Festive all stars
With these products in your Christmas cupboard, ‘tis definitely the season to be jolly
Making spirits bright
Founded in 1724, Rémy Martin was the first-ever cognac to create a VSOP blend from the finest grapes of the region. With notes of vanilla, apricot and apple, it’s a perfectly balanced cognac that offers a blend of ripe fruit and notes of liquorice on the palate. Try it with a sticky toffee pudding or any fruity dessert.
RÉMY MARTIN & GINGER: Pour 50ml Rémy Martin VSOP over ice. Top with ginger ale. Add two drops of Angostura bitters. Garnish with a lemon wedge.
Rémy Martin VSOP Cognac Fine Champagne 70cl
Pretty in pink
If you think cranberry juice is just for breakfast, think again. New Ocean Spray Pink Cranberry is a sweeter alternative to the classic tangy cranberry version, and with its sweet, fruity flavour, it’s a refreshing twist on what you think you know about these berries. The juice contains vitamin C antioxidants but no added sugar, and is ideal for an afternoon pick-me-up. Plus it’s wonderful in a pleasingly pink cocktail, too.
MA VIE EN ROSÉ: Pour 1 part Ocean Spray Pink Cranberry into a glass, then pour 2 parts of prosecco.
Ocean Spray Pink Cranberry 1 Litre
Fresh and festive
Smooth-sipping Altos Plata 100% Agave Tequila was voted ‘Number One Tequila for Margaritas’ in the 2023 Drinks International poll of top bartenders. But with its herbal aromas of steamed agave, and its long aftertaste of lemon and lime, it’s equally at home in your drinks cabinet as it is in a stylish bar.
ALTOS MARGARITA: Add 50ml Altos Plata 100% Agave Tequila, 15ml agave syrup and 15ml fresh lime juice with ice. Shake well and strain. Serve with a lime wedge; salted rim optional.
Olmeca Altos 100% Agave Plata Tequila 70cl
Made from natural ingredients, Absolut Vanilia vodka has established a reputation for its rich, robust and complex taste of vanilla with notes of butterscotch and hints of dark chocolate. Serve over ice, in a passion fruit martini or in any vodka drink.
PASSION FRUIT MARTINI: Add 50ml Absolut Vanilia, 15ml sugar syrup, the pulp of half a passion fruit and 20ml pineapple juice with ice. Shake well and strain. Garnish with half a passion fruit and serve with a shot of prosecco.
Absolut Vanilla Flavoured Swedish Vodka 70cl
A taste of Cuba
Crafted for sipping, to be enjoyed on the rocks and ideal for cocktails, Havana Club 7 Year Old Dark Rum is highly versatile. This dark rum, matured in ex-bourbon barrels, showcases the rich natural flavours of Cuba: aromatic tobacco, sweet tropical fruits, molasses, spices and vanilla.
ESPRESSO RUMTINI: Add 25ml Havana Club 7 Year Old, 25ml Kahlua and 25ml espresso with ice. Shake well and strain. Garnish with three coffee beans.
Havana Club 7 Year Old Dark Rum 70cl
Raise the steaks
What’s the beef? Available in store from 14 to 31 December, Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Bone-in Sirloin Steak is ideal for quick-and-easy meals in the run-up to Christmas or as the main course in a New Year’s Eve banquet. Hand-trimmed and dry-aged on the bone for 14 days for flavour, topped with rich umami butters and finished with an indulgent peppercorn and bone marrow sauce, it goes perfectly with Taste the Difference Triple Cooked Chips, Taste the Difference Mixed Greens or Tenderstem broccoli.
Roast with the most
Fancy something a little different to roast turkey for Christmas dinner this year? Sainsbury’s Boneless Lamb Shoulder with Lamb Gravy, which is available in store from 14 to 24 December, will have all your guests clamouring for more. Try serving alongside Taste the Difference Maris Piper mash or roasted butternut squash with garlic and parsley. If there’s any left over for Boxing Day, it’s the ideal cold accompaniment to just-out-of-the-oven buttered jacket potatoes, and a selection of pickles and chutneys.
A rich and tender alternative for the Christmas dinner table, Sainsbury’s British Beef Topside Joint is dry-aged on the bone for 14 days for a fuller flavour and matured for a further 16 days for succulence. Served with a rich bone marrow glaze for even more flavour, it’s delicious alongside Taste the Difference Roast Potatoes, Taste the Difference Yorkshire Puddings and roasted carrots. You’ll find it in store from 14 to 24 December. Oh, and don’t forget the horseradish sauce and a full-bodied red wine to go with it!
