Study reveals nation’s favourite festive tipple

Homemade cocktails have topped a poll by supermarket chain Waitrose in a bid to find the UK’s favourite Christmas drink.

Study reveals nation's favourite festive tipple

The ‘Festive Favourites’ study of 1,000 UK respondents found that Buck’s Fizz is the most favoured alcoholic mixed drink, with nearly a third of the British public (32%) enjoying the champagne and orange juice mix.

The classic Irish coffee came in second, preferred by over a quarter of all people (26%), followed by mulled wine in third place with 25%. Other cocktails in the mix also include gin and tonic, eggnog, buttered rum, mojito and Kir Royal (15%). A broad range of other cocktail choices made up the final 2%.

For those who prefer their drinks straight up, the survey also revealed that Baileys (20%) and red wine (20%) are the UK’s joint favourite alcoholic Christmas drink, with Champagne in second place with 18% of the vote. White wine is next favourite with 13% of people opting for a sauvignon blanc, pinot grigio or other white wine while prosecco came in fourth place with 9%.

Although prosecco and other sparkling wines have proved to be a rising trend as the bubbly of choice, people are still splashing out at Christmas, with double the amount opting for the quality bottle of fizz, Waitrose said.

The poll also revealed that tastes change with age. Champagne is favoured by under 25s (22%), while a whopping 65% of 25-54 year olds said they would be most likely to enjoy Irish cream liqueur. As for the 55+ age group, red wine came out top, with over a quarter of respondents (27%) favouring a festive glass of merlot, shiraz or other red.

When it comes to the perfect food and alcohol combination, a combination of mince pies with mulled wine topped the poll with 25%. Second favourite was the pairing of Buck’s Fizz with scrambled eggs and salmon, with 7% of the nation choosing to start their day with this traditional breakfast.

Robert McCarthy, head of Waitrose’s specialist wine website, said: “Food and drink are the centre of Christmas Day celebrations, bringing families together to create lasting memories. If customers are looking for Christmas drink ideas to match their festive foods, we’ve pulled together some useful advice on food and drink pairings as well as festive cocktail recipes for inspiration at”

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