If you are looking for the perfect festive tipple to gift to friends and family this year, or perhaps to stock your winter bar cart then we have some of our ultimate picks for the perfect boozy gift that is sure to impress! Don’t forget to check out our festive fizz feature with some great options for Champagne lovers!
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Furleigh Estate wines ‘Sea Pink’ – Premium Dorset-based wine producer Furleigh Estate has released ‘Sea Pink’, a delightfully vibrant still dry rosé, in time for the festive season. This award-winning English winery has created the perfect blend of 50% Pinot Noir and 50% Rondo, ‘Sea Pink’ has a stunning crushed cranberry colour with long legs. Floral scents of peony mingle with raspberry, red cherry, loganberry and a hint of rosehip. Furleigh Estate wines, including ‘Sea Pink’ with its RRP of £10.95, can be bought from the website www.furleighestate.co.uk, direct from the vineyard or from numerous leading independents nationwide.
The Kraken Reef Wreckage Bottle – The ocean is under threat, and The Kraken (of the Black Spiced Rum fame) is helping to raise awareness of the damage to its deep watery home, with the launch of a new ‘Reef Wreckage’ bottle out this October. Linking tentacles once again with the full force of Surfers Against Sewage, The Beast is donating £1 from every bottle purchased to the charity – and helping with the charity’s famous beach clean ups.
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Keeping its distinctive shape, the new ‘Reef Wreckage’ bottle is shining a light on the damage being done to the world’s reefs and the turmoil happening beneath the seas. The fifth in the series of unique ceramic designs it is set to be the most coveted yet. Hewn with intricate and embossed details showcasing The Kraken’s trademark tentacles and glazed in off-white colours reminiscent of the bleached coral reefs that house some of the world’s most impressive Cephalopods, with rich black speckles that may well be The Beast’s own dark ink. The Kraken Rum Reef Wreckage bottle is from Amazon and the dedicated Kraken page priced at £34.50.
Captain Morgan’s Gingerbread Spiced – Forget eggnog and mulled wine, there’s a new game-changer for crews this autumn and it’s packed full of glorious gingerbread flavour. Captain Morgan’s Gingerbread Spiced is a limited edition gingerbread-flavoured spirit drink, guaranteed to spark festive nostalgia in drinkers with tasting notes of gingerbread biscuits. Available priced at £12 exclusively in Asda stores nationwide and in selected Green King pubs.
Gingerbread Spiced boasts warming hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and black pepper and is best served hot or cold with apple juice (or a favourite mixer) – offering drinkers a delightfully different way to cosy up with their crew as the nights draw in. Captain Morgan’s Gingerbread Spiced is strictly limited edition, so shoppers are advised to get their skates on.
Moët Impérial Blanc & Rosé 20cl Mini Christmas Crackers – Moët has once again launched some wonderful festive items for the jolliest of seasons! These crackers would make the perfect Christmas gift or a stylish and delicious treat for the festive table. Available from Selfridges (and Selfridges.com) Blanc from £15.99 Rosé from £19.99.
Martini Asti Ice – Martini Asti Ice is is the perfect tipple for Christmas gifting, stocking fillers or to enjoy over the festive party season. Bursting with flavours of fresh pear and pineapple, with notes of grape, melon and peach. Serve it extra cold, with ice, for a light and refreshing accompaniment to an indulgent chocolate yule log or enjoy it with a slice of Panettone and ice-cream.
Baileys and the Baileys Chocolate Reindeer – these captured hearts at London’s winter Treat Bar pop up, where their antics had customers queueing up to get a taste. This year, for the first time ever, Baileys Chocolate Reindeer will be available for a limited time only – if you buy a bottle of Baileys Original Irish Cream (a fab gift for a friend or to keep as a festive tipple!) you will get a Chocolate Reindeer for free! Made with velvety smooth, luxury chocolate from premium chocolatiers, Lir, who also make a delicious range of Baileys-flavoured chocolates, the reindeer are hollow in the middle, created as the perfect vessel for filling with deliciously decadent Baileys Original Irish Cream or another of your favourite Baileys variants.
