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Christmas Drinks & Spirits Gift Guide

Buy loved ones gifts they can imbibe this Christmas – because edible and drinkable presents will never go to waste. And with so many innovative artisan brands on the market, there are many ways to find an alternative version of a favourite tipple and her are some of our favourite spirits we have enjoyed this year.

Ruinart Second Skin x David Shrigley

If you’re an art lover seeking a sustainable and humorous gift, look no further than the limited-edition Ruinart labels by David Shrigley. UK artist David Shrigley is renowned for his quirky drawing style and irreverent humour. Here, he sheathes Ruinart Rosé and Blanc de Blancs in his unique designs, rendered onto beautiful, sustainable second skin packaging. Made of 100% paper, each silky, elegant case fits the bottle like a glove, replacing the need for a gift box and reducing its carbon footprint by 60%. Resistant to humidity, it can remain on the bottle through storage and serving.

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World of Zing

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 this winter.

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Compass Box Gift Set

The latest release for the holiday season by Compass Box is a new highly collectible gift set featuring the award-winning Scotch whisky The Peat Monster as well as the brand new Blenders’ Collection gift pack ideal for a stocking filler. The Gift Set contains a full-sized bottle of The Peat Monster blended malt Scotch whisky plus two glasses laser-etched with the emblematic monster icon. Packaged in a beautiful and reusable box, featuring artwork that evokes characters and icons from Compass Box labels through the years, it’s an ideal festive gift for any whisky enthusiast or collector.

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Patrón Silver

Patrón Silver is a flawless white spirit made from the finest Weber Blue Agave with citrus, fruity notes. With a taste of soft, sweet, fresh agave with hints of citrus and white pepper. Handmade in small batches to be smooth and easily mixable, making it the perfect Christmas gift for any loved one this festive season. Patrón Silver can be served as an apéritif to be perfectly paired with your Christmas seafood appetisers.

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Monkey 47 Schwarzwald Dry Gin

Monkey 47 Schwarzwald Dry Gin is truly full of character. Whether with tonic, as a sling, martini, or gimlet – the unique and complex taste of Monkey 47 is an ideal basis for both classic and more excentric cocktails. The distinct and pure scent of juniper, tangy and crisp citrus notes, a sweet, flowery aroma, with a hint of peppery spices, subtle bitter fruit notes of cranberries, and a deep and harmoniously balanced complexity. The pièce de résistance is a real Black Forest “secret weapon”, fresh lingonberries.

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Haig Club Clubman x David Beckham Limited Edition Bottle

For the first time ever Haig Club partner David Beckham has designed his own Haig Club bottle. Available for a limited time only on Haigclub.com and Selfridges, this highly limited edition release is set to be snapped-up by whisky collectors & Haig Club fans alike this Christmas.

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Beeble Honey Liqueurs

Hand-crafted in the UK, Beeble’s range of award-winning honey liqueurs make great stocking fillers and gifts this Christmas. The range includes a Honey Whisky and most recently, Honey Vodka, both made in close collaboration with Strathearn Distillery to create a subtly sweet liquid.

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Chase Pink Grapefruit & Pomelo Gin

Pink Grapefruit & Pomelo is one of our most popular gins, favoured by those who relish the zesty aromas and taste that only the very best citrus fruits can deliver. If you’re in search of a gift for that tricky-to-buy-for friend, then look no further.

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Luscombe’s New Devon Christmas Cocktail Edit

New for Christmas, Luscombe Drinks has launched its limited edition ‘Devon Christmas Cocktail Edit’. Ideal for gifting or simply indulging at home with a loved one, the luxury edit features two original seasonal cocktail recipes ‘Open Fire’ and ‘The Sicilian’ created exclusively for Luscombe by master mixologist Louis Xavier Lewis-Smith. The box contains all the ingredients you’ll need to recreate two servings of each of the festive cocktails including ingredients, glassware, garnishes and a recipe booklet. Presented in a beautiful recyclable box, ‘Devon Christmas Cocktail Edit’ is available from Luscombe priced £38.

