Food and drinks to Enjoy over Christmas

Christmas is a time to kick back and relax from the daily hustle and bustle of life. With most of us having some time off work, there’s no better time than to sit down and indulge in some delicious food and drink with friends and relatives.

Top Christmas Drinks

For Gin Lovers

Having recently topped a Good Housekeeping taste test, this award-winning gin is steeped in an abundance of botanicals that hail from the Mediterranean and has a truly thirst-quenching taste that sets it apart from traditional London dry gins.

Created with Arbequina Olives, Thyme, Rosemary and Basil, Gin Mare is distilled in a fishing village just outside of Barcelona where the owners capture the very essence of Mediterranean air.

Gin Mare is typically best served with 1724 Tonic Water.

70cl bottle available in Waitrose. RRP £39.50; 50cl bottle available in Tesco. RRP £29.00

Villa Ascenti is a super-premium, home-grown, new Italian gin which has recently launched in the UK. Made with signature ingredients, distillates and botanicals from the hills of Piemonte, Villa Ascenti is made for enjoying special moments around the table with friends, making it the perfect drink to celebrate during the festive season.

Villa Ascenti

Villa Ascenti gin stands out due to its exceptional quality and taste, comprised of six local ingredients sourced from the hills of Piemonte; Mint, Thyme, Moscato grapes, Achillea, Tansy and Sage giving it a herbal flavour profile. Enhanced through copper pot distillation, the smooth fruity flavours round off zesty juniper notes, adding a subtle sweetness to the gin.

Offering a truly unique herbal flavour and steeped in Italian provenance, Villa Ascenti celebrates the excellence of the region in local ingredients and expertise. Gin lovers will love this unique blend of botanicals, perfect to create the ultimate Christmas cocktails.

Villa Ascenti RRP £35 at Ocado

For Whisky Lovers

Talisker 10 Year Old is the ideal gift for the adventurer in your life. Smooth and smoky with a comforting afterglow, the classic stalwart of the Talisker family is the perfect companion after a day experiencing the elements. This drink is best served neat to toast Christmas Day, or in a warming festive cocktail such as the Talisker Toddy or Campfire Chocolate, to be enjoyed with friends and family.

Talisker Whisky

Talisker 10 Year Old is much-loved around the world for its maritime sea-salt flavour. Double distilled to create a rich, deep character embodying characteristics of a coastal whisky, it is one of the most awarded single malt Scotch whiskies in the world. With a famously rich and powerful peat-smoke flavour, this spirit leaves a warm peppery taste at the back of the mouth.

Talisker 10 Year Old – RRP £40 available from The Whisky Exchange

For those who love something a little different in their drinks…

Monin are renowned for their broad range of flavours for drinks. Whether you like your coffee with an extra kick or fancy using the flavours to create your own cocktails, Monin have plenty of flavours to choose from!

Monin’s new Praline syrup has a flavour reminiscent of the classic French confection, traditionally made from almonds and caramelized sugar. This decadent syrup can be added to cocktails, milkshakes, coffees, hot chocolates and even desserts for a simple and indulgent twist.

If you have a moment, why not head to the Monin website, where you can find plenty of recipes and some top tips from bartenders and baristas. From frappes to mojitos, non alcoholic recipes and Pina coladas, there are plenty of fantastic ideas to enjoy.

RRP £3.00 Available from Sainsbury’s stores nationwide.

For those who love bubbles…

With a fresh, crisp taste and sold in a luxury painted gold bottle, Bottegao Gold will add a touch of seasonal sparkle to your Christmas this year. With notes of citrus fruits and floral acacia and wisteria, Bottega Gold has a soft, harmonious taste with lively yet balanced acidity.

Bottega Gold drinks

Sandro Bottego, Owner and Managing Director of Bottega Spa comments: “It wouldn’t be Christmas without a glass of bubbly, so there’s no better time than the festive season to gift someone with a special bottle of Prosecco. Not only does Bottega have an exquisite taste, the premium gold bottle also makes for a decorative addition to festive settings throughout the season.”

Bottega Gold Prosecco is available at Selfridges and Ocado for £24.99.

Bottega Rose Gold is available at Selfridges and Ocado for £25.99. A Selfridges-exclusive Bottega Glamour Gift Pack is also available for £36.99, including two flutes.

Foodie Lovers

Chocolate lovers everywhere will rejoice with the amazing selection of chocolate hampers and gifts from Willies Cacao. Willies Cacao isn’t ordinary chocolate, mainly because it isn’t made from the standard beans. Willie Harcourt-Cooze, the founder, sourced the beans that he uses to make his chocolate from around the world, which has led to some amazing and wonderful flavours. Read more about the history of Willies Cacao on their website.

There is a wide range of gifts to choose from on their website, including a hamper that is vegan friendly, one specially tailored to chefs, and a lo-sugar one which is naturally sweetened with fruits/nuts. See the full hamper range here.

One of our favourites is The Gateway, made up of praline truffles, hot chocolate powder, decadent hazelnut spread, Mini golden Pod with Passion Fruit Caramel Pearls 75g, Milk of the Gods, El Blanco, Luscious Orange, Passionfruit and Matcha bars 5  x 50g and a Tasting Collection of Five Wonders of the World.

You can also buy at shops including Waitrose, Sainsbury’s, Selfridges, Liberty, Ocado, Mole Valley Farmer and more. (See full list here). Make sure you check out their recipes pages – there is a whole host of mouth-watering ideas!

Put a smile on foodie lovers faces by treating them to some award winning condiments from London based company Dr Will’s. These tasty accompaniments are as natural as they come, and don’t contain refined sugar, preservatives or additives. So give your tastebuds a guilt-free treat with the ketchup, BBQ sauce and mayonnaise range.

The ketchup and bbq sauce range are gluten free and dairy free, making them perfect for those with food intolerances, whilst still allowing people to enjoy the flavours. They are also vegan friendly too. Buy a gift set here.

The mayonnaise range includes Classic Mayonnaise, Spicy Mayonnaise and Avocado Oil Mayonnaise. This trio is also gluten free, sugar free and dairy free. You can buy the three together for just £12. There is also a vegan friendly version too!

If you want to be really generous, why not buy the lot for £20, which also includes FREE SHIPPING!

Dr Will’s condiments are sold from their website, Ocado, Amazon, Holland & Barrett, and Selfridges, as well as locally. Please see their website for more information.

For those who love a sweet treat…

Haribo have come up trumps again this year with their Christmas Range.

This cute little Puck the Penguin set contains a bag of Puck Penguins, full of penguin shaped jellies in strawberry and vanilla, blackcurrant and vanilla and peach and vanilla.

Available from Tesco, and Wilkos. Do look out for the rest of the Haribo Christmas range too!

With their unique texture and much-loved taste, Haribo Giant Strawbs have received a makeover and come in the shape of Giant Trees this Christmas! Suitable for vegetarians, these make the perfect festive treat!