13 Cornish tipples perfect for Christmas
PUBLISHED: 10:00 11 December 2019 | UPDATED: 10:33 11 December 2019
Our county is packed with talented and award-winning brewers, distillers and winemakers. From mulled cider to clotted cream gin, here are our top picks to make the festive period even more fabulous with a few food pairing ideas
1. Sparkling Pink Brut, Trevibban Mill
Description: Made in the traditional method, this salmon pink sparkling wine has fresh red berry and cranberry notes. Fine bubbles and crisp acidity give the wine great balance and freshness.
Christmas food pairing: This fresh pink is perfect as an aperitif or for a toast and ideally paired with a whole range of festive feasts as it is such a versatile wine. The Sparkling Pink Brut sits well with canapés and starters such as charcuterie, cheese or salads but most importantly it perfectly complements turkey.
Price: £26 per bottle
2. Cornwall Brut, Camel Valley
Description: A fresh and fruity fizz, perfect for all celebrations. With English hedgerow scents and a touch of honey on the palate. It's served in Rick Stein's world-famous Seafood Restaurant and Nathan Outlaw's iconic two Michelin Star Restaurants, plus it's just been ordered in for British Airways First Class. So, if you want a first class start to Christmas...
Christmas food pairing: Fish, shell fish and seafood.
Price: £29.95 per bottle
3. Penny Come Quick, Skinners Brewery
Description: Penny Come Quick is brewed using a fine combination of local water; whole flower Northdown hops; Mount Hood hop; pale malt; crystal malt; and chocolate malt. As stouts go, Penny Come Quick is packed with deep flavours. At 4.5% ABV it has a smooth, creamy body reminiscent of a higher ABV brew with scents of coffee and chocolate and a bitter-sweet yet slightly floral taste.
Christmas food pairing: In keeping with the seasons, we recommend that you try it with oysters, cured meats or a decadent chocolate mousse dessert.
Price: £5.80 for 3 bottles
4. Keltek Swifties Cornish Lager
Description: Swifties Cornish Lager is brewed by Keltek Cornish Brewery in Redruth. Their production method is the traditional one - slow and cold, which helps to clear up the taste and colour. This year Swifties brought home a Gold at the Taste of the West Award and can now be found across the county and beyond
Christmas food pairing: This pilsner style lager has a crisp dry freshness that works well with seafood and puddings alike. We reckon the prefect food pairing is Scallops with Black Pudding and Apple Sauce. The lightness of the scallop does not get overtaken by the lager but accentuated.
Price: £7.20 for 6 bottles
5. Clotted Cream Gin, Wrecking Coast Distillery
Description: Smooth on the palette and velvety rich in the mouth, this handcrafted, small-batch clotted cream gin delivers a distinctly Cornish flavour. Using the unique approach of building gin around the clotted cream ensures the delivery of its velvety richness balanced with the traditional notes of juniper you expect in gin. Fresh clotted cream is hand distilled in a unique process that blends with their own specially created 12-botantical gin, delivering a one of a kind flavour experience perfect for the pomp of Christmas.
Christmas food pairing: Will work equally well with smoked salmon, pate or a spicy curry on Boxing Day.
6. Mulled Apple Cordial, Cornish Country Cordial
Description: A warm and soothing blend of winter spices and orange zest in apple juice. Turn it into Hot Mulled Rum Punch by diluting approximately 1:4 with hot water, apple juice or cider. Add a splash of rum and top up with hot water if required.
Christmas food pairing: Use neat to baste a scored ham as it bakes in the oven, or pour it over ice-cream as an alternative to Christmas pudding and mince pies.
Price: £21 (+p&p) for case of 6
7. Healeys, Cornish Gold Original Cyder
Description: Cornish Gold is the newest addition to Healeys' portfolio of Cornish cyders. Crafted in Cornwall, Healeys has resurrected its first sparkling cyder from around 30 years ago. Available in two variants our pick is the Cornish Gold Original: 4.5% ABV, crisp, refreshing with a champagne-like sparkle.
Christmas food pairing: Slow cooked roast pork.
Price: £24.48 for 12 bottles
8. Wassail Mulled Cider, Cornish Orchards
Description: An aromatic brew of cider and apple juice, infused with fresh oranges and hand-blended spices, Wassail Mulled Cider is a firm favourite at this time of year. Warm through without boiling and enjoy a mug with a roaring log fire.
Christmas food pairing: Wassail is also great for seasonal recipes such as glazed gammon or roast pork, so you can use it to spice up your festive dishes too.
Price: £36.85 per case
9. Blackberry Mead, Cornish Mead
Description: Blackberry Mead has a rich deep colour with a subtle hint of honey and a ripe Blackberry aroma. Mix it with lemonade for a refreshing tipple or make it seasonally appropriate and drink it neat for a warm winter glow.
Christmas food pairing: Pair it chilled with a fabulous Cornish Blue, Cornish Nanny or perhaps a Cornish Yarg.
10. Aval Dor Cornish Potato Vodka, Colwith Farm Distillery
Description: Aval Dor vodka, is the product of five generations of Cornish farming history. Using the finest King Edward potatoes grown on their family, the team distil Aval Dor from scratch in 200 litre copper pot batch stills. The result is the region's first and only 'plough to bottle' vodka spirit. The fluffy, rich textures from the King Edwards, provides a deliciously smooth and creamy vodka on the pallet with earthy, vanilla undertones.
Christmas food pairing: As vodka is a flavourless, neutral spirit, there wouldn't really be a good food to pair with it. Turn it into a pre-dinner cocktail instead.
11. Toffee Apple (Rum) Liqueur, Monarch Liqueurs
Description: This Toffee Apple Rum Liqueur combines the rich spicy flavour of rum with the subtle sweetness of toffee and apple. The inspiration for this was toffee and apple on a stick. Well it certainly worked, as this liqueur recently won Silver at the Taste of the West Awards!
Christmas food pairing: It goes wonderfully with a traditional Christmas Pudding, you could even try pouring some over the top or great with a cheese board.
12. Art Bacchus, Polgoon
Description: Art Bacchus is a Cornish wine with a Cornish view as the label features a painting of 'Veor Cove' by Paul Lewin, a tutor at Newlyn School of Art. This characterful wine, grown, bottled and pressed at Polgoon in Penzance, has aromas of lime zest with gooseberry and elderflower on the palate and a balanced minerality reminiscent of Cornish shores.
Christmas food pairing: This wine pairs perfectly with Christmas cheeses or seafood starters
13. Christmas Tea, Tregothnan
Description: The classic Black Tea, made using home-grown leaves and the finest Assam, has been given a Christmas makeover with the additions of sweet, fragrant Manuka flowers and the spicy warmth of cinnamon. You will want every day to be Christmas once you've tasted this delicious combination! And best of all, your loose tea comes in a specially designed Christmas gift tin.
Christmas food pairing: The sweet and spicy cinnamon flavour works perfectly with winter warmer desserts - we would recommend an Apple and Blackberry Crumble with a butter cinnamon topping.
Price: £15.95 for 50g