How to make the ultimate leftovers pie

Turn your leftover turkey and ham into a spectacular pie on Boxing Day

How to make last-minute fudge

The holy grail of eleventh hour Christmas presents

Martini is the king of Christmas cocktails

The three-martini lunch is a tradition worth reviving during the festive season

The flavours of Christmas past

From pigeon pie to ‘Twelfth Night’ cake, our festive culinary history is rich and eclectic

The jockeys’ guide to staying thin this Christmas

Britain’s top jockeys share their tips for avoiding piling on the pounds

Stock up on rum for a sweet and spicy Christmas

The pirates’ favourite makes for an ideal post-dinner snifter

How to make beer-infused mince pies

Award-winning pastry chef Eric Lanlard shares his recipe for boozy mince pies

London’s best Christmas afternoon teas

Six of the capital’s most indulgent festive teas

Whisky: the holy spirit of Christmas

The Thinking Drinkers recommend top quality Scotch and irresistible Irish whiskey

How to make a knockout hot cider punch

The latest entry in our 12 Drinks of Christmas series

Fine wines to splash out on for Christmas

Four top notch tipples that are worth spending big on

Gatecrash with panache (and other tips for surviving the party season)

Joan Collins, Celia Walden and Miss Steerpike reveal how they make it through December’s festivities in one piece

Cans of craft beer are the ultimate stocking filler

A selection of delicious craft beer and cider to get stuck into this Christmas

How to survive the party season

It’s going to be murder out there, from now till New Year. Spectactor Life writers explain how to get through it

How to make Nutella bread

A decadent treat that makes for a perfect Christmas Day breakfast

How goose flew back into festive fashion

The traditional Christmas bird is making a comeback

Don’t waste good sherry on granny this Christmas

Our 12 Drinks of Christmas series continues with a selection of fine sherries to sample

The best American whiskeys to drink this Christmas

The first in our 12 Drinks of Christmas series, courtesy of the Thinking Drinkers

The only way to survive Christmas is to hide

The festive season puts us all in mortal danger

The art of good mulling

How to make delicious and uplifting mulled wine at home

Forget tacky Christmas jumpers, go for a designer number this winter

The trend for Christmas jumpers has gone upmarket – here’s a guide to the best posh festive pullovers