Like me, you may be in an area of the country that needs to take extra precautions at the moment. And like me, you may be ‘hate-liking’ all your luckier friends’ glowing, snuggly festive posts from festive pop ups INDOORS. So, why not establish your own festive pop up at home with Christmas cocktails to make you merry and bright from the mixologists at NIO.

NIO has been a firm favourite of House of Coco since earlier this year when springtime meet ups with friends were pepped up with delicious pre-mixed gin cocktails. Their boxed cocktails dreamt up by master mixologist Patrick Pistolesi are levels above the G&T tinnies you may be used to over festival season. We are in exquisitely presented hotel bar cocktail land here. But in your own home. There is nothing not to love.

This December NIO (stands for Needs Ice Only) have saved Christmas – a big claim, I know – with specially mixed yuletide cocktails. After a month off the booze in prep for a decadent festive season, I broke sobriety with a Spiced Negroni shook within the box, poured over ice. To be fancy, I set the scene using a crystal tumbler, lit a candle and cosied up to the sparkling tree. I say this phrase way too often but the cocktail truly tasted like Christmas.

While we may not be cosying up with our pals in Christmas markets this year, invest the money that would have been spent on messy bratwurst and syrupy gluhwein in a box from from NIO Cocktails (from £19.50). They are also perfect for gifting. So, if you’ve got me for Secret Santa this year you know what to do.

For more pre-mix cocktail joy check out our write up here.


Living on the sunny Kent coast you'll find Anna tracking down the best new coffee shops and craft beer dens. With a penchant for vintage, she's more likely to be exploring thrift stores than Bond Street but she'll never say no to a little touch of creative luxury.

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