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5 Nolo picks we’re loving this Christmas

The Nolo (no or low) alcohol lifestyle is the fastest growing trend in the UK, and if you fall in that category, there’s no need for you to feel left out this festive season. There are a LOT of options to choose from. Here are our top five must have Nolo drinks on your Christmas shopping list:

Fortnum’s Sparkling Teas

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Fortnum’s new Sparkling Teas are perfect for festive celebrations and a must buy this Christmas. They’re fresh and crisp and contains zero alcohol.

There are two options, Original Sparkling Tea made with a certified organic blend of eight of rare brews. It has complex flavours and notes of tropical fruits on the nose, and a palate of lemongrass, water mint and Darjeeling, leading into drier tannins and a long-lasting hint of jasmine on the finish.

For rosé lovers, there’s Rosé Sparkling Tea – a wonderfully crisp and elegant rosé with a pale pink hue and a subtle sweetness.  It opens with notes of tropical fruits, cranberry, hints of ginger, and deep layers of Darjeeling – complemented by light, fresh Japanese Sencha.

These two are highly recommended for your Christmas shopping list. Buy here.

Wild Life Botanicals

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Another great pick for sparkling wine lovers is these two – Wild Life Botanicals Nude and Blush.

Alcohol usually takes nutrients out of the body not add to it but that’s what makes Wild Life Botanicals sparkling wines special, it is bubbles with benefits. It’s low in alcohol, has less sugar than champagne and prosecco and is infused with eight vitamins and minerals, as well as five botanicals. It also has 60% less calories.

Clean Liquor Co Clean Gin

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Prefer G&T? You’re in luck because this Clean Liquor Co Clean Gin is the perfect Nolo pick.

Prepared in small copper pot gin stills, it has all of the crisp botanical-driven taste of some of the world’s greatest gin cocktails, but with over 30 times less alcohol. It has no sugar or sweeteners; and no hangover! Grab a bottle here

EVERLEAF – Non-Alcoholic Aperitif

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For mocktails lovers, look no further than this Nolo aperitif created by bartender and conservation biologist Paul Mathew. Brimming with botanicals, it’s crafted sustainably combining cherry picked botanicals from across the globe including voodoo lily, vanilla and saffron. It’s simply delicious.

Low Alcohol Cabernet Sauvignon – Tempranillo

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If you’re a red wine lover, this Spanish red will do the trick. It’s packed with red fruits and currents for a delightful Nolo alternative to wine. It’s available from the Co-op, buy here.

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Christmas gift guide: Long-lasting Wine Gifts for the wine lover in your life

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Shopping for a loved one who loves wine is usually not difficult to do, most of us buy them a few bottles of their favourite wine and that’s that. But this year, let’s think a little out of the box and get your favourite wine lover a gift other than wine, or something useful that’s not the same old thing.

Let your wine gift this year be more than a few bottles of wine that’ll be enjoyed over Christmas but rather thoughtful, longlasting gifts that’ll keep you in their thoughts through the New Year.

Here are five such gifts:

Wine Holder for Wine Storage

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Most people may not have enough wine to fill a wine cellar but they usually have a few bottles they are holding on to for special occasions. This wine holder will make an excellent gift, as it gives them a chance to display their collection and they’ll think of you every time they see it. Buy here

Rechargeable Wine Opener Gift Set

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This gorgeous set is stainless steel and beautifully packaged. Not to mention it’ll last years if looked after properly. You’ll be remembered each time the recipient opens a bottle of wine. Buy here.

Wine lovers box gift subscription

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The gift of a couple of bottles of wine will disappear quickly during this festive period but an annual subscription of the Wine Lovers Box will last well beyond that. Your gift will keep giving well into 2021; bringing new and exciting wine from vineyards all across the world, not to mention delicious treats with every delivery. Really, it’s the best kind of gift to give the wine lover in your life.
Gift a box here

Forman & Field Classic Cheese Box

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This Cheese Box is the perfect Christmas gift for a wine lover! It’s a superb selection of award-winning British cheeses that will pair excellently with wine this Christmas. All cheese come individually wrapped in waxed paper, and presented in a wooden box that’s worth keeping. Buy here.

