For me it isn’t Christmas unless you have your favourite tipple in hand. Trust me I’m an expert because last Christmas heavily pregnant! I spent the entire holiday season with an unquenchable thirst for anything alcoholic and a yearning desire for Stilton. This year I plan to make up for lost time. So which beverage will take the crown and win the award for my best-loved Christmas Tipple?
6. Eggnog – A couple of year’s back I had the privilege of tasting homemade Eggnog for the first time. It changed my life forever! I’m not a fan of ready-made supermarket versions so as expected I was sceptical at first. It turned out to be a deliciously creamy cup of Christmas cheer! If I get the chance, I’m going to whip up a generous serving this year.
5. Buck’s Fizz – Not the 80’s pop group but the classic champagne cocktail, or in my house prosecco. I know I’ve told you many times before about my love for all things bubbly. One thing I haven’t told you is how much I craved orange juice during pregnancy. At one point I was drinking nearly 1.5l of juice a day. And not any old juice, it had to be Tropicana! Since then I’ve been partial to an orange juice and
fizzy water/lemonade/prosecco. Although maternity pay does mean I’ve have to downgrade to Asda’s own orange juice!
4. Martini Asti – Prosecco is my go to alcoholic beverage, but with it been Christmas I like to mix it up. We keep things bubbly but with an added touch of sweetness. FYI it’s currently on offer in ASDA for £6, that’s a saving of nearly £2.50! It’s a Christmas bargain.
3. Baileys – In the past I’ve tried other Irish creams but none have ever lived up to the original. Enjoyed over ice or in hot chocolate, it’s not everyone’s cup of tea but for me it’s up there with the best. So much so that the 1L bottle I purchased in November (with good intentions of saving for Christmas) has, all bar one glass, gone!
2. Snowball – Probably the one drink which I prefer ready-made if not only for the nostalgia. As a teenager at Christmas, these were the only alcoholic drink I was permitted to enjoy. Although as my mum isn’t really a drinker, these along with a bottle of Baileys would be the only intoxicants you’d find in her cupboard.
1. Mulled wine – I remember the exact moment I tasted my very first mulled wine. It was when I was living with my friend Claire. It was Christmas, we were poor and she’d bought the cheapest bottle of red wine from the off licence. Even now I still struggle to enjoy red wine so back then I wouldn’t dream of touching the stuff. Never the less she brewed the mulled wine and convinced me to give it a try. It’s safe to say that since then I’ve enjoyed much finer mulled wines, but that first taste (in our little flat above the sandwich shop) opened my eyes, and taste buds, to new festive possibilities!
Maybe we enjoy our Christmas tipple’s that little bit more because they come with a side of nostalgia. So this year, raise your glass and be merry, it is the season after all!
What Christmas tipple will you be enjoying this year?
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