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The Best Winter Warming Party Drinks

Now that the summer has come to an end, the party season is definitely upon us again with Halloween, Guy Fawkes night, Christmas and New Years in the offing.

While it might be tempting to take the same approach to winter parties as summer barbecues, a little planning goes a long way. As an alternative to asking your guests to bring a bottle here are some winter drinks that are a little different to the usual offerings.

1. Pimms No.3

Pimm’s is the traditional summer drink but its cousin the Number 3 cup has been produced on and off for the last 150 years. What’s the difference? Whereas the No 1 cup is based on gin, this is a brandy based liqueur infused with ginger and orange and is wonderful served warm mixed with 3 parts clear apple juice.

2. Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer

Crabbies have been creating their famous ginger beer for over two centuries and one thing has stood the test of time: they only use the finest ingredients. The ginger that is imported from the Far East gives this beer a special ginger ‘bite’ to it that is matured with the other ingredients for 2 months to ensure the distinct flavour.

3. Sipsmith Vintage Sloe Gin

Sipsmith have been beavering away for years perfecting their London dry gin and it was always inevitable that they were going to reach out to that classic, sloe gin. This is a superb sloe gin, bursting with flavours from Dartmoor (where the sloes are picked) and can be served slightly warm or cold.

4. Orchard Pig Juggler Mulled Cider

Orchard Pig was is the invention of two cider enthusiasts from Glastonbury Somerset, and they have been making waves since launching in 2004. The ‘Juggler’ is their latest, innovative style, infused with mulling spices. Great chilled with a ploughman’s lunch or heated through in winter round an open fire, indoors or out.

5. Isle of Jura Single Malt Whiskey

Everyone loves a dram of whisky on a cold night and this Isle of Jura Single Malt is a marvellous drop to have. Winner of the Gold in the 2012 BTI Awards, Jura is wonderfully smooth with a rich flavour and hints of caramel & citrus mingled with cacao, spices and oranges.

Hugo Fairey is founder of drinks comparison website Bring a Bottle

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