With Christmas on its way, our drinks buyer Ellie thinks there’s no better time to indulge in our selection of wines, spirits and liqueurs…
Being a drinks buyer is at its best when Christmas approaches, as I’m constantly tasting new products ready for the festive season.
Last year we added a locally produced gin to our fine spirits range (Anno Distillers), which has been a real success. Anno is an artisan micro distiller in Marden and was the first to distil gin in Kent for over 200 years. We have since added their sloe gin to the range, which is delicious served in a cocktail with sparkling wine, a dash of sugar syrup and lemon.
Just last month we also added a toffee vodka from Lord & Lady Muck (another Kentish spirit producer!), which would be a unique Christmas gift or treat to yourself.
Alternatively, if you’re not a spirit person, you might want to try Hutchinson’s Ginger Cream, which is a silky smooth cream liqueur infused with warming ginger and spices.
For the traditionalists amongst you, a glass of mulled wine is essential in the run up to Christmas, which you can make by adding a dash of gourmet mulling syrup to your favourite red – the fruitier the better. Our wine range has been slowly increasing and we have a wide selection of reds from both Kent and the continent available.
We’re also big fans of cider at Macknade and there are plenty of local options to choose from. I recommend Gala from Kent Cider Companyfor a lovely mulled cider (or you can cheat and buy their Henderson’s Spiced Cider instead!).
For tips on what to enjoy on Christmas Day, check back for our next Festive Drinks blog! In the meantime, let us know if you get chance to try any of the above…