Nothing gets us more in the holiday spirit than some festive themed food and drink. Take the stress out of hosting by planning your food and drink ahead of time. If you are planning a more laid-back Christmas, keep it simple with finger foods or put together a beautiful cheese and charcuterie board. For your guests with dietary requirements there are plenty of dairy and meat free options to accommodate everyone.
Now you’ve planned the food menu, make sure not to forget about the drinks! Having a festive drink or two lined up that can be made in batches means that people can help themselves and the pressure is taken off you. Treat yourself and your guests to a Sloe Gin Fizz this Christmas, made with sloe gin, lemon juice and topped up with sparkling water for the perfect festive drink. We’ve included a tasty recipe below from BBC Good Food that’ll be sure to satisfy your guests. For an alcohol-free version, swap out the sloe gin for a non-alcoholic version.
Sloe Gin Fizz
Prep time: 5 minutes
50ml sloe gin or alcohol-free gin
25ml lemon juice
2 tsp sugar syrup
sparkling water or prosecco
fresh or frozen blackberry
Pour the sloe gin, lemon juice and sugar syrup into a cocktail shaker and fill up with ice cubes. Shake well until the outside of the shaker feels cold, then strain into a tall glass filled with more ice. Top up with sparkling water or prosecco and stir gently. Garnish with a lemon slice and a blackberry.