!

Find out where to buy these gin baubles here

gin bauble

I love these Gin Baubles

Sipsmith Gin Christmas Tree Decorations 
Christmas tree branches have never looked (and tasted) so festive with these gin-tastic ginny decorations. Each set contains 6 x 5cl bottles of this London Dry Gin with Sipsmith ribbon displayed in a stylish presentation box. Available from Drinks 21 

gin tree decorations

Craft Gin Twisting Spirits

Twisting Spirits is a brand new craft gin company – a couple who gave up IT for the more interesting life of distilling gin. And they have a particularly festive flavour, which they think is also a UK ‘first’. Of their three gins, one is Douglas Fir Gin. Quite a simple gin (not masses of botanicals) so that the fir flavour can sing, it’s made with Douglas fir sourced from a nearby estate. The cleverness in their gin crafting is in the twisting: they make their base gin through a traditional hot distillation method while they use high-tech equipment to cold distil the delicate botanicals. That way they preserve natural flavours and don’t add anything fake. They then ‘twist’ the two distillations together to get their gins.

gin

Champagne and Wine

Champagne is for special occasions and what is more special than Christmas or New Years Eve when thousands of corks are popped. We have a tradition to have a bottle of bubbly on Christmas morning whilst we are opening our presents. If champagne is a bit too much on Christmas morning or you need to pace yourself then a Bucks Fizz is a great Christmas morning drink.

Cuvée Trianon and Cuvée Hautes les Prieres Vintage 2010

This year we will be trying the Cuvée Trianon and Cuvée Hautes les Prieres Vintage 2010, both of which recently won Gold Medals in The World’s Finest Glass of Bubbly Awards 2017. One for Christmas morning and one for New Years Eve perfect!!!

Roger Constant Lemaire is a small family run Champagne House located in the Marne Valley. They have been producing quality Champagne for 5 generations. The Estate stretches over 13 hectares in the region of Cumières, Hautvillers, Reuil, Binson-Orquigny, Troissy et Leuvrigny. The grapes are selected and harvested by hand, with only first press used in production. Vinification uses non malo-lactic fermentation methods to ensure a better quality of Champagne with its own natural acidity.

“The Champagne has an inherent sweetness allowing for the addition of only a very low dosage of cane sugar. All of the Non-Vintage Champagnes spend a minimum of 3-4 years in the cellars and Vintage 5-7 years” 

Cuvée Trianon

Jewel of Lemaire consisting of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay. Multi-award winning Champagne with year on year consistency in flavour and finesse. An elegant fine mousse, rich, toasty and full bodied, vibrant acidity, balanced with a beautiful finish.

Serving suggestion: As an Aperitif, accompanied by Oysters or with Salmon tartare with dill, pickled cucumber and crème fraîche.

GOLD Medal IWC 2015 & 2014 rcl champagne a great bottle for new years eve celebrationsIf you would like to buy a bottle of these you can find more details here

Stones Ginger Wine

Stones Ginger wine is a fortified wine and it reminds me of my childhood. Not that I drank it then but we always had a bottle of this in the house at Christmas. It is a warming drink so great for winter night, it is lovely with coke and ice and will warm your tummy as it goes down. I am going to try a few cocktails with this over the Christmas period so look out for my article on Ginger Wine Cocktails coming soon.

ginger wine

Croft Twist

This Christmas, upgrade your glass of fizz with a festive twist. Croft Twist is an aperitif, a refreshment, a Fino spritz. It combines delicious Fino with refreshing flavours of elderflower, lemon and mint. Simply serve with a vanilla pod or cloves and orange peel for a festive-filled glass of British bubbly.

At just 5.5% in alcohol, this sparkling, ready-to-pour and fuss-free beverage is your perfect party-pleaser, stocking filler or drinks-trolley must-have. So go forth and upgrade your Christmas, because this year it’s all about Croft-mas

croft twist at christmas

Liquors

Kings Ginger Liquor

This liquor is sweet and warming perfect for those cold nights. The ginger is not overwhelming which make its a great drink to have neat over ice or I had it with lemonade. I also tried it in a glass of procesco which was different and very tasty.

