EAT, drink and be merry... with the advent of December and the big Christmas rush upon us, shopping for wine or spirits can be the best recipe for spreading some festive cheer.
Whether you’re ticking off the wish list for a partner, friend, or in-law, stocking up the Christmas drinks cabinet with their favourite tipple is not only a bright idea, it's one of life’s little luxuries that is sure to raise a smile.
Taste Your Way Around The World selection of 22 wines, 37.5cl bottles, £199.50, from www.halfwine.com (pictured above) is a treat.
Not on the high street: Halfwine.com has cornered the market with its gift packs of 37.5cl bottles, or two to three glasses of wine. Its quality wines aren’t usually available in half bottles in supermarkets.
Gin and Tales: Beefeater’s London Dry Gin festive gift box has been designed with cocktail lovers in mind. Visit www.ginandtales.com.
Beefeater London Dry Gin, £17.99 for a 70cl bottle, from Selfridges and Harvey Nichols nationwide.
For dad’s back bar for Boxing Day Bloody Mary’s. Absolut Mode Edition, £24.79, 1ltr bottle, from major supermarkets nationwide.
A rum do: For a cheeky taste of the Caribbean, Sailor Jerry has spiced up its famous hoola girl. Sailor Jerry’s £18.49, 70cl, nationwide.
A taste of Tennessee: From across the pond, America’s legendary whiskey brand Jack Daniel’s introduced its Single Barrel in the late 1990s and it enjoys the same rock star status as the original Jack Daniel’s Old No 7.
A special find for Christmas: With the help of homeware label House of Hackney, Bombay Sapphire now comes nestled inside an exotic velvet pouch bag – embellished with gold tassels, peacocks, parrots and curios. Bombay Sapphire Limited Edition Keepsake by House of Hackney, £34.99 for a 70cl bottle, from Selfridges.
Fun-sized bubbles: From from www.justerinis.com, they’re ideal for art lovers, champagne Pommery’s limited edition POP range is printed with fantasy works of art, and the mini-sized bottles are designed to sip with a straw. POP Art Collector set, £52 for three 20cl bottles.
Luck of the Irish: Light and approachable, the Emerald Isle’s favourite jug of whiskey can be sipped neat on the rocks, or makes the perfect Jameson Whiskey Sour.. Jameson Irish Whiskey, £19.99, nationwide.