Let your imagination run wild and add a swirl of whipped cream and fun toppings to design your very own personalised cocktail, just made for tucking into after your Christmas feast. Baileys Original Irish Cream & Baileys Chocolate Reindeer are available now for a limited time only in the run up to Christmas. Buy a bottle of Baileys Original 1l and get a Baileys Chocolate Reindeer for free. While stocks last. Find your nearest reindeer here!
Les Jamelles Viognier 2017 – A silver medal winner at this years Decanter World Wine Awards, Les Jamelles Viognier is a rich and very aromatic wine, with a decadent nose of apricots, fresh peaches and acacia flowers. Fruity, round and fresh, the palate is well balanced between richness and acidity, with a honeyed finish. The slightly syrupy texture adds complexity and this is the perfect Christmas aperitif, ideal with seafood or fish or alternatively with fruit tarts after the main event. Stockist: Co-Op RRP: £7.35 ABV: 13%
CÎROC Vodka x Fiorucci
CÎROC Vodka just dropped its latest collaboration with iconic Italian fashion brand, Fiorucci. This exclusive release is part of an ongoing series of limited-edition collectable bottles, brought to life by personalisation specialist INKD. The limited design marks the latest instalment of fun collaborations for CÎROC, with just last month the brand teaming up with British punk-rock queen Vivienne Westwood to release another exclusive bottle look.
The new bottle design features a range of colourful Fiorucci logos from the brand’s extraordinary archive of original artwork. The series of logos, honouring over 50 years of Fiorucci fabulousness, are playfully wrapped around the stylishly striking all gold bottle of CÎROC White Grape. Available to purchase on www.getitinkd.com until stock lasts – RRP: £45 with gift box
Aerstone whisky – Whisky can be complicated. From smoky and peaty to handcrafted and blended, it can be a confusing minefield for budding whisky drinkers. That’s where Aerstone comes in! Aerstone Sea Cask is William Grant & Sons’ uncomplicated Single Malt… in short, it’s smooth and it’s on price promotion at Tesco for £20 this Christmas, making it the ideal Christmas gift for new whisky entrants or for Christmas get-togethers.
Finding the right single malt can be a challenge for any new whisky drinker but this is exactly what makes Aerstone whisky the ideal Christmas gift to celebrate the season. A ‘smooth and easy’ tipple, Aerstone Sea Cask is a William Grant & Sons 10-year-old single malt with a slightly salty finish from its time aging close to the sea on the Ayrshire coast. A modern take on a single malt, Aerstone is the perfect introduction to single malt for any budding whisky expert this Christmas. Aerstone Sea Cask RRP £30 at Tesco and on price promotion for £20 this Christmas!
Abbotts & Delaunay Mourvèdre 2017 – Abbotts & Delaunay Mourvèdre scored an impressive 90 points in this years IWSC awards. Deliciously rich, with intense aromas of black fruits enhanced by notes of pepper, bay, laurel and cinnamon which give this decadent red a decidedly Christmassy feel. Perfect served with game or a selection of cheeses. Stockist: Majestic RRP: £8.99 ABV: 13%
Non Alcoholic Tipple From Mother Root – the non-alcoholic Ginger “Switchel & Spice” Gift Box (£20) from Mother Root is perfect for the non-drinkers who want to indulge in some mulled hot drinks or for those nursing sore heads on Boxing Day. Furthermore, with ginger as the key ingredient, it’s a delicious way to ease digestion following the overindulgence of Christmas Day itself.
Described by The Sunday Times as a “Great Hangover Cure”, Mother Root’s Ginger Switchel is a modern take on a classic, but long forgotten, American elixir famous in the Prohibition era. It’s an all-natural blend of Ginger, Honey, Apple Cider Vinegar, with a chilli kick. Each bottle contains at least 16 serves, that you can enjoy hot or cold, diluted with either hot water or fizzy water, spritz-style. For a boozy version, it’s also good with a dash of dark rum.
This fully recyclable “Switchel & Spice” Gift Box contains: – a bottle of Mother Root Ginger Switchel – Recipe cards for 2 non-alcoholic cocktails, including our “Hot-not-Toddy recipe” – 2 Fennel Chai spice bags to make 10 “Hot-not-Toddy” cocktails. Available to buy here!