Opies Foods – Boozy Fruits for your Festive Cocktails

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Opies Foods make fruits for adults, they have wonderful alcoholic flavours with them.

Opies have new food products for 2017 that make perfect Christmas gifts as well as seasonal classics! Whether it is a Pre-Christmas Drink or a New Years Eve cocktail then Opies have you covered.

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Who Are Opies?

In 1880, young Cornish man Bennett Opie set off to make his fortune in London with just a few pounds in his pocket. He started by selling eggs and bacon then gradually, with the help of his two brothers, successfully built the business even receiving a Royal Warrant for supplying the Royal Household. In 1912 Bennett Opie was joined by his son William and it was at this time that Bennett Opie Limited was founded.

William Opie had great foresight. When supplies of fresh eggs were limited during the First World War he recognised the opportunity to manufacture and supply liquid eggs to the bakery trade. It was following a trip to France that he spotted an opportunity to diversify into preserving cherries and was keen to provide a less expensive alternative to the popular but pricey French brands. In 1929, the company relocated to Sittingbourne, Kent – the heart of Kent’s cherry-growing region. The site, which is close to King Henry VIII’s cherry orchards, benefits from natural springs; the water from which is still used today. This move marked the start of a growing range of preserves and pickles.

Today the business is in its fifth generation, still owned by the Opie family, making it one of the oldest private family-owned food companies in the UK.

Stocking fillers, gifts for foodies and alternative gifts for teachers:

Opies fruits with alcohol make perfect gifts, they’re a great alternative to a bottle of wine or fizz. They also make brilliant stocking fillers, gifts for foodies and would make excellent teacher’s Christmas gifts. They’re also a good option for people who are quite difficult to buy for like Dad, Grandad – or the ‘in-laws!’

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Party Time

If you are having a party this Christmas or New Year then choose Opies! What’s a Manhattan without a cherry? A Gin Fizz sans a slice of lemon? A disaster. Avoid embarrassing cocktail catastrophes at Christmas with Opies’ Cocktail Cherries and Lemon Slices.


Favourite Cocktail Recipes


Main Alcohol: Whisky.
Ingredients: Dash Angostura bitters; 2 oz Rye or Canadian whisky; ¾ oz Sweet red Vermouth.
Preperation: Stirred over ice, strained into a chilled glass, garnished, and served straight up.
Served: Straight up; without ice and an Opies Maraschino Cherry in a cocktail glass.
Main Alcohol: Gin.
Ingrdients: ½ oz Dry vermouth; 3 oz  Gin.
Preperation: Straight: Pour all ingredients into mixing glass with ice cubes. Stir well. Strain in chilled martini cocktail glass. Squeeze oil from lemon peel onto the drink.
Served: Straight or on the rocks with an olive, or a Opies Sliced Lemon in a cocktail glass.
Main Alcohol: Brandy.
Ingredients: 2 oz Cognac; ¾ oz Lemon juice; ¾ oz Triple sec.
Preperation: Pour all ingredients into cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain into cocktail glass.
Served: Straight up without ice in a cocktail glass with a Opies Sliced Lemon.
Gin Fizz   
Main Alcohol: Gin.
Ingredients: 2 oz Gin; 1 oz lemon juice; ¾ oz simple syrup; 1 oz soda water.
Preperation: Shake all ingredients with ice cubes, except soda water. Pour into glass. Top with soda water.
Served: On the rocks; poured over ice with a slice of Opies Lemon in an tall glass.
Strawberry Daiquiri
Main Alcohol: White Rum.
Ingredients: 1½ oz White rum, ½ oz Simple syrup; 1 oz Lime juice; Strawberry Liqueur; Strawberries.
PreperationPour all ingredients into shaker with ice cubes. Shake well. Strain in chilled cocktail glass. 
Served : Straight up without ice in a cocktail glass.

My Thoughts

What is your favourite cocktail? I like an Irish coffee, not sure if it counts as a cocktail really, but that is what I love to drink when I do. Occasionally I’ll have a Strawberry Daiquiri, but that is only when I am feeling indulgent – like at Christmas time!
Opies also do pickled walnuts and stem ginger in syrup, that are great for baking and making with they even have cocktail gherkins! The variety that Opies offer is a great selection to have in the cupboard this party season, who know if you will have unexpected visitors this Christmas? Having these Opies to hand will make you be much more prepared!
Opies Foods are available to buy in most supermarkets and from Amazon.
Nanna Jane

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5 Thoughts to “Opies Foods – Boozy Fruits for your Festive Cocktails”

  1. Margaret Gallagher

    Stocked up and ready to celebrate Christmas 2020 – me and dad will feast

  2. Kev Cannon

    Love these – When do the shops open….:-)

  3. Kev Cannon

    Nice article and useful recipes – thanks and merry xmas

  4. Margaret Gallagher

    Love this brand always a treat for all our celebrations

  5. Ashleigh Allan

    Sounds good. Love black cherries. Also love the sound of the gin fizz

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