Are you mulling over which drinks to stock up for this Christmas and New Year? Let us help you. We’ve rounded up some fantastic drink ideas from around the globe that will help lift the spirits this holiday season.
Bush Rum £18
Bush Rum is the world’s first sustainable rum, where every part of the bottle is fully recyclable, including the PET capsule. Launched in August 2020, The British Rum Co now has a selection of flavoured spiced rums and is a top 10 selling rum on Amazon. Bush Rum is the first and only rum brand to use a 100 per cent recycled glass bottle.
Its sustainable packaging is designed to use what is already available, from a recycled cork to labels made from 95 per cent recycled sugar cane, a by-product of rum production. The rum is made in a distillery on the Caribbean Island of Guyana, which uses green energy. BUY: Amazon.
Diplomático Reserva Exclusiva Old Fashioned Pack £95
This premium Venezuelan rum is a cocktail makers dream. Budding home mixologists can recreate iconic cocktails with the launch of their Diplomático Reserva Exclusiva Old Fashioned pack. The luxurious and elegant pack contains all the tools required to create an elevated cocktail experience and impress friends and family this festive season. Inside the pack, which is a replica of a barrel, is nested an old-fashioned glass, bar spoon, ice cube mould, a branded ice stamp featuring the iconic Don Juancho and of course, a 70ml bottle of Diplomático Reserva Exclusiva. The outer box also doubles as a handy ice bucket when open. BUY: The Whisky Exchange.
Limited Edition Palo Cortado Cask Aged Gin £45 RRP
Always innovating, co-owner and director at In The Welsh Wind Alex Jungmayr has developed a limited-edition cask-aged version of the distillery’s award-winning Signature Style Gin – which is filled with delicious festive flavour notes. Inspired by Spanish sherries that would have been landed in New Quay, he selected Palo Cortado casks and rested 400 litres of Signature Style in them.
The casks lend beautiful almond notes and rich colour to the Limited Edition Palo Cortado Cask Aged GIn Limited, while the finished product has a rich spice, dried stone fruit and Christmas notes with juniper and citrus. And it’s won a Master medal at The Gin Masters 2021. BUY: In The Welsh Wind.
World of Zing £18.50
Designed and crafted by Channel 4 Sunday Brunch cocktail expert Pritesh Mody, World of Zing has launched its boozy Christmas range, including Cocktail Christmas Cards, Bottled Christmas Cocktails and Christmas Cocktail Baubles! From Salted Caramel Espresso Martinis to Mince Pie Manhattans – the collection has the perfect tipple for everyone. We like the sound of Salted Espresso. BUY: www.WorldofZing.com.
If you are keeping an eye on the amount of alcohol and calories you are consuming, then Luxlo is for you. With an ABV of 20% and 28 calories per 25ml measure, LUXLO is great for those who want a tipple but stay in control. Available in four flavours – Ginny, the original flavour for those who love the juniper, Blood Orange for citrus lovers, Passion Fruit if you are looking for something exotic and Pomegranate & Raspberry for that popular taste of pink berries. You can buy them individually or in a gift pack of all four miniature varieties. BUY: www.luxlospirits.com.
Horse With No Name £47.85
Saddle up this Christmas with Horse with No Name, the perfect gift for whiskey lovers with a curious and audacious nature. Horse with No Name is a new straight bourbon whiskey turned renegade by the allure of a delicious habanero spirit infusion which adds a touch of the Wild West to reawaken classic cocktails. It has fragrant oak aromas of Bourbon, floral accompaniments of vanilla and coconut, and a hint of the elegant, fruity sweetness of Black Forest Habanero heat. Spice up Christmas with Horse with No Name! BUY: Master of Malt.
Innis & Gunn’s Vanishing Point 05 £15
This is the fifth beer to be released in Innis & Gunn’s annual limited-edition Vanishing Point series – Vanishing Point 05 has launched in time for Christmas. A festive stocking filler and beer for collectors, the 11.0% ABV bottle comes in a special gift box carton that took one year in the making. With just 2,000 bottles made, the beer has been refined and mellowed through over 8,000 hours in cask—jet black in colour with abundant aromas of oak and coconut alongside hints of dried red fruit. The flavour is of luxurious dark chocolate, oak and vanilla with a warming, spiritous character BUY: www.innisandgunn.com.
