Your Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wedding - December 2022/January 2023 (Issue 98)

Nearlywed The latest news from around the counties EDITOR’S FAVOURITE The Cocktail Society is the UK’s leading cocktail delivery service. Their drinks are created by professional bartenders in Oxford using premium ingredients and no additives, resulting in bar-quality varieties every time. Their new one-litre cocktail pouches (£33 - £37) are perfect for hosting guests this Christmas. Each pouch contains 10-12 servings, meaning the cost of one drink starts at only £2.75. The Cocktail Society also offers a smaller 500ml measure that serves five drinks and a 200ml size that serves two drinks. Their bottled cocktails, which include a Salted Caramel Espresso Martini are perfect for weddings. The Cocktail Society also sells kits that include all of the ingredients needed to make four of the most popular cocktails, as well as an item of cocktail-making equipment, a snack and a recipe card. The kits are made exclusively with quality ingredients and the luxury packaging guarantees a premium gift. To shop, visit STICKS’N’SANTA IS BACK Sticks’n’Sushi has announced the return of its popular festive set menus, offering guests a tasty alternative to the traditional turkey and stuffing with enticing Japanese-inspired dishes ideal for pre-Christmas get-togethers. Until Christmas Eve, three set menus will be available for pre-booked tables of seven or more guests, providing the perfect opportunity to celebrate the festive season with a unique fusion of Japanese and Danish cultures. It will be available at all of their restaurants including their Oxford-based one. The Festive Menu (£40 pp) includes mouth-watering speciality dishes such as the Shake Tataki made with fresh salmon, daikon, cress, kizami wasabi and ponzu, a Red’n’Green Roll made with roasted pepper, avocado, cucumber, yuzu-kosho, shiso and tsume and the Chicks’n’Blankets stick – a playful take on the Christmas dinner staple. For those who want their Christmas celebration to sparkle a little brighter, the Mistletoe Menu (£65 pp) is also available, including premium dishes such as the lobster korokke starter of lobster croquettes with shiso and lobster mayo or Gindara No Miso made with delicate black cod and miso. The Green Menu is also available for guests who follow a plant-based diet. Priced at £40 pp, it includes dishes packed with flavour, like the Portobello Tataki confit mushroom made with truffle oil, ponzu, kizami wasabi and daikon, and Imo Yaki sweet potato stick with coriander cress and teriyaki. Group bookings placed on a Monday or Tuesday will also receive a glass of Veuve Clicquot for each guest at the table as an extra-special Christmas gift from the Sticks’n’Sushi elves (conditions apply). Smaller groups and walk-in guests are also able to have a little taste of Christmas with three seasonal dishes in addition to the all-new main menu. These are the Robusuta Korokke, Wagyu Aburi Nigiri and Miso Fried Sprouts – the perfect Japanese twist to convert even the most avid sprout-hater! For guests wanting a seasonal tipple, look no further than the special Pear & Ginger Fizz cocktail made with Japanese whisky infused with cinnamon and cloves, pear puree, lemon juice, gingerbread syrup and topped with ginger beer. Or why not try Matcha Eggnog - a brilliantly creative take on the classic Christmas drink? To book, visit NEWS EDITOR LOVES Check out this quirky roll-top bath that can be hired as a photo tub, a booze tub or a disco tub from the wedding, event and prop hire company The Boho Shack which also offers an extensive range of props and backdrops to rent alongside it. To book, visit 9 LOCAL NEWS