Christmas tipples to grab now

Christmas has kicked off early at WEEKEND!

This week Olly pairs delicious tipples to get in now alongside scrummy treats from Jane Dunn’s beautiful recipe book. Jane’s Patisserie Celebrate!, that you can cook now and keep.

Gingerbread biscuits

Olly’s tipple pairing: Crabbie’s Green Ginger Wine (70cl, 13.5%) £7.50, Ocado

I love the real ginger-root kick of this invigorating sweet treat. It’s excellent value too.You could mix it half and half with whisky to create a Whisky Mac over ice – or just enjoy it on its own.

Mince Pie Ice Cream

Olly’s tipple pairing: Waitrose Cream Rich Sweet Sherry NV (19.5%) £8.99

Cream sherry is such fantastic value it’s baffling. It’s also scrumptious – sweet, fragrant and spicy, like liquid mince pies. Serve in a small, chilled wine glass for a festive moment to savour.

Chocolate Orange Yule Log

Olly’s tipple pairing: Disznoko Tokaji Aszu 5 Puttonyos 2018 (37.5cl, 13%) £19.99, Waitrose

A splash-out indulgence, this Hungarian sweet wine marries peachy apricot scrumptiousness with soaring zesty flair. The flavours and glossy texture work superbly with orange and chocolate flavours.

Cheat's Christmas Pudding

Olly’s tipple pairing: Tesco Finest 10 Year Old Tawny Port (20%) £12.50

Mimicking almost perfectly the dried-fruit flavours in the Christmas pud, this is best served fridge cold. And for a really indulgent treat you could always tip a bit over ice cream!

Candy Canes

Olly’s tipple pairing: Cipriani Bellini (200ml, 5.5%) £8.50,

In its mini bottle, this yuletide treat – a blend of prosecco and white peach invented in Harry’s Bar in Venice – is so dinky you could almost hang it from the tree!

This article was originally published in the Daily Mail’s WEEKEND magazine in Saturday 19th November 2022.

Read the full column and get the full lip smacking recipes HERE.

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