Christmas Guide | What to drink, Where to Drink

Coming in hot is our guide to celebrating Christmas…
We will keep adding to the list as the month progresses to be sure to bookmark this page and keep checking back!

WHAT TO DRINK

First in is from our friends at Martin Miller’s Gin who have launched a special-edition Northern Lights-inspired gift box for that special Christmas gift.

This festive season, Martin Miller’s Gin, the world’s first super-premium gin, has partnered with award-winning night sky photographer and the founder of The World at Night program, Babak Tafreshi, to produce a distinctive Northern Lights-inspired, limited-edition gift box.

New for 2019, the eye-catching design features a mesmerising image of the Aurora Borealis, taken by Tafreshi, as the infamous light show dances above the iconic Kirkjufell mountain and waterfalls on Iceland’s rugged western coastline, during the most intense display in more than a decade.

The gift box pays homage to one of the unique attributes of Martin Miller’s Gin – the 100% pure Icelandic spring water which blends perfectly with the highest quality botanicals to give the product its smooth taste, distinct clarity and trademark softness.,

Not only designed to look beautiful on display, the gift box also reflects the premium quality of Martin Miller’s Gin – the most-awarded quality gin on the market – making it the ideal gift for all gin lovers this Christmas.

The limited-edition box will be available in selected Waitrose, Morrisons and Sainsbury’s stores from now to December 2019, with a recommended retail price of £28 for a 70cl bottle.

For more information, please visit www.martinmillersgin.com

Next up is Champagne Devaux – Cuvée D (Pinot Noir 55% Chardonney 45%).

Founded in 1846 by brothers Jules and Auguste, Champagne Devaux was family run and owned until 1987 when the last living heir decided to hand over the House to families of growers. Today, Champagne Devaux is a flagship House in the Côte des Bar and advocates a vision of expertise, sustainability and excellence.

Emblem of the Collection D – With a gold yellow colour, Cuvée D has a delicate and persistent mousse. White blossom and soft spices appear first on the nose, mellowed by notes of toasted brioche and vanilla on the finish.
Cuvée D presents freshness with mandarin and orange zest notes.

Pair with: A delicate seafood dish such as a smoked salmon or savoy cabbage, walnut and sage lasagne (it’s a thing!).

 

And if that doesn’t take your fancy why not check out one of these…

WHERE TO DRINK

Here’s our round-up of festive cocktails being served at London’s leading bars

HOMEBOY

Corpus Christmas 

A light, bright and playful drink perfect for getting the party started

Bombay Sapphire, St Germain, Blue Curacao, Tonic.

Hennessey Hot Chocolate

A warm, home comfort taste that is in keeping with Homeboy’s warm modern Irish hospitality. Hennessey VS, Oat Milk Hot Chocolate, Demerara Sugar, Cream

Celebrating Modern Irish Hospitality, this good time bar was shortlisted in the Top Four for World’s Best New Bar at Tales of the Cocktail

108 Essex Rd, Islington, London N1 8LX | https://homeboybar.com/

HACHA

Misty Mezcal

Luxurious, decadent and perfect for a cold night, this cocktail holds the title of “Best Mezcal Cocktail in the UK”

Dangerous Don Mezcal, Cocchi Di Torino, Dark chocolate liqueur, Port and a Mushroom Infusion

A specialist agave spirits bar and neighbourhood hangout that is a destination bar for tequila lovers and novices alike.

378 Kingsland Rd, Dalston, London E8 4AA | https://www.hachabar.com |

SWIFT

Warm Winter Bishop

A bourbon based twist on the traditional mulled wine

Bourbon, Malbec, Clementine Sherbet, Chestnut, Spices

Inspired by European-style bars, this is a bar where a quick drink signals the end of the day and the beginning of the night

12 Old Compton St, Soho, London W1D 4TQ | http://www.barswift.com | @barswift

LYANESS

Tattie Milk Punch

A cleaner, animal-free nod to the Classic Milk Punch – listing the creaminess from the “Honey”

Compass Box Artist’s Blend, Vegan Honey, Potato ‘Cream’, Aged Vanilla

An innovative, bright and high-energy bar with a focus on key ingredients, recently debuted in the World’s 50 Best Bars list after having been open for just 6 months

20 Upper Ground, South Bank, London SE1 9PD | https://lyaness.com/ | @lyanessbar

OPIUM

The Celebrity

A sparkling aperitif perfect for festive celebrations

HK Baijiu, Campari, Grapefruit, Calamansi, Sweet Spices, Perrier Jouet Champagne

A cocktail bar that aims to take its guests on a journey. Split into three different bars with three uniquely different menus; Apothecary, Peony & Academy

The Jade Door, 15-16 Gerrard Street, W1D 6JE | https://opiumchinatown.com | @opiumchinatown

DISHOOM

Velvette Fogg

A decadent and indulgent serve, the perfect end to a festive meal

Black Cow Vodka, Dishoom Coffee Liqueur, Chai Ice Cream

 A bar and restaurant that pays loving homage to the Irani cafés that were once part of the fabric of life in Bombay

7 Boundary Street, E2 7JE | https://www.dishoom.com/ | @dishoom

 

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