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Horse With No Name

This is an interesting spirit from The Horse’s Spirit Co., which features the spicy combo of bourbon and habanero pepper. The bourbon comes from Texas’s Firestone & Robertson Distilling Co., while The Horse’s Spirit Co. makes a habanero distillate (using red savina peppers, specifically) in Germany, which are then combined to make Horse With No Name! Great in cocktails, particularly in a warming twist on a Manhattan, or a Mule…

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Glenmorangie A Tale Of Winter

A Tale of Winter takes its cue from the humble winter jumper. It was first imagined by Glenmorangie’s Director of Whisky Creation, who came up with the idea for the new incarnation when snowed in at home by a roaring fire. The 13-year-old single malt is matured in Marsala wine casks from Sicily, bringing notes of fruit, honey, cocoa dust, red pepper, brazil nut toffee and the Christmas spices of cinnamon, ginger and clove.

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Hennessy X.O Limited-Edition gift box and Bottle by Julien Colombier

A bottle alone may not be sufficient for those wishing to present a more lavish gift. This Hennessy X.O Limited Edition comes in a stunning and artful presentation box, adding to a sense of luxury. By French artist Julien Colombier, the design is informed by graffiti, Japanese art and the work of Henri Matisse. The sensuous detailing is echoed in the intense, iconic and fruity liquor found inside.

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Artingstall’s Gin

Artingstall’s Gin is a new premium spirit designed by Hollywood film director, Paul Feig famously known for blockbuster hits such as The Heat, Last Christmas and the Oscar-nominated Bridesmaids. After years searching for the perfect gin for his beloved martini, Paul collaborated with Minhas Micro Distillery to create Artingstall’s Gin with a tailor-made blend of eleven botanicals distilled in a traditional copper pot for a clean, crisp spirit to create show-stopping cocktails and low-calorie spritzes alike.

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NIO Cocktails Build a Box

NIO Cocktails’ founders, Luca and Alessandro, were inspired by a single, simple idea whilst hosting friends one evening: to bring expertly crafted ready-to-savour cocktails into their home to enhance their evenings. So the same expertise; the same premium brands; the same quality ingredients; and the same range of cocktails. Everything you expect to discover in the world’s best bars. The only difference – Needs Ice Only, no other specialist knowledge, ingredients or bar implements required. Mix and match from NIO’s menu of over 20 award-winning classic and signature drinks to create a personalised box of 3, 6 or 9 cocktails.

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Santiago de Cuba 11 Year Old Extra Anejo

Let your loved-one discover Cuban Rum through this rich, smooth, naturally sweet blend of sugar cane molasses, with hints of vanilla, coconut and almond by Ron Santiago de Cuba. This perfect Christmas gift is currently available in an exclusive, gold foil-embossed, luxury gift tin with a red carrying rope. Inside, there is a label that can be personalised and to make this gift extra special, the bottle is beautifully wrapped in a map of Cuba which takes the recipient on a journey of Ron Santiago de Cuba discovery once opened. 

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Axia Extra Dry Mastiha Spirit

Axis is an expertly-crafted Mastiha from Greece, made with resin from the Mastic trees on the island of Chios. The dried resin crystals are harvested and cleaned by hand, then double distilled before being bottled at 40% ABV without any sweetening. This leaves an authentic flavour profile with vibrant citrus and vegetal notes.

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Tidal Rum

Crafted from a blend of rums distilled in Jamaica, Barbados, Trinidad and the Dominican Republic, each aged in ex-bourbon white oak casks for between two and three years. This marvellous blend is then enhanced with an infusion of oak-smoked pepper dulse seaweed foraged from the tides of Jersey. The deep, earthy truffle taste of this sea botanical balances the rum beautifully, creating a complex and refined drink with layers of subtle, smoky coastal flavours.

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Beefeater Gin Blood Orange

A wonderful blood orange gin from Beefeater, which tastes just as vibrant as it looks! The gin takes its inspiration from Beefeater’s history, as founder James Burrough developed his first orange gin over 150 years ago. It’s been made with cocktails and spritzes in mind, so trying it in one certainly wouldn’t go amiss. Goes rather well with ginger ale too…

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ITALICUS Italian Bergamot Aperitivo

This award-winning modern Italian Aperitivo is a stunning addition to the Christmas drinks trolley or the perfect gift for the trend-setting cocktail lover in your life. The striking bottle design embodies the history and heritage of Italy with the colour of the glass representing the Capri and Amalfi Coast shoreline. The Aperitivo, which is 20% alcohol, has fresh tones of ripe bergamot balanced with a light bitter and floral spice. It can be used in cocktails like the classic ITALICUS Spritz with Prosecco or Champagne to welcome guests to your festivities, or in a classic Sgroppino with a sparkling wine of your choice and lemon sorbet.

