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KITCHEN NOTES
THE CHRISTMAS DRINKS AND WINE GUIDE

Whether you’re stocking up on tipples for a party or wine to serve with dinner on Christmas Day, we’ve got you covered. Food copywriter Rebecca Hastings shares her picks

Pink perfection

What better way to kick off a celebration than with a glass of fizz? It’s all about our Conte Priuli prosecco rosé this year – made with glera and pinot noir grapes from the north east of Italy, it’s vivacious and aromatic, making it the perfect companion for canapés. For added magic, try our limited-edition Christmas Conte Priuli Oro Rosa prosecco rosé in a wow-worthy metallic pink bottle – or, for something more classic, our Conte Priuli Oro prosecco in a gorgeous gold bottle.

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Mix up a Marksologist

Introducing the tipples at the top of my Christmas list: our Marksologist ready-made cocktails. These premium cocktails are expertly crafted with only the finest ingredients – one sip and you’ll feel as though you’re sitting at a fancy bar! We’ve done the hard work for you – all you need to do is shake or stir your cocktail with ice, then pour out a perfectly mixed drink.

There are six varieties to choose from: golden negroni, espresso martini cocktail, verdita margarita, cacao and aged rum old fashioned or passion star martini cocktail. Why not set up a home bar at your next festive get-together and let your guests choose from the Marksologist menu? You can find all six bottles in store, or order them all together in our mixed case online.

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Cream of the crop

For an indulgent treat this Christmas, you can’t go wrong with our selection of cream liqueurs. Available in three moreish flavours – salted caramel brownie, vegan chocolate and coconut and the Good Housekeeping Institute taste-approved golden blond chocolate – they’re the perfect after-dinner drink for Christmas Day.

Simply serve the cream liqueurs over ice – or, for an extra-decadent festive pick-me-up, add them to a coffee or hot chocolate and top with whipped cream. You can find each of the flavours in store, or buy a mixed case of all three online and get it delivered directly to your door.

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Add some sparkle

Our bestselling light-up snow globe gin liqueurs are back! There are two festive flavours to choose from this year: the iconic clementine flavour with 23-carat edible gold leaf, or our new spiced sugar plum flavour that tastes like a warm mince pie. Look out for the nutcracker-inspired light-up bottles in store, or order a mixed case online.

Both gin liqueurs taste amazing poured over ice or mixed with tonic, but I’ll be serving mine topped up with prosecco for an easy festive cocktail, full of fizz and flavour. Want to try it out yourself? Order our mixed gin liqueur and prosecco case online, which includes a bottle of each liqueur flavour, as well as two bottles each of our Christmas limited-edition Conte Priuli Oro prosecco and Oro Rosa prosecco rosé.

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Ravishing reds

There’s nothing like a glass of red wine with Christmas dinner. To make sure there’s something for everyone at the table, order our Classics red mixed case online – it features six different bottles, from a silky, elegant pinot noir to an intense, full-bodied claret.

I’ll be drinking the Spanish rioja reserva with my festive feast this year – it’s made from old vine tempranillo grapes aged for 24 months to give it warming vanilla and spice flavours. Another bottle that’s perfect for Christmas is the Corbières. Made with classic grapes from France’s Languedoc-Roussillon region – grenache, syrah and carignan – it’s got some lovely forest fruit flavours and a hint of spice. Explore our full range of red wines in store, or shop online to get a case delivered directly to your doorstep.

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Words: Rebecca Hastings