Preparing ourselves for the holidays: the best pre-dinner drinks to enjoy on Christmas Day

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Preparing ourselves for the holidays: the best pre-dinner drinks to enjoy on Christmas Day

As we greet our mornings with cold air and dark scenery it can only mean one thing…winter has arrived and with its gloomy transition into season there is a light at the end of the tunnel, Christmas! As you crank that heater on and start writing those all important lists, now is a good time as any to start preparing for the festivities ahead. A certain way to brighten up those dark evenings is the promise of Christmas day. Family, friends and food are what we love to surround ourselves with when the holidays roll around, however it doesn’t quite feel like Christmas until the drinks are flowing. In this article, we will be giving you our top tips for which drink to serve throughout the entirety of Christmas Day.

Pre-Dinner Drinks to Get The Party Started

The festive season is all about preparation. Whether you are planning a get together this year, spending some close time with just family or even seeing a few friends over Christmas, it’s a great idea to have a couple of outstanding drink recipes up your sleeve! We don’t know about you, but having a non-alcoholic cocktail before dinner really sets us up for what’s about to come. If you are serving up a the perfect Christmas dinner then of course you should have the perfect serve to match.

A simple yet mouth watering, non-alcoholic alternative serve is our Bellini. With the ideal blend of fruity peach juice and fizzing prosecco is the more traditional setting for a Bellini, but this year why not spice things up with our Royal Flush, recommended by our mixologists, in place of the peach for a tantalizing taste experience that will leave you feeling warm and cosy basking in the after dinner drink success.

Christmas Drinks To Wow Your Guests

If you’re looking to be the hostess with the mostess, then may we recommend having impeccable vegan alternatives as well? In addition to having an extensive list of interesting and delicious vegan options for your guests when it comes to food, why not try adding a few cocktails which compliment your menu?

Our REAL Everleaf Sour can easily be made vegan, all you will need is:

  • 10ml Everleaf
  • REAL Dry Dragon
  • 1 lemon
  • 15ml egg white (swap this out with aquafaba for a vegan version)
  • Mint
  • Chunky ice cubes

To make this sublime serve:

  • Chill down your wine glass using large, chunky ice cubes.
  • Chop your lemon in half. Take the juice from half of it, and place the other half aside for later.
  • Into a cocktail shaker, add 15ml of egg white or your vegan alternative.
  • Add the lemon juice (about 10ml).
  • Add 35ml of Everleaf and a splash of REAL Dry Dragon.
  • Do your best mixologist impersonation and get shakin’ that shaker.
  • Strain the mixture into your chilled wine glass.
  • You should have a lovely, frothy, textured base in your glass. Gently top this up with enough REAL Dry Dragon to lift the foam so that it sits slightly above the rim.
  • Add another little twist of lemon on top and garnish with a sprig of mint.

This Christmas drink will not only bring all the non-drinkers back to the party, but also all the vegans so you can celebrate the festive season in style!

Relax With After-Dinner Drinks

After dinner, you should have a belly full of delicious food and feel slightly sluggish. You want something simple and elegant to toast the night away after a long day of eating, celebrating and having fun. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!

By simply pairing our Royal Flush with a festive fun favourite such as a sparkling white wine you can achieve bubbly perfection hinted with comforting spice, fragrant florals and delicate flavours of the First Flush Darjeeling. A true Christmas drink perfect for all your pre-dinner drinking needs, that’ll have you glowing with winter sparkle.