Christmas is almost here! If you truly want to get into the Christmas spirit and have your restaurant feeling festive, it’s all about the seasonal tipples. Adding a few novelty, Instagramable additions around this time of year helps to keep business booming.
Spice wholesalers are the key to incredible food and drink over Christmas, setting your menu above the rest! Here, we discuss the most popular herbs and spices to use in your winter warmers this year!
Merry and Bright
With the familiar flavours and aromas created by classic winter spices, it’s easy to see why we’ve come to know and love the ones associated with this time of year. Planning your cocktail and drinks menu with the ingredients that are seasonally available ensures your creations are always fresh and exciting. The availability of stock, depending on the time of year can really play to your advantage and set your bar a cut above the rest. You just have to know the crowd pleasers. Spice wholesalers can help to ensure that you’re never out of spice. We’d recommended investing in bulk spices like cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves around this time of year.
For yummy Christmas tipples, here are the key spices to use that will make a difference to your drink!
Tipples For Good Tidings
Here are some of our favourite concoctions to include on your festive drink’s menu. You can make full use of those delicious spices too – have fun experimenting!
Mulled Wine: The king beverage of Christmas! Homemade mulled wine is delicious because of all the spices infused within it! Add two cinnamon sticks, one star anise, a pinch of cloves and a couple of peppercorns to a bottle of red wine. Slice up some orange, add a shot of brandy and warm the mix for the best recipe! If you’re in a rush, try our mulled wine sachets to save you some time in the kitchen!
Eggnog: Cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg help to give eggnog its distinctive flavour. Once the egg and sugar are beaten together, slowly whisk in hot milk that's been infused with cloves and cinnamon. This will temper the eggs, so they don't curdle. Continue to stir and warm the eggnog on the stove until it thickens into a light custard. Add dark rum or bourbon to give it a further kick this Christmas!
Hot Chocolate: Why not spice up a classic hot chocolate? A pinch of cinnamon goes a long way when stirred into the chocolatey mix! The volatile oils in the ground cinnamon will be coaxed out into the hot milk, infusing it, resulting in the perfect after dinner treat, or to have with your elevenses. Stirring in some Irish cream ensures a festive take on this classic winter warmer!
Mulled Cider: Cloves, cinnamon and allspice make all the difference to mulled cider. Slightly more tart than mulled wine, cider needs a little more cinnamon in it. Simply pour a litre of dry cider into a saucepan and mull on a low heat with orange zest, 3 cinnamon sticks, 4 cloves 2 all spice pimento berries, a splash of apple juice and a cup of dark brown sugar. Delicious!
Hot Toddy: If you’re planning to serve a little digestif after a festive dinner, a classic hot toddy is what you’re after. Simply add a cinnamon stick and a slice of lemon to your whiskey mix. If you’re looking for something a little fresher, try infusing with a couple of cardamom pods and a star anise for a fragrant burst
Mocha Martini: This is all about the coffee and nutmeg infusion. A take on the popular espresso martini, the mocha martini simply needs espresso, vodka, chocolate liqueur, coffee liqueur, brown sugar, nutmeg, dark chocolate and ice! Simply put a quarter of a teaspoon of nutmeg in your cocktail shaker with the liquid. Sprinkle a little extra on top of the cocktail, with dark chocolate!
Pomegranate Mint Gin Fizz: Easy and delicious mint adds a refreshing element to this sweet but zesty cocktail. Simply tear ten mint leaves up and pop into a gin glass. Then, mix gin and pomegranate juice in your cocktail shaker. Add to your glass and top with prosecco!
Purchasing from reputable spice wholesalers around Christmas ensures that you are shopping in the most cost-effective way. Buying as you go around this time of year gets expensive. High quality produce ensures great flavour, meaning your customers be back for more! Buying bulk spices online means they are guaranteed to be more potent and long-lasting than fresh. You won’t have to use as much, and your dishes will always be full of distinct flavour.
Additionally, your produce will be delivered on time and you will know the exact supply you have in stock – which is essential for any successful seasonal menu. At World of Spice, our premium quality wholesale herbs and spices are known for their exceptional quality. Whatever you require, we ensure that we always have the availability and choice to meet your business demands this Winter.
Get in Touch
At World of Spice wholesalers, we understand the importance of traditional tasting, seasonal food and drinks. Bulk spices are the key to that festive authenticity. Our service is cost-effective and fully reliable; we go above and beyond for each of our customers to ensure that you get the produce you need for business.
From bespoke blends to a choice of packaging, complete with custom private labelling, our comprehensive service can help you achieve your culinary goals. For more information about our services for trade and retail and what we can offer you, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or feel free to call our team on 01277 633303. We look forward to hearing from you.