Festive drinks

Topical in December! We have some great options to see you hangover-free into January.

Norfolk Punch

Find a stockist, or order from Amazon, £6.99 for 700ml

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I was sort of intrigued by this, it’s a recipe that comes from medieval monks. In the 1980’s the owner of Welle Manor, a former monastery, rediscovered the recipe and thus Norfolk Punch was born. It sounds like those monks just went crazy in the herb garden, it contains:

Alder Leaf, Alehoof, Angelica, Bay Leaf, Camomile, Caraway, Cinnamon, Clove, Daisy, Dandelion, Dock, Elder Berry, Elder Flower, Fennel, Feverfew, Ginger Root, Grape Skin, Hops, Lemon Balm, Lime Flower, Lime Leaf, Liquorice, Meadowsweet, Nutmeg, Peppermint, Poppy, Rosemary, Samphire, Thyme, and Vervain.

Does that sound like it would be good?

I’m not sure that it does. As it turns out though Norfolk Punch is pretty tasty. It’s not bad at room temperature but the consensus seems to be that it improves dramatically when heated. Like a very good mulled wine. It has no artificial colours, preservatives or flavours (it definitely does not need additional flavours) and you can feel it doing you good.

 

Rochester Ginger

Available from Holland and Barrett, £4.99 725ml

This is ‘Dickesian-inspired’ and thanks to Scrooge, Dickens will for ever be linked with Christmas. It’s a ginger wine, flavoured with raisin, cowslip and elderflower. The initial flavour doesn’t seem particularly intense but it follows up with a huge kick of ginger. It’s golden colour and wine-ish bottle make it look both festive and grown up. This or any of today’s drinks would make a nice gift as well as a welcome addition to a Christmas party. A sip of spicy ginger is perfect to warm you up on a winter’s evening.

 

The Organic Collection Blueberry Sparkle Juice 75clThe Organic Collection Sparkling Blueberry

Available online and from health food shops, £4.95
Sometimes you just need a glass of something fizzy to toast. We’ve already covered elderflower so I’ve picked something that shows up in a reasonable amount of seasonal hampers. It’s basically sparkling apple and blueberry juice which is pretty good if you’re looking for something slightly different and also tastes decent. Originally it was only made for the Christmas period but it was so popular it’s now available all year round. That sounds like a ringing endorsement to me. 

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