With Halloween now over it's time to talk about Christmas, right?

Craft gin company, Masons Yorkshire Gin, surveyed over 2,000 people to find out about their Christmas Day drinking habits and found that most reach for their first glass at 11.54am – though it depends where you live.

Lush Londoners are first to reach for an alcoholic tipple at 11:03am, followed by those living in the South West of the country who start drinking at 11:47am.

And, while nearly a quarter of those surveyed (23 per cent) chose Prosecco, Champagne or Buck's Fizz to start proceedings, in Northern Ireland one in eight toast the start of the day with a mulled wine, whereas one in 11 Yorkshiremen opt for a beer.

Gin proved a popular festive tipple, with 26 per cent of women opting to have a g&t after Christmas dinner, however there was a north/south divide evident with southerners (men and women) preferring it as an aperitif before the big meal and Northeners after the turkey and trimmings.

Karl Mason, co-founder of Masons, said: "There was no surprise that when it comes to Christmas favourites, a glass of fizz is hard to beat as the first tipple of the day. And if you can't decide between a glass of Fizz and a gin, why not enjoy a French 75 – an elegant champagne and gin celebratory cocktail made with lemon juice and sugar (recipe details below)."

 

How to make a French 75:

  • 45ml gin
  • 15ml lemon juice
  • 7.5ml sugar syrup
  • Champagne

 

Add gin, lemon juice and syrup to a cocktail shaker with ice and shake. Strain into an empty glass, top with champagne and garnish with lemon peel.

 

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