Five best alcohol advent calendars to get you in the mood for Christmas

Five best alcohol advent calendars to get you in the mood for Christmas - Female Original

The countdown to Christmas is officially on, and I’ve picked out five grown-up calendars to get you into 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. This post contains some items that were sent to me as press samples, these have been marked with an asterisk. For more information, please read my disclaimer and privacy policy.

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. 

RRP £89.99, available online at Virgin Wines

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? Let’s take a look…

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…

As well as their mixed calendar, Virgin Wines also have a white wine advent calendar and a red wine calendar. 

Virgin Wines, White Wine Advent Calendar
Virgin Wines, White Wine Advent Calendar RRP £89.99
Virgin Wines, Red Wine Advent Calendar
Virgin Wines, Red Wine Advent Calendar RRP £89.99

lcohol 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. 

Freixenet Advent Calendar

RRP £89.95, available online at Slurp (currently on offer for £75.95). 

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

lcohol 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 harder. 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? 

Drinks by the Dram Premium Gin Advent Calendar

RRP £84.95, available online at Drinks by the Dram and Master of Malt

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

lcohol 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. 

RRP £49.95, available online at Drinks by the Dram and Master of Malt.

The full list of gins that’re 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.

lcohol 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 whiskys from around the globe this season! 

RRP £99.95, available online at Master of Malt

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. 

Female Original

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  1. What???? This is a thing???? Why don’t we have these in Canada? I’m seriously jealous.

    1. femaleoriginal
      November 10, 2021

      It certainly is! They’re super cool, aren’t they? Thanks for reading 🙂

  2. Jodie | That Happy Reader
    November 5, 2021

    These advent calendars look amazing! The Virgin Wines edition is likely my favourite and the bottles look like they would hold a 5 oz glass. I will be looking at what they offer for advent calendars here in Canada. Thanks for sharing Faye!

    1. femaleoriginal
      November 11, 2021

      Hopefully, you can find something similar in Canada! Glad you enjoyed reading 🙂

  3. Soffy
    November 13, 2021

    These would make great gifts for anyone who loves a drink! Thank you for sharing x

    1. femaleoriginal
      November 23, 2021

      Thank you!

  4. Jaya Avendel
    November 19, 2021

    I have NEVER tried anything like this, but I am in love with the flavor packed into the little bottles and how the calendar makes it possible to sample dozens of different drinks without getting overwhelmed. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    1. femaleoriginal
      November 23, 2021

      They’re brilliant, right? I can’t wait to start the countdown next week 🙂

  5. Simona
    November 20, 2021

    Both Drinks By The Dram calendars look amazing, and while I am no gin drinker, the whiskey one is calling my name!

    1. femaleoriginal
      November 23, 2021

      I can’t wait to explore what’s behind each door next week! 🙂

  6. Lisa
    November 29, 2021

    My husband would love either of the whisky calendars and I would adore the Freixnet one – I’m a huge fan, like you – although I think we’d definitely have to open them all in the evening, not first thing in the morning, haha!

    1. femaleoriginal
      November 29, 2021

      Haha, defo! I can see myself opening them up in the morning, and then spending the whole day excited to come home from work to try them 🙂


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