JJ’s Christmas Top Tipples

You may not know this, but our event manager JJ has recently completed his wine and spirit exams and, as such, is now regarded as our resident aficionado when it comes to all things alcoholic! Whether you need a rather splendid recipe for a cocktail or a recommendation of which grape goes best with a specific dish, JJ is your man. Today, he’s taking over the blog to offer some expert advice on what Christmas drinks you should be sipping over the holidays.

This year’s Beaujolais Nouveau is full of ripe rich red fruit flavours thanks to the Indian Summer that came at the end of September to aid harvest. This is the perfect wine to accompany Christmas dinner, especially for those who like smooth tannins and light freshness of youth. It doesn’t have to complement a meal though; you can also enjoy it on its own, perhaps whilst reading a favourite book by the fireside during long winter evenings.

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This iconic drink will be enjoyed over a few festive breakfasts, no doubt. I’m sure everyone has their own special way to make the perfect Bloody Mary, however here is my recipe if you would like to try it!

~ Ingredients ~
1.5 oz Chase potato vodka
0.3 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
4 oz Tomato Juice
1 pinch black Flor de Sal crystal sea salt
1 pinch pepper
1 pinch celery salt
½ tsp Tabasco Sauce
½ tsp Worchestershire Sauce

~ Method ~
Shake all ingredients together in Boston cocktail shaker.
Pour over ice cubes in a high ball glass.
Garnish with celery stick and cherry tomato.


Christmas Cracker
How about a mystery Christmas beer?! Our favourite local Langham Brewery comes up with different recipes every year with a seasonal twist for extra yuletide cheer. You could do blind tastings for your guests to provide an entertaining afternoon, but it’s also something different for those who don’t drink wine.

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Mulled drinks
Mulled cider or Gluhwine are very popular winter hot drinks. For non-drinkers, a perfect non alcoholic alternative would be black grape juice or cranberry juice prepared the same way with lemons, oranges and spices like cinnamon and cloves, all warmed gently together.

Christmas Cocktail  

~ Ingredients ~
50ml Grey Goose Vodka (or any vodka)
15ml Grand Marnier (or Cointreau)
5ml vanilla syrup
Cinnamon stick
2 dashes of chocolate bitters or 5ml Crème de Cacao

~ Method ~
Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker.
Shake and strain into a chilled Martini glass.
Garnish with orange peel.
You can also moisten the rim of your glasses with the orange peel and dip it in cocoa powder.

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