The best boozy gifts for Christmas 2018
Sheepishly handing over a bottle of booze on Christmas Day sometimes feels a little half-hearted. But why should it? With so many varieties to choose from, the gift of alcohol needn’t be a last-minute addition but rather a thoughtful gift that the recipient will love. Plus the striking designs of some of the latest bottles look as good as what’s hidden inside.
From unique flavours of gin to creamy festive liqueurs, why not hand over a bottle of something a little different this Christmas? Here are 12 festive tipples to bestow on your favourite people this year.
Perrier-Jouët Tokyo Edition Grand Brut cuvée, £44.95
Is it even Christmas without bubbly? Pop a bottle of Perrier-Jouet’s latest limited edition champagne under a fizz fan’s Christmas tree this year. The beautiful Tokyo-edition box set is a nod to the culture and traditions of Japan, with its one-off design featuring some of Japan’s most famous landmarks.
Not Another Bill espresso martini set, £65
The hugely popular espresso martini has gained classic cocktail status in recent years and is now available in lavish gift set form this Christmas. The set contains one each of Sandows Espresso Martini, a 20ml bottle of Belvedere vodka, a 5ml bottle of Café Patron and two ripple champagne glasses. A truly smooth espresso martini awaits when these top-notch ingredients are shaken together over ice.
1800 Coconut Tequila, £31.96
We all have that one friend who is royally obsessed with tequila. Keep their agave cravings at bay with this blanco tequila which has been infused with the natural flavours of coconut, making it sweet enough to sip on neat.
Clover Gin Lucky No. 4, £38.95
Know a fan of Belgian gin? It’s their lucky day; Clover Gin – famed for launching their first gin in 2017 – have released their second edition. Lucky No. 4 is a fusion of green tea and bergamot which balance perfectly alongside the fruity flavour of clementine. The bottle is donned with shiny gold clovers and makes an eye-catching gift to place under the tree. Launched exclusively with 31 Dover as part of their new subscription gin service – The Gin Club.
STARWARD (New) Old Fashioned pre-bottled cocktail, £29.95
Trendy Aussie whisky brand Starward (known for ageing their blends in red wine barrels) are bringing back the prohibition with their latest Old Fashioned cocktail drink. Their award-winning whisky has been infused with wattle seed bitters and demerara syrup to make this classic cocktail at home. Serve over ice, with an orange peel, and prepare to feel all sorts of festive.
Pick-your-own Fever Tree crackers, each £8
Looking for a stocking filler? Head to a John Lewis & Partners store near you and hunt down the Fever Tree pop-up where you can create your own Christmas crackers. You’ll be able to sample the range before choosing an individual gin and the tonic that goes with it. For more luxury crackers, check out our guide.
Kraken ceramic limited edition black spiced rum, £35.90
This popular black spiced rum is now available in a stunning limited-edition ceramic bottle. Working in partnership with Surfers Against Sewage, £1 from every bottle sold will be donated to the marine conversation charity that works with communities to protect oceans, beaches, wildlife and waves.
CEDERS Classic, £20
Whether you’re buying for someone tee-total or just after a non-alcoholic bottle to try this year, Ceder’s is a distilled non-alcoholic alternative to gin which has been made with all of the typical botanicals of a classic gin with zero alcohol. It tastes refreshingly light served with a good quality tonic and a sprig of rosemary.
Mac & Wild Scottish cocktails gift box, £24
Best-known for their London-based restaurants serving quality Highland fare, Mac & Wild’s bartenders have created a range of pre-blended cocktails – and we certainly approve. Hand-crafted in small batches in Edinburgh, by their very own mixologist Luke Leiper, this quirky set has been created using blends of some of Scotland’s finest whiskies and spirits, infused with locally sourced herbs and botanicals.
St-Germain Elderflower miniatures, each £2.95 or £9
Our go-to elderflower liqueur is now available in a dinky little 5cl bottle (perfect for a stocking filler) or 20cl bottle, which comes in at under a tenner – making it ideal for Secret Santa gifting. Try topping up your bubbly with some St-Germain this Christmas for a subtly sweet twist or prepare some Grey Goose Le Fizz cocktails.
Chase Sloe & Mulberry gin, £29.95
Create your favourite festive cocktails using this sloe gin made from sloe berries, mulberries and gin. Chase gently age this festive tipple in Rhone Valley red wine casks, creating a rich, warming drink that’s really tasty either on its own, splashed into a glass of champers or mixed together to make the classic Bramble cocktail.
Whitley Neill Rye vodka, £24.95
This vodka really is winter in a bottle. Triple distilled inside copper stills and made entirely of winter rye, this could just be one of the smoothest tasting vodkas around. With subtle hints of black pepper, vanilla and liquorice, the latest addition to Whitley Neill’s repertoire will create deliciously festive cocktails this Christmas as it comes with perfect hints of sweetness and spice. What’s more, the grey opaque bottle really does make a striking gift.
Looking for more gift inspiration? Check out our 20 under £20 gift guide for stocking fillers for your foodie friends.
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