It’s time for the big one. The boozy Christmas gift guide is back again but this time, it’s taking a new format. As always, I’ve picked out a range of spirits, wines, liqueurs and fizzes that are sure to deliver this Christmas. However, this time I’ve organised them into categories based on the order they can be enjoyed on Christmas day. Whether you’re looking to gift a great bottle of bubbly for Christmas brunch or a digestif for after Christmas dinner, you can find it all in this year’s Christmas gift guide.
Christmas brunch bubbly
If there’s one day of the year to crack open a bottle of bubbly at brunch, it’s Christmas. I’ve picked out five brilliant bottles to pop open on Christmas mid-morning this year.
Kleine Zalze Methode Cap Classique Brut
First up is Kleine Zalze Methode Cap Classique Brut which is a traditional method sparkling wine (meaning that it’s made in the same way as champagne). This dry, South African fizz oozes elegance, with aromas of blackberry and crumbly biscuit. It’s the perfect fizz to start your Christmas Day celebrations. Anyone would be lucky to receive this as a gift this year.
Roger Goulart Gran Reserva Cava 2015
Next up, is the Roger Goulart Gran Reserva Cava 2015. This deliciously dry yet fruity cava creates an instant sense of celebration at the first sip. It’s bright and bubbly, with a fabulous fresh flavour – the perfect fizz to toast to the season with.
For a great fizz to use in brunch cocktails such as mimosas, why not gift a bottle of prosecco? Here are a few of my top prosecco picks, all under £15.
Festive afternoon drinks | boozy Christmas gifts
Moving into the afternoon, it’s time to talk about all things spirits and spritzes. If you know your loved one is a fan of a good gin or a light afternoon spritz then these picks could make the perfect gift for them.
Luxlo for Gin Lovers*
My first pick is a lower alcohol gin tasting pack from Luxlo for Gin Lovers. Luxlo is a lower alcohol gin company that produces delicious gins with half the typical alcohol content of a usual gin. This Christmas, they’ve put together a brilliant four bottle tasting pack with a few of their signature gin flavours: Ginny, Pomegranate & Raspberry, Passion Fruit, and Blood Orange – all of which have just a 20% ABV. Whilst the alcohol content is halved, there is no compromise on taste with Luxlo.
Other gins to take note of
Campari Art Pack*
Everyone is familiar with the fruity, herbal and slightly bitter, Italian liqueur Campari. But, did you know that this year they’ve released their limited edition Campari Art Pack? If you’re buying a gift for an art-loving cocktail-fanatic, then Campari’s Art Pack is the answer to your festive prayers. Bringing together a signature 70cl bottle of Campari and a limited-edition poster by futurist arts, Fortunato Deperro, the Art Pack is sure to impress this Christmas. You could even take the gift to the next level by suggesting a few cocktail recipes for your giftee to experiment with. Tell them to give the Campari Gin and Tonic and the classic Negroni a go!
Cucielo Vermouth Rosso*
In last years guide, you might remember that I featured Cucielo’s incredible Bianco vermouth – which was SO delicious. So, this year, I’m thrilled to feature their Rosso vermouth. This is a real star in the vermouth world. It’s warming and wintry, perfect for enjoying this Christmas. As an afternoon treat, pair Cucielo Vermouth Rosso with a light tonic. It’s a brilliant alternative to an Aperol Spritz. Or, if you’re looking for more of an evening drink, mix it in a Negroni (alongside Campari and Roku Gin).
The festive wine list | boozy Christmas gifts
Onto the main event, Christmas dinner itself. If you’re looking to gift a brilliant bottle of wine, perfect for enjoying with Christmas dinner, then look no further than these recommendations.
90 Novantaceppi Primitivo*
Top of my wine list this year is the 90 Novanteceppi Primitivo. This deliciously cherry-esque wine will be a real crowd-pleaser this Christmas. It’s light-bodied, SO fruity yet light and smooth. Any red wine drinker would happily receive this as a gift this Christmas.
What else is on the F O wine list, this Christmas?
Whilst I wouldn’t typically pair rosé with my Christmas dinner, I know that not everyone is a fan of red or white wine. So, if you’re buying a bottle of wine for the rosé-lover in your life, take note of these suggestions.
End of the night drinks | boozy Christmas gifts
The festivities are coming to an end. Christmas dinner has been eaten, tidying up has been half done, and you’re getting ready to kick back and enjoy a festive film. But, what are you drinking? Here are a few of my top boozy gift suggestions to enjoy on a cold December night this Christmas.
Blue Aurora Ice Wine and Midnight Intense*
Yeah, you’ve had wine before BUT have you had BLUEBERRY wine before? This Christmas, why not give the gift of blueberries in the form of Blue Aurora’s festive tipples? Their Ice Wine and Midnight Intense wine are the perfect way to end the night. Midnight Intense is a full-bodied, blueberry wine with a lovely sweetness to it. Serve at room temperature with a bit of cheese for the perfect tasting experience. As for the Ice Wine? It’s honestly like blueberry syrup. Seriously sweet, but in the best way. Pair it with a bit of Christmas chocolate for the ultimate experience.
Now, I don’t know about you, but for me, a dark spirit is an ideal way to finish off the night. If your giftee is a dark spirit fan, then these three suggestions could make for a brilliant gift for them this Christmas.
For more end of night drink recommendations, stay tuned for my “all things chocolate” gift guide. *Spoiler alert* there’s going to be more than a few chocolate liqueurs in there.
So, which of these boozy Christmas drinks will you be treating someone special to this year? Let me know which drinks are top of your “to-gift” list.
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