The festive season is in full swing and these are the best Christmas drinks you need to see you through
Before we all go cold (or tepid) turkey in the new year, now is the time to indulge in a few festive drinks. Mulled wine and champagne might come to mind when you think of seasonal booze, but this year we wanted to look a little outside the box for a buzz. Whether you feel like going all-out with an outré festive tipple, keeping things classic with a modernised-but-familiar fave or want winning wines to see you through all that eating, here are our recommendations. (Christmas) Cheers!
Black Lines Oatnog
Black Lines have reimagined the classic Christmas treat with a vegan twist. Taking the egg (and dairy) out of eggnog, their signature Oatnog is fast becoming a new festive staple. It’s made with golden rum, oat milk, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla for a spiced, buttery finish and be served cold over ice or warmed. And with every bottle sold, Black Lines will be donating three meals to Londoners through The Felix Project. Spread the Christmas cheer in more ways than one.
These Days Bucks Spritz
If you like to start your Christmas Day (and any day during the holidays) with a Bucks Fizz, then you need a bottle of this Bucks Spritz from spritz specialists These Days. The traditional fizz has been swapped for orange wine – how 2023 – blended with white wine, bitters, freshly squeezed Natoora orange juice and soda, for juicier, modern take on the classic cocktail.
Famille Hugel, Pinot Gris Grand Cru Sporen ‘Grossi Laüe’ 2015
For Libby Brodie, of wine consultancy Bacchus & Brodie, this Pinot Gris from Famille Hugel is a must for the festive season. She says, “As soon as I tasted this I knew it was my Christmas Eve wine. Classic without being boring. Sophisticated without any snobbery. It is fresh and delicately joyful yet beautifully balanced by a complex richness. I am a huge fan of the quality, value and range The Wine Society offers and this is another exceptional example of what they do so well.”
The Society’s Chinon 2022
This Cabernet Franc is a big Christmas fave for wine writer Hannah Crosbie and happily, it’s under a tenner a bottle so you can stock up easily. Hannah says, “It pairs so well with so much festive fare, from pigs in blankets through to turkey sandwiches, and serving it lightly chilled keeps you chipper and refreshing through the digestive marathon that is the festive season.”
Wiston Estate Blanc de Noirs
It’s not Christmas without some fizz but if you don’t want to go down the traditional champagne route, these English sparkling wines – one award-winning Blanc de Noirs Brut and one Blanc de Noirs Extra Brut – from Wiston Estate in West Sussex are a worthy alternative. And they come in a gift box in case you’re feeling generous enough to pass them on rather than pop the bottles yourself.
Shop Cuvée Mulled Wine
If you don’t to be stood over a vat of cheap plonk you’re trying to make drinkable by chucking a load of spices in it, get someone else to do the mulling for you. Shop Cuvée have done all the work, slowly infusing a young Rioja and Sicilian white wine blend with clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, star anise, honey, frankincense, orange and lemon peel – all you have to do is heat it up.
Domaine Bousquet Gran Malbec
There’s no better time for a glass of red than during winter, and we recommend getting your hands on this bold and complex, but smooth, bottle from Domaine Bousquet for your festivities. With notes of blackberry, damson, pepper, chocolate and spice, this one’ll go perfectly with that post-Christmas lunch cheese board.
Bruno Paillard “Dosage Zero” Champagne
If you like your Champagne extra Brut, this cuvée from celebrated maison Bruno Paillard should be top of your list. It’s a multi vintage, ‘Dosage Zero’ Champagne which, as the name suggests, has no added sugar. So, it’s very dry, though still full of fruit, and creamy – we reckon it’d make for an ideal Christmas day aperitif.