With so much emphasis on food over the Christmas period it is so, so easy to forget about traditional British Christmas drinks. They certainly exist and are very much of our Christmas traditions.
Aside from a glass of Sherry for Father Christmas, alcohol is very much involved, but there are booze free to also be enjoyed. Below are some of the most popular drinks enjoyed during the festivities, and believe me, everyone also has their own views on what is considered traditional.
Here are some... suggestions on drinks for Christmas, Boxing Day and the New Year
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Though Port is not produced in the UK, historically it is regarded as a thoroughly British drink. Many of the leading brands were originally British owned and some major producers still are. Surprising for a country that has embraced drinking Port since the 17th century, is that most Brits buy only one bottle a year, not surprisinlgy, at Christmas. And, Christmas wouldn't be the same with out a bottle on the sideboard.
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A bit of bubbly always goes down well, the sparkling fizziness reflecting joy and happiness, so appropriate during the festivities of Christmas and New Year.
Champagne is a classic choice but don’t underestimate a good sparkling wine. The New World and even the UK are making brilliant bubbly. It is only the name which is the point of difference (sparkling wine cannot be called Champagne unless produced in the designated region of France, called Champagne).
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A great British favourite is a glass of Sloe Gin. The gin is made from sloes in the autumn and served at Christmas and is a particular favourite drink on the Boxing Day hunt.
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Christmas food brings such an array of tastes, textures and types of food, choosing a wine to serve alongside can seem rather daunting. Most foods eaten at Christmas and New Year in both Britain and in Ireland are very rich, and many will also include ingredients not eaten at other times, so choosing the wine can be more complex than the rest of the year.
Thanks to Stacey Slinkard - About.com's wine expert, you will be able to negotiate your way around the complex subject simply and easily.... Have a look at her recommendations, you will be glad you did.Continue to 5 of 5 below.
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Make the holidays a happy one with a selection of cracking holiday cocktails from Colleen Graham, About'.com's Guide to Cocktails. Cocktails are not part of the actual Christmas Day celebrations but very popular of course, at Christmas parties.