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A Christmas punch recipe for drinking mugs

A Christmas punch recipe for drinking mugs

ice tea with slice of lemon in mason jar on the wooden rustic background

If you have rashly invited all your friends and neighbours around for Christmas drinks this year and you are now wondering what on earth you are going to serve them, fear not. We have the perfect solution – a deliciously warming fruit punch that gets the party moving and leaves everyone full of festive cheer. If you are also wondering what you are going to serve your Christmas drinks in, we have this covered too. Read on to find out how to make a sensational Christmas punch and how to serve it in the most charming of ways.

Drinking mugs are the answer

Let’s start by tackling the question of how to serve your festive drinks at your party. Instead of a ramshackle collection of wine glasses and other drinking glasses, why not invest in glass drinking jars this year? These are essentially jam jars with lids and handles that are designed to be used for drinks. Handles make warm drinks easier to hold, and the lids – with straws – mean that you don’t have to worry about fruit punch making its way onto your lovely carpets and sofa. You could use simple jam jars instead, of course, but we think the advantages of lids and handles make special drinking jars well worth the investment.

There are all sorts of Christmas punch recipes available; however, for us, this kind of punch has to have a rich, deep red colour and a spicy kick. Add a bottle of full-bodied red wine, 500ml of cranberry juice, 100ml of brandy, 150ml of elderflower liqueur, 150g of blackberries, 150g of sliced black grapes and three sliced plums to a large bowl or jug. Add two teaspoons of allspice and a stick of cinnamon. Put in the fridge for at least two hours to allow the flavours to blend. Just before you are ready to serve the punch, heat it gently in a pan for a few minutes. The purpose of heating is simply to warm the drink – not to boil off the alcohol or make the punch too hot to drink!

Our range of drinking mugs

Over in our online store, we have a comprehensive range of drinking jars and mugs to choose from. Some are available just as they are, and some have lids and straws to suit your personal requirements. We love the basic Mason jar types; however, we are also charmed by the more decorative jars, such as the pretty coloured Kilner jars and the ones with the bunting design. There is even a jar shaped like a little owl – how cute is that?

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Summer drinks in glass drinking jars

Summer drinks in glass drinking jars 

Fresh watermelon smoothie drink in mason jar on black stone.

What could be nicer than time spent outdoors during the summer months? Whether in the back garden, out in the countryside or at the beach, we Brits relish getting out and about when the sun shines. Long walks in the countryside, days spent sunbathing at the seaside and time whiled away pottering in the garden all have something in common – they are pretty thirsty work! When the thermometer starts to climb, it is important to stay hydrated; therefore, today we have put together some great ideas for refreshing summer drinks to tempt you.

Our range of glass drinking jars

If you are drinking outdoors, whether alcoholic or non-alcoholic drinks, there is always the problem of how to avoid spilling your drink. With glass drinking jars and glass drinks dispensers, you can ensure that your drink stays exactly where it is supposed to be! Our drinking jars typically have a screw top lid and a drinking straw, making them perfect for outdoor use – there is no spillage involved and no nasty critters floating on the top of your drink! Check our online store to see a huge range of drinking jars and glass drinks dispensers in all sorts of shapes and sizes.

What to put in those glass drinking jars?

If you have not already gathered some sprigs of elderflower to make elderflower cordial, now is the time to do so before the blooms go over. Nothing is more evocative of a British summer than a cool glass of homemade elderflower cordial with ice cubes and perhaps a sprig of fresh mint, so try to make some before the elderberries form and it is too late.

Homemade lemonade is a simple summer drink that many of us have already tried; however, you can give it a special twist by adding raspberries to make a pink lemonade that looks fabulous and tastes sublime. You can also experiment with other fruits added to homemade lemonade, as it is very accommodating to additional flavours. Pineapple lemonade is exotic and really refreshing, whilst ginger and mint lemonade has a grown-up taste that is hard to beat.

If you are looking for some ideas for alcoholic summer drinks, rhubarb gin is definitely on trend. With a hint of sharpness and a gorgeous pink tinge, it is bound to go down very well at garden parties and barbecues. Another fabulous idea is to mix prosecco with limoncello and add frozen raspberries or strawberries in place of ice cubes. Add a spring of fresh mint and you have a very elegant summer drink that will have party guests queueing up for more.

