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9 ideas for Christmas drinks for the whole family

If there’s one time of the year we all enjoy drinking something a little special, it’s Christmas. Whether you like a boozy tipple, or you’re after something non-alcoholic but still festive; I’ve pulled together a list of seasonal suggestions for Christmas drinks and there really is something for all the family to enjoy.

Alcoholic Christmas Drinks

From Snowballs with Grandma, fizz with friends and mulled wine round the fire; bring some Christmas cheer with this selection of boozy favourites.

Mix things up with some deliciously warming Mulled Apple Cider from Daisies and Pie. Mulled cider makes a real change from mulled wine; lighter, sweeter and you can swap the cider for apple juice if you’re mulling for the whole family.

9 ideas for Christmas drinks for the whole family

This Christmas Hot Punch from Susan Earlam is full of festive flavours, including cranberry, amaretto and spices. It’s a delicious sounding drink, perfect to drink in front of the fire.

Devotees of G&T might like to customise their gins by steeping their own, I’ve got recipes for Quince Gin and Parma Violet Gin on my blog, and very nice they are too.

If you want to jazz up a simple glass of festive fizz, we’ve been trying Pop A Ball which are little tubs of bursting bubbles and drink shimmers which you spoon into your fizz. Pop A Ball products are suitable for vegans, vegetarians and coeliacs. They are also are also free from dairy, nuts, eggs and soya.

Non-Alcoholic Christmas Drinks

I’ve got lots of friends who don’t drink alcohol, but why should they miss out on Christmas drinks? I always think it’s nice to make something the whole family can enjoy too. Here are some suggestions for non-alcoholic Christmas drinks for all the family.

After a chilly day riding a sledge, or taking the dog on a winter walk, nothing warms you up like a nice steaming mug of hot chocolate, Daisies and Pie has created this delicious sounding recipe for Peanut butter hot chocolate, just the thing for peanut butter nuts like me!

9 ideas for Christmas drinks for the whole family

For mulled wine fans who are cutting down on their intake, this Vimto Mulled Wine recipe is a great way to still enjoy all the seasonal spices of mulled wine, but swerving the alcohol content. It’s also delicious because it’s based on Vimto.

Claire over at She-Eats is entirely alcohol-free these days and she’s got some great suggestions for booze free Christmas drinks over on her blog, as well as this delicious sounding Cranberry and Pomegranate Christmas Cocktail.

Fruity drinks, juices and cocktails are a great way to grab a winter vitamin boost, Jenny from The Brick Castle has got a selection of healthy juice recipes on her blog which would be a delicious and healthy way to start off your Christmas morning

Whatever you and your family like to drink over Christmas, there are lots of new and interesting ideas to try.

What’s your favourite festive tipple?

9 ideas for Christmas drinks for the whole family

Christmas Recipe: Non-alcoholic Vimto Mulled Wine

I love mulled wine at Christmas. From around mid-November I start getting excited for the day I can officially treat myself to a warming glass of spiced mulled wine. It’s a treat I do want to share with my family, but with it being quite boozy it’s not that suitable for 7 year old boys. My solution is to make Vimto Mulled Wine instead, something which also speaks loudly to my proud Mancunian patriotism.

Mulled wine, or Glühwein, Glögg if you’re feeling continental is usually made from red wine infused with spices and served hot. Red wine is warmed and then steeped in a combination of spices usually including cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, ginger and coriander. In Europe, mulled wine has been drunk for centuries during the cold winter months and is a lovely warming festive drink.

Christmas Recipe: Non-alcoholic Vimto Mulled Wine

This non-alcoholic Vimto Mulled Wine is such a delicious treat. If you use one of those mulled wine sachets you can buy, this is a really simple and lovely recipe. It’s really quick to make and it’s a lovely non-alcoholic festive treat for all the family.

Non-alcoholic Vimto Mulled Wine

Ingredients
Vimto cordial, sugar-free is fine
1 sachet of Steenbergs Organic Mulled Wine Spices
Water
Sugar (optional)

Method
Boil a kettle of water and pour enough boiling water for however many cups of mulled Vimto you’ll need into a jug. Add a sachet of Steenbergs Organic Mulled Wine Spices and leave to steep for 5 – 10 minutes or so.

Remove the sachet and add Vimto cordial to taste, stir to make sure it’s all combined. Taste and add sugar if you think it needs it (depending on how sweet your sweet tooth is).

Pour into nice heat-proof glasses and serve. If you’re feeling fancy you could float a slice of orange on the top, or serve it with a cinnamon stick.

Christmas Recipe: Non-alcoholic Vimto Mulled Wine

There you have it, lovely warming spiced mulled wine that’s suitable for all the family.

PS. You don’t have to use Steenbergs; but it’s what I had in the cupboard and they’re my go-to brand of mulled wine spices.

Christmas Recipe: Non-alcoholic Vimto Mulled Wine

Mulled Wine at Manchester Christmas Markets

On Wednesday I took the afternoon off to spend some time with my most favourite friend Bobble. We thought we’d take in the various sights, sounds and tastes of the Manchester Christmas Markets located in Albert Square, near the Town Hall in Manchester.

Manchester Christmas markets

We’re both fond of a hot alcoholic beverage and it was a particularly parky day so we felt it justified a warming drinkie or three. By the time I caught up with him at the Manchester Christmas Markets, he was two mulled wines up and had already sussed out which was the best mulled wine emporium on the square.

Manchester Christmas markets

True to form we propped up the bar of said mulled wine emporium and consumed the following (please note this doesn’t constitute a review, merely the semi drunken ramblings of a couple of mates who’d quaffed too much hot booze).

Mulled wines from the Manchester Christmas Markets

Cherry Mulled Wine – niiiice (see, this is so not a review). We are both big cherry fans as we drank this we reminisced about eating glacé cherries from the tub; then drinking the syrup from the tub and stealing the booze soaked cherries from the Christmas cake. We liked it a lot but we decided we needed to try it with amaretto (see option 3).

Blueberry Mulled Wine – well I really liked this. Yes I preferred the cherry but I’d happily drink this again. It actually felt quite healthful, though I’m pretty sure it wasn’t. Bobble wasn’t sure about it, he managed to struggle it down though; he’s a brave lad and was clearly taking one for the team.

Cherry Mulled Wine with a shot of amaretto – this, this my friends is the business. It’s essentially hot alcoholic cherry bakewell in a mug. By this point I was sliding off the edge of the bar and I was sporting some healthy looking rosy cheeks. Bobble was staring into the middle distance mumbling something about Mr Kipling.

Manchester Christmas markets

If you do hit the Manchester Christmas Markets, it’s basically the law that you must sample some hot booze. I’ve been told the advocaat and rum in Spinningfields is like alcoholic custard. If you can’t drink alcoholic custard at Christmas then the world is a terrible, terrible place.

So here’s to hot booze, mulled wine, hot buttered rum, mulled cider and any other heated boozy beverage. Merry Christmas and Chin chin!