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Xmas Gifts: Top Drinks Buys

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From a rockstar-inspired whisky bar to a non-alcoholic gin, here are the best gifts for modern drinkers...

Talisker 10 Year Old

I mean this is where it’s at when it comes to single malt whiskies. This is a dream come true for any Christmas drink round the fire (electric will do, or even one of them you get as a screensaver on the TV now) as you reminisce, plot future victories on the seas and take a time out from the family rows in the next room. Obviously we’re massively biased, but this masterpiece pairs beautifully with Foxy’s rip-roaring Wild Tales Podcast.

£40 available from The Whisky Exchange

Barsys Robot Bartender

Load it up with spirits and mixers, choose a drink, and watch as the Robot Bartender whirrs into action. Guests places order via an iPad app, leaving you free to work the room.

£799  uncommongoods.com

Scratch-off Scotland Whisky Distilleries Print 

A map of 65 Single Malt Scotch distilleries. As you sample each whisky, scratch it off the map. Price includes personalisation, so you can name your whisky odyssey.

£13  mapsinternational.co.uk

Von Chef 9pc Matte Black Parisian Cocktail Set

This badass barware set looks expensive, but isn’t. You get a muddler, 9-inch twisted double-ended bar spoon, Hawthorne strainer, two pourers and a measuring jigger. Each piece is neatly packaged – a bit like the hidden gadgets in 007’s suitcase.

£25  vonshef.com

Marquis & Dawe silver-rimmed G&T glasses 

If you’re not drinking Four Pillars Christmas Pudding-infused gin out of a Copa de Balon is it even Christmas? Copa ‘ballon’ glasses enhance the flavour of gin by encouraging the liquid to slosh around, releasing extra juniper-y aromas.

£49 (set of four) notonthehighstreet.com

The Craft Gin Club 

The gift that keep on ginning. The Craft Gun Club sends its members a mystery box each month, featuring a full size bottle of craft gin, paired tonics and mixers, a ton of foodie snacks and a copy of the club’s magazine. Annual membership costs £432, but you can buy a one-off box for £50.

From £50  craftginclub.co.uk

Buveur Negroni

These British pre-made cocktails have gone down a storm in the spirits world. Each one is an inventive spin on a classic. This Negroni is made from Masons Yorkshire gin, black tea from Yorkshire, Pinot Noir Vermouth from The Asterley Brothers, a British Bitter Amaro from London and a splash of Cornish absinthe. Buveur also do an Espresso Martini, am Old Fashioned and a White Russian.

£7.50  selfridges.com 

 

Dutchbone Vino Cabinet

Dutchbone makes a range of good value drinks cabinets. This wine station, as seen in all authentic French restaurants, features 15 bottle compartments and a wine glass rack.

£500  cuckooland.com

 

Himalayan Salt Shots and Skull Decanter Barware Set

No need to lick salt off your hand when necking tequila from these shot glasses – they’re made from 100% Himalayan salt.

£22.50  cuckooland.com

Remy Martin Gift Pack

This contains the eaux-de-vie from the highest-quality vineyards in Cognac, namely the Grande Champagne and Petite Champagne – basically, you don’t get much better than this. Velvety and mellow with a hint of spiced sultana, it pairs well with artisan cheese, bellota ham and plum pudding.

£175  – at  Harvey Nichols

Buster+Punch The Rockstar Bar

The home bar is back – but it’s nothing like Del Boy’s tropical monstrosity. This sleek walnut bar features a quilted silk back panel, knurled brass fittings and a vintage lamp with a heat cage. It was originally designed for a famous rockstar’s whisky collection, but apparently his snake sleeps in it now.

£4,750  busterandpunch.com

Mount Gay Pot Still Rum

Mount Gay’s new limited edition rum has been distilled in double retort pot stills, which is throwback to the way they originally made rum for about 200 years from 1703 to the early 1900s. This small batch limited to 4,920 was overseen by their inspirational Master Blender, Trudiann Branker, who picked out a particular vintage and enhanced it with ex-whiskey casks to make this the spicy, chocolatey, utterly irresistible drink that could make your Christmas.

Available from Selfridges at £115

Peanut Butter & Jam Old Fashioned

This eccentric, award-winning hybrid sees Bourbon collide with an iconic American snack. The result? A spectacular pre-mixed old fashioned for drinkers who appreciate a fine balance of salty peanut butter and sweet, honeyed booze. Fun fact: the bottle is sealed with raspberry jam-scented wax.

£39  firebox.com

 

 

Atkin & Thyme Stirling Bar Trolley

This Instagram-friendly art deco bar cart is the perfect way to inject a bit of Don Draper into a Christmas knees up. It has plenty of room for mixers, glasses and a vat of eggnog. Simply stock it up with bottles and glide effortlessly from one gaping mouth to another.

£299  atkinandthyme.co.uk

Kavka Vodka

This vodka isn’t the tasteless stuff you see carried aloft to VIP tables by waitresses brandishing roman candles. It’s made the 18th century way, when Poles used plums and apples to give vodka a characterful flavour. Clean and crisp, with a gentle fruitiness. Perfect for a ballsy martini.

£31  thewhiskyexchange.com

Freedom Brewery – Gift Set

Freedom Brewery are one of the cult heroes of the beer scene – the British brewer has a fiercely independent and ethical approach which involves sustainable processes such as using natural spring water from their on-site bore hole. Love that.

This taster pack includes the Freedom Four Lager and their amazing vegan Freedom Organic Helles Lager. Free tankard too!

£25 at Moonpig 

Seedlip Garden 108 non-alcoholic spirit

Off the sauce? Prefer the straight-edge lifestyle? Seedlip’s excellent non-alcoholic spirits are for you. Seedlip Garden 108 is infused with hand-picked peas and hay. Serve like a gin and tonic, garnished with a fresh sugar snap pea.

£28  seedlip.com

 

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