Wine aficionado and all round drinks expert Oz Clarke teams up with Hugh Dennis in a seasonal challenge to sample every Christmas tipple past and present.The boys embrace the festive spirit as they attempt to uncover the true Christmas credentials behind some of our favourite beverages: from whisky and winter ales in the Highlands to mulled wine in the birthplace of Dickens; from wassail in the West Country to sloe gin in Wiltshire; plus port, sherry and snowballs too. Oz and Hugh explore the weird and wonderful customs that surround some of those drinks and perhaps expose some as complete festive fakes. And once the jolly is over and the lads sober, they head to the heart of London to dish out liquid gifts to the great British public and to announce which drink deserves to become Britain's first official Christmas Tipple.
Brothers-in-law and drinking buddies Alexander Armstrong and Giles Coren choose the booze that will give them their Christmas spirit. From mulled wine and fizz, eggnog and sloe gin to brandy and Boxing Day hangover cures, together these 12 drinks are the festive selection pack that will ensure their family's Christmas is full of good cheer. For Alexander Armstrong and Giles Coren Christmas is about enjoying time with their families. In their case, that means each other since they are brothers-in-law. Just like the rest of us, they spend much of the festive season indoors eating and drinking. Every year Britons spend over £10 billion on alcohol at Christmas. And every year, exactly what is drunk in the Armstrong-Coren family is the subject of some debate.