Bottoms up: 10 best alcoholic gifts for Christmas 2013
For the loved ones in your life who like a tipple, consider one of these very drinkable pressies
1. Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé and glasses set
As if the bottle and the prospect of exceptional pink champagne wasn’t charming enough, then this edition of Laurent Perrier Rosé will really wow its recipient with two oenological champagne glasses and a decorative gift box. If you don’t decide to keep it for yourself that is…
2. Niepoort LBV 2008
For the gourmet in your life, this dark, smooth and deliciously fruity port from a less well-known shipper would make the perfect accompaniment to the last of the mince pies between Christmas and New Year.
3. IG Wines Christmas Gift Selection
If you’re trying to decide whether to give red, white or champagne, you could go for one of IG Wines gift sets, which selects three bottles from the very best producers, which can be drunk on December 25 or put in the cellar for a few Christmasses time.
From £90, igwines.com
4. Ruby Blue
Mix it with bubbles or drink it on its own for a festive liqueur, Ruby Blue (available in Wild Blueberry, Blackcurrant, Cranberry and Chilli Pepper flavours) comes from an old Irish recipe via the Hughes Craft Distillery in Northern Ireland.
5. Hendrick’s Hip Flask
For the discerning type who never likes to be caught short on a winter walk, Hendrick’s Gin have teamed up with jewellery designer Hannah Martin to create these very smart hip flasks. Arriving in a handmade travelling bag, with a bottle of Hendrick’s and a Walker Slater silk and cashmere scarf, there are only 50 available - a special gift with a price tag to match.
6. Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel
A bourbon for the budding connoisseur, JD Single Barrel has less sweetness than the usual auburn liquor and quite lot more kick in the finish than the standard stuff. Plus, if you buy this from The Whisky Exchange you can have a full message written on the side free of charge.
7. Finest Fizz
‘tis the season to drink the finest fizz, and new company Finest Fizz sell some of the best independent “grower” champagnes around. What’s more, they give you the chance to personalise each bottle with your own label and add chocolates and a card to your order. If bubbly is out of your price range, they also sell reasonably priced red, white and rosé wines…
Champagne from £25, finestfizz.biz
8. Bombay Sapphire Gin
As part of Bombay Sapphire’s ‘The Ultimate Gin & Tonic Project,’ the easy-on-the tongue gin brand is offering a free engraving service in Selfridges on Oxford Street. Buy a bottle from the store and they’ll etch a two word dedication on to the neck for you like, say, “Happy Christmas!”
9. Johnnie Walker Blue Label Alfred Dunhill
Seldom before has a bottle of booze looked this good. The finest of the Johnnie Walker blended-whiskies has been given a redesign by luxury-goods maker Dunhill. The result is a heavy-set green and blue tinted bottle and a presentation box which is truly a work of art in itself. A stupendous present, with a price tag to match.
10. Ketel One & Tumi Mixology backpack
For the fashion-conscious mixologist in your life. Ketel One vodka and Tumi have created a backpack which is made from Italian canvas and leather, is waterproof and has room for all a bartender needs from measures, stirrers and shakers (which helpfully come included).
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