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From perfect party nibbles and a glass of fizz to mince pies and mulled wine, get into the Christmas spirit and show off your culinary skills with these food and drink pairings from Co-op’s Senior Wine Buyer, Gyles. 

For drinks with friends… 

Try Co-op Cauliflower Cheese Crisps paired with Co-op Tillington Hills Cider 

Enjoy all the rich flavours of a creamy cauliflower cheese without going near the kitchen, with our fantastic crisps. Cider and cheese taste great together, so try pairing these cauliflower cheese flavoured crisps with a chilled glass of cider. The sharpness of the apples in the cider will cut nicely through the salty, creamy cheese, and make for a moreish combination – perfect nibbles for impromptu festive drinks with friends.  

 For cosy afternoons in… 

Co-op Irresistible Luxury Mince Pies paired with Co-op Mulled Wine 

It’s never too early for your first mince pie, served with a dollop of brandy butter while you’re wrapped up on the sofa. For instant festive cheer, try pairing our buttery mince pies with a steaming mug of spiced mulled wine. Or, if you’re feeling creative, whip up a batch of Mulled Gin Cocktail (recipe link) for the perfect winter warmer.  

For family parties… 

Brie & Cranberry Christmas Trees paired with homemade Virgin Mistletoe Margarita 

Children (and adults) are guaranteed to love the festive colours and flavours of these fun Christmas tree-shaped tortilla chips. Put out a bowl of Brie & Cranberry Christmas trees at your festive family gathering and serve them with a jug of cranberry-based Virgin Mistletoe Margarita (recipe link), an alcohol-free mocktail with zesty mint notes. 

For an evening treat… 

Co-op Irresistible Spiced Salted Caramel Ice Cream paired with Co-op Cream Sherry  

Our festive ice cream with chunks of salted caramel and a hint of warming spice is the perfect evening treat with your favourite Christmas film. Pair it with a glass of Co-op Cream Sherry – it has deep aromas that will contrast beautifully against the saltiness of the caramel.  

For Christmas Day… 

Co-op Clementhyme Profiteroles with Co-op Prosecco  

With tangy citrus flavours and a whipped cream centre, Co-op Clementhyme Profiteroles are the perfect showstopper dessert for Christmas Day. Make it even more special by pairing with our award-winning Co-op Irresistible Prosecco – the delicate fizz goes wonderfully with the light, airy pastry. Cheers! 

Did you know that Co-op Members have helped develop a wide range of Co-op beers, wines and spirits this year. Take a read on the impact they have made to our range and how you could get involved

Gyles Walker,
Senior Wine Buyer 

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