Home made cocktails have topped a ballot by Waitrose Cellar in a bid to seek out the UK’s favorite Christmas drink. The ‘Festive Favourites’ research of 1,000 UK respondents* discovered that Buck’s Fizz is probably the most favoured alcoholic blended drink, with almost a 3rd of the British public (32 per cent) having fun with the champagne and orange juice combine. The basic Irish espresso got here in second, most popular by over 1 / 4 of all folks (26 per cent), swiftly adopted by mulled wine in third place with 25 per cent. Different cocktails within the combine additionally embrace gin and tonic, eggnog, buttered rum, mojito and Kir Royal (15 per cent). A broad vary of different cocktail decisions made up the ultimate two per cent. For many who favor their drinks straight up, the survey additionally revealed that Baileys (20 per cent) and purple wine (20 per cent) are the UK’s joint favorite alcoholic Christmas drink whereas Champagne got here in second place with 18 per cent of the vote. White wine is subsequent favorite with 13 per cent of individuals choosing a sauvignon blanc, pinot grigio or different white wine whereas surprisingly, prosecco got here in fourth place with 9 per cent. Though prosecco and different glowing wines have proved to be a rising pattern because the bubbly of alternative**, persons are nonetheless forking out at Christmas with double the quantity choosing the standard bottle of fizz. Waitrose Mulled WineFavourite Christmas drinks change with ageThe ballot additionally discovered that tastes change with age. Champagne is discovered to be favorite for underneath 25s (22 per cent), whereas a whopping 65 per cent of the over 25- 54 yr olds mentioned that they’d be more than likely to get pleasure from Irish cream liqueur. As for the 55+ age group, purple wine got here out prime, with over 1 / 4 of respondents (27 per cent) favouring a festive glass of merlot, shiraz or different purple. The nation’s prime meals and wine pairings On the subject of the proper meals and alcohol mixture, a basic mixture of mince pies with mulled wine topped the ballot with 25 per cent. Second favorite was the pairing of Buck’s Fizz with scrambled eggs and salmon, with 7 per cent of the nation selecting to start out their day with this conventional breakfast. Robert McCarthy, Head of Waitrose Cellar, mentioned: “Foods and drinks are the centre of Christmas Day celebrations, bringing households collectively to create lasting recollections. If prospects are in search of Christmas drink concepts to match their festive meals, we have pulled collectively some helpful recommendation on foods and drinks pairings in addition to festive cocktail recipes for inspiration at waitrosecellar.com. This features a Center Jap impressed twist on the normal sizzling toddy and lots of extra.”ENDSFor extra info contact:Isa Lavahun ConsultantPropellernet t: 01273 760956 e: [email protected] to Editors:* The survey was of 1,000 individuals who rejoice Christmas. Drink-related statistics:Most girls’s favorite alcoholic Christmas drink is Baileys or Irish espresso liqueur (18%) whereas most males favour purple wine (11%). Each genders agree with champagne being their second favorite alcoholic drink (14% of ladies and 10% of males).Of those that plan to serve Buck’s Fizz with meals this Christmas, most can be popping their bottles come breakfast with scrambled eggs and salmon (7%), adopted (later within the day) by mince pies (2%) after which blended nuts (1%).Meals & Drink Pairing Statistics:Mulled wine is the Christmas drink more than likely to be paired up with meals; 36% of individuals can be serving it alongside one thing extra substantial.Of those that plan to serve mulled wine with meals this Christmas, most can be dishing up minced pies (25%), adopted by Christmas cake (4%) after which Christmas pudding (2%).The preferred alcoholic drink to serve with mince pies at Christmas is mulled wine (25.2%), adopted by Irish cream liqueur (5.1%) after which Irish espresso (4.8%).The preferred alcoholic drink to serve with Christmas cake is mulled wine (4%), adopted by Irish cream liqueur (2.4%) after which Irish espresso (2.3%).Prosecco developments ** Prosecco has turn out to be a rising pattern within the UK in response to Telegraph characteristic written earlier this yr (article dwell right here: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/retailandconsumer/leisure/10765874/Prosecco-exports-to-the-UK-jump-40laptop.html)Ordering from Waitrose CellarNo minimal order worth. Drinks from Waitrose Cellar have to be ordered in a case of six which might be chosen and pre-mixed from the Champagne, wine, glowing wine and spirits ranges.Order on-line at waitrosecellar.com by 9pm Monday to Friday for assortment out of your native Waitrose from 2pm the following working day. Orders positioned after 9pm on Friday and earlier than 9pm on Monday can be accessible for assortment from 2pm on Tuesday. Variations to the service might apply round Financial institution vacation intervals.Prospects can even select to have their waitrosecellar.com purchases delivered free inside Three working days, subsequent/named day supply for £4.95, or free subsequent/named day supply for orders over £150.Name the Waitrose Cellar wine specialists 9am-5pm weekdays for recommendation and help on 03456100304, e mail [email protected], or tweet @waitrosewineThe John Lewis Partnership is among the UK’s prime ten retail companies with 39 John Lewis department shops and 328 Waitrose supermarkets. The Partnership is Britain’s greatest and longest surviving instance of employee co-ownership. All 79,700 everlasting workers are companions within the enterprise and share in its income – that is why they care in regards to the prospects – and the suppliers – and the long run.