The bottle comes in a lovely presentation box and it currently has a small flask so it makes a great Christmas gift.

ginger liquor perfect for christmas drinks

Whiskey

PUNI ALBA Whisky

For whisky connoisseurs with a thirst for something a little different, this award-winning Italian whisky is made with malted barley, malted rye and malted wheat in Italy’s first whisky distillery! ALBA (which is Italian for ‘dawn’ and also Scottish Gaelic for ‘Scotland’) is aged for three years in Sicilian. Marsala casks before a finishing period in casks that previously held peated whisky from Islay.

christmas whiskey

 

 

Vodka

The Echo Falls Summer Berries Vodka

Now I have had plenty of Echo Falls wine but did you know they also did Vodka. I didn’t but was very happy to try this Summer Berries flavoured Vodka. Its sweet and perfect with ice and lemonade. I can not wait to have a few more cocktails with this over Christmas. I love flavoured vodkas and this is now on my list of favourites.

Cocktail Idea : 25ml Echo Falls Summer Berries Vodka, 100ml prosecco and a fresh raspberry to add some fizz to the party season. It’s also great as a year round refreshing long drink paired perfectly with lemonade and crushed blackberries.

echo falls vodkaIf you would like more information about this tasty vodka check out this website

Beer

The Christmas Ale and Merry Elf

I can not believe I never used to like Beer / Ale now I can not get enough of the stuff. These two are delicious and the names are just perfect for Christmas although I will be drinking these all year round if I get the chance.

The Christmas Ale (ABV: 7.0%) is a copper coloured, smooth, fruity and full-bodied ale with aromas of toffee and caramel leading to rich and smooth flavours of Christmas fruits and spices. It’s perfect served up with Christmas savouries, sweets and snacks.

For something a little spicier try Merry Elf (ABV 4.5%). This amber-coloured beer is  malty and spicy with a hint of fruit and slight citrus and floral notes

christmas ale

Alcohol Free

St Peters Without and Without Gold

Going alcohol free? Trying to cut down on your units? Or designated driver? Then choose St Peter’s Without® Original or Without® Gold, the two tastiest zero alcohol beers available in the UK.
Without Original still has all the flavour and is malty and full bodied perfect for ale drinkers I bet you cant even tell the difference. It is brewed to the exact same standards as your favourite craft ale, but without the alcohol. For more information visit www.stpetersbrewery.co.uk alcohol free aleJames White Apple Juice

I love, love, love apple juice and these are delicious so refreshing and full of flavour. These are definitely a adult version of apple juice as they might be a bit too tart for the kiddies. Did I mention that I love apple juice and I think these are perfect for breakfast any time of the year but also a great treat for someone at the Christmas party who can not have alcohol. However I even had some with a drop of vodka, yeah not alcohol free but still amazing. Will also make the perfect cocktail accompaniment for some of my favourites cocktails. For more information check out their website.

Apple Martini Cocktail : 
Vodka, Apple Schnapps, Apple Juice

apple juice for christmas

Crafted Fruit Juice

The drinks are created using Crafted® by Cracker Drinks Co, which is a new brand of fruit juice drinks: Made in small batches in the UK, its distinctive flavour profiles are created using unique fruit juice blends to craft a delicious range of drinks available in major supermarkets. 

The drinks are ideal ‘grown-up’ soft drinks for the festive season and Dry January. For cocktail lovers, they’re a great ready-made take on a Mojito (try Apple, Mint & Lime) or Pina Colada (Pineapple, Coconut & Lime). Also available are Still, Cloudy Lemonade and Mango & Passionfruit versions. I really enjoyed the Sill lemonade version and can not wait to try the other flavours over the festive season.crafted juoce for christmas

So what Christmas Drinks will you be having this year, please share if you try something a little different.

Alternative Christmas Drinks is a great list of something different to drink this chrsitas period. Christmas time is a great time of the year to have a social drink and some of these are so delicious you will wish it was christmas all year round

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