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Tis the season to eat, drink and be merry and we’ve got some delicious festive tipples and food pairings for you to work your way through!

The big parties may be on hold this year, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still enjoy ourselves at home with nice food and nice drinks. So we’ll start with the wine.

bottle of Siddura Vermentino and bottle of Profasio wine on a grey stool.

Siddùra Spèra 2019 | Vermentino di Gallura DOCG

This fabulous Vermentino from Sardinia is perfect for serving over Christmas. It’s a dry but incredibly fresh, light wine with zingy lemon note. It’s ideal for serving alongside seafood, chicken, light pasta dishes and little festive nibbles.

We think this lovely Vermentino would pair nicely with…

  • homemade pesto, tossed through freshly cooked pasta
  • our sea bass traybake as a lighter festive meal
roasting tin filled with sea bass tray bake freshly cooked - sliced new potatoes, halved baby plum tomatoes, sea bass fillets, black olives and lots of freshly torn basil and chopped flat leaf parsley
  • serve with grilled prawns or squid, simply dressed with olive oil, lemon and garlic
  • alongside a light festive crostini – topped with prosciutto and figs and little drizzle of olive oil.

Massimago Profasio Valpolicella Superiore Doc 2015

A lovely smooth Italian red from the Verona region. A bold, full bodied wine with a smooth finish. We think this wine would pair well with a Christmas Dinner of roasted turkey or pork with all the trimmings.

A robust red that can easily hold its own against rich meaty dishes, hearty pasta numbers and even game. Try serving with…

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Festive Tipples

What to eat with vodka?

salty dog cocktail alongside a bottle of Mermaid Salt Vodka

Wondering what food to serve with vodka? We’ve got some great appetiser ideas that go great with vodka on the rocks or a vodka cocktail.

  • Smoked salmon nibbles
  • Pickled vegetables
  • Bilini topped with fish or caviar
  • Smoked trout pate on little charcoal infused cracker breads
  • Smoked cheeses
  • Devilled eggs

More Festive Tipples – Vodka Cocktail Recipes To Try

Fancy a cocktail? Try one of our cocktail recipes here

What to eat with gin?

bottle of Eden Mills Love Gin next to two balloon glasses filled with gin, tonic and raspberries with sprig of rosemary

Wondering what food to eat with gin? We’ve got some great little nibble ideas that go great with a gin and tonic. I always think gin goes very well alongside spicy food. Try serving with…

  • An Indian inspired party platter – little bitesized onion bajji, vegetable pakora, mini chicken tikka kebabs, or popadom with pickle tray.
indian snack platter next to a bottle of Pickerings gin
  • Italian nibbles with a hint of spice – try crostini with prawns marinated in lemon and chillies. Maybe some homemade pizzas topped with new potatoes, chilli flakes and drizzle of olive oil.

Gin Cocktails To Try

pink gin fizz cocktail with strawberries

Get more alcohol drinks recipes here

What to eat with whisky?

New York Sour cocktail stood next to a bottle of Copper Dog whisky

Wondering what to eat with whisky? Well, we’ve got you covered! Pour that whisky, on the rocks or with a mixer and eat your way through our food suggestions…

Savoury Food To Serve With Whisky

Whisky works well with bold, rich, flavoursome food, try serving alongside…

  • Cheese, you want strong cheese here, a tangy mature Cheddar, a nice blue cheese, or a baked Brie, simply with crackers or fresh crusty, still warm from the oven bread.
  • Steak. Whisky can stand up to a steak – serve mini cheesesteak sandwiches or steak tartare with your tipple.
  • A really good sausage roll or Scotch egg go well with a tot of whisky. Go for big bold flavours, maybe even a little black pudding in the mix.

Sweet Food To Serve With Whisky

Whisky goes alongside a good dessert effortlessly. Try serving with…

  • a rich chocolate torte with splash of double cream
  • a tangy deep filled apple pie or crumble with lashings of custard
  • a dark chocolate tasting tray

More Festive Tipples – Whisky Cocktails To Try

Food To Eat With Rum

mojitos on a slate tray with coloured fiesta style decorations and bottle of bacardi in the background

Wondering what food to eat with rum? Well it’s super easy to pair rum with great food – think happy, tasty, feel good food when pairing with rum. Definitely fun with a happy vibe! Try serving rum and cola or rum cocktails with any of the following eats!

  • Fried chicken and waffles
  • Dirty loaded hotdogs
  • Pineapple fritters with honey lime dip
  • Chicken tacos
  • Loaded nachos

Rum Cocktails To Try

Loads more ideas for Christmas celebrations here!

What To Eat With Cider

cranes cider gift pack

Get more drink recipes here

A lovely bottle of fruity cider is easy to pair with food. Try serving any of the following…

You might also love our mulled cider recipe here.

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