4 of the Best: My Favourite Christmas Drinks

As the weather gets colder and Christmas approaches I love having cosy nights in with a good book or a Christmas film, sitting under a soft cosy blanket and having a festive drink. Below are four of my favourite drinks for Christmas 2013.

Sweet White Honeyed Wine

Morrisons sweet white honeyed wine

I like this wine because I prefer whites (red gives me a headache) and it’s a smooth, sweet wine with fruit flavours including baked apple and mincemeat. I’d drink this in the evening at dinner with chicken or vegetarian dishes or cosied up on the sofa with a mince pie.

Available from Morrisons stores and Morrisons Cellar, prices start at £4.49 a bottle.

Spiced Berry Cordial

Bottlegreen Spiced Berry Cordial Christmas

This is such a lovely wintery soft drink to have. It’s like mulled wine – full of berry and spices and tastes really good hot and cold. I love this an alternative to alcoholic drinks at Christmas diluted over ice and with a twist of orange – and it smells really festive too!

For more details visit BottleGreen (around £3 a bottle).

Chocolate Liqueur

Baileys Chocolat Luxe Christmas

As if Bailey’s wasn’t good enough at Christmas time, they have stepped it up this year by releasing a chocolate version made with real belgian chocolate – Baileys Chocolat Luxe. It’s a thick, chocolately drink (like an alcoholic milkshake!) best served over ice and is really a hit with everyone, chocoholic’s especially take note.

For more details visit Baileys.com (RRP £16.99 for 50cl).

Hot Chocolate

Whittards christmas hot chocolate white chocolate praline

Last but not least has to be hot chocolate! It’s definitely a staple on cold days and this one, Whittard’s White Chocolate and Praline (Hazelnut), is my favourite and I buy it every year. It’s very sweet and obviously not for you if you don’t like white chocolate but the praline flavour comes through making it less sweet and super Christmassy! I also love the banoffee and orange versions :)

Available from Whittards for around £5-£6
So there you have it, my favourite festive drinks. What are your favourite drinks to have at Christmas time or during the winter?

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Countdown to Christmas: Reindeer Biscuits Recipe

It’s hard to believe but there’s only one week left to Christmas! If you’re short on time and still need some last minute presents, these cute little biscuits are super easy and quick to make. They would also make a great present tied up with some Christmassy ribbon or in a special gift box.

Christmas reindeer biscuit recipe

*Recipe credited to 2009 Masterchef winner Mat Follas and the happy egg co*

Makes: approx. 20 biscuits

For the biscuits
100g butter
175g caster sugar
2 happy eggs
2 happy egg yolks
50g ground almonds
240g plain flour

For the icing
120g butter
250g icing sugar
1-2 tbsp milk
Food colouring to suit

In a bowl, mix the butter and sugar together with an electric blender, until they form a creamy paste. Add the happy eggs and happy egg yolks and mix, then fold in the almonds and flour with a wooden spoon or spatula until fully combined.

Press the mixture into a greased tray to a thickness of about ¼” (6mm). Place in a preheated oven at 180°C/350°F/Gas Mark 4 for 10-12 minutes.

The biscuit mixture is ready when it has just started to colour. Carefully turn out onto a sheet of baking parchment on a flat cool surface.

While still warm to touch, use a cookie cutter to press out the shapes but don’t try to lift them out until completely cooled, or they’ll break.

Mix the butter and icing sugar together in a bowl, adding the milk as needed to make a smooth paste.

Top tip: It’s much easier if you warm the butter.

First, ice the biscuits all over with the plain icing, adding some edible glitter for a festive feel. Then add a little red food colouring to the remaining icing, spoon it into a piping bag and draw on his shiny red nose.

Happy Christmas!!

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Everything Stops for Tea!

Regular readers may know I love TEA so much, I rarely have a day without drinking it and when I’m on holiday abroad I really miss it! In case you missed it you can read about my tea collection here.

Recently I was asked to review an item for Specialmoment.co.uk, which specialise in personalised gifts and of course I chose some tea in this cute little silver tin.

special moment personalised gift tea tin

I thought this would make a great stocking filler for Christmas and I love the Union flag design, so I personalised it with a festive message (but I missed out the names on purpose incase they are reading this!) but of course you can add any names or message you wish. For more details view here.

special moment union jack flag tea tin reverse detail

More last minute Christmas presents include these fab personalised Baubles and just in time, these cute stockings ready for the big man himself to visit on Christmas Eve.

Have you done all your Christmas shopping yet? Do you make a list, and check it twice ;)

Happy Christmas!!

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