Christmas Food, Drink and Accessories Ideas 2020
If ever the drinks need to flow and the food needs to be good, it’s this year – although who knows yet if we’ll be having a Zoom kind of Christmas. Whatever, Julia Paddon, has selected her favourite tipples, treats and temptations to make sure we see off this year of all years in style…
Recently awarded gold at the World Rum Awards 2020 and the International Spirits Challenge 2019, Lugger Rum is a small-batched spiced rum hand crafted in Devon. The carefully selected blend of spices work together to create a mature and warming Christmas tipple that isn’t too sweet.
£39.50, lymebaywinery.co.uk, selected Waitrose stores and independent retailers
Opihr European Edition
If there ever was a gin that was made for Christmas, it has to be the OPIHR European Edition! With this unique gin containing Myrrh as one of its key ingredients, you could say it was a gift from the three kings! The OPIHR European Edition sees cascarilla bark blended with fragrant myrrh to create an aromatic and fragrant gin like no other.
BLOOM Raspberry & Rose Gin
For those that love their cocktails, look no further than BLOOM Gin’s new Raspberry & Rose Gin, which takes its inspiration from the Raspberry Mojito cocktail and sees sweet juicy raspberry flavours combined with soft notes of rose. Working equally well paired with lemonade or tonic, as well as in your favourite cocktail, this one is sure to be a hit this Christmas!
BLOOM London Dry Gin Single Gift Box
BLOOM Gin is the epitome of style, sass and substance, with its beautiful, luxurious bottle and distinctively light and floral gin, which combines the natural botanicals of chamomile, honeysuckle and pomelo. Created by the world’s first female gin distiller, Joanne Moore, BLOOM Gin is the perfect gift for the inspirational women in your life this Christmas.
Eaten Alive Sauces
‘Eaten Alive’, the award-winning fermented foods producer created by two former Michelin starred chefs, has launched its first ‘Discovery Pack’ featuring four of its best-selling fermented hot sauces – all bursting with flavour and the beneficial bacteria that helped create them. An explosively delicious gift for fermented food fans and spice lovers, the pack includes the Smoked Sriracha, Chocolate BBQ, Scotch Bonnet and Preserved Lemon sauces.
£14.99, available from amazon and eatenalive.co.uk
Manicardi Deluxe Balsamic Dressings Triple Pack
Sacla’ – famous Pesto Pioneers – have hand-picked the best artisanal products for a taste of Italy this Christmas. The Manicardi Balsamic Vinegar Dressings Triple Pack includes three different densities of their traditional balsamic vinegar which, due to the high content of the sweet ‘must’, has a lower acidity and delivers a smoother flavour.
3 x 300ml £25, exclusively online at www.sacla.co.uk
Tracklements 9-Mini Jar Gift Set
The Tracklements 9-Mini Jar Gift Set includes Sticky Fig Relish, Caramelised Onion Marmalade and Apricot & Ginger Chutney ideal with cheese and cold cuts, Strong Horseradish Cream for the Boxing Day beef and classics such as Fresh Chilli Jam and Cranberry, Port & Orange Sauce and Mustards (Robust Wholegrain, Smooth Dijon and Strong English).
Wild & Game
Game specialist Wild and Game has launched a new recipe box to keep families fed and entertained at home this winter. The Lockdown Recipe Box is a meat box containing a free recipe booklet detailing how to make nine meals – a mix of starters and main courses, some for 2-3 people and some for 4 – 6, with options ranging from a romantic meal to crowd-pleasing family favourites.
Price £100.99, wildandgame.co.uk
Cartwright & Butler
Gifting a Cartwright & Butler hamper is guaranteed to make Christmas that extra bit special; it’s the perfect festive gift for food lovers. The Pocklington Hamper, named after the Yorkshire town, includes a delightful selection of the finest tea, coffee and sweet and savoury treats inside a beautiful grey keepsake tin.
Microplane Professional Serrated Peeler
The new Microplane Professional Serrated Peeler has an ultra-sharp, curved, stainless-steel serrated double blade which swivels up to 30° to expertly contour fruit and vegetables. Unlike traditional peelers, the Professional Serrated Peeler is slightly heavier and the blades can be moved back and forth, with little pressure, in one movement.
VASO Glass Straws
VASO’s range of premium glass straws offer consumers a reusable, sustainable and recyclable product (and packaging) that delivers a 100% pure taste as they are free from plastics, toxins, mineral oils and BPA. The straws are an extremely high quality product, engineered in Germany from toughened glass. They also have a range of bamboo travel cases that have been specifically designed for their straws.
£11.99 (4 Pack of Straws), glassstraw.co.uk
Looking for the perfect Christmas gift for the healthy snacker in your life? Then treat them to the Munchy Seeds Christmas stocking filled with 12 snack packs of delicious, nutritious and vitamin-packed seed mixes in a variety of sweet and savoury flavours, such as Honey Roasted, Mild Chilli, Sweet Chilli, Mega Omega, Salted Caramel and Warm Cinnamon.
The Cocktail Delivery Company
The Cocktail Delivery Company offer an online cocktail courier delivery service for anyone who wants to serve elegant, professional and fresh cocktails in their home. Ideal for Christmas celebrations, freshly made cocktails are delivered direct to your door so you can enjoy hand crafted cocktails made by professionals, but shaken by you.
Free shipping on orders over £35.99, thecocktaildeliverycompany.co.uk