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As the final week of Christmas preparations dawns, we’re pulling together our Christmas gifts. Our homemade gifts this year see us making Christmas drinks – three years. There is something about a warming drink offsetting the cold which makes winter perfect. And of course, creating festive drinks for Christmas is a great idea for a homemade gift.
This year, we’ve gone with three drinks- for the daytime, for the evening, and for the weekend. All are really easy to make, although one means you have to get your gifting head in check a little earlier.
A Christmas Tea Tree
I think this is always my favourite. As someone who doesn’t enjoy traditional tea, the realisation of the variety of fruit and black teas has made me a convert.
In previous years we have made Christmas tea wreaths. They’re really effective, but I always forget to save cardboard.
This year, I’ve continued with thrifty and used the cones which you’ll find wool wrapped around. If you don’t knit yourself, or know someone who does, you’ll probably find someone selling them at a reasonable price on selling sites such as ebay or gumtree. We painted the cones and with a glue gun set about adding tea bags to the cone. If you do this along the top it means you can easily tear each bag away to enjoy your cuppa. I’m a massive fan of Twinnings where trying out new teas are concerned, especially with their individually wrapped assorted teas.Once complete, we added a star decoration to the top, and I think this would make a great gift for any tea lover.
Hot Chocolate Drinking Spoons
As our something for the evening, we’ve gone with a little luxury. For us, there’s no better way to thaw from the cold than with a mug of hot chocolate. Hot chocolate spoons are lots of fun as all you have to do is stir into a mug of hot milk. And of course you can have fun making different flavours.
We stayed traditional in taste and made the spoons festive in decoration. We meant for a little bit of luxury with Lindt chocolate and Green & Blacks Cocoa.To make the spoons, we melt 200g of milk chocolate and stir in 40g of cocoa and 80g of icing sugar. This makes approximately 15 spoons. We added to the luxury by using edible glitter to decorate.
Apple and Cinnamon Bourbon
One of my favourite preparations for Christmas is making a festive tipple. This year it was the smell of Christmas that I sought, and for me this has to be cinnamon. I wanted to go after a flavour which had that hit of warmth, and whilst I wouldn’t usually drink whisky or bourbon, I think this Christmas I’ll make an exception. The perfect drink for a weekend treat.We used three apples and three cinnamon sticks per litre of bourbon. And this has been in a dark place for the past couple of months. And it smells delicious.