Drinks don’t only please with their contents; they can also be beautiful items to display in the home. For this guide, Leanne Kelsall has compiled a list of some unique bottles and eye-catching cans that would look great in your drinks cabinet or on your trolly, and ones we’re sure friends and family will enjoy sharing with you.
Although we’ve bid farewell to Summer 2021 here in the UK, there is the likelihood of some warm, sunny weather paying us a visit before the year’s out, which should provide the opportunity to squeeze in one last garden get-together or picnic in the park.
We’ve rounded up some of the most unique-looking bottles and cans of alcohol that are perfect for showing off to your guests. From beautifully designed wine boxes to larger cans that look like a work of art – these are some of the prettiest (and best tasting) tipples to proudly display in your drinks cabinet or trolly.
Mermaid Gin, £38 (70cl)
With its Mermaid scales effect, this striking gin bottle will stand out in any drinks display. It’s also fully recyclable, thanks to its biodegradable paint. Mermaid small-batch gin is a pleasure to drink, with subtle zesty notes and a smooth finish. It’s hand-crafted at the Isle of Wight Distillery. For more information, visit www.isleofwightdistillery.com.
Hattiers Eminence Blended Aged White Rum, £37.50 (70cl)
We love the eye-catching nautical bottle that this blended, aged white rum is served in.
‘Eminence’, from the premium Devon rum blender Hattiers, recently won Gold at the International Wine & Spirit Competition. During the blending process, Hattiers Rum used local creamy Dartmoor water, which gives a unique taste to their multi-award-winning rums. It’s a light to medium bodied blended and aged white rum with a soft, fruity note with vanilla and fudge aromas. For more information, visit www.hattiers.com.
Whisp Drinks, from £10 (4 pack)
These pretty pastel-coloured cans are completely recyclable and ideal for taking to picnics. Whisp Drinks hard seltzers are made in Cornwall and are deliciously refreshing alternatives to sugary cocktails. Each can contain less than 66 calories and is free from sugar, sweeteners and other nasties. For more information, visit www.whispdrinks.co.uk.
Caleño Alcohol-free Tropical Spirit, £18 (50cl)
The joyful colours of Colombia inspire Caleño’s vibrantly coloured bottles. There are two alcohol-free flavours, including ‘Caleño Light & Zesty’ and ‘Caleño Dark & Spicy’. They’re a great choice for those on a health kick – offering guests a non-alcoholic alternative to gin and spiced rum. For more information, visit www.calenodrinks.com.
Nikka Days, £39 (70cl)
Nikka Days will make a vibrant addition to any home bar. It’s sunshine in a bottle – a blend of malt and grain whiskies that give fresh, summery flavours and a slight peatiness. Nikka Days goes excellently in a Whisky Highball cocktail. For more information, visit www.nikka.com.
Wild Life Botanicals (low alcohol) 0.5% Sparkling Wine
Wild Life Botanicals’ packaging definitely grabs eyes and is taken from a piece of artwork ‘Ecosystem’ by Cornish artist Sarah Trewhella. Crafted in Cornwall, this low-alcohol sparkling wine surprisingly delivers 15% of the daily reference intake of eight vitamins and minerals. It’s available in two crips and refreshing flavours – Nude and Blush. For more information, visit www.wildlifebotanicals.co.uk.
Aber Falls Small Batch Gin, £32 (70cl)
This award-winning Welsh gin from Aber Falls in Abergwyngregyn is inspired by flavours that date back to Druid times. It’s sublime with pepper, floral and juniper notes. The elegantly designed bottle boasts a Welsh engraving, a light blue tint and a unique cork with a wooden top. For more information, visit www.aberfallsdistillery.com.
Porter’s Tropical Old Tom Gin, £34.25 (70cl)
With its fun, floral label and oversized cork, this gin deserves a prime spot at the front of your alcohol collection. Porter’s Tropical uses a traditional Old Tom gin recipe, popular in the 18th and 19th Centuries. It boasts a classic juniper base which is lifted by passion fruit, guava and white tea. For more information, visit www.portersgin.co.uk.
Camden Town Brewery’s Piña Lager, £10 (6 pack)
Those partial to a crisp lager in the sunshine will want to try Camden Town Brewery’s latest release.
Introducing Piña colada-inspred larger. It’s said to be “smooth, fruity and thirst-quenchingly refreshing”. Plus, it comes in an exclusive can design that’s just as fun as what’s inside. For more information, visit www.camdentownbrewery.com.
SASSY Cidre Rosé, from £28 (12 x 33cl)
This delicious rosé cider comes in an elegant, sleek bottle and in 33cl and 75cl formats. Maison Sassy are passionate about cider, fine-tuning their secret recipes over many years. Their rosé cider is made from 18 varieties of Normandy apples. It’s both fruity and bittersweet without being overpowering. For more information, visit www.maison-sassy.com/en/our-ciders-collection.
Laylo Luxury Boxed Wine, £33.99 (2.25L box)
Laylo, a new luxury boxed wine brand, has launched a Provence-style Rosé that’s perfect for picnics and BBQs. The chic box design, based on a vintage scarf, is inspired by the timeless glamour of the French Riviera. The box is easy to recycle, and the contents stay fresh for up to six weeks after being opened. For more information, visit www.drinklaylo.com.
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