Tis the season, to drink and be merry… And that’s why we have compiled a Christmas drinks lust list of must-have drinks for the festive period.
Let’s face it, there’s no point doing Dry-January without making the most of December right? It’s Christmas, it’s that one time of year you can drink and be merry with your family and your friends and be totally unapologetically about it.
So let’s end 2019 with rosy cheeks and happy smiles and celebrate the one time of year, we actually get time to take a break and chillax with our loved ones! However, before we proceed, we have to introduce you to the Craft Gin Club’s brand Luxury gin and tonic crackers.
Included within each cracker is a 50ml craft gin, 150ml Franklin & Sons Natural Indian Tonic Water, festive hat and of course, the all-important joke. With craft gins including 58 Gin, Batch Gin, Boatyard Double Gin, Manchester Raspberry Infused Gin, Nelson’s Gluggle Jug Gin and Salcombe Gin Rosé Sainte Marie, these are the perfect table accessory for gin lovers. Buy these amazing Gin Crackers online at craftginclub.co.uk for £39.99.
With a journey that began in North Italy, Emissary Prosecco is the latest must-have bubble to hit the market. It’s an unforgettable prosecco that truly stands out. From the chic bottle design to the taste, Emissary Prosecco is harvested from Glera grapes, making it a perfectly-balanced, dry, crisp and a sparkling Treviso Spumante Brut, from the DOC region. Order Emissary Prosecco from Amazon for £22
Each bottle of Belaire Rosé is born in southeastern France’s Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region, stretching 150 miles from the French Riviera, Monaco, and the French Alps along the Italian border in the east to the Rhone River valley in the west and the Mediterranean coast to the south. Provence’s unquestioned speciality is rosé wines, as its thin soils and sunny, dry climate is perfect for these grapes to thrive. Order Belaire Rose is available from Amazon at £23 and Selfridges… You can also go for the Belaire Gold, Belaire Luxe, Belaire Luxe Rosé
The Old Curiosity Distillery’s colour changing Christmas gin
The Old Curiosity Distillery is bringing back its popular Christmas gin in partnership with 2018 Great British Bake Off finalist Ruby Bhogal and it’s distilled with ginger, cinnamon and cardamom which gives the undeniably familiar smell of Christmas and provides a festive spicy flavour. The ingredients used to create this gin are all-natural and mostly sourced from the distillery’s Secret Herb Garden. The seasonal gin is smooth and elegant with a light base. For a real festive feel, garnish with a slice of dried orange peel, a cinnamon stick and a dash of tonic to witness the glorious colour change. Plus it comes with a bespoke Gin Spiced Shortbread recipe developed by Ruby Bhogal – a tasty treat ideal for the Christmas period. Old Curiosity Christmas Gin is available at Harvey Nichols RRP £35.
Metaxa 12 Stars
Bring the taste of Greece to life with Metaxa 12 Stars this Christmas. The most precious METAXA blends have always been selected by the Masters and kept in the cellars of the House in oak casks, that were brought in from the first distillery in Piraeus. These few, treasured casks, known as “The Family of Original Casks”, are part of the House’s legacy. The perfect gift for any family or friends who loves unique or dark spirits, the smooth taste of Metaxa will bring that perfect twist to your Christmas tipples. Metaxa 12 Stars is available from Amazon at £25
Premium Gin-Vent Calendar
Let the festivities be-Gin with this luxury Gin-vent Calendar featuring 24 different premium British-distilled gins, including award-winning Whitley Neill, City of London Distillery, J.J. Whitley and Liverpool Organic Gin. Perfect for the staunchest of gin aficionados, the contents of the Gin-vent Calendar are inspired by far-flung destinations across the world, as well as here in the UK. A collectable book is also included containing tasting notes, recommended serving suggestion and back story for each of these exquisite gins. Buy the Gin Advent Calendar from Amazon for £90
Bumbu is an ultra-premium craft rum made from top-quality sugarcane and native spices expertly selected from eight countries throughout the West Indies, including Barbados, Belize, Brazil, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guyana and Honduras. Based on 16th-century recipes, Bumbu reveals its history and craftsmanship in every sip. Blended with some of the world’s purest water on the Caribbean island of Barbados and aged in Kentucky oak barrels for up to 15years, Bumbu is a delicate smooth brown spirit with notes of vanilla, caramel, oak, cinnamon and roasted nuts. Bumbu currently costs £30 at Asda and is also available on Amazon
The Botanist Gin Herb Planter Gift Set
The Botanist got our attention this year as the gift of a perfect drink for a family member or friend. Why? It’s not only a beautiful gin, but you also get the chance to grow your own garnishes for delicious The Botanist Gin cocktails. The planter is formed from a The Botanist bottle which is cut in half and inverted. To use, the top part is filled with soil, and herbs can be planted both from seed or as live plants, with a rope to draw water up from the base to help all your botanicals grow and thrive. Simply top up the base with water every few weeks, and you will have a constant supply of fresh garnishes to spruce up any Christmas cocktail at your fingertips. The planter will be available to buy at all major luxury retailers including Selfridges, Harrods and also Amazon, RRP £45.
