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Trending – New Zealand's Foodie News 8th December

By Grace Noles
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All the latest products, new openings, and exciting announcements in Aotearoa!

Get Festive With Clipper's Cocktails

Clipper will have a range of cute Christmas cocktails on offer this month.

Ponsonby Bar, Clipper, has turned into a Christmas Wonderland this December – complete with their very own Christmas cocktail list with some of the cutest concoctions we've seen in a while. Think Mince Pie, egg nog, chocolate orange, milk & cookies, and spiced cocktails, as well as a daily limited edition cocktail. The halls are decked, and there'll be plenty of fun surprises during your visit, so round up your Christmas crew, pop on your best ugly sweater, and head along to Clipper to get silly! Check it out here.

An NZ-Made Raspberry Lamington Gin Has Launched

1919 Distilling's Raspberry Lamington Gin.

There's nothing more Kiwi than New Zealand-made liquor and lamingtons, 1919 Distilling have done us all a favour by combining the two. The second addition to 1919's Kiwiana range, the Lamington (originally called a 'Wellington') is unequivocally Kiwi and it tastes even better in gin-form. 1919 describes the new flavour as crisp with a fruity hit of raspberry and hints of coconut – ideal for mixing with a quality tonic over ice. Shipping on December 14th, you can pre-order a bottle of the pink gin here and treat yourself just in time for Christmas!

Go Gluten-Free This Christmas

Hunter Gatherer Gourmet's Soo-Velvety Vanilla Baking Mix.

Looking for ways to put a slightly healthy spin on Christmas? Or perhaps you're expecting a few celiacs around the table this year and aren't quite sure where to start? Hunter Gatherer Gourmet has you sorted with their latest Gluten Free Soo-Velvety Baking Mix, making Christmas treats so easy. Dairy-free, gluten-free, and egg-free, the New Zealand made mix is made to suit most of your Christmas recipes – whether it be a traditional fruit cake or cookies, muffins, and slices for the lead up! Each jar is equivalent to three baking mixes, helping you by doing the heavy lifting this food-filled season. Order online or find your local retailer here.

Cool Down With A Pineapple Fruju Margarita

The Elephant Wrestler has come to win with their brand new frozen treat to keep you cool this summer. Announcing their Pineapple Fruju Margarita this week, we're already sold. Mixing Herradura, Cointreau, and a classic Pineapple Fruju, you're left with a super-strong and super-tasty treat to sip on over a sunny catch up. Head along to the Takapuna bar & restaurant and let them launch you into summer with their exciting new menu items.

Go Green With Glad Wrap

GLAD wants you to try your hand at a Kiwiana Gingerbread House.

As a way to celebrate their eco-step forward, GLAD invites Kiwis this festive season to get creative when it comes to their Gingerbread House building. Their new Glad To Be Green Food Care range consists of two sizes of snack bags, their iconic wrap and reseal (all of which are 50% plant-based), and their compostable brown baking paper. It's the same GLAD products you know and love, just with a more eco-conscious mission. To recognise how glad New Zealanders are to be green, GLAD wants you to construct the most iconic Kiwiana houses out of gingerbread. You can post a photo of your creation to socials with the hashtag #MakeChristmasGreen and read more about GLAD's green initiative here.

Cordis Introduces Their New High Tea Design

The new Cordis High Tea with TWG in the Chandelier Lounge.

Cordis has introduced their brand new partnership with luxury tea brand, TWG, as they unveil their new High Tea menu, set in the newly rebranded Chandelier Lounge. Take a seat in the glamorous lounge and lean into the plush chairs while enjoying your 3-tier golden stand filled with decadent pastries, gourmet finger sandwiches, palate cleansers, classic scones, and an array of sweet desserts. Their new partnership with TWG introduces a deluxe range of teas to choose from, including delicate flavours such as their Silver Moon and comforting flavours like the Creme Caramel Tea. Add on a flute or two of Champagne, or even a cocktail, and make your High Tea especially festive. You can read all about the new concept here!

KidsCan & Dole Team Up To Help Kiwi Kids This Christmas

After a hard year all across the world, it's no surprise that families, especially those with young kids, may be suffering this Christmas. Dole and KidsCan want your help to get food into bellies this festive season with their Unstuffed Bears campaign. Any amount you chose to donate goes towards 'stuffing a bear', providing hot meals for kids across the country. For every dollar donated, Dole will contribute equivalent value in product up to $50,000NZD. There are 150,000 children living without at least six essential items in New Zealand, any bit helps to protect kids in our own backyard.

To read more and donate, click here!

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