Holiday gift guide for entertainers

Holiday gift guide for entertainers

Looking for a gift for the hostess with the mostest?  Or that perfect stocking stuffer for a wine buff? Or perhaps you're just looking to add a festive touch to your holiday table. 

Whatever your reason, our round up of seasonal entertaining ware will please anyone who loves to entertain.

 gift guide for entertainers

1. Wine charms

Don't keep your guests guessing which glass is theirs - with our wine charms it's so easy (and fun!) to keep track.

2. Cheese knife set - plaid

Our plaid cheese knife sets are a great way to add some festive flair to a holiday grazing board.

3. Cocktail shaker - rose gold

Lovers of glamour will adore our luxe rose gold cocktail shakers, topped with a unique and stylish resin stopper.

4. Bar set - stag

All the essentials for a home bar cart in one beautifully gift boxed set - so fun yet so practical.

5. Bottle stopper - monogram snowglobe

Our snowglobe bottle stoppers are perfect for that oh-la-la factor - surprise friends and family with one in their initial for a thoughtful, personalised gift.

6. Cheese spreader set - timber and gold

These gold spreaders are perfect for soft cheeses and dips - the gold plating lends a festive feel while the timber handles keep them understated and elegant.

7. Serving board

This handy serving board is a must for anyone who loves to entertain - perfect for serving up a range of nuts, chocolates or snacks; also great for food prep in the kitchen - a home cooks dream!

Still haven't found what you're looking for?  CLICK HERE to browse our full range of seasonal items.

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Our favorite cocktails made (even more!) festive

Our favorite cocktails made (even more!) festive

While classic cocktails will never go out of style, we've been on the hunt for ways to make some of our top tipples a little more festive.   After a bit of trial and error (tough gig!) we've created two holiday cocktails that your guests will adore.

gingerbread espresso martini recipe

Gingerbread Espresso Martini

Espresso martinis are a long-standing team favorite here at Ciroa, and while we don't see that changing anytime soon we thought it might be nice to up the ante on this simple recipe for holiday entertaining.

While browsing Tieghan Gerard's cocktail collection over at Half Baked Harvest, we found the answer - gingerbread! What's more Christmassy than that?

We fell in love with Tieghan's Gingerbread White Russian, but wanted something a little lighter and less creamy...so our Gingerbread Espresso Martini was born.

Before you begin, make the gingerbread syrup. 

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 3 tablespoons molasses (substitute with maple or golden syrup if you can't find molasses)
  • 1 inch / 2.5cm fresh ginger, sliced
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

METHOD

In a medium pot, combine 1 1/3 cups water, the honey, molasses, ginger and cinnamon. Bring to a boil over high heat. Boil for 3-5 minutes, then remove from the heat. Stir in the vanilla. Set aside to cool.

This syrup will keep in the fridge for up to two weeks, so feel free to make it in advance. 

Now it's time to assemble your martini.  

INGREDIENTS

2 ounces (60ml) Vodka

1.5 ounces (40ml) Espresso

1 ounce (25ml) Gingerbread Syrup

METHOD:

Add your ingredients to a cocktail shaker with plenty of ice, and shake for half a minute or so.  Strain into a martini glass and serve.

If desired, garnish with a few coffee beans or a cinnamon stick. 

gingerbread espresso martini

Pour over quality vanilla ice cream and serve with gingerbread men as a cute alternative to dessert!

christmas cosmopolitan recipe

Christmas Cosmo

Another favorite of ours is the classic cosmopolitan, but we've given it a festive twist with the addition of pomegranate (hello, antioxidants!).  And with the scent of rosemary in the garnish it's really Christmas in a glass.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 ½ parts vodka
  • ½ part Cointreau liqueur
  • 1 part cranberry and pomegranate juice (if you cant find this ready mixed, use half of each) 
  • ¼ part fresh lime juice

METHOD

Add the ingredients to your cocktail shaker, along with plenty of ice.  Shake for half a minute or so then strain into your glass (if you like, you can pre-chill your glasses by filling them with ice, prior to pouring).

To garnish, remove the lowest leaves from a stem of rosemary, and skewer through berries of your choice (we've used raspberries but any berry will work)...and enjoy!

 

We hope you enjoy making (and tasting) our favorite holiday cocktails - may the merriment begin!

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Holiday gift guide for bakers

Holiday gift guide for bakers

'Tis the gifting season, and to make it a little easier to pick out some gifts they're sure to love, we've put together some handy gift guides.

First up is a selection of gifts for the bakers in your life - whether you're buying for a colleague or a much loved family member, anyone who loves to bake will adore these!

gift guide for bakers

1. Plaid Oven Mitt and Utensil Set

Who could resist?  This set is not only cute, it's also super useful. Love the set but not sold on plaid? You can see our other sets here.

2. Cookie Press - Set of 3

These adorable stamps are perfect for anyone who loves to bake cookies - simply press into prepared dough to stamp the design, when baked the details become even more pronounced.  You can see the full range here.

3. Spatula and Cookie Cutter Set

These cute sets make a lovely hostess gift or stocking filler - we have a wide range of designs, from traditional to cute - so there's really one for everyone. 

4. Honeycomb Mini Pie Dishes - Set of 4

These beautiful dishes are perfect for baking individual pies and desserts, and are embossed with our unique honeycomb design.  

5. Embossed Rolling Pin

Our embossed rolling pins are just the ticket for anyone who loves baking cookies - roll over prepared cookie dough to imprint the design, turning simple cookies into works of art! You can view our full range of rolling pins here

6. Nested set of holiday bakers

Ideal for anyone who loves to entertain a crowd, these holiday bakers are wonderful for baking and look amazing on the table when it comes time to serve up.

We hope this list gives you some great gift ideas for anyone who loves to bake! Stay tuned for our round up of gifts for entertainers.

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