House of Fraser are sorting out your cocktail needs

We are getting very close to the festive season, and that means that it is almost cocktail season too. On Monday night I attended a very special Christmas event at the Wolverhampton Grand, and one of the things on the menu was creating Christmas cocktails, with a Snow Queen being a particular treat (coconut cream, Malibu and blue curacao in case you’re wondering.) Forget the Eggnog and the Mulled Wine, Christmas is about cocktails, glamorous, decadent and elegant.

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House of Fraser are getting into the party spirit in style and have created a cocktail wheel which can help you to create a series of classic cocktails. You spin the virtual wheel to your chosen cocktail, and are then presented with the ingredients and a simple 1,2,3 guide in how to make your cocktail. These cocktails are classics, from Carrie Bradshaw’s Cosmopolitan, a Bellini, Mojito, Long Island Iced Tea, a Martini and an Old Fashioned. There are also cocktails that will take you right back to your Summer holidays, with recipes for Sangria and Margarita.

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Sangria

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Bellini’s

My favourite cocktail is the Mojito, and, as much as I love strawberry versions, to me, the traditional is still the best. With lime and mint leaves, it packs a zesty punch and is definitely a drink I would turn to again and again.

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If you are getting ready to create some cocktails, then you will need to make sure you have the right equipment. A cocktail is totally spoiled if it is served in the wrong glass, or worse still, a plastic tumbler. House of Fraser is once again addressing your needs, not only do they provide the formula for the perfect cocktail, but they have a great range of cocktail glasses and cocktail shakers too. If you are heading off to a house party this year, a cocktail shaker could be a great gift to take with you.

 Linea Lustre crystal martini glasses set of 4 now £25 Click to visit House of Fraser


Linea Lustre crystal martini glasses set of 4 now £25 Click to visit House of Fraser

 Linea Glass cocktail shaker now £12 Click to visit House of Fraser


Linea Glass cocktail shaker now £12 Click to visit House of Fraser

 Linea Margarita set of 4 glasses now £17.50 Click to visit House of Fraser


Linea Margarita set of 4 glasses now £17.50 Click to visit House of Fraser

 Kilner Cocktail Shaker Set, Gift Box £19.99 Click to visit House of Fraser


Kilner Cocktail Shaker Set, Gift Box £19.99 Click to visit House of Fraser

 LSA Bar Cocktail Jug & Stirrer 1.2L Clear £36 Click to visit House of Fraser


LSA Bar Cocktail Jug & Stirrer 1.2L Clear £36 Click to visit House of Fraser

 

Adding Wine Cocktails to your Christmas Menu

It is no secret that I am rather partial to a cocktail or two. My absolute favourite is a traditional Mojito, although I also tried a strawberry version this summer and found that to be rather divine too. But when it comes to Wine based cocktails, I have to admit that Sangria aside, I’m a little bit in the dark.

That might be why I totally love this Wine Cocktail infographic from Roberson Wine. It is made up of a whole range of fabulous cocktails that can be created using both red, Rose and white wine, and also has some variations on the classics, I mean, how utterly amazing does the Strawberry Rose Sangria sound.

As my traditional tipple at Christmas is a dark cream sherry (I know, blame my nan for that), I must say that I am most definitely going to be creating the Sherry Cobbler, which must surely be the Christmas day cocktail?

I think a few new cocktails will help your Christmas day be an amazing success.

Will you be trying something new, and wine based, this Christmas? Do you have a favourite cocktail, or do you prefer your wine crisp and traditional?

Roberson Wine - Wine Cocktails