It’s probably not the most conventional way to start a Monday morning admittedly, but I figured that all the normal rules were out of the window in the week before the week before Christmas. I mean it was a mere seven days ago that the Rock My Ltd team were all gathered around a table sipping prosecco at 11am at our Christmas party; is that even allowed?
Any how it got me to thinking about Christmas dinner. Seeing as we won’t be hosting Christmas this year (sob! More on the house updates in the New Year. PROMISE!) I’ve been given the honourable task of sorting libations for lunch at my mum’s instead. I’m not going to lie, it’s actually right up my street. If you can’t indulge in bubbles and cocktails at Christmas then when can you?
When we were younger we were allowed a cheeky Bucks Fizz on Christmas Day morning. I’ve since been told that whereas we thought we had a bit of champagne in our orange juice, it was actually fizzy water instead and it wasn’t until much older that we were allowed the ‘hard stuff’. The placebo affect is real people! We actually thought we were drunk at ten years old! So for me it’s not Christmas without some Bucks Fizz to start us off although it’s not my favourite Christmas tipple by any stretch of the imagination.
So to whom does that honour go? Well actually I don’t know. I feel as if I should have a Christmas tipple of choice, something that I can drink and think ahhhhh Christmas…I mean it seems as if everyone else does. I adore Champagne/Prosecco (who doesn’t?!) and we always have a glass or three with lunch but I can easily do this at ANY time of the year. Bubbles aren’t strictly a Crimbo drink are they?
One of my sisters favours a port and lemon (old before her time springs to mind) on Christmas Day but she won’t drink it at any other time of year and a friend of mine buys in multiple bottles of Baileys since apparently it’s THE festive drink plus Santa likes it too…or so I’m told. Even my step-dad talks wistfully about the snowballs he used to drink when he was much younger though he doesn’t touch them now.
I contemplated making an Espresso Martini my tipple of choice since I’m seriously considering purchasing a Nespresso Pixie for Ste for Christmas as mentioned in this post a couple of weeks ago about Christmas gift ideas for boys. But then I realised I wouldn’t be able to drink one until December and I really really like them. So that idea was rejected too.
My dreams of walking in with a tray of beautiful cocktails at Christmas dinner much like the ones in the header image at the top (which incidentally is from the yet to be released Rock My Wedding book which you can pre-order now) are slowly crumbling to dust.
So what to choose? And do you even get to choose it anyway or is it a gradual process where a one-off special experience becomes a Christmas tradition? A kind of oh-now-I’m-drinking-this-it-really-feels-like-Christmas situation. We have mince pies and Christmas pud and turkey with all the trimmings so why do the same courtesies not extend to the liquid world…well mine anyway.
So this is where I ask for your help and recommendations. Do any of you have a special Christmas tipple? Can you inspire me in my quest for the perfect festive drink…I probably should mention that I absolutely detest mulled wine or any variation on that theme. Who said I was fussy anyway??
Please share all your suggestions in the comments box below…I’m eagerly awaiting your thoughts…