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Aberlour 14-year-Old

Distilled and bottled in Speyside, this single malt undergoes a maturation process using a combination of oloroso sherry casks and first-fill American oak casks. With a nose of cloves, cardamom, toffee, milk chocolate and orange zest, it provides a palate of black cherries, mocha coffee and mint, for a fresh, yet smooth and rich whisky that’s perfect for wintertime.

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Conker Coffee Liqueur

Satisfy your recipient’s caffeine cravings with a spirit that’s not only bang on-trend, but ethically crafted too, supporting the farmers who produce its coffee beans. Espresso is contrasted with stoned fruits and vanilla, providing a cocoa and caramel finish that’s just made for an espresso martini (just add water and shake for a ready-made cocktail boasting a gorgeous crema).

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Don Julio Blanco Tequila

Don Julio Blanco is a luxury Tequila that has fresh citrus & sweet flavours best enjoyed in a Margarita Don Julio is the world’s original luxury tequila. The much-awarded Don Julio Blanco is made using the finest raw agave in a time honoured distillation process and is tequila in its truest form. With crisp agave flavour and hints of citrus, Don Julio Blanco is the ideal tequila for sharing with friends when the standard is simply not enough.

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Cambridge Distillery

The first of its kind, Truffle Gin was created by the Cambridge Distillery. The digestif is made using white Piedmont truffle from Alba and offers a unique taste. Or give the one you love the ready-to-serve Cambridge Dry Gin & Tonic, crafted using fresh and in season botanicals and served in a champagne-style bottle for a pleasing celebratory pop.

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Drambuie

A whisky liqueur, this aged scotch is combined with soft spices, fragrant herbs and Scottish heather honey. Named after the Gaelic ‘An Dram Buidheach’ which means ‘the drink that satisfies’, this was said to be Bonnie Prince Charlie’s beverage of choice. Take it to a dinner party to be enjoyed as a smooth digestif, or gift it to your host as a wonderful base for an Old Fashioned serve.

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The GlenAllachie 12-year-old Ruby Port Wood Finish

Bottled in 2021, this innovative malt was recently released as part of the Wood Finish series by GlenAllachie distillery. The spirit has been matured in American oak barrels for 10 years, before being re-racked into Ruby Port Pipes adding depth of flavour, complexity and providing its namesake.

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Riverside Gin

Buy this for a lover of the countryside. It’s been created in collaboration with the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust and has been made with hand-foraged botanicals sourced from the Trust’s reserves; freshwater mint compliments creamy notes from Himalayan balsam. It follows a similar and very popular 219 release, but with a new recipe. Each purchase includes a £3 donation to the charity too and is one of a limited edition.

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Ardbeg Wee Beastie

Perhaps you’d rather purchase something that you know will be available time and again. Popular and creative distillery Ardbeg – who like to theme their bottlings on beasts – have just added this new five-year-old expression to their range. Unlike those with a longer maturation period, this one’s close to the still and untamed. Powerful, smoky and a little bit wild, it’s for those who like their tipples feisty and has been described as a ‘monster of a dram’

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Belvedere Heritage

If you’re seeking a present that’s a little bit different, try Belvedere Heritage 176. It’s named after the method used to create the unusual spirit. Malted by heating the Dańkowskie rye to 176 degrees, it allows the flavour in this vodka to be released. Richer and deeper than many other alternatives on the market, it’s excellent served with simple ice and a slice.

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Volcan De Mi Tierra Tequila Cristalino, £62

Agave based liquors are quite possibly the most a la mode beverages of this year. Buy your fashionable friends Volcan De Mi Tierra Tequila Cristalino, made from 100% Weber blue agave from the lowlands of Jalisco, Mexico. It’s actually to different tequilas: añejo (aged) and extra-añejo. These spirits have spent time in cognac and whisky casks, before being carefully filtered, bringing forth complex notes of vanilla, caramel and chocolate.

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