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A cocktail for a drinking jar

A cocktail for a drinking jar 

raspberry lemonade in mason jar with ice and mint

With summer just around the corner, our thoughts are already turning to barbecues, garden parties, and long, warm evenings spent lazing outside on the patio. What could make such an evening more pleasant than a delicious and indulgent cocktail, served in style in fun glass drinking jars? Let’s take a look at the wide range of glass drinking jars we stock and have some fun with an idea or two for gorgeous cocktails to serve in them.

Serving cocktails in drinking jars

Glass drinking jars have been super-fashionable for some time now, ever since those hipster bars in London’s achingly cool Hoxton started using them to serve their crazy new cocktails. More and more people have decided that they want a slice of this trend, with these jars well and truly moving over to the mainstream and making an appearance at all sorts of parties and events up and down the country.

Pretty much anything goes when it comes to serving cocktails in glass drinking jars. Most of our jars hold 400-450ml, which makes for a generous cocktail and leaves plenty of space for ice and a slice. Many jars have handles, a lid and a straw, all of which help party-goers to avoid spills and mishaps when outside in the garden.

What to put in these drinking jars

Glass jars show off the contents of your cocktail brilliantly; therefore, any cocktail recipe that has colourful ingredients and plenty of fruit will look fabulous. Adding in-season fruit to vodka and topping up with lemonade is one of the simplest but most effective cocktails. Try blueberries, raspberries or plums for this cocktail, experimenting until you find your favourite flavour.

Fans of a good gin will love the idea of mixing gin with grapefruit juice for a refreshing take on a gin fizz. Add a sprig of fresh mint and some ice and you will have party guests queueing for a refill.

Summer wouldn’t be summer without Pimm’s, of course, and a Pimm’s-based cocktail will always go down well. For a refreshing twist, add Pimm’s, gin, lemonade and cranberry juice to a pitcher, then add slices of lemon, fresh mint leaves, and redcurrants or fresh cranberries. Once you have tried Pimm’s this way, you will wonder why you have been drinking it with just lemonade for so long.

Whatever your favourite tipple and fruity flavours, there is a summer cocktail to suit you perfectly. Served in a cool glass drinking jar and sipped through a colourful straw, a cocktail will make any party go with a swing.

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Fun with drinking jars

ice tea with slice of lemon in mason jar on the wooden rustic background

Ice tea with slice of lemon in mason drinking jars

Fun with drinking jars

 Drinking jars are currently all the rage and are popping up in bars and restaurants up and down the country. If you came across a drinking jar – or two – at your office Christmas party this year and are inspired to source some for your own parties and get-togethers, read on for some creative drinks ideas and a brief run-down of the jars we stock.

 Imaginative ideas for drinks in drinking jars

 Whilst you can serve pretty much anything in a drinking jar, they are a fun item and the drinks you serve should also be fun. Pina coladas look fabulous and so colourful in these jars and take you back to the 70s and 80s. For a novel spin on the traditional gin and tonic, try adding blueberries instead of a lemon slice for a colourful, intriguing and quite delicious drink. For a super-elegant option, try basil vodka. Put plenty of ice in the jar, pour the vodka over the ice and add two or three basil leaves and a slice of lime. For a late summer cocktail, add crushed blackberries to tequila and serve over ice with a sprig of fresh mint.

 Drinking jars for non-alcoholic drinks

 It is easy to achieve the wow factor with alcoholic drinks in jars, but how do you satisfy the non-drinkers at your party? After all, it is no fun watching your friends sipping a fabulously decadent drink served in a quirky jar whilst you sip plain orange juice from a standard hi-ball glass. If you want to offer some seriously cool non-alcoholic drinks, why not try your hand at ‘mocktails’ such as the classic Shirley Temple, which contains ginger ale, grenadine and a maraschino cherry? A ginger and elderflower cocktail is another great alcohol-free tipple and looks gorgeous served in a jar with a big slice of lemon.

 Our drinking jar range is extensive, with all sorts of shapes and sizes available. Some have handles, which make warm drinks easier to carry, and most have a drinking straw in the lid. Sizes range from the 140ml mini jar through to the 630ml (one pint) jars. Many of the jars follow the simple styling of standard Mason and Kilner jars; in addition, we offer a few more decorative jars, such as the owl-shaped jar and the coloured and vintage-styled jars from Kilner.

