I keep seeing people on social media getting the hump because it’s ‘only November’ and Christmas is all over the place… Well, to those people, you might want to look away now!
I’m well up for it this year and am just itching to get that tree up. Except it’s in the loft and Jonny won’t get it down until it’s at least December… Perhaps I’m being a pathetic woman here but loft duty is NOT something I consider my own. There’s spiders up there after all so instead, as well as displaying the IKEA Christmas lighting which I bought last week, I’m embracing the festivities though the power of food and drink!
And of course, like any good woman at this seasonal time of chilly nights the drinking is ESSENTIAL and necessary but it HAS to be good. I like warming drinks and seasonal cocktails. It’s the ONLY time of the year I crack open a bottle of sherry and don’t even care that it makes me feel like an old lady. I rather like drinking out of a proper cut glass sherry glass if I’m honest! 31Dover.com invited me to make a Christmas tipple order with them and 24 hours after placing my order for the Warner Edwards Sloe Gin in a gift box it arrived on my doorstep, beautifully packed in a sophisticated black box with a ribbon, card and looking like the perfect addition to sit under the tree. However, as I mentioned, my tree is not yet up so instead it called to me to open it immediately (I checked the time and it was past 6 don’t worry) and enjoy a glass (two if I’m honest, two great big large ones if I’m completely honest) with my Mum. I poured it into sugared glasses (so 90’s fabulous don’t you think?) with sugared lime peel slices as the decoration.
With any Christmas drinkie you definitely need something to nibble on while keeping merry spirits up and i have to say, the Fortnum and Mason mince pies are absolutely astounding. I don’t even really like mince pies if I’m honest, I don’t like the filling OR pastry but when skating at Somerset House earlier in the month where the skate lounge is sponsored by the luxury department store, I managed to hoover down about 8! They were AMAZING! Totally and utterly, wonderfully crumbly and delicious. I’ve never tasted mince pies like them and although the most expensive isn’t always the best of course, sometimes, just sometimes, you have to go with the line of ‘you get what you pay for’! Luxury for sure but they’ve turned my opinion of mince pies upside down.
But… They are Fortnum and Mason nibbles and delicious as they are, with that name, they can only be a treat on my budget! I’m usually a real bargain hunter and for some reason I get massive satisfaction when I find a really good one. This week, while in Asda, I think I may have found the bargain of Christmas. Now I’ve had Asda’s Specially Selected Christmas food in other years and loved it but I haven’t tried any for 2015 yet. By the time I got to their Christmas in July press day they had stopped serving food which was a shame so I can’t really give you a taste opinion but… Serrano ham is Serrano ham and this one I spied in the aisles in only THIRTY QUID and it comes WITH a stand! Show stopping, nibbling for the whole of Christmas, party fodder which can easily be turned into a little snack of an evening to enjoy with the sloe gin. I’m holding a party for our leaving drinks very soon and one of these may just HAVE to take centre stage on the table don’t you think?!
So that’s me, already started on the eating, drinking and being merry. It’s a good job I’ve got a gym membership huh!
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P.S, I must just let you know that if you, like me, fancy saving on petrol, supermarket queues, parking and carrying bags but you’d like to buy some special tipples as gifts this season then I thoroughly do recommend the services of www.31Dover.com. Not only were they super fast for next day delivery but my bottle came in the most gorgeous black gift box and included a cool ‘message in a bottle’ card! They offer a wide range of products, Gift packs, Corporate gifting, Barware Limited edition bottles, Large orders for parties and Free delivery on £100+ orders. You can even get an exclusive 10% discount until 20th December with Rocknrollerbaby by entering 31DRUTH when you pay! Happy Christmas shopping with #DeliverMyDrinks!