The great thing about Christmas is that you can get away with eating and drinking more than you normally would and for a couple of weeks, at least! I love having Christmassy food in the house during December so I thought I’d write a post with a few Festive Food and Drink Ideas.
One of my favourite restaurants to eat at is Carluccio’s but I never really knew that they sold sweet treats and gifts as well! Not only would the Stelline Di Cioccolato (£12.95) make a lovely gift but they would be wonderful as a table decoration too. These gianduja-filled gold stars are beautiful and I can’t wait to share ours with family!
Even though I don’t really drink alcohol, my husband and brother in law love a nice ale and Best Of British Beer have a great Christmas themed beer crate this year. The HoHoHo crate costs £42.50 and comes with 9 seasonal British Beers. I love the names of the beers and they really are fun and festive. The crate includes beers such as Sir Noel, Ding Dong, XXXmas, Bad Santa, Cheddlemas, Bobbin Robin, Frosted Hop and Rockin Robin.
As I mentioned earlier, I don’t really drink alcohol and Shloer is a great alternative. Instead of champagne there is white bubbly, which is a popping cork sparkling juice drink and there is also the Red Grape as an alternative to red wine. Shloer has a really wide range of flavours though so there’s bound to be something for everyone.
Christmas is all about luxury and Sous Chef have so many fantastic ideas for foodies. To start with, the Christmas Raspberry Chocolate Liquorice costing £8.95 would make a great little gift but they would be amazing to eat on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day too. These freeze dried raspberries covered in white Belgian chocolate, with a liquorice center sound absolutely delicious and they’re something a little bit different.
Not only is Christmas a time for chocolate but a time for nuts as well. Sous Chef offer a really lovely range of Mazet de Montargis products, all being made in the workshop in France. The Mazet de Montargis Pralines Tin (£19.95) is a classic and would be perfect to nibble on the evening of Christmas Day. As you can see from the picture above, the packaging and tin is stunning and it makes it a little bit a shame to crack in to!
Last up from Sous Chef is the Gin and Tonic Infusion Set which costs £17.50. Inside the beautiful looking set you’ll find: Rose Petals, Timut Pepper, Star Anise, Cardamom and a cocktail spoon with masher. The set can be used to make one off special drinks of the classic G&T or you can even make your own infused bottles of gin with the ingredients. These can be used on their own and also mixed together for some really exciting drinks this Christmas!
If you’re a fan of making cocktails and trying something a bit different over the festive period then Opies is a great brand to keep in mind. This year, they have added some new products as well as keeping the classics such as cocktail cherries! A hamper full of Opies goodies would also make a really lovely gift for any foodies!
Both John and my sister love their tea. We have a pretty big collection but my sister’s is a lot bigger! Christmas just wouldn’t be right without some festive teas and the English Tea Shop have a great Organic Christmas Tea Collection of 72 tea bags for only £8.95. I’m sure this one will last us quite some time!
Lastly, so many families will be eating a lot of meat this Christmas and it is so important to make sure it is cooked properly. A Thermapen is not only essential for Christmas dinner but all year round! The Thermapen gives an accurate temperature reading in seconds. No one wants to get ill over a badly cooked meal do they?
I’d love to know what your favourite festive food and drinks are! Let me know in the comments.
Disclaimer: We were sent items for the purpose of this post. All opinions are our own.