 There is so much fun to be had with a drinking jar – somehow, they just add a certain something to any party. Take a look at our range today and start planning your next party event.


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Jam Jar Mugs with Straws Gift Set

jar mugs with straws

Christmas is approaching at the speed of light, so if you haven’t yet begun your Xmas shopping, now’s the time to start thinking about what to buy. Wares of Knutsford has a great selection of gifts, with something suitable for even those who are difficult to buy for.

Kilner jar mugs with straws

This great little nine piece set comprises jam jar mugs with straws, flower lids and a recipe booklet. There are two handled mugs in chunky clear glass for a trendy and creative way of serving anything from summer cocktails to hot chocolate. They are accompanied in the set by four straws at 23cm – two back and white striped and two red and white, two flower lids for a decorative look and to help avoid spillages, and a helpful recipe book full of ideas for summer and winter drinking. The set comes neatly boxed for easy wrapping and is ideal for recipients young and old.

If the nine piece set isn’t quite right, the jam jar mugs are also available singly in pink, blue or green for a more feminine and decorative touch. You can then buy some flower lids separately to add to your gift if you want to and some straws in co-ordinating shades.

If you are looking for a more adult gift, Kilner makes complete home brewing kits for cider, bitter, lager and red and white wines.

Extra special hot chocolate for jar mugs with straws

Whether you’re tucked up on the sofa or outside taking in a bit of very fresh air, there’s nothing as welcoming as a sweet, thick hot chocolate on a cold winter’s day. Make yours luxurious and indulgent and serve it in these funky jam jar mugs with straws for a sense of occasion.

  • 1 pint semi-skimmed milk
  • 1 tablespoon Horlicks
  • 1 tablespoon cornflour
  • 1 and a half tablespoons icing sugar
  • 2 tablespoons good quality cocoa powder
  • 50g good quality dark chocolate, at least 70% cocoa solids
  • Pinch of ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of sea salt

Heat the milk gently, to just below boiling point. In the meantime, grate the chocolate and mix it together with all of the dry ingredients until well combined. Use around five heaped tablespoons of this mixture, whisked into the hot milk. Keep whisking gently for a minute or two to allow the hot chocolate to thicken up a bit before serving in the glass jar mugs, accompanied by a couple of biscuits!

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Pink Jam Jar Mugs

jam jar mugs

The Kilner range at Wares of Knutsford now includes blue, green and pink jam jar mugs. A fashionable twist on a traditional shape, the handled jars in coloured glass lend an interesting and creative look to anything from cocktails to iced tea or even plain old water – make sure you also supply a colourful straw to drink through!

Buying pink jam jar mugs

The 500ml capacity mugs are sold in packs of three, six or 12 and are hand wash only. Lid are not supplied but as a traditional Kilner jar, you can use your standard flower lids on the mugs too. Remember that Wares of Knutsford uses a flat delivery charge so you can order as much as you like without worrying about the cost of postage and packing.

Wholesale prices are available to business customers, so don’t hesitate to contact us for details.

Decorating with pink jam jar mugs

The new Kilner pink jar mugs are almost too pretty to drink out of, so why not use them for decorating! Exploit the pastel theme by using them to store striped candy canes for Christmas, sticks of rock after summer holidays or lollipops at any time of year. Using such as pretty container is also a great way to disguise the mundanity of some contents – wooden skewers, pencils, make up brushes or even kitchen implements will look strangely elegant and sculptural when packed into the blue, green and pink jar mugs, while remaining easy access for everyday use.

Christmassy pink jam jar mugs

Remember that you don’t have to go with the traditional red, green and gold at Christmas. Icy pastel pink with white and silver looks very modern and fresh when used to decorate the house and table for the festive season. It’s a look that needs confidence and commitment to carry it off so stick to the theme with matching wrapping paper, cards and cake decorations. When it comes to table decorations, you can use your pink jar mugs as ornaments. Put a tea light inside then use pale pink, silver or white ribbon to tie some tiny baubles around the neck in the same colour theme – silver, white and different shades of pink. Place these along the table to cast a warm and flattering glow at dinnertime. Similarly, line the inside of the jar with a small string of tiny, battery operated fairy lights and place on windowsills or in dull corners.

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