The countdown to Christmas is officially on, and I’ve picked out five grown-up calendars to get you in the mood for the festive season this year. If there’s a time of year to treat yourself to a tipple or two, it’s definitely Christmas. So, here are my five top picks for alcohol advent calendars to get you in the mood for Christmas this year.
Alcohol advent calendars: Virgin Wines Wine Advent Calendar*
Kicking things off with a bang is possibly the most on-brand advent calendar ever. The Virgin Wines Wine Advent Calendar. If you’re a regular reader then you’ll know that wine is something that I talk a lot about, particularly in my Wine Wednesday series. So, of course, I had to feature a wine calendar in this year’s round-up. And, Virgin Wines have built the wine advent calendar of my dreams. What can you expect from their wine advent calendar? 25 (yeah, that’s right, 25!) days of delicious wines from all around the world. They’ve packed a mix of red, white, rose, fizz AND port into this bad boy. So, there’s something in here for every kind of wine lover. Plus, as a special Christmas Day treat, you’ll find a full bottle of prosecco behind day 25, ready to pop open and celebrate with.
What’s inside day one of the Virgin Wines Wine Advent Calendar?
Whilst we all know that the best part of any advent calendar is the mystery of what’s behind each door, a teeny tiny little spoiler never hurt anybody! Want a sneak peek behind day one of the Virgin Wines mixed wine advent calendar? It’s The Black Pig’s McLaren Vale Shiraz, an award-winning, full-bodied red that’s both veggie and vegan friendly. Sound like it might be a bit of you? Treat yourself, or a loved one, to this dream of an advent calendar by getting your order in now from the Virgin Wines website.
They also come in red and white…
Alcohol advent calendars: Freixenet Advent Calendar
As a self-confessed Freixenet fangirl, the announcement that they’d be releasing their very own advent calendar this year had me excited. 24 days of sparkling wines and delicious chocolate. Sign. Me. Up. If you’re looking for a truly celebrative advent calendar for this December, then Freixenet’s festive offering surely has to be on your list. Inside, you’ll find miniature bottles of their core range: their Cordon Negro Cava, Cordon Rosado Cava, Prosecco D.O.C and, my personal favourite, Italian Sparkling Rosé. Along with the bubbly, Freixenet has also included a selection of chocolate bars by Divine chocolate that are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. Want to give it a try this year? Order yours from Slurp.
RRP £89.95, available online at Slurp (currently on offer for £75.95).
Alcohol advent calendars: Drinks by the Dram Premium Gin Advent Calendar*
Let’s get into the Christmas spirit(s)! Shall we be-gin? (I’m sorry. I couldn’t help myself.) The wine is sorted, but now we’re looking for something a little stronger. Onto the spirits. To start things off, let’s take a look at this year’s premium gin advent calendar from Drinks by the Dram. Just from the word “premium” alone, Drinks by the Dram have absolutely sucked me. If there’s a time of year to get a lil’ fancy, it’s Christmas. And what better way to get in the mood for the most wonderful time of the year than with a luxury gin advent calendar? For their Premium Gin Advent Calendar, Drinks by the Dram have offered up a selection of 24, 30ml, luxury gins from across the world. All of which are from boutique producers and world-renowned distillers. This calendar is sure to bring pure class to your December.
What’s inside day one of the Drinks by the Dram Premium Gin Advent Calendar?
Can’t wait until December 1st? Here’s a preview of what to expect. Behind day one of Drinks by the Dram’s Premium Gin Advent Calendar is a miniature bottle of Tanqueray Rangpur Lime gin! Blending together exotic Rangpur lime and ginger and bay leaves, this gin will certainly bring a citrusy kick to your Wednesday on the 1st of December. Enjoy it with plenty of ice, top-notch tonic (I suggest Fever Tree) and a slice of lime. Fancy trying out 24 luxury gins this December? (I mean, who wouldn’t?) You can order your advent calendar from the Drinks by the Dram website or the Master of Malt website.
Alcohol advent calendars: That Boutique-y Gin Company Gin Advent Calendar
Keeping with the gin theme, let’s take a look at That Boutique-y Gin Company’s Gin Advent Calendar for 2021. Made in collaboration with Drinks by the Dram, That Boutique-y Gin Company’s festive offering showcases 24, 30ml samples of incredible gins from nine different distilleries. The full list of gins included in this calendar is up on their website but, I’ll leave you to explore it for yourself with just one spoiler. Three words. Chocolate cherry gin. Order yours now from Drinks by the Dram or Master of Malt.
Alcohol advent calendars: Drinks by the Dram Whisky Advent Calendar
To finish, it’s time for something a little darker. Since whisky is a typical end-of-the-night drink, it only feels right to finish off my advent calendar round-up with Drinks by the Dram’s Whisky Advent Calendar. Take a taste tour of 24 luxury whiskeys from around the globe this season!
Which of these alcohol advent calendars will you be choosing this year? Wine, whisky or gin? Let me know which of these five options tickles your fancy in the comments.