The 12 festive drinks of Christmas
Welcome your guests over the holidays with something a little different
this Christmas. Lidl's #SchoolOfChristmas asked Mumsnetters for
their favourite Christmas
tipples - with and without booze...
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1. Slow cooker mulled wine
"I keep a vat of mulled wine in the slow cooker through the
season - sugar, brandy, oranges, lemons, cloves, cinnamon, star anise,
and red wine. Smells divine and keeps on warm for around three days!"
2. Wintry Pimms
"A big jug filled with Pimms/Jeeves, mixed with whatever brandy is left over
from feeding the Christmas cake plus cloudy apple juice, cinnamon
sticks and sliced apple and orange. You can serve it warm, but I prefer
it cold with ice. It's a delicious not-too-alcoholic Christmas
drink (depending on how much brandy you put in!)"
3. Cinnamon-dusted hot cider
"Cider heated with a very generous slug of rum, sugar to taste and served
with thin slices of apples dusted with cinnamon - lovely and warming!"
If in doubt, add some fizz to the mix
4. Champagne cocktail
"There's got to be a classic champagne cocktail in this house at
Christmas. Brown sugar cube soaked in angostura bitters in a flute, add
brandy to the top of the sugar cube, top up with champagne."
"I love a Sloegasm: sloe gin (homemade) topped up with Prosecco or
Champagne. It's delicious and very festive."
"I like Prosecco poured over lemon sorbet, with a twist of lemon rind and
some mint on the top."
Sum up the season in a sip
7. Whisky Mac
"Whisky Mac - whisky and green ginger wine - is my favourite
Christmas tipple for cosy nights under the fairy lights."
8. Cranberry Kiss
"Amaretto with cranberry juice is the absolute taste of Christmas as far as I
Up your mocktail game
9. "We make virgin
mojitos with ginger ale, lime juice, sugar and crushed mint leaves. My
kids love a tropical mocktail made with San Pellegrino limonata, coconut milk,
grenadine and frozen blueberries."
10. "Try hot winter berries-flavoured 'posh squash' for
a lovely non-alcoholic alternative to mulled wine."
Don't forget sweet and cosy
11. Marshmallow chocolate
"Lidl's hot chocolate is the nicest I have tasted: a big mug topped
with marshmallows on Christmas Eve, snuggled up in new PJs, is
12. Boozy hot chocolate
"Slow cooker hot chocolate with rum, double cream and Nutella!"
And for a festive garnish - voila!
"I make pretty ice cubes in festive colours, with a leaf or berry
frozen inside. Coloured crushed ice looks great too. Kids love that layered in
For further inspiration, check out Lidl's #SchoolOfChristmas drinks recipes and
their full drinks range.
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