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Day 16 of Church House Advent Calendar

On Day 16 of #churchhouseadvent we turn our attention to Christmas drinks. A sure way to get a party off to a good start begins with arrival drinks as guests are welcomed to the reception.

We have asked our Sales & Marketing Team to let us know their suggestions for a drinks reception. Find out what festive cocktails you’ll find Marina Papadopoulou, our Business Development Manager and Elana Kruger, our Marketing Manager, mixing, shaking and stirring up when Christmas comes around.


Marina’s Champagne Twist Cocktail


  • 45ml vodka
  • 45ml brandy
  • 1 tsp sherry
  • 45ml Champagne


Stir the vodka, brandy and sherry well with cracked ice. Strain into a chilled martini glass and add Champagne.


Elana’s Festive Sparkling Punch


  • 1 bottle red burgundy
  • 30 ml brandy
  • 2 bottles champagne
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1-litre sparkling water
  • 1 cup fresh hulled strawberries or raspberries
  • 2 juice oranges
  • Block of ice


Pour the Burgundy and sugar into a punch bowl and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Add the brandy, stirring well. Place the block of ice in the bowl, and pour in the Champagne and the sparkling water. Garnish the top of the ice block with strawberries or raspberries. Cut the orange into thin wheels and float them on top of the punch.


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