Sip on sangria, mulled wine and fruit punch at your Christmas celebrations this year.
You can't beat Christmas when it comes to eating, drinking and being merry. Whether you're planning this year's family bash or you're looking for an alternative to the traditional eggnog, it's a good idea to have a few seasonal drinks up your sleeve to help you celebrate the season.
Given that the Aussie summer is traditionally a hot affair, it's likely you and your guests will be reaching for something cool to take the edge off. Why not make a jug of sangria to go with your evening meal?
The delicious drink is usually made up of wine, brandy, some kind of juice and chopped fruit, but it can be made in many variations. If alcohol isn't in any of your silly season healthy meal plans, you could make a virgin option and substitute the wine and brandy for sparkling grape juice. This means the kids can enjoy a sip or two of the drop, too.
Best saved for when the weather cools down at night, mulled wine is a spicy delight made up of red wine, cinnamon, nutmeg and a whole host of other ingredients. While it does take a bit of preparation, the payoff is worth it. Sit around an outdoor fire with a mug of this while you ring in the holidays.
Have an 80s moment and mix up big bowls of punch to treat your guests this Christmas. Mix up a non-alcoholic variety with lemonade, pineapple juice, tropical juice and whatever seasonal fruit you have on hand, throw in a ladle and let your loved ones serve themselves.
For a more adult variety, add some gin, tequila or vodka to the mix. Put up signs to help guests differentiate between the two, and make sure everyone has a safe way of getting home from the big bash.