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Award-winning tipples for your Christmas drinks cabinet

Stock your festive drinks cabinet with the most delicious British drinks – picked by our expert judges as part of the Great British Food Awards 2017

BEST BEER

Tiny Rebel, Cwtch, from £25.50 for 12 cans, drinksshop.co.uk

This Welsh red ale, produced by craft beer titans Tiny Rebel in Newport, is a real crowd-pleaser – beer fans will love it. Malty, hoppy, refreshing and totally delicious, we’ll certainly be stocking up this December.

Our expert, beer critic Sophie Atherton, said: “From the hoppy, caramel aroma to its coppery-amber colour, onto grapefruit and pine hop flavours balanced with nutty-cakey malts, everything about this beer is enticing.”

Also try…

*Moor Beer, Nor’ Hop, £2.20, moorbeer.co.uk

*Siren Craft Brew Bourbon Milkshake, £5.39, honestbrew.co.uk

BEST GIN

Dyfi Distillery Pollination Gin, £35, ewwines.co.uk

The stunning packaging alone makes this small-batch gin something seriously special! Ideal for gifting or simply using for your Christmas day G&T, it’s made with wild Welsh botanicals for a truly unique taste.

Our expert, baker and former GBBO winner, John Whaite, said: “Tastes like summer: honey, pollen and wild flowers. Seriously beautiful!”

Also try…

*Manchester Gin, £36, manchestergin.co.uk/shop/

*Sloemotion Hedgerow Gin, £36.95, shop.sloemotion.com

BEST WINE

Lyme Bay Winery Rosé Brut, £24.50, lymebaywinery.co.uk

Swap your usual Prosecco or Cava for this glorious English sparkler.

Our expert, food critic Grace Dent, said: “I was a sucker for a rosé brut anyway, and then this absolute gem came along from Axminster in Devon. A pretty pale pink hue with gorgeous notes of apple and raspberry. Sweet and charming enough to win over even the hardest of hearts. Perfect with fish. Actually, perfect with almost anything!”

Also try…

*Bolney Wine Estate Blanc De Blancs 2015, £27.99, bolneywineestate.com

*Denbies Greenfields Brut, £23.99, waitrosecellar.com

BEST CIDER

Dunkertons Organic Perry, £2.40, dunkertonsorganiccider.co.uk

If you have any cider fans coming over this Christmas, this artisan perry should seriously impress. Turn it into mulled cider for extra festive cheer!

Our expert, drinks writer Olly Smith, said: “With its gorgeous aroma of pear and spice, it’s a true taste of the countryside, masterfully crafted.”

Also try…

*Dunkertons Black Fox Organic Sparkling Cider, £2.29 for 500ml, waitrose.com

*Hallet’s Real Cider, £30 per case, halletsrealcider.co.uk

BEST DRINKING SNACK

Peter’s Yard Sourdough Crispbread Bites, £2.40, waitrose.com

These are our go-to crackers for dips, cheeseboards, buffets – anything! Perfectly seasoned, with a lovely crunch, they’re also delicous on their own with a cocktail or two.

Our expert, MasterChef presenter and chef John Torode, said: “Just great! Addictive and versatile and can be eaten alone or with cheese, cured meats and other dips. They stored for ages and we all loved them.”

Also try…

*Gail’s Seeded Crackers, £3.20, gailsbread.co.uk

*The Yorkshire Wagyu Company Original Biltong Slices, £4.95, yorkshirewagyucompany.co.uk

For more information about the Great British Food Awards visit greatbritishfoodmagazine.com/awards