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'Tis the season to be merry! Christmas cocktails are the nation’s favourite festive tipples

18th December 2014 Print
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Homemade cocktails have topped a poll by Waitrose Cellar in a bid to find the UK’s favourite Christmas drink. The ‘Festive Favourites’ study of 1,000 UK respondents found that Buck's Fizz is the most favoured alcoholic mixed drink, with nearly a third of the British public (32 per cent) enjoying the champagne and orange juice mix. The classic Irish coffee came in second, preferred by over a quarter of all people (26 per cent), swiftly followed by mulled wine in third place with 25 per cent. Other cocktails in the mix also include gin and tonic, eggnog, buttered rum, mojito and Kir Royal (15 per cent). A broad range of other cocktail choices made up the final two per cent.

For those who prefer their drinks straight up, the survey also revealed that Baileys (20 per cent) and red wine (20 per cent) are the UK’s joint favourite alcoholic Christmas drink while Champagne came in second place with 18 per cent of the vote. White wine is next favourite with 13 per cent of people opting for a sauvignon blanc, pinot grigio or other white wine while surprisingly, prosecco came in fourth place with 9 per cent. Although prosecco and other sparkling wines have proved to be a rising trend as the bubbly of choice**, people are still splashing out at Christmas with double the amount opting for the quality bottle of fizz.

Favourite Christmas drinks change with age

The poll also found that tastes change with age. Champagne is found to be favourite for under 25s (22 per cent), while a whopping 65 per cent of the over 25- 54 year olds said that they would be most likely to enjoy Irish cream liqueur. As for the 55+ age group, red wine came out top, with over a quarter of respondents (27 per cent) favouring a festive glass of merlot, shiraz or other red.

The nation’s top food and wine pairings

When it comes to the perfect food and alcohol combination, a classic combination of mince pies with mulled wine topped the poll with 25 per cent. Second favourite was the pairing of Buck’s Fizz with scrambled eggs and salmon, with 7 per cent of the nation choosing to start their day with this traditional breakfast.

Robert McCarthy, Head of Waitrose Cellar, said: “Food and drink are the centre of Christmas Day celebrations, bringing families together to create lasting memories. If customers are looking for Christmas drink ideas to match their festive foods, we've pulled together some useful advice on food and drink pairings as well as festive cocktail recipes for inspiration at This includes a Middle Eastern inspired twist on the traditional hot toddy and many more.”

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