It’s that time of year once again, with Christmas around the corner, there is much to think about in terms of food and drink. Whether you’re hosting a meal, looking to give a tasty gift or just want to get into the spirit of things and create some Christmas time goodies, we’ve got some great ideas for drinks this season. Pair these with our swing top bottles for a classic homemade look that keeps the tipple fresh.
It wouldn’t be Christmas without mulled wine! This rich and complex festive drink is made by combining citrus peel, whole spices and red wine in a pan and keeping it over low heat for several hours to infuse. Extra sugar can be added either in its raw form or in juices, honey or syrups for those that like a sweeter brew or for those who want to kick it, some brandy can be stirred through. Make a large batch and fill swing-top bottles with this classic Christmas drink and adorn with a label with the use-by date, recipients name or tasting notes!
A snowball is an unforgettable and nostalgic drink, but did you know you can make your own Advocat? Simply start by making a custard by bringing an inch of water to a gentle boil in a saucepan and whisking 10 egg yolks together with a cup and a half of sugar. Whisk in a pinch of salt and a dash of cinnamon until the liquid forms yellow ribbons when the whisk is lifted. Then, pour a cup of brandy in. Place the mixture over the simmering water and continuously stir until it is slightly thickened. Place in a swing-top bottle and allow to cool. As this uses fresh eggs, it is best stored in the fridge and used within a week.