Celebrate the season with Champagne Laurent-Perrier’s #12TipsOfXmas
Last month, we were delighted to partner The Corinthia Hotel, London, a 5-star hotel for the 21st Century.
As a fellow expert in festive celebrations, we joined forces and invited 12 top UK food, lifestyle and luxury bloggers to discover our #12TipsofXmas – a selection of little details, tips and touches to make the festive season that little bit more memorable not to mention stress-free!
The 12 Tips of Christmas
1. Go beyond the traditional vol-au-vent and wow guests with easy yet impressive ideas
Leading food blogger, Gary J Berry a.k.a The Foodaholic, sat down with The Corinthia Hotel London‘s Head Chef Peter Woods for advice on simple, yet impressive canapé ideas that pair perfectly with our Cuvée Rosé champagne.
From using honey and seeds to create striking plate decorations to exploring the luxurious pairings of stuffed figs with blue cheese and walnuts as well as a simple yet impactful way to bring together mozzarella, parma ham and sumac, get the full breakdown of Peter’s top canapé tips here.
2. Start Christmas or New Year’s Day off right with your own slice at home salmon and a sparkling glass of Laurent-Perrier
When it comes to pulling out all the stops, winter, with all the parties and celebrations it brings, is certainly the ideal season for it.
Whether you’re being woken up at the break of dawn to see what gifts might have been left or enjoying a leisurely New Year’s morning after the revelries of the night before, Smoked Salmon always feels like a wonderfully indulgent choice of breakfast, especially when it’s hand carved and paired with a glass of our iconic Cuvée Rosé.
London food and travel blogger Angie of SilverSpoonLondon sat down with Garry Hollihead, Culinary Director of The Corinthia Hotel’s Northall and Massimo restaurants to get his top tips for slicing your own salmon here.
3.Change up your seasonal style with a brand new hairdo
The festive season brings parties a plenty but if your wardrobe doesn’t offer the necessary variety, luxury lifestyle blogger Suze, The Luxury Columnist, kindly consulted the experts at Daniel Galvin Salon at The Corinthia Hotel.
Over an elegant afternoon, they gave her a step-by-step talk through some easy up-do ideas, perfect for trying at home.
Read her full guide here
4. Put a twist on the traditional Christmas party food and opt for a Festive Afternoon tea
It’s not just seasonal style that is being given a twist, if you’ve already overloaded on Christmas lunches and cocktail evenings, why not try a festive afternoon tea?
Our Cuvée Rosé goes beautifully with mince pies, scones, turkey & cranberry sandwiches and classic smoked salmon tartines.
5.Beat winter weather blues and present-buying panic with ESPA Life’s top tips
From hot to cold, from the great outdoors to the highly heated homes of you and your family, it’s easy for late evenings and early winter starts to leave you and your skin feeling very drained.
We chatted with our expert friends at ESPA Life At Corinthia London on how to keep skin happy this season. Their tips included:
A. Moisture maintenance – Incorporate an all-over moisturising ritual into your daily body care routine to make sure skin doesn’t become dehydrated. Try alternating between a nourish moisturiser (E.g ESPA’s Cooling Body Moisturiser) and a body serum/oil (Optimal Body TriSerum) to see which you prefer.
B. Hydration is key – To balance the effect of that festive glass, drink plenty of water or eat water-rich foods (cucumber, tomato etc..). Loose leaf teas are also a great way to stay hydrated pre-party and also aid digestion.
C. Exfoliate to regenerate – If you’re tempted to add a little summer ‘glow’ to your skin, make sure to exfoliate first so that the active ingredients of the sunless tan can sink in and develop easily (E.g ESPA’s exfoliating body polish). If you have sensitive skin, you can also mix in a mild creamy cleanser (Nourishing Shower Cream) for a gentler effect.
D. Relax..! – Getting enough sleep is vital for the skin to repair itself and to reduce blemish-triggering stress. If you’re having trouble switching off amidst all the festive excitement, try a relaxing bath oil with aromas such as Lavender and Camomile (E.g ESPA’s Soothing Bath Oil)
Better yet, you could always follow in Lex of The Lex Chapter’s footsteps here and spend a day being pampered by the experts themselves with a light lunch and a glass of Cuvée Rosé in between? After all, this is the season for celebrating!
6. Delight the most demanding cigar-fan with something completely different
As Christmas shopping continues, what about for a hard to please cigar aficionado? Cigars can not only be paired with spirits but with champagne as Charlie from Lux Worldwide discovered over an evening in Corinthia Hotel London‘s Winter Garden with cigar concierge Manu Harit.
Grand Siècle by Laurent-Perrier is a perfect pairing for Cuban cigar-lovers and one that, once opened, everyone can enjoy.
“After all, champagne and Cuban cigars have a lot of common. Full of flavour dependent on their terroirs, weather conditions and age, the sheer individuality and artisanal skill that goes into both makes their pairing seem rather more fitting than originally conceived.”
Find out more about Manu’s top pairing and cigar suggestions here.
7. Even a little exercise can keep help you stay in shape through the Christmas party season
It’s not easy to stay in shape during the festive season. Luckily, our friends at ESPA Life At Corinthia have a few tips for getting through the festive season.
Efficiency can be as important as the time spent on exercising. Short bursts of cardio, 10 minutes or so running up and down stairs can make a difference and be worked into busy schedules.
When doing exercises such as squats, make sure you’re avoiding ESPA Life’s commonly identified mistakes.
If you’re after a last minute body blitz before the big Christmas or New Year’s party, why not try one of their training days? http://bit.ly/1Tf7h9g
8. Surprise friends & family young and old with a sweet treat to accompany your Cuvée Rosé
A bottle of our Cuvée Rosé champagne is a great choice to bring to Christmas lunch, but for younger guests, why not take a leaf from FoodGoblin, Lucy Bohler’s book with an added sweet treat?
She stopped by Corinthia Hotel London for a chat with Head Pastry Chef, Sarah Barber on how they make their filled chocolate baubles and “Christmas cds” – unusual, yet elegant extra ideas for gracious hosts or those not yet grown-up enough for the delights of Cuvée Rosé.
9. Torn on which Cuvée to pair with your Christmas celebrations?
For the ultimate aperitif, our light and refreshing, Brut NV is the clear choice while fans of drier wines will enjoy our crisp Ultra Brut which also pairs perfectly with seafood canapés.
Whether as an accompaniment to a main course of roast turkey or as the final word with dessert, our iconic Cuvée Rosé is always a reliable choice for a fantastic festive meal.
- 300g butter
- 300g dark brown sugar
- 40g black treacle
- 6 whole eggs
- 300g soft flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 300g sultanas
- 230g raisins
- 230g currants
- 40g mixed peel
- 120g glace cherries
- 165ml rum
- 165ml brandy
- 2 tsp mixed spice
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 2 tsp ground ginger
- 1 cup of stewed tea of your choice (E.g Earl Grey)
- Soak all the fruits (Sultanas, raisins, currants, glacé cherries and mixed orange and lemon peel) in the rum and brandy for 48hrs at room temperature.
- Drain the fruit and set aside.
- Cream together the butter and sugar until smooth before adding the treacle and eggs.
- Add dry ingredients (spices, flour and baking powder) and lastly, the fruit.
- Bake in 2 loaf tins lined with greaseproof paper at 165°c for 1 hour.
- Once baked, finish by gently pouring the stewed tea solution of your choice over the loafs