Height of Arrows £34.95
This gin was officially launched just two months ago. Height of Arrows Gin has been created by Holyrood – a modern distillery in the heart of historic Edinburgh, dedicated to shaping the spirit of tomorrow. Inspired by its unique position in the shadow of Arthur’s Seat, the distillery has created the gin that is both rooted in and elevated by the City of Edinburgh and experimental whisky-making. BUY: Hard to Find Whisky.
J.J Whitley Vodka Cracker Selection £19
You can really get your party started with J.J Whitley’s new delectable vodka flavours, which has announced the launch of two brand new vodka flavours, Blue Raspberry Russian Vodka and Gold Artisanal Russian Vodka. In addition to these delicious new flavours, you may want to get your hands on the festive J.J Whitley Vodka Cracker Selection as a gift for a loved one. This set of J.J. Whitley crackers offers a different flavour in each one. The set includes Vanilla, Passionfruit, Artisanal, Watermelon & Lime, Blue Raspberry and Blood Orange and is a perfect gift for the cocktail lover.
Those who love cocktails with a twist may want to get their hands on a bottle of Giffard. Giffard’s encyclopedia of authentic liqueurs, each crafted in France using real fruit, and methods dating back to 1885. The liqueur can be used to effortlessly upgrade the average drink into cocktails and is like the missing link between spirits and mixers. All it takes is 25ml of the authentic liquid to transform a drink, and voilà, you have an easy cocktail that will be sure to impress your guests. BUY: Ocado.
NOVELTEA Celebrate £9.95 25cl
The brand behind the UK’s leading alcoholic tea, NOVELTEA, has brought back ‘Celebrate’ – its winter spiced flavour just in time for the Christmas season. The limited-edition blend is made from Scotch Whisky, full-bodied black tea and infused with winter spices including cloves, cardamom and cinnamon to give the undeniable taste of Christmas. Celebrate can be gently warmed to bring out its spiced fruit flavour and delicate vanilla undertones offering a truly unique tasting experience and a warming tipple in the winter months. However, the adaptable drink can also be served chilled over ice as a refreshing festive alternative. BUY: www.novelteadrinks.com.
Moore House Cocktail Company £29 for 3 x 100ml
Short of getting a bartender to visit your home this Christmas, enjoying a perfectly balanced tangy-fresh Margarita or bittersweet, complex Negroni, handcrafted by ready-to-drink cocktail specialist Moore House Cocktail Company is surely the next best thing.
The Moore House range of small-batch bottled cocktails features six timeless classics alongside seasonal Limited Editions. Each is available in three sizes, perfect for sampling, sharing and hosting (100ml, 200ml and 500ml); ready to shake or stir with ice.
Can’t be bothered to mix a drink? Just crack open a can. Newly launched for 2021, Canvino is the all-natural, vegan-friendly, 100% recyclable to be drunk during the festive season. Naturally sparkling wine that tastes as good as it looks – the lightweight cans package up perfectly for the park, plus they stay fizzy and cooler for longer. It’s available in two delectable flavours, Rosé and Bianco, and can be ordered in cases of 12 or more. BUY: www.canvino.com.
Wooden Barrel Wine Rack 8 Bottle £59.99
And of course, you need somewhere to store all these bottles, so why not choose something a little fancy? You can store and display your wine in style with this 8-bottle wooden barrel wine rack. Made from sturdy composite wood with an elegant oak-effect finish, it’s a stylish statement piece for wine enthusiasts and would make a corking gift for connoisseurs. This wine rack has groove shelves to horizontally store up to 75cl bottles of wine and most spirit bottles of the same size. The flat surface is perfect for displaying your chosen bottle alongside complimentary nibbles for your guests, such as cheese, olives, and chocolates. BUY: Christow.
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