The Duppy Share Rum
Drinks By The Dram Tequila Advent Calendar
This colourful calendar depicts some of Mexico’s famed symbols — the Chichen Itza temple, the Calavera skull used in the Day of the Dead celebrations and the agave plant, which of course is used to make delicious tequila — what this calendar is filled with. From complex barrel-aged añejos to small-batch blancos, this calendar contains some of Mexico’s finest tequilas. Make sure you savour these beauties rather than knock them back in a hurry. Feliz Navidad! Drink by the Dram Tequila Advent Calendar is available on Amazon £111
Dingle Original Gin
The Dingle Whiskey Distillery was crafted and conceived by three independent spirits: Oliver Hughes; Liam La Hart and Peter Mosley. They opened the doors in 2012 to make whiskey and now produce gin and vodka as well. Dingle Original Gin is produced using the distillery’s very own handcrafted 500L copper pot called Oisin. Production in small batches allows the distillery to ensure greater control of the artisanal craft. Dingle Original Gin is available at Masters of Malt and Amazon at £32
Tomatin Cask Strength Whiskey
Cask Strength is Tomatin’s most vivacious expression yet still retains Tomatin’s characteristically rich and sweet undertones. Matured in a classic combination of first-fill ex-Bourbon and ex-Oloroso Sherry casks, aromas of golden syrup and ginger biscuits accompanied with flavours of malt loaf and marzipan. The result is a dry, lingering spicy finish. Buy Cask Strength on Amazon or Masters of Malt £56
Tesco Finest Salted Caramel Cream Liqueur
If you are willing to try something a little bit different, you may want to take a look at Tesco’s Finest Salted Caramel Cream Liqueur… With Aromas of caramel and hints of Irish single malt whiskey enveloped in velvety Ballyrashane double cream, sprinkled with sea salt. Salted Caramel Cream Liqueur is available at Tesco for £10
Create Your Own Personalised Rum with Tastings and Cocktails
This world-first rum re-distillation experience day is the perfect gift for rum and cocktail lovers alike. Embark on a journey of the history of rum and create your very own personalised, signature blend at Laki Kane’s Spiced Dry Rum Club. Embrace your inner connoisseur, learning about the journey and processes of rum through the centuries whilst enjoying 3 delicious cocktails and nibbles. Put your knowledge to the test and channel your mixology skills! Flavour and re-distil a 100ml bottle of rum using your choice of flavours, spices and a copper alembic pot still. You’ll have world-leading rum ambassadors helping you along the way, so you can rest assured you’ll have a delicious concoction to take home with you. You’ll also receive 20% off any purchases in Laki Kane’s vibrant tropical escape bar where you can relax and prolong the experience. Buy this experience now from the thepresentfinder.co.uk for £119
The Sparkling Fizz Advent Calendar
This fun-filled prosecco advent calendar is perfect for popping open every morning. You’ll receive a pack of the finest fizz from around the world and you can decide in which order you drink them throughout December. Also included is a mini bottle of Lanson Champagne, perfect for Christmas Eve. Enjoy the festive countdown. Gift Box Bottega Spa Casa Bottega Prosecco DOC 20cl Bottega Rose Gold 20cl Bottega Prosecco Gold 20cl Galanti Prosecco 20cl Gancia Prosecco 20cl Pronol Prosecco 20cl Ca’ Neri Prosecco DOC 200ml e alc Fiorino D’Oro Prosecco DOC 20cl e alc Moscato Spumate Dolce Accademia 20cl Bottega Il Vino Dei Poeti Prosecco Doc Spumante 20 Laurent Perrier Brut 20cl Bottega Petalo Moscato 20cl Btle Gancia Pinot Di Pinot Rose 20cl. The Sparkling Fizz Advent Calendar is available on Amazon for £125