I’ve already covered books for your festive menus, but it wouldn’t be Christmas without festive drinking ideas too. You definitely want to have interesting things to drink. They don’t have to be alcoholic; they just have to be fun in my view, something a bit special.
And is there anything more fun and special than a cocktail? So, lets get your glassware sorted, your shaker ready and be inspired by these five.
Let’s start with some fizzy stuff, which adds to the festivities. From an Autumn Bellini to a Venetian Spritz, there’s something for every kind of taste. I like sparkling cocktails as they tend to be a little simpler, so great for crowds, or just for when you’ve got lots of other stuff on. This is a really pretty book as well; I really love the illustrations.
Not everyone chooses to drink alcohol or finds themselves in a position to. It seriously doesn’t mean they have to resort to just a glass of Coke. I love that this book was published. I think not drinking alcohol is a growing trend, and it’s great to see exciting things like this. Check out the Wood Smoke Warmers for Christmas ideas. I’d also get a bottle of Seedlip Spice 94* in, the best non-alcoholic thing to happen in ages.
Just in case you needed any help, then this little book is supposedly the answer. But the title aside, the recipes in here are great. There’s a good guide on what to get stocked up on, what glasses you might need and a bit about garnishes as well. There are tasting notes on four sloe gins, which sound worthwhile as it’s a winter favourite here. You’ll find sections on drinks for larger parties, and drinks for drivers and other non-drinkers as well. Great little book to have to hand.
This one would go down very well in my household. I have three kids who are pretty obsessed with fancy hot chocolate any time of the year. At Christmas, it reaches a complete fever pitch. Fancy hot chocolate making on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day is one of our new blended family traditions. It’s their idea of great festive drinking. This book has delights such as Oreo Hot Chocolate, Spiced White Chocolate Cocoa and S’mores Hot Chocolate. A Christmas white wine spritzer slips in there too, so that makes all of us happy. I think I might get this as a stocking filler along with this year’s hot chocolate choices.
My work family would probably send me this one. My sassy moments are renowned. And a love of a cocktail. And probably tell terrible confessions of Christmas past. It says it features bizarre gifts. I bet anything the ex-father in law gave me will top it. And I don’t know what’s in a Glitter and Gold cocktail, but I think we all know that one has got my name all over it.
With or without alcohol, I say have fun with your drinks this Christmas, just to add an extra something to this special time of year. Maybe hang onto Dry, to get you ready for Dry January as well. Cheers!
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