Best Christmas Food & Drink 2019
by Julia Paddon
If there’s one thing brings Christmas together for families more than a game of Monopoly, it’s food and drink. With that in mind, here’s our favourite treats, tips and tipples for 2019. Let the party begin…
For the Foodie
This hamper is perfect for experimental bakers who are keen to re-discover ancient grains and add delicious flavour to their bakes. It contains eight organic ancient grain flours (Wholemeal Spelt, White Spelt, Wholemeal Rye, White Rye, KAMUT® Khorasan, Einkorn, Emmer, Buckwheat), Quick Yeast, a bread proving banneton and recipe booklet.
£50 from dovesfarm.co.uk
This porcine feast will earn you some serious brownie points this Christmas. You’ll find a Limited Edition Pigs in Blankets Pork Crackling Gift Jar plus 3 x packs of the finest flavoured pork crackling – Perfectly Salted, Low & Slow BBQ, Marvellous Maple – and a Merry Piggin’ Christmas Card for the one you love.
£25 from snafflingpig.co.uk
The Careless Classic Collection is a new contemporary range of handmade, gourmet chocolates in unique flavours. The chocolates make a super stocking filler, Secret Santa surprise, gift idea or indulgent after dinner treat. They come in a stylish midnight blue and gold embossed box containing four luxury chocolate bars, each with their own distinctive filling.
£12.50 per 200g box from thecarelesscollection.co.uk
Stirrd delivers melt-in-the-mouth, good-for-the-soul fudge straight to your door. Always hand-made, in old copper pans because it tastes flippin’ amazing that way. Stirrd is packaged and shipped within days because fresh tastes best. Every box of treats includes a classic mouth-watering fudge, seasonal inspired flavoured fudge and one other tasty treat.
£11 from areyoustirrd.co.uk
The perfect Cornish Sea Salt starter kit! Three fantastic kitchen ingredients in a lovely presentation box – sure to delight anyone who enjoys cooking. This set contains Cornish Sea Salt’s signature crunchy Sea Salt Crystals, Salt & Peppery (Sea Salt with Luxury Pepper), and the delicious Sea Salt Smoked Flakes.
Cornish Sea Salt: Salty Essentials Combi Set
£6.50 from cornishseasalt.co.uk
New Warner’s Raspberry Gin is all natural, with one third of the bottle made from pure raspberry and blackberry juice, and handpicked, farm grown elderflowers, before being beautifully combined with Warner’s London Dry Gin. Proceeds from sales of this fresh and vibrant gin, are donated to the PTES to support Britain’s precious hedgerow species.
£38 from warnersdistillery.com and Tesco, Waitrose and M&S
What is a more perfect gift to a gin lover than the world’s MOST awarded gin? Citadelle ‘Gin de France’ is a true chateau-to-bottle gin made from 19 aromatics and botanicals grown on the estate at Chateau de Bonbonnet, Cognac. A beautifully balanced gin with herbaceous notes of juniper on first sipping, notes of anise are prominent with a final lingering nose of spice.
£29.50, available from masterofmalt.com
With an array of Seville oranges and exotic tangerines, Zymurgorium Manchester Marmalade Gin has the perfect mix of classic bittersweet and delicate fine aromas. This is then traditionally distilled where the vapour is passed over sweet seville peel to finish the flavour.
£30 from zymurgorium.com
Inspired by Flamingos, the exotic and funky strutters of the bird world, independent Manchester distillery, Zymurgorium, has created a tropical pink gin bursting with the Caribbean flavours of mango, pineapple, passion fruit, allspice and ginger.
£19 from Selfridges and House of Malt
Peels is an award-winning gin from Bright Spirits. Using fresh ingredients with no added syrups or additives, the result is a gin bursting with natural flavour. Peels Gin is distilled with fresh Amalfi lemons, key lime, and yuzu, giving it a sharp, refreshing and zesty taste.
£36.95 per 70cl bottle from bright-spirits.com
Celebrate this Christmas with Jaisalmer Indian Craft Gin. Triple-distilled and handcrafted in the foothills of the Himalayas at one of India’s oldest distilleries, Jaisalmer Indian Craft Gin encapsulates the rich heritage of the Indian City of Jaisalmer, with a recipe that combines the ancient knowledge of herbs and spices, vibrant juniper berries and hand-picked botanicals from all four corners of India.
£34.95 for a 70cl bottle from thewhiskyexchange.com and masterofmalt.com
Coffee & Condiments
The multi award winning speciality roastery offers direct delivery of it delicious, freshly roasted coffee. Coffee lovers will relish a monthly delivery of Hundred House’s characterful, single origin beans – with a gift-wrapping option available if it’s a present for a loved one. New subscriptions come with free Brew Guides too.
£21 from hundredhousecoffee.com
Dr Will’s Beetroot Ketchup is an all natural, tangy and earthy beetroot ketchup which contains only naturally occurring sugars and doesn’t compromise on flavour. All the sweetness come from gooey dates and perfectly ripe beetroots. Use as a dip for Halloumi fries, as a marinade for fish or add a dollop to your favourite recipe; our sauces are naturally versatile.
£3.50 from dr-wills.com
Dr Will’s BBQ Sauce is an all natural, smoky and moreish BBQ Sauce, which contains only naturally occurring sugars and doesn’t compromise on flavour. All its smokiness comes from naturally smoked water, with its sweetness from juicy dates. Use as a marinade for chicken, tofu, pork, beef or jackfruit, or dip your sweet potato fries into it; our sauces are naturally versatile.
£3.50 from dr-wills.com
Dr Will’s Classic Mayonnaise is made with free range egg yolks, British rapeseed oil and apple cider vinegar, this classic mayonnaise is bursting with flavour and rounded off with the juice from zesty lemons. Dunk sweet potato fries into it, spread it in your BLT or ladle onto your favourite burger; our sauces are naturally versatile.
£3.50 from dr-wills.com
Dr Will’s Spicy Mayonnaise is made with free range egg yolks, apple cider vinegar and fiery red chillies, this all natural mayonnaise is bursting with flavour. We love this spooned over sushi, spread over corn on the cob before grilling or drizzle over tacos for a spicy kick; our sauces are naturally versatile.
£3.50 from dr-wills.com
Made with family in mind, Rogue Wave is a single malt vodka made from malted barley, malted wheat and ale yeast. Distilled by passing vapour through the world’s first triple-bubble copper pot still; the higher it goes the purer it gets, creating a spirit you’ll never forget – single-minded, crisp and clean with subtle notes of icing sugar and vanilla.
£22, available from BrewDog.com
10 Générations cognac is a connoisseur’s dream, using vines solely from the Agneac terroir in the heart of Grande Champagne. A tribute to ten generations of distillers from the Ferrand family, it celebrates the remarkable achievement of years of patient work on a great terroir. With flavours of baked pear, honey, Muscat grapes, pineapple and cloves, and fruity spice cake, this cognac makes for the perfect tipple.
£37 from laithwaites.co.uk
Made with heart using all natural ingredients, every bottle of Coole Swan contains a delicious combination of single malt Irish whiskey, white Belgian chocolate and its very own, fresh Irish dairy cream, delivering a brilliant white pour and a distinctively smooth, velvety and long-lasting taste experience.
£35 from cooleswan.com
The Professional Granite range from ProCook withstands the most rigorous cooking tasks, providing excellent results time after time. With a tough, lightly textured granite effect surface that looks great in any kitchen, these durable, induction compatible pans feature a premium ceramic-reinforced coating. The saucepans have tough domed, self-basting glass lids and ergonomic Cooltouch® handles.
£99 from procook.co.uk