Christmas calls for indulgent, luxurious and high-end drinks. There is no better way to see in the festive season that to toast Little Saint Nick with your favourite tipple! If you are looking for something fun and different, then this guide is for you. We have gorgeous collection ranging from Champagne, to English Sparkling wine, to Whiskey, to Vodka and even a few gins. Sit back, grab a drink and enjoy…
Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé Ribbon Birdcage (RRP £70)
If you are looking for a show stopping Champagne for Christmas 2016, then look no further! The Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé Ribbon Birdcage is a stunning and graceful centre piece for any kitchen.
Suitable for any home looking to make a bold statement, the curvaceous Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé bottle has been beautifully adorned with a cage for the ultimate in Champagne style and panache. Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé is memorable for its exceptional freshness and unique aromas of freshly picked red berries making it a delicious apéritif complementing seasonal dishes such as game and charcuterie. Available from harveynichols.com, oddbins.com, 31dover.com.
Nyetimber Classic Cuvee MV (from £36.99)
If you are looking for an alternative to champagne, then we would suggest you look no further than Nyetimber, one of the finest English Sparkling wines.
In terms of the similarities between English sparkling and champagne, they are both created using similar grapes, they are both produced in a similar climate and they both are produced in a very similar fashion. However, the taste can be dramatically different due factors such as the age of the vines and slight mineral differences in the soil.
As a tip, we would suggest that you take the foray into English sparkling wine and that you give it a go – it really is a great experience for those who love a glass fizz.
Nyetimber Classic Cuvee MV is a wonderful aperitif to toast in the yule tide festivities. There is an abundance of gentle bubbles, which perfectly compliment the golden hue of this gorgeous sparkling win. On tasting you will find a slightly spiced aroma, then on the palate apple and honey.
This is one of our favourite drinks of the entire Festive season!
To find out more about Nyetimber, click here.
The Pogues Whiskey (£26.99)
The Pogues are one of those bands who have become synonymous with the season of Christmas itself. Thanks to their swashbuckling Christmas hit Fairytale of New York, this Irish punk band are now a staple of the festive season.
Containing the legendary spirit and poetic rebelliousness of the band, The Pogues Whiskey is carefully crafted in small batches in handmade copper stills. Triple-distilled and aged in bourbon oak casks for three years and a day, The Pogues Irish Whiskey has a warming aroma of malts and cracked nuts. Fun, exciting and full of Christmas spirit, this is one for the true Christmas fan. Buy here.
J.J. Whitley Potato Vodka (£24.45)
J.J. Whitley Potato Vodka has been crated with 100% potato. The result is a truly clean, crisp vodka with a pleasant hint of black pepper. As aesthetically pleasing as it is on the palate, the bottle is slender in form and decorated with a grey and copper colour scheme for a sense of refinement.
Ideal for drinking neat or mixed into a fabulous cocktail, JJ Whitely Potato Vodka is fantastically smooth and clean. In fact, the brand recommends the product for the ultimate vodka martini. Delicious! Available from masterofmalt.com £24.45
Cotswold Distillery Test Batch Series Vol. 2 (£54.95)
The Cotswold Distillery is an award winning distillery set in the North Cotswolds. This Christmas, we would highly recommend treating a Whisky fan to this exciting collection of the distilleries Single Malt Test Batches. This gorgeous gift set provides an insight into the brand’s journey to create their very own, perfect Single Malt Whisky.
It contains three 20cl bottles, all at cask strength, containing our beautiful new make spirit and two aged expressions of our single malt spirit (20 months old, ex-Bourbon and ex-red wine). Comes in a bespoke gift box with comprehensive tasting notes. For the connoisseur who loves fine whisky and who is truly interested in the providence of the product, this is a luxurious way to treat them. A great gift and experience rolled into one. Comes in a bespoke gift box with comprehensive tasting notes. Find out more here.
Cotswold Distillery Espresso Martini (£32.95)
This stunningly delicious distilled espresso martini is a real treat and it’s perfect for Christmas. The crafting process is begun by cold-brewing a rich coffee made using only the finest locally-roasted Malabar and Enorga beans from the Monsoon Estates Coffee Company. Once complete, it is then distilled in the Cotswold Distillery copper Holstein still, with orange peel, coriander seed and their own selection of secret spices. The result is a wonderfully rich coffee taste, yet with a rich supporting cast of flavours.
It is suggested you enjoy the espresso martini served straight from the freezer into a chilled sherry glass, for a perfect cocktail every time. Find out more here.
Slingsbury Rhubarb Gin (£39.99)
Gin at Christmas doesn’t just have to fully adhere to tastes of the seasons, in fact it is sometimes nice to drinks something with a little bit more freshness to cut through the overwhelming amount of Christmas food! With that in mind, this Christmas, why not consider Slingsby Rhubarb Gin.
Slingsby has taken their award-winning London Dry Gin, crafted using Harrogate spring water, pure single grain spirit and locally sourced botanicals and masterfully infused the finest hand-grown Yorkshire rhubarb. The outcome is a pink grapefruit and citrus based gin, with a refreshingly tart Rhubarb finish. The gin was originally created as a small batch offering, but it was so popular that Slingsby have made it into an all year round offering. Slingsby recommend this gin with Elderflower tonic, on ice with a raspberry. Find out more here.
British Cassis from White Heron Drinks
British Cassis is a great way to add a touch of added flavour and colour to a glass of fizz this Christmas. Or it can be sampled as a delightful aperitif.
Pop a trio of blackcurrants in a chilled champagne flute and add a generous dash of British Cassis. Then top with your favourite champagne or prosecco. An incredibly simple classic.
Find out more here.
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