I’m not really much of a drinker, though I do like the occasional Archers – it’s spirits all the way for me, but very rarely. Christmas though, well that’s different, I do like to make the most of time off work and meet up with friends and family for a few drinks and nibbles. If this sounds up your street, I have a few Christmassy drink suggestions for you today…
Shawsgate Vineyard Vintage Sparkling Rose – Exclusive to East of England Co-op, and made from the Acolon grape, Shawsgate’s Sparkling Rosé is a ‘Brut’, which is described a ‘off dry’ with a broad appeal. This is a lovely refreshing rose that would be perfect for seeing in the new year! Shawsgate Vineyard and Winery is actually very local to me, and it’s one of East Anglia’s oldest commercial vineyards, it’s also worth noting their previous sparkling wine won East Anglia’s Top Sparkling Wine of the Year Award. Shawsgate Vineyard Vintage Sprakling Rose is available from selected Co-op Stores now.
Rekorderlig Premium Winter Cider – I LOVE Rekorderlig ciders, and as soon as I heard about their Winter Cider I knew I had to try it. Rekorderlig has taken the unique spiced apple flavour and packed it with the classic flavours of the season – vanilla and cinnamon. I love that you can drink this hot or cold – over ice for a refreshing evening drink or hot with a slice of orange as the perfect winter warmer. I personally recommend HOT! This is available to buy for only a limited time over the winter months, so stock up now while you can!
Aspall Mulled Suffolk Cyder – Another cider that can be drank warm or cold, the Aspall Mulled Suffolk Cyder is a wonderful new take on the festive favourite. It has an aroma of sweet spices with cinnamon, clove and ginger notes and a long spicy aftertaste. Delicious served warm with a slice of orange. Chilled it makes a lovely aperitif or partner for rich cheesecake or steamed pudding with custard. This is also available at Co-op stores nationwide.
Warner Edwards Harrington Sloe Gin – Another favourite tipple of mine, my husband has been making his own Sloe Gin for many years, and it’s become a firm favourite in our household. I’ve never tried an ‘off the shelf’ Sloe Gin though so I was keen to try the rather fancy sounding Warner Edwards Harrington Sloe Gin out. So it turns out this gin is actually made in a barn in Harrington, Northamptonshire, and infused with handpicked local sloes, which I love! It tastes amazing, and I definitely recommend trying this if you’re a sloe gin fan. Warner Edwards Harrington Sloe Gin is £30 for 70cl, and for more information visit: Warner Edwards.
Chambord Black Raspberry Liqueur – This is a realy Christmas treat, and a bargain too. Chambord Black Raspberry Liqueur is a luxurious French black raspberry liqueur, with intense raspberry and vanilla notes, that’s perfect to enjoy with Champagne or in cocktails. (Of just with lemonade if you’re like me!)
Made from an infusion of the world’s finest black and red raspberries with Madagascan vanilla and XO Cognac, this is definitely worth picking up over the Christmas period for only £7.50 a bottle! It also comes packaged in a beautiful gold box so it’s perfect for gifting. Chambord Black Raspberry Liqueur is available from all major supermarkets throughout the UK.
So what do you think, do any of these awesome Christmassy beverages take your fancy?
I hope you enjoyed my post! xxx
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