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The 12 Drinks of Christmas

Brothers-in-law Alexander Armstrong and Giles Coren create a selection pack of the booze that will give them their festive spirit.

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. Alexander is usually hosting and he likes to push the boat out, spoiling his guests with the finest booze he can get his hands on. Giles does not really see the point of splashing out on wine since everyone's already a bit squiffy by the time they sit down for lunch. As far as he is concerned a bottle or four of something cheaper would do just as well.

This year Giles and Alexander intend to settle this controversy once and for all. They are going to put together their definitive Christmas selection pack. But theirs will not come in a net stocking with a cardboard Santa at the top. It will come in bottles. However, just like the traditional selection pack, overconsumption may cause nausea.

They look for twelve different festive drinks they can agree on. Sometimes they find the winner in a category together, other times they champion different things. In some categories they source their contenders, in others they make their own creations from scratch. Together their festive dozen represents everything they need to ensure they are brimming over with the spirit of Christmas.

59 minutes

Last on

Mon 21 Dec 2020 22:25


Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:58

    Snow Patrol

    You Could Be Happy


Role Contributor
Presenter Alexander Armstrong
Presenter Giles Coren
Executive Producer Claire Collinson-Jones
Director Danny Fildes


  • Thu 19 Dec 2013 21:00
  • Sun 22 Dec 2013 17:50
  • Mon 23 Dec 2013 01:20
  • Wed 17 Dec 2014 19:00
  • Wed 19 Dec 2018 23:15
  • Sun 23 Dec 2018 00:15
  • Sun 22 Dec 2019 22:00
  • Mon 21 Dec 2020 22:25

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