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Christmas Booze Guide: Where To Find The Best Gifts

Joy to the world, Boozemas is here. Yes, the month where it’s totally acceptable to spike your morning coffee on a Thursday and get on the eggnogs at lunchtime, it’s December.

We’re always on the hunt for presents of the alcoholic variety (if only to gift ourselves), so here are all the best boozy presents on the market this year – treat yo’self and let’s get this party started…

1. Spirit & Liqueur Crackers, £39.95

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Forget shitty jokes and decks of tiny cards, these crackers boast a 3cl dram of a different delicious spirit or liqueur – enough to get anyone through awkward Brexit debates around the dinner table. Each cracker has a different dram inside, so everyone can try something different.

BUY: Masterofmalt.com

2. Le Grand Cros, La Maîtresse, £20.95

BYOB doesn’t have to mean a hastily picked Malbec from Sainsbury’s – order this traditional method sparkling wine hailing from Provence (which is still very rare).  A peach rosé with salmon reflections, enjoy a nose of red fruits (raspberry, redcurran and ripe cherries), with a subtle touch of cinnamon.

BUY: Pall Mall Fine Wines

3. Old Boys 21 Years Old Tawny Dessert Wine, £22.00

 

An ideal gift for anyone whose idea of Christmas is a platter of excellent cheeses by a crackling fire. This Australian fortified wine was made to be cracked open during dessert and into late evening, matured in small and large format oak casks for a subtle hint of vanilla.

BUY: Oddbins / Waitrose

4. Kapsi Kir Royale ‘Bombs’ By Gabriel Boudier, £15.95

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Christmas parties coming up? Empty a complete single Kapsi Boudier into a glass, fill with five times that volume of Champagne, dry white wine or sparkling wine and enjoy a top-quality Kir cocktail at home.

BUY: 31dover.com

5. Speedy Graphito X Champagne Thienot Ltd. Edition Magnum, £72.54

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Internationally revered street artist Speedy Graphito has teamed up with Champagne Thienot, designing a gorgeous limited edition magnum every creative needs under their tree.

BUY: Richard Granger Wines, Upton-Upon Severn wines, Eagles Wines in Battersea

6. Cranberry & Blood Orange Liqueur, £15Cranes_Liqueur_edited_for_social_grande

Reinvent the Bellini with this smooth blood orange and cranberry liqueur – simply add to Prosecco and hey presto, instant Christmas.

BUY: Shop.drinkcranes.co.uk

7. The King’s A Sticky End Sauvignon Blanc 2015, £16.99

New Zealand might not have a reputation for dessert wines, but this delightful pudding wine could change the game. Poached peach and apricot kernel fruit notes combine with the classic varietal aromas of nectarine and wild fennel whilst Noble Rot contributes elements of candied citrus peel. Pass the cheese, please.

8. Prosecco DOC Extra Dry “Sior Sandro” from V8+ Vineyards, £9.99

Couldn’t finish this list without mention of a Prosecco, could we? Amid news that the sparkling wine is proven to be good for your health, there’s simply no reason not to indulge. A straw-coloured bubbly that recalls the scent of apple and pear, it’s the perfect bottle to pop in a Christmas hamper.

BUY: Tannico

10. Reserve des Tuguets 2014, £6

At just £6, this intensely warming, claret-style wine is incredible value for money – a brilliant solution for Secret Santa dilemmas. Bring a couple along to a dinner party and you’ll find yourself rather popular, hints of liquorice and leather rounding off a sumptuous meal quite nicely.

BUY: Tesco

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