Wine stain remover

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This may not be a glamourous gift but it’s a very thoughtful one that the recipient will thank you for over and over again. It makes a great stocking filler!
Accidentally spilling red wine has ruined many things in the home; from sofas and carpets to bed linings and clothing. This gift will be the most used by a wine lover and they’ll thank you every time they reach for it.
Grab a red wine stain remover here.

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Apricot Mince Pies Recipe

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This is a delicious mince pies recipe that will put you in a festive mood as soon as it hits your taste buds. And it’s easy to make too!

Ingredients

  • 100g (3 ½ oz) unsalted butter, at room temperature and cubed, plus extra for greasing
  • 200g (7 oz) plain flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 1 tsp ground mixed spice
  • 1 tbsp caster sugar
  • 6 tsp Bonne Maman Apricot Conserve
  • 6 tsp good quality mincemeat
  • Milk or beaten egg, for glazing
  • Icing sugar, to dust

Method

  • Preheat the oven to 200°c (fan oven 180°c), gas mark 6. Lightly grease a 12-hole cake tin.
  • Put the flour into a mixing bowl, add the butter and rub into the flour until the mixture is like fine breadcrumbs.
  • Add the mixed spice to the sugar in a pestle and mortar or a strong bowl with the end of a rolling pin and grind together until well mixed and a little powdery. Add this to the flour and butter and stir in.
  • Using a round-bladed palette knife, mix 3-4 tablespoons cold water, stirring until it comes together. Then with your hands, work the dough gently into a ball, wrap in cling film and allow to rest for about 20 minutes.
  • Roll out the pastry thinly on a lightly floured work surface. Stamp out 12 circles with a fluted pastry cutter, slightly larger than the cake holes, and press the circles into the tin.
  • Put about ½ teaspoon of apricot conserve into each pastry case, then top with about ½ teaspoon of mincemeat.
  • Re-roll the pastry trimmings and cut about 12 smaller circles and put them on top of the mincemeat. Glaze the tops with a little milk or beaten egg, if available, and bake in the preheated oven for 12-15 minutes until the pastry is crisp and golden.
  • Cool in the tin for 5 minutes, then remove and cool on a wire rack. Dust with icing sugar to finish.

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Strawberry, Cranberry & Pistachio Tuiles Recipe

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This new take on tuiles – traditional French wafer biscuits – is incredibly easy to make and the tuiles look very festive studded with dried fruits and green pistachios. They’re delicious with mousses, fools and ice cream or simply served with a cup of coffee. A little stack of tuiles popped in a beribboned Bonne Maman jar will also make a lovely house gift.

Ingredients

  • 15g chopped dried apricots
  • 15g cranberries, chopped
  • 2 tbsp Bonne Maman Strawberry Conserve; can also use Raspberry,
    Wild Blueberry or Blackcurrant Conserve
  • Finely grated zest of 1 orange
  • 1 large egg white
  • 50g golden caster sugar
  • 25g plain flour
  • 25g melted butter, cooled
  • 20g pistachio nuts, finely chopped
  • 15g toasted, flaked almonds
  • Icing sugar, to dust

Method

  1. Put the apricots and cranberries into a small bowl and stir in the Strawberry Conserve and orange zest. Set aside for an hour.
  2. Heat the oven to 220C, 200C fan, gas 7. Line two baking sheets with non-stick baking parchment. Have a wooden spoon on hand for cooling and shaping the cooked tuiles over the handle.
  3. Whisk the egg white until stiff. Gradually whisk in the caster sugar until the mixture forms stiff peaks.
  4. Stir in the flour and melted butter until the mixture is a smooth paste.
  5. Using just one baking sheet at a time, take a teaspoon of mixture and spread it into a thin, almost transparent round, about 4cm across. Drop on a little of the fruity conserve mixture and a sprinkling of nuts. Don’t do more than 3 rounds per baking sheet as the tuiles cook and cool very quickly. 
  6. Bake the tuiles for 5mins. Prepare the second baking sheet of tuiles as you wait for the first to bake.
  7. The tuiles should have spread out a little and be tinged with golden brown around the edges. Lift off with a palette knife and press gently over the wooden spoon handle to curve as they cool. Dust very lightly with icing sugar.
  8. Pack into airtight containers or freeze.

Tip

The tuiles will stay crisp for a day or so but if they soften on storage, simply pop them back into a hot oven, covered loosely with foil, for a minute to crisp them up again. 

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