Your Go-To Guide To Aussie Christmas Food & Non-Alcoholic Drinks
So you’re already planning your Christmas menu and need some non-alcoholic wine beer and spirit pairings? You’re in luck, as I’ve created a list of my favourite classic Australian Christmas foods to cook and the drinks to pair them with!
Christmas in Australia is truly a magical time. And it’s quite common to find those days of the year quickly filling up with work-related Christmas drinks, dinners parties and summer BBQs.
This is where I hope to be of some help; now that your Christmas gift ideas for the non-alc drinker in your life are sorted, I’ve thought long and hard about the best non-alcoholic Christmas drinks and food pairings for those looking for a low-cal alcohol alternative. I’ve poured over every recommendation to ensure you get the best combinations from non-alcoholic Christmas cocktails to reds, whites and sparkling wine to go with your favourite festive treats, starting with:
It’s likely that even before December you’re enjoying the aromatic deliciousness of gingerbread. If you’re baking cookies or dipping into a gift early, get into the mood with a non-alcoholic spirit from Seedlip to wash it down. I’d recommend our Seedlip Spice 94 G&T Gift Pack to get you started, it’s the right blend of allspice berries and cardamom to take along to any gingerbread icing events you’ve been roped into. Or, if you prefer a zesty G&T consider our Seedlip Grove 42 G&T Gift Pack instead. With citrus and ginger notes, it’s a bright tipple that will quench your cravings fast.
2. Fresh Salads
Whether to whet your palate before the mains or acting as the star of the show, nothing complements a crisp, cool, fresh salad better than a zingy Sauvignon Blanc. My personal favourite is the Giesen 0% Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc with its zesty and hints of berry flavours. And with its low sugar and calorie count, it’s perfect for those watching their waistlines (especially after all that gingerbread)!
3. Fresh Prawns
Is it really Christmas without prawns? In fact, fresh seafood is a staple and non-alcoholic white wine, I can personally attest, is the perfect accompaniment. I’ve pulled together our Best of Whites Gift Pack to give you a taste of my favourites to trial. I’m a fan of each but definitely consider pulling out the Newblood Chardonnay or the Plus & Minus Pinot Grigio if seafood is the agenda.
If you prefer something sweeter on the palate, reach for the McGuigan Zero Dry Rose instead. With notes of grapefruit and strawberry, it’s a refreshing crowd-pleaser.
4. Mince Pies
Consumption of these beauties happens throughout the season, but should you be decorating or curling up to watch another Christmas film, mince pies are the perfect treat. For me, Newblood’s Non Alcoholic Shiraz and its bouquet of plum and chocolate brings out the flavour of these delish morsels superbly.
5. Cold Christmas Ham
If you’re laying on the cold cuts — honey-roasted ham or tofurkey — your first instinct might be a Chardy like the Le Petit Chavin’s but don’t overlook the non-alcoholic sparkling wine. I’ve bundled up the perfect quartet with our Australian Sparklers Gift Pack and I promise this fizz will be a treat. If going with cold ham, pull out the McGuigan Zero Dry Sparkling or the Plus & Minus Blanc de Blanc NV for the first serving and see for yourself how quickly a non-alc sparkling disappears.
6. Roast Dinner
Some people, despite the Aussie summer heat, will always favour the Christmas roast. Whether a classic roast or a vegan-friendly variant (I was treated to a mushroom Wellington recently which was absolutely divine!), only a flavourful non-alcoholic red wine will do and our Best of Reds Gift Packed box is just that. Each is a bold, succulent and complex tipple.
An Australian Christmas food legend, the pavlova is a must-have. This is when the best non-alcoholic Christmas drinks come out and yes, I mean mocktails. I recommend the Altina Zero Proof Cocktail Mixed Packs if you need options on hand; they’re fruity bevvies for those going traditional (think: passionfruit, mango) as dressings. If opting in to atypical toppings like chocolate or poached fruits might I suggest the NON 1 Salted Rasberry & Chamomile or the Seedlip Garden 108 G&T Gift Pack instead? Both deliver punchy flavour but the herbaceous Seedlip is better for those with less of a sweet tooth.
8. Christmas Pudding
As far as Christmas food ideas go, the classic pud is always going to find its way onto lists. If you’re testing an alc-free recipe and skipping the hard sauce, I suggest the NON 2 Caramelised Pear & Kombu, a non-alcoholic wine alternative that calls on a mix of honeyed fruits and spices. It is insanely yummy, perfect for Christmas pud.
Find your perfect non-alcoholic drinks this Christmas
No matter what’s on the menu, we want to help you find what the best drinks for Christmas are. Browse our wide range of the best non-alcoholic wine and spirits at Sans Drinks to add a little non-alco sparkle to your festive season. Plus, did I mention you can enjoy free shipping Australia-wide for orders over $150, too?