Christmas Punch & Presents

Today I am really getting into the festive spirit and I would love it if you’d join me. For not only am I sharing a truly delicious Christmas Punch Recipe, but I am also going to shamelessly plug the best selling Christmas Gifts people are buying from the Arugula & Rocket Store.

So escape the cold and drudgery of the heaving high street, put your feet up and do your Christmas Shopping from the warmth and comfort of your living room – and with a Christmas Cocktail in hand, of course!

Christmas Punch is a festively flavourful cocktail that was created at the Greenhouse Tavern in Cleveland, USA. It really is delicious – trust me, I have “tested” it many times! With the zing of fresh ginger, the refreshing tartness of cherry and a mouthful of Christmas flavour thanks to the allspice and nutmeg, you really shouldn’t have a Christmas without enjoying this Christmas Spirit. Simply omit the Light Rum to create an alcohol-free version for any designated drivers – you have my sympathy! Just scroll to the bottom of this post to get the recipe.

But first let’s get down to business and get your Christmas Shopping list done and dusted. Here’s the low down on Arugula & Rocket’s Top Christmas Gifts and Stocking Fillers

TTovoloovolo Sphere Ice Moulds

Ever wondered how your local bar creates those giant ice spheres that they serve in your favourite drink? Well ponder no more!

This ice mould creates two giant, slow-melting ice spheres that will allow you to enjoy the full flavour of your favourite tipple without the fear of watering it down. The best selling item in my store, these moulds make the perfect gift for whiskey, scotch or bourbon drinkers.  Click here to buy now!

81-4344_cupcake-scoop-pour-2013_10_29Tovolo Cupcake Scoop

The perfect stocking filler for the baker in your life, this cupcake scoop is the fastest, cleanest and easiest way to fill cupcake pans and liners.

The silicone plunger keeps fingers clean and releases the batter without any mess. It also ensures that the resulting cupcakes are evenly sized – so no more arguments over the largest cake! Great British Bake Off here we come…

Click here to buy now!

Tovolo Clear Ice Systems

Finally, an easy method for making clear ice! These perfectly insulated systems create a controlled environment where the oxygen is pushed to the bottom of the mould. The result is one crystal clear ice shape on top and one regular ice shape at the bottom.

Larger than the average ice cube, the ultra-slow melting ice is perfect for those who like to enjoy their drink ‘on the rocks’. These super cool ice systems are available in Giant Sphere and King Cube ice designs. Click here to buy now or click on the image above to see the system in action!

81-17092_dino-pop-molds_packagingTovolo Dino Ice Pop Moulds

Re-create Jurassic Park by bringing these dinosaurs back to life. This set creates four popular dinosaur species – my fave is the T-Rex!

Fill the moulds with your favourite fruit juice, smoothie or milk drink to offer a healthier alternative to sugar-laden shop bought treats. Watch out – the sticks also hold a surprise – hidden fossils that are revealed as the pops are eaten. Click here to buy now!

Monster, Penguin and Robot ice pop makers are also available.

Tovolo Skull Ice Moulds


These ice moulds make a great gift for Hipsters and Rockers alike. Creating three large ice skulls, this product is sure to give their drink the chills! Click here to buy now!

Tovolo Glide-A-Scoop Ice Cream Tubs


Does your loved one have a passion for ice cream? Perhaps they have an ice cream maker and never know how to store their frozen treats?

This clever double-walled insulated tub is the bee’s knees for storing home-made ice cream, gelato or sorbet. The slender, narrow shape is perfectly designed to guide your ice cream scoop, while the non-slip base keeps the tub in place.

The Glide-A-Scoop Ice Cream Tub is available in three bright colours – Raspberry (Pink), Strawberry Sorbet (Red) and Pistachio (Green) – in a 1.5 litre capacity, while a larger 2.5 litre tub is available in white. Click here to buy now!

Tovolo Zombie Ice Pop Moulds

81-18174_zombie-pop-molds_popsKnow a fan of The Living Dead? They’ll be dying to get their hands on these scary Zombie ice pop moulds!

These detailed ice lolly moulds create delicious frozen treats in four freakishly fun zombie characters. The flexible silicone sleeves make it frighteningly easy to pop out the ice pops and the handles match up to make four unique designs. Hide them in their Christmas stocking to give them a frightening good surprise. Click here to buy now!

Visit the Arugula & Rocket Store on Amazon (UK and Europe) to get more inspiration for your Christmas shopping needs. Tovolo products are also widely available from stores in the USA.

Now it’s time for a cocktail!

Christmas Punch Cocktail

  • Difficulty: Easy
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1½ oz Light Rum (optional)
½ oz Cranberry Juice
½ oz Simple Syrup (2:1)
¼ oz Tart Cherry Juice
Dash of Allspice
Dash of Grated Fresh Ginger
Dash of Freshly Grated Nutmeg
2 oz Ginger Ale


Combine all of the ingredients, except for the ginger ale and nutmeg, in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake.

Strain into drinking glass over ice (a giant sphere or cube works perfectly) and top with the ginger ale.

Gently stir, and garnish with the ground ginger.

Recipe & image courtesy of

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