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We have trawled the web for some of the more outrageous and indulgent drinks that you can enjoy over the festive period.

From Champagne to liqueurs and from beer to wine, there are a whole host of new drinks that you can enjoy this Christmas.

We’ve put together a list highlighting some of the new drinks that are available this Christmas and a couple of old favourites that have received a bit of a seasonal revival.

This is just a small selection of Christmas drinks, leave a comment below and let us know what drinks you’ll be enjoying this festive season.

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A CDC survey reports alcohol drinkers consume more calories than recommended, lumping wine in with soda

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Just when Americans are drinking and making merry at holiday parties and dinners, a new survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warns that alcoholic beverages may be adding extra calories to our waistlines. But is it simplistic to lump wine, beer and spirits in with sugary sodas?

Published by the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics, the survey finds that the average consumer of alcoholic beverages takes in more than their daily-recommended intake for the kinds of calories that come from added sugars, a category that includes beer, wine and spirits. But some experts argue that the survey paints with too broad a brush.

For the survey, the authors examined data from the long-running National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, which involved more than 11,000 people across the country over the age of 20 who provided details on the foods and drinks they consumed in a typical day. The good news is drinkers don’t pass the calorie threshold by much. The survey finds that, on average, Americans who drink daily take in 16 percent of their calories in the form of added sugar. The recommended intake is between 5 percent and 15 percent.

The authors calculated that 12.5 ounces of wine contains roughly 150 calories. So, if drinking in moderation, a man could consume up to… read on

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Your wine-loving friends can stay cool all year with these gifts designed for serving wine at its best

 

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December and its holidays are once again upon us, bringing crisp, cold nights and toasty evenings indoors, preferably with a glass of wine in front of a warm fire. Unfortunately, that glass of wine can end up warm before its time, especially those of the white variety. For this season’s holiday gift guide, the Wine Spectator staff tested out as many new wine- and bottle-chilling devices (many of them multifunctional) as we could get our hands on. And these cool holiday treats will be even more appreciated when the summer months roll around.

Metrokane Rabbit Wine-Chilling Crystal Carafe ($50, metrokane.com)
Metrokane’s new Rabbit Wine-Chilling Crystal Carafe is a lovely serving vessel on its own—it has a nice heft and balance to it, with a rubber grip around the neck and a drip-proof lip, as suitable for orange juice or iced tea as it is wine, of which it will hold a full 750ml bottle with the chilling device in place. Unlike most of the other tools for keeping wine cold featured here, the Rabbit Carafe will actually bring white wine down from room temperature to serving temperature. The thin stainless-steel walls of the ice-filled insert, in direct contact with the wine, are ideal for cold transfer. The Metrokane’s Houdini brand version ($40) of the carafe features a screw-top plastic lid without the rubber neck grip.—Robert Taylor

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