Best Christmas Drinks 2017

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Best Christmas Drinks 2017

Julia Paddon selects the drinks to make you merry – and keep you happy – this Christmas…

Gins + 1

christmas drinks 2017 gins

  1. Martin Miller’s Gin is a versatile classic that demands adventurousness with your G&T – try it with a fresh strawberry and a twist of black pepper.
    £26 from supermarkets and wine and spirit merchants.
  2. Cotswolds Dry Gin has a blend of nine carefully-considered botanicals, creating a rich and aromatic spirit with fresh notes of grapefruit and earthy coriander, backed up by piney juniper.
    £34.95 from amazon.co.uk.
  3. Nicholson Gin is rich in heritage and one of London’s oldest gin brands, combining ten botanicals that deliver a substantial, complex and classic dry gin profile, leaving the palette longing for the next sip.
    £32.57 RRP from masterofmalt.com.
  4. For the person who loves luxury, The Liqueur Gift Box is ideal. Hand created oak boxes hold 6 x 100ml bottles, including Rhubarb Vodka Liqueur, Seville Orange Gin, Spiced Rum, Sloe Gin, Morello Cherry Brandy and Bramble Scotch Whisky Liqueur.
    £90.55 from demijohn.co.uk.
  5. Casamigos is a small batch, premium tequila that has won multiple awards across the world. If you buy just one tequila this year…
    £65 from harveynichols.com

Tipples

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  1. Get ready for 2018’s next big drink trend, the ‘Coffee Cocktail’, or enjoy your Tia Maria with tonic and orange peel
    £15 from major supermarkets.
  2. With a single blade of bison grass in every bottle, Żubrówka Vodka makes a great Christmas cocktail with cloudy apple juice and squeezed lime.
    £20 from Tesco.
  3. Made from foraged birch sap, Freya is a brand new flavour for amateur mixologists everywhere, that works well with elderflower.
    £37.95 from thewhiskyexchange.com.
  4. The Frapin VSOP Cognac has been distilling in the Champagne region for 20 generations – which explains the delicate harmony of fruity and slightly spicy tones in this elegant bottle.
    £58 from Laithwaites.
  5. Four unique bourbon recipes are used in the production of this small batch bourbon from Four Roses, one of Kentucky’s most famous distilleries. Enjoy it neat, over ice, or in a classic US cocktail such as the ‘Old Fashioned’.
    £27 from Marks and Spencer.
  6. Republica is a premium, aged blend of two single rums, sourced from distilleries in Cuba and Panama that achieves a harmonious, sweet balance.
    £30.41 from masterofmalt.com.

Whisky & Booze

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  1. This mature expression is bright amber in appearance and bursting with notes of spicy Christmas cake, liquorice and toffee, closely followed by a spiced vanilla aroma and the citrusy finish anCnoc is known for. To taste, there is the sweetness of chocolate perfectly contrasted with orange zest and a hint of leather, leaving drinkers with a long warming finish.
    £65 from Amazon.
  2. Whisky lovers can discover a selection of Loch Lomond whiskies with this collection of 3 x 5cl miniature bottles of Loch Lomond Original, Loch Lomond 12 Year Old and Loch Lomond 18 Year Old, presented in an eye-catching gift box.
    £21.95 from lochlomondwhiskies.com.
  3. SPAR have a great Prosecco at a nice price this Christmas – Valdobbiadene DOCG is just a tenner.
    £10 from spar.co.uk.
  4. Guinness have launched these collectible cans decorated with original artwork by renowned British artist John Gilroy in time for Christmas.
    £5 for a 4-pack.
  5. Brooklyn brewery’s fantastic alternative beer, Sorachi Ace Saison, would make a brilliant present for beer enthusiasts who are looking for something different to drink over the Christmas period.
    £3.19 each from drinksupermarket.com.

    Soft Drinks

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  1. A couple of exciting new soft drinks for Christmas; Uncle Cornelius’s range includes a zingy lemon flavour and, our favourite, a delicious rhubarb that avoids over-sweetness for a refreshing all-round taste.
    £2.50 per 75cl bottle from James White Drinks.
  2. James White’s range of apple juices are the perfect non-wine alternative for teetotallers this Christmas.
    £2.66 per 75cl bottle from James White Drinks.

Two more?

christmas drinks 2017 your sommelier

Your Sommelier source fabulous French wines directly from the vineyards and bring them to the UK. The subscription boxes are a fun way to learn about French wine regions and styles. Three bottles are delivered to subscribers door every month, together with a folder and info cards.
Subscriptions range from £36/month for the Discovery box to £60/month for the Expert box – from yoursommelier.co.uk.

christmas drinks 2017 slingsby

Yorkshire’s own Slingsby Gin have a mini hangable bottle for the tree which are only available from the store in Harrogate. How’s that for a proper Yorkshire specific Christmas treat?
£8, available in store.

An Old Fave

best christmas drinks 2017 villa maria

Villa Maria is a bona fide wine classic, and their latest trio includes new vintage Pinot Grigio (£10.45), the lightly sparkling Sauvignon Blanc 2016 (£13.50) and Cellar Selection Sauvignon Blanc 2017 (£13.50) – enough to get any Christmas party started. On top of this, bottles of Villa Maria in major retailers, including Sainsburys, Waitrose, Tesco, Asda, Co-op and Majestic, come with a chance to win a holiday of a lifetime to the home of the brand, New Zealand.

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