What films will you be watching this Christmas?

So we’re wondering…what films will be floating your boat this Christmas? There’s so much essential viewing over Christmas that it’s hard to pick one…we think anyway! Have a look at the list below, cast your vote OR let us know in the comments if we’ve missed out on your favourite!

National Lampoons Christmas Vacation

Love Actually


Miracle on 34th Street

Die Hard

Home Alone

The Santa Clause

It’s A Wonderful Life


Bad Santa

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Even more Christmas tunes

They just keep on coming!

We’re loving your suggestions for Christmas tunes that are still flying in!

As per our last post…we’ve been sly and slipped one or two of our favourites in as well – including a Christmas song from…wait for it…AC/DC! Over on Twitter and Facebook we’ve been giving away some great prizes (check out the posts there for more – it’s really easy) and asking you about your favourite Christmas tunes.


Stop The Cavalry

Driving Home for Christmas

Santa Baby

All I Want For Christmas

Mistress for Christmas

Stay Another Day

I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday

Last Christmas

Santa Stout Christmas Cookies

It’s almost that time of year! You can almost hear the sleigh-bells…and as sound a bloke as Santa is, he’s also bloody demanding!

He’s coming a long way to be fair, so I suppose it’s only fair that we give himself and Rudolph a little something to nibble on after he’s made his way down the chimney. Here’s something we think he will love, and you’ll love making too. For Rudolph, you can’t go wrong with a carrot. If it ain’t broke and all that jazz…

Stout Cookies

What you’re going to need:

  • 200ml Uncle Jim’s Stout
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 1.5 cups flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 Tbsp black cocoa (or unsweetened cocoa)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1.5 cups chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 egg

What you’re going to do:

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C and line a baking tray with parchment.
  2. In a medium sized bowl whisk together the flour, cocoa powders, salt, baking soda, baking powder and chocolate chips.
  3. In a larger bowl beat the butter with the sugars until light and fluffy. Add the maple syrup, vanilla and egg and beat well.
  4. Alternate the flour and the Uncle Jim’s Stout with the egg mixture until combined.
  5. Chill the dough for about 30 minutes, or until it has firmed up enough to scoop out cookies.
  6. Scoop on the prepared baking sheet and bake for 15-17 minutes or until the top springs back lightly when touched.
  7. Cool completely.

Five McGargles Beer Cocktails

What time is good for a cocktail? Any time is the correct answer there. When it comes to a twist on the classic cocktail, Craft Beer Cocktails are what we’re all about at McGargle’s. We’ve gathered some of our favourite cocktails and given them a craft beer twist. Some of these are perfect for the long winter nights we’re in the depth of right now (Black Velvet) and others are best kept in the holster until the sun (rarely spotted big ball of fire in the sky) makes an appearance.

Uncle Jim’s Black Velvet:

This cocktail is made using our Uncle Jim’s Stout, and Champagne, which are carefully poured into a tall Champagne flute. Using an equal measure of both the stout is carefully poured, over the back of a spoon, on top of the Champagne. Pouring the drink this way means that the two liquids remain in separate layers.

The drink was created in 1861 by the bartender of the Brooks’s Club in London to mourn the death of Prince Albert. The drink is meant to reflect the black armbands that were worn by mourners. A variation of this drink can be made using cider or perry instead of Champagne.


Beer Margarita:

This cocktail takes it’s inspiration from traditional cocktails. Margartia lovers look away now. Using frozen limeade concentrate rather than lots of limes saves on squeezing and on time! It can be tricky

To make this cocktail combine 180ml each of frozen (undiluted) limeade, tequila and Fancy Frank’s Lager in a blender with ice and blend until smooth. If you feel so inclined garnish with a slice of lime.



This cocktail largely wins a spot in this list because of the great name. As with the Beer Margarita this is a take on a traditional cocktail, with a beer twist. In fact it’s more an addition than a twist, the idea with adding a beer to this cocktail is to add just a touch of bitterness, but be warned…using too much beer could unbalance the drink.

For this drink use 60ml Cachaça, two wedges lime, two wedges lemon, six mint leaves, 15ml agave nectar and 300ml of Francis Big Bangin’ IPA. Muddle citrus and agave nectar, add mint and cachaça and shake with ice, top with beer in the mixing glass and serve.


Raspberry Beer Cocktail:

This is a refreshing summer cocktail – not for right now, but when we get those three days of sun in July you’ll be glad you have this recipe. This is a cocktail born of the craft beer boom and we can’t et enough of it in the offices here.

This punch-style cocktail contains 3/4 cup of frozen raspberries, three-and-a-half bottles of chilled Cousin Rosie’s Pale Ale, one bottle of frozen raspberry lemonade concentrate plus half a cup of vodka. Simply mix all the ingredients together in a large punch bowl. Garnish with lemon and lime slices, serve over ice and kick back and enjoy the micro-summer.


The Red Eye:

This cocktail featured in Cocktail the movie from the 1980s starring Tom Cruise. In the movie this cocktail is purported to be a cure for hangovers, although we cannot confirm that one! We’ll do some research though!

This drink has a Bloody Mary feel to it and contains one shot of vodka, 180ml tomato juice, 330ml of Fancy Frank’s Lager, one teaspoon of lemon juice and a raw egg. A dash of hot sauce can be added if that’s your thing, pour these into a large glass in the order listed, and good luck.


Christmas Tunes

Turn them up good and loud!

The countdown to Christmas is on…and we’re getting excited in the McGargle’s offices!

The tree is up, as are the fairy light reindeer, the baubles, the tinsel and above all, the spirits! Over on Twitter and Facebook we’ve been giving away some great prizes (check out the posts there for more – it’s really easy) and asking you about your favourite Christmas tunes.

We’ve compiled a list of some of the most popular songs as well as a few of our favourites from the office here. Take a listen, get into festive fever and, if the mood takes you, crack open a McGargles! We’ll be compiling more playlists closer to Christmas too, so stay tuned!


Fairytale of New York

Santa Claus is Coming to Town

Wonderful Christmastime

Do They Know It’s Christmas

Happy Xmas (War Is Over)

The Most Wonderful Time of The Year

Let It Snow

Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer