Christmas is about tradition and spending time with family – whether that’s your given or chosen one. It’s about splurging with those we care about with treats we may not usually indulge in. It’s also about giving ourselves as much time as possible to relax and enjoy the conversations around the table. So we decided to put together a list of our top festive drinks!

Eggnog, the ultimate Christmas drink?

Cream, raw eggs, and sugar. Mmmmnothankyou. We couldn’t write this list without including eggnog, but while everyone knows that eggnog is meant to be the Christmas drink, how many of us have actually tried it (and of those, how many liked it?).

In Australia, where the temperatures are crazy over Christmas, we want cool and refreshing, not gloopy and rich. No thank you.

Sangria, a modern Aussie Christmas drink

Sangria on the other hand ticks a hell of a lot of the Aussie Christmas boxes. It’s chilled, can be made in a big batch, and can be customised to suit almost anyone’s tastes.

You can make sangria from red, white, and rose wine. Make it sparkly or flat, citrusy or fruity, who cares? There are few rules to Sangria, and those are meant to be broken. As long as you’ve got your base of wine, something sweet (sugar, orange juice, or even ginger ale), and some fruit and other flavours to liven it up, you’re good to go!

Sparkling Wine

Who doesn’t get excited at the pop of a cork? Whether you want to go for full blown champagne or a good Australian sparkling, there are great options your guests and family will love. While the difference between champagnes and other sparkling is there, it can be hard to detect sometimes. Stock up on a few bottles and pull them out when there’s a lull in the conversation. “Champagne anyone?”

Beers with your dad

Why knock a classic? What’s more Aussie than drinking beers from esky-chilled tinnies with your dad? Nothing. That’s what. Mix and match some light drinkable beers such as Furphys and Mountain Goats with some more exciting independent craft beers such as Colonial or Kaiju Krush.

Stock up when in need

One of the biggest factors of organising Christmas drinks isn’t always to have the fanciest drops, but instead it’s about having enough, as well as a variety of options so that everyone’s got something they’ll enjoy. If you realise that you’ve undershot your Christmas drinks, or haven’t catered to someone’s tastes, know that we can grab you those bottles in a flash (except for Christmas Day). They’ll arrive chilled at your door and no one will ever know.

Your Guide to Hosting an Adult Sleepover For Your Friends

Who doesn’t feel nostalgic for childhood sometimes?

Childhood was a wonderful responsibility-free time when hanging out was mostly about spending time with your friends. What activity you did wasn’t as important. Well, sleepovers were the epitome of childhood, and as such, hosting one is the easiest way to get transported back into that pre-adult life before responsibilities and bills, careers, and such. But an adult sleepover can have alcohol too, so it’s actually heaps better. Here’s how you make it a great one!

Be careful about who you invite

It’s so so easy to get loose in the invitation phase and invite a few people who might change the mood you’re trying to set for the night. Perhaps your sleepover plans are at the top of your mind when you bump into an acquaintance at a cafe, and before you know it you blurt out “Wanna come?” and immediately wanna kick yourself in the shins.

Remember, you really don’t have to invite everyone, it’s not your 4th grade birthday party. Don’t be mean about it obvi, but it’s fine to only invite your closest friends.

Boring adult sleepover logistics

Make sure you’ve got enough sleeping space/food/booze for everyone invited. If you don’t, ask people to bring their own. We can also pop by with cold drinks if you’re running low!

Consider the mood you want to set

Ask yourself these two questions:
How do I want people to feel during the sleepover?
How do I want them to feel after the sleepover?

Let the answers to these two guide your choices and you’re a long way towards nailing an adult sleepover.

Make it a little magical

Adult sleepovers should feel a little like regressing back to childhood. Check your worries at the door and chill the fuck out. Changing up your place a little can help your friends do this heaps faster. How? Hang those fairy lights that 14-year-old you flipped out over, and drag your mattress into the living room. Cover it in blankets and pillows and make a blanket fort.

Plan some entertainment

Every friend group is different, and we’re not gonna pretend like we know yours. But what we do know is that everyone needs some entertainment. Whether that’s board games, karaoke, drinking games, face masks, dancing, chats, video games, or movies all night – that’s up to you. Just make sure you’ve got ample options available to keep everyone happy.

Plan super easy foods and drinks (and a TON of it!)

No one wants to be in the kitchen when fun’s being had in the living room. Easy does it, so stock up on frozen pizzas, entertainer spring rolls, garlic bread, and all the crisps and chocolate in the known universe.

For drinks, think premixers, wine and beer, or perhaps even a jumbo bowl of punch! Running low on alcohol is the bane of any adult sleepover, so be the Host With the Most and order top ups until 11pm!

No adult sleepover is complete without breakfast mimosas

Your gang awakes in the morning, either smooth skinned and glowy from a night of pampering, or bleary-eyed and headachey from one too many tequila shots, to a MIMOSA BREKKIE! Yep, it’s the best and not very expensive. Your mimosas can even be delivered cold to your door, so you don’t have to worry about fridge space.

Have fun

The best way you can make sure your guests have fun is to have fun yourself, and don’t get too frustrated if plans change or if people chat through the movie. Hey, listen, you’ll knock it out of the park.

Tipple’s New Concierge Service: Drinks Catering Made Easy

Our new drinks catering service offers a curated drinks selection to suit any event and budget. The drinks are delivered cold, and the trash is removed. Step out of the driver’s seat, let us chauffeur your next event!