With Christmas slowly looming – why not find an excuse to fill up your alcohol cupboard. Therefore a food and drink guide is a must, especially after the year we have all had. I am not sure about you, but I can’t wait to be able to relax for 5 days over christmas and enjoy spending time with some of my family. It’s going to be a strange time for many, whether you are spending christmas alone, with a small number of your family members or lucky to be able to have all your family with you at christmas remember some people aren’t so lucky. This is definitely a year to reflect on what you have.
Food and Drink
Featuring some lovely drink ideas, food seasonings and cooking essentials. This little guide will take you through some great christmas, birthday, anniversary gift ideas. Or maybe a self care pick me up for yourself!
For the Love of the Land
A lovely cook book to celebrate the British farmers and their food, written by Jennie Jefferies. For many families, working the land and raising livestock is a true labour of love, and what they produce is the backbone of the country’s food and drink. The dishes in this book make the most of local and seasonal ingredients, creating delicious meals, puddings and bakes that anyone can cook up at home. Alongside that, members of these farming families have told the stories of their livelihoods.
The book is not only a great read but contains some amazing, yummy recipes. So if you have a foodie in the family, why not gift them this lovely present… they may even make you something scrumptious with one of the recipes. For the Love of the Land.
Hand-crafted on the Isle of Wight by Isle of Wight Distillery using ten ethically sourced botanicals, Mermaid Gin delivers a smooth yet complex blend of fresh organic lemon zest and peppery grains of paradise, with a hint of sea air from locally foraged, fragrant rock samphire. A refreshing and invigorating serve, for the free-spirited.
Awarded first place in the IWSC Design Awards, Mermaid Gin has been certified as Plastic-Free by A Plastic Planet. Crafted from recyclable glass, the bottle features a sustainably sourced natural cork stopper and compostable tamper-proof seal. By presenting our gin in a plastic-free package and supporting marine conservation projects, we aim to preserve the environment of mermaids.
I just love the bottle and how pretty it is… obviously not forgetting the lovely cocktails you can make with the Mermaid Gin!
Luliu foods are a food company which produce additive free sauces, spices and infused olive oils, which are also vegan friendly. Luliu are UK based.
Luliu offer a vast range of products including:
- Chilli infused olive oil
- Spinach and Rosemary infused olive oil
- Jollof Sauce (tomato based)
- XXXtra Hot Chilli Sauce
- Grill Spice Mix
- Wok Spice Mix
- Festive Combo
- Fried Rice Combo
I can’t wait to try the Fusoil Chilli, I love anything with a bit of spice and kick! Would definitely be nice drizzled in a salad or over a chicken breast for a meal.
Bursting with seaside botanicals and as uplifting as a walk on the beach, Sea Arch is a delicious and refreshing alternative to alcohol. It really is more beautiful without. With purity of flavour and served with a real sense of occasion Sea Arch captures the true spirit of the Devon coast.
Sea Arch also can create a fab gift for a loved one, with great Sea + T gifts including a Rose Sea + T – deliciousness of the no alcohol signature Sea&T with a twist of raspberry and rose-infused tonic.
I cannot wait to try the sample I was kindly sent from the guys at Sea Arch. I love the whole concept of the company and they are situated in Devon, one of my favourite places to visit.
Disco Cocktails were established by the Ladies & Gentlemen Bar in the heart of London.
These Are D-I-S-C-O Cocktails! Instant 70s-inspired ‘Locktails’ – Perfect For Lockdown and Christmas Gifting.
The Ladies and Gentlemen bar therefore took the initiative in lockdown to create a range of funky 70s-styled cocktails to recreate a little ‘Night Fever’ at home. The Disco Cocktail flavours include:
- Pina Colada
- The Old Fashioned
- Cherry Sourz
- Pornstar Martini
I can confirm that the Cherry Sourz and Pornstar Martini cocktail pouches are super tasty, and very much resembles what you’d get if you went to a bar! I can’t wait to try more of the Disco Cocktails.
Cheesies is a very simple idea: take a block of cheese, and turn it into a crunchy popped cheese snack.
Not just any snack. Not a cheese-flavoured snack. Not a ball of maize that offers the suggestion of a cheese-like substance. A snack that’s made from actual cheese, and nothing else. One ingredient, and that’s it. 100% cheese.
What a great snack Cheesies make, and I couldn’t wait to try them out. If you open a bag you’ll be sure to eat them all in one sitting. They are super nourish! And come in a range of flavours:
- Red Leicester
- Goats Cheese
Super for any cheese lovers out there! Check out Cheesies for that christmas pick it snack table.
Say it with Champers
Say it with champers is a personalised Champagne company which comes with a twist as you can customise your own labels in whichever way you see fit to make your unique gift. Instead of saying it with an expensive bouquet or a message in a card, you can now say it with a bottle of personalised Champers!
As you can see in the gifted bottle I received they make super cute christmas gifts for that special person in your life. Or even a small thank you to a teacher. I love the personalised approach and they really are well produced. Now to crack it open! Why not take a look at Say it with champers.
The G&Tea story began out of a desire to create something truly special for our fellow gin lovers. They have worked with the masters at Colwith distillery in Cornwall to infuse the exquisite natural teas and carefully selected botanicals into the finest craft gin to bring a brew-tea-ful range of innovative alcoholic beverages.
The G&Tea story is something very special, and what a fab concept they have created! The range includes:
The Great Earl – A distinguished gin that is infused with Ceylon tea sourced from the foothills of Sri Lanka, vibrant notes of bergamot, Lemon, bitter Spanish orange, warming Cornish Bay leaves and Macedonian Juniper.
Cornish Cream Tea – A celebration of the West Country’s traditional cream tea, encapsulating the aroma of freshly baked scones, sweet jam and clotted cream, this delicate gin incorporates our exclusive cream-tea blend with fresh Cornish Strawberries, Hibiscus and Rose-hips.
Eight-Tea Days – This worldly gin is a real voyage of discovery on the palate, including British Royal gala apples, Rose petals from Pakistan, Hungarian Orris root, Chinese Cassia and exotic Grains of Paradise from the Ivory Coast.
I was kindly sent the gift set (in the photo) I just love the whole idea which has gone behind the company G&Tea! Everything from the concept, packaging and logo… it’s just a fab small business! Go check out the G&Tea gift ideas.
Bobbys Gin is all set around an old recipe from the discover’s Grandfather.
Eight botanicals all separately distilled. No additives, sugars or extractions. Simply pure taste. A fresh take on a timeless classic. The unique style of the bottle is a modern interpretation of a classic jenever bottle. We bring the classic ‘kruik’ bottle to the 21st century with a strong and modern interpretation of its shape and made in beautiful brown and grey smoked glass.
The screen printed Ikat pattern is traditional Indonesian. Through both of these elements we create a unique mixture of east and west.
I hope you enjoyed reading about all these drinks and food related companies, some amazing new concepts and fab small businesses. I can’t wait to keep these businesses on my radar for years to come.
Have you checked out my latest gift guide?