Christmas 2021 has been a long time coming – and we know that these last few weeks of the year can feel a bit like walking through treacle.
Tinsel and sparkle have been lighting up our social media feeds from late November and we’re of the mindset that life should be enjoyed for what it is, whenever that is. So, at Caorunn we’ve decided to throw our arms around advent this year and embrace everything that’s joyous about the season a little earlier than usual.
We thought we’d share some of our team’s tips for elevating this year’s long-awaited celebrations.
Take time to relax
Anyone else feeling completely exhausted...? We’ve had to dig pretty deep to keep moving through a period of uncertainty and worry in the last 2 years. Keep that front of mind when planning events and celebrations with friends and family and spread a bit of joy through the creation of cosy calm. Plan a Christmas movie night with some of our gin cocktails, blankets, festive treats and shut the outside world out for a bit with a trip down movie memory lane. Nothing gives us an inner glow quite like watching the Christmas movies we loved as children.
Take Christmas catering down a peg or two with a one pot solution to seasonal suppers and watch how your guests’ shoulders instantly lower with the relaxed vibe that bowl food parties can bring.
Table décor at Christmas
The biggest trend for Christmas décor is ‘rustic’, which is right up our street; ‘crafting’ is practically our middle name so we’re looking forward to Christmassy afternoons embracing that subtle, stripped back style this year and taking some time out to craft wreaths and garlands with wood, feathers, pine-cones, dried fruit and berries, all gathered from our foraging forays.
Whether you’re hosting a family lunch for 20 (we feel your pain…) or a brunch for six, we have just the thing to help you create a showstopper of a Christmas table. When was the last time you pulled a cracker and anything remotely good or useful dropped out? Exactly – NEVER, so our elves have put their bobble hats on and come up with a cracker of an idea. Literally.
If you’re in the UK, you can order the Caorunn Christmas Cracker pack which contains four individually boxed crackers, each with a delicious miniature bottle of our classic Caorunn Gin or Caorunn Scottish Raspberry.
Designed Caorunn’s classic white and red colours, these will be the pièce de resistance of your Christmas tablescape (bad jokes not included!). The Caorunn Gin Christmas Cracker is also a perfect little stocking filler or thank you to the people who have made your 2021 extra special.
You can even use them to create your very own gin Christmas tree decorations. Cut a 6-inch piece of ribbon, tie a strong knot around the bottle cap and simply hang from the tree.
Caorunn’s Christmas Gift Guide
We’re thinking the gin Christmas gift of a bottle in a bag can be elevated somewhat with a bit of thought and planning so this year, we’re gifting all of Caorunn’s range to our favourite people with some handwritten cocktail suggestions written on brown paper tags and tied up with strings around our iconic bottle cap.
However your gin loving friends and family roll – purists (go for our classic Caorunn gin), fun and fruity (our Scottish Raspberry is the one for them!), something powerful (Our Highland Strength will absolutely cut it) or, if you’re planning on doing your Christmas shopping last minute at the airport on the way to your holiday destination, you’ll be delighted to know that you can pick up a bottle of our Gin Master’s Cut which has all the essential characteristics of our classic gin with a laidback, spicy aroma.
What to write on those tags? We have a few seasonal cocktail suggestions for each of our gins.
Pink Lady Spritz
Caorunn, Apple & Tonic
Fresh Raspberry Clover Club
Raspberry Rhubarb Highball
Highland Herbal Highball
Gin Master’s Cut
Gin Master’s Martini
Caorunn White Negroni
We hope our Caorunn guide to Christmas will put an extra bit of sparkle in your step this season and create lots of big and small moments to enjoy, treasure and remember as we approach the big day!
Put the tonic on ice, the Caorunn on standby and enjoy the season!
The Caorunn Team.