Plant based indulgence
Whether you’re vegan, vegetarian, flexitarian or a confirmed meat-eater, you’ll love Nurishh’s Plant-Based Alternative to Camembert, which is an indulgent addition to any Christmas table. Produced in France and with an improved recipe, this 100% plant-based alternative to cheese makes no compromises on taste, while also being lactose- and gluten free. Bake it in the oven and spread it on to warm bread or make it the oozing centrepiece of a festive meal, with plenty of crudités by the side to scoop up all that phenomenal flavour.
Nurishh Camembert Flavour Vegan Cheese Alternative 140g
It's all Greek
Conjure up the feel of summer holidays beside white-sand beaches with Nurishh’s Plant-Based Greek-style Cubes. The cubes are perfectly imperfect, varying in size and shape, but they’re always delicious. Have them in a salad with tangy black olives and fresh tomatoes, crumble them into pasta dishes or simply eat them straight from the packet. As they’re 100% plant-based, and dairy-, lactose- and glutenfree, they make the perfect treat.
Nurishh Plant Based Cubes Greek Style 150g
Nurishh’s Plant-Based Alternative to Cheddar Slices are incredibly versatile. You can melt them on to bread as a vegan-style cheese on toast, layer them up in a plant-based lasagne or even make them the centrepiece of a Ploughman’s lunch. Alternatively, give in to tastebud temptations and simply eat them by the slice! Or if you want to try something seasonal, place them alongside the Nurishh Plant- Based Alternative to Camembert and Plant-Based Cubes Greek Style for a festive cheeseboard.
Nurishh Vegan Cheddar Style Slices Vegan Cheese Alternative 200g
Don’t want to share your chocolatey truffles this Christmas? Well, miaow. But by keeping your indulgent cocoa dusted truffles hidden from greedy eyes in this Monty Bojangles Choccy Scoffy Cat Tin, you might just have some left over for Boxing Day. And they’re worth hoarding. These delicately soft chocolately truffles from the London-based, family-owned confectioner have not only won a Great Taste Award, but they’re suitable for vegetarians, too, so everyone can join in the fun.
Everyone is invited to step into a world of whimsical enchantment this Christmas with the Monty Bojangles Choccy Scoffy Gift Box – a deliciously (un)shareable 14-piece box of chocolatey truffles. The London company is dedicated to creating extraordinary chocolate experiences, and its Christmas gift range is no exception. So whether you decide to share them with the family, or keep as an indulgent treat for a little ‘me’ time, your tastebuds will be taken to a world of scrumptiousness.
This Monty Bojangles Gift Wrapped Chocolatey Truffle Collection is an awesome assortment of cocoa dusted truffles. The indulgent, innovative flavours include chocolatey, butterscotch chips, candied orange peel and salted popcorn with crispy wafer pieces. They come beautifully packaged and finished with a ribbon, making them an ideal stocking filler, a thoughtful addition to any Christmas gift hamper or a special after-dinner treat to share with guests.
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Time for tea
In the hustle and bustle of Christmas, it’s important to pause for a moment, taking time out to relax and unwind. The answer is to cosy up with a delicious cup of tea. Twinings Favourites Collection has a range of eight teas and infusions, including aromatic Earl Grey, delicate Green Tea and warming Lemon & Ginger. It’s the perfect gift for any tea lover – giving them a moment to escape the chaos and unwind or to enjoy with others during the festive season.
Twinings Favourites Collection Gift Box x40 Tea Bags
Christmas can weigh heavily on our minds. But as excitement– and tension – levels usually soar in the run-up to 25 December, is it even possible to get a good night’s sleep to prepare? Thankfully, Feather & Down has come to the rescue. Its Sleep Sanctuary set brings together two of its must have bedtime products: a bath essence to help you relax and a pillow spray to induce a dream filled sleep.
Made from calming lavender and chamomile essential oils, Feather & Down’s Moments of Calm set – a combination of its Night Hand Cream and Pillow Spray - is essentially a one-way ticket to the land of nod. The hand cream, which is expertly blended to nourish the skin and provide hydration, will set you on your way, while the pillow spray encourages calm, tranquility and a restful night’s sleep. Sweet dreams!
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