AU Review 2021’s Guide to Christmas Food and Drink



We’ve already shared our top Christmas gift picks with you, but that’s not all you need to shell out to bring the holiday cheer into your home. Food and drink will always be a big part of the big day, so we’ve rounded up some of our favorite spirits along with some food so you know exactly what to order before December 25th.


QT Christmas boxes at home

QT Hotels & Resorts is back, packing their idea of ​​Christmas cheer in product boxes filled with dishes that will save you and the family a lot of time in the kitchen. Last year’s QT At Home boxes were a huge hit in cities like Sydney and Melbounrne, and it looks like another crush for the boutique hotel brand as they fork out carefully for packs of wine. selected and food boxes with dishes that just need to be reheated and plated at home (instructions included).

Dishes in the food boxes include steamed lobster in brandy and Mary Rose horseradish, a blend of artisanal salumi and 24-hour proscuitto, a slowly roasted milk Berkshire porchetta, a local burrata with heirloom cherry tomatoes , Christmas peaches, vincotto and oregano, and honey glazed Australian ham with seed mustard, orange and cloves. You’ll also get more than a few snacks at the post-Christmas feast, like boxes of Parlor Lane’s exclusive salty popcorn and a few maltesers.

Click below for the full menu and information on other boxes like the QT Gold Wine Pack or Ordered Chaos gin. You will just need to order by December 22, then pick up your local QT hotel (QT Sydney, QT Bondi, QT Melbourne, etc.) on December 23 or 24.

$ 649 for a food box for 4 to 6 people |

East 33

Every Christmas treat needs an oyster platter, and that just won’t do if you order from just all over. East 33 is the most consistent when it comes to ordering fresh oysters – with the choice of shelled or unshelled – from specific regions of Australia. Additionally, the company recently partnered with Cloudy Bay to now offer a few value-added packages, like 2 Dozen East 33 Oysters with a selection of Cloudy Bay’s best still wines starting at $ 109.

There are also two dozen oysters with a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Brut for $ 139, and two dozen East 33 oysters with a limited edition trio of Archie Rose cocktails for $ 169.

Fish Me

Fresh Sydney seafood delivered right to your door is always a good Christmas cry, and you don’t necessarily want to drag your ass through the seafood market and beat yourself up among the crowds. Visit Fish.Me, which offers a wide range of fresh produce such as sea urchins, Champagne lobster and Patagonian toothfish.

Slices from Springhill Farm

Let’s face it, Christmas really is about snacks. You’ll want to fill the pantry with typical pizza shapes and Jatz, of course, but if you’re in the mood to try something a little different, Springhill Farm has two new slices that are really exceptionally good. The Christmas themed herbal slices are sour cherry and dark chocolate, and caramelized ginger and white chocolate.


The magnificent Dry Rose Gin from Maison Mirabeau

Mirabeau Dry Rosé Gin is a one-of-a-kind spirit that has just arrived in Sydney from award-winning rose brand Maison Mirabeau. The 100% grape-based neutral alcohol is inspired by the abundance of medicinal plants found along the French Riviera, setting itself apart from the rest in the growing category of pink gin by using grape skins recycled after the pressing the vinification for its base.

$ 69 for a 700 ml bottle |

Bacardi Carta Blanca

If your cocktails need white rum this Christmas, get yourself a bottle of Carta Blanca. The highly adaptable spirit is always a great choice this Christmas, as every home bar could use rum cocktails, and hardly anything pairs better with a wider range of cocktails than this classic.

$ 38 for a 700 ml bottle |

Bushmills 2008 Douro Cask Finish 13 years old

Irish whiskey is always a good choice, whatever the occasion, but the sweet brown spirit does particularly well at Christmas. This new limited edition has been bottled exclusively for Australia, coming from The Causeway Collection with a silky profile, the result of aging in alorosso and bourbon barrels for almost 8 years before finishing in wine barrels. of the Douro for 5 years. Beware of classic notes of red wine and black berries with ripe plums.

$ 175 |

Noble Cut Gin

Noble Cut Gin, a brewer’s gin, is proudly distilled in Newtown using blending techniques and flavors from brewing and distillation. The Gin features native ingredients, with Australian plants such as lemon myrtle and pepper berry as well as Enigma hops grown in Tasmania. Locally grown and developed Enigma hops are added to the drizzled gin to impart a mineral complexity one would expect to find in a fine white wine.

$ 75 |

Ramblin Man whiskey

First distilled and casked in Tasmania in 2000, the exclusive whiskey was transported to Newtown in mid-2016. At Young Henrys headquarters, the whiskey was lovingly transferred to Australian Apera Sherry casks, spending its final years aging before being bottled by hand in November 2018. Now ready to market in 381 individually numbered bottles. A taste of the whiskey would see a nose of citrus, pekoe tea and orange peel, burnt brown sugar, vanilla cream, raisin, nuts and honey. A balanced palate of sweet malty notes, cereals and orange marmalade to mellow caramel and French oak, ending with candied lemon zest and Leatherwood honey. Sweet spices and fruity viscosity ensure a thick, mellow, oily and long finish.

$ 450 |

James Squire Pioneer Collection

If you prefer beer over Christmas, at least make it something unique. The James Squire Pioneers Collection has launched a new series for the iconic brewer, with a 750ml # 01 version available in Australia for a limited time. This English IPA is particularly hoppy, infused with a light touch of macadamia honey for a subtle sweetness, and has been aged in fine hand-selected single malt whiskey casks to create more depth and complexity.

$ 49 |

Bundled sponsorship offer

You know you want to get a bottle of Patron for Christmas anyway, but you might as well go for the triple pack to avoid any tough decisions. Dan Murphys’ Patron Pack includes Anejo, Reposado and Silver tequila, all in 700ml bottles, so you can take care of the entire range in one go.

$ 305 |


Festive T2 range

If you can’t think of any drinks to get tea lovers this Christmas, obviously you should go straight for some tea. T2 released its annual Christmas line in time for the big day, where you can choose from two different advent calendars, six new flavor blends (like Christmas breakfast and eggnog), and eight gift sets. special gifts, each containing two to fifteen different T2 teas. .



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