Christmas cheer

Lauren Robinson,

Copy Producer, johnlewis.com

A tipple or two for the festive season

With the festivities under way, what better way to enjoy the Christmas spirit than to treat yourself to a winter tipple or two with friends and family?

A selection of our blenders and wine coolers are on hand to help you get the perfect crushed cocktail blend, or to chill wine or beer for thirsty guests over the holiday season. So when you're slaving away over the roast turkey, or fraught after untangling the Christmas treel lights, you can rest assured that a refreshing drink is never too far away. 


Happy Hour 

The KitchenAid Artisan Blender is the ideal kitchen companion if you like experimenting with flavours. Simply add your chosen ingredients and blitz for a smooth cocktail blend. There’s an ice crushing setting if you like yours on the rocks.

The Kenwood SB056 Smoothie 2 Go Maker is an alcohol-free drink alternative. Add either fresh or frozen berries or yoghurt for a delicious health kick, or easily whip up a virgin cocktail - ideal when you want to refresh without the hard stuff. 

This handy Kenwood CH180 mini chopper is great for chopping up small batches of fruit for your winter Pimms, or for blending spices for mulled wine, and the bowl can be put in the dishwasher. 

If it’s fresh juice that you’re after, the Magimix Le Duo Plus XL Juice Extractor, Black Satin pours fresh fruit and vegetable juice straight into your glass. It also makes coulis and thicker purees for different textures. 

Keep your cool

If you need extra storage for your drinks but don’t want to cram the fridge up too much, a mini fridge or wine cooler makes a useful investment. The Lec DF50B Wine and Beer Fridge stores up to 16 bottles of wine and a dozen cans of beer or fizzy drinks. Thanks to its compact size, it can be stored on top of another unit in the garage or kitchen. 

A portable, chic alternative is the Culinary Concepts Leather Handled Wine Cooler. This cooler can hold up to two champagne bottles comfortably, when one bottle simply isn’t enough! 

For a more streamlined look, an integrated wine cabinet looks the part for the avid wine connoisseur. The Liebherr WKB4212 Wine Cooler has an adjustable temperature zone, which you can set to the exact degree requried.  Handmade wooden shelves pull out, allowing you to browse your finest vintage and store up to 200 bottles - perfect for the party season and beyond. . 

If you’ve quite few guests to keep well watered you might appreciate this NScessity NSRBO-36S Rechargeable Corkscrew with Integrated Foil Cutter. It unscrews up to 30 corks on a single charge, all at the touch of a button, and illuminates when in use. There’s a handy integrated foil cutter on the top.

Ingredients

  • 500ml Pimm's
  • 500ml brandy
  • 1.5L apple juice
  • Ice
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • Apple, sliced
  • Orange, sliced

Method

Combine the Pimm's and brandy with the apple juice and cinnamon stick  - heat gently to serve warm if you prefer. Pour into a jug and add fruit, plus ice if serving cool. The LSA serveware is ideal for serving punch.

Cocktail glasses