Festive season is here, that means plenty of food and more importantly, drink. In the UK, the British public will apparently consume as much as 5.7bn units of alcohol over the festive period, thats a lot of booze. But what will be your festive tipple for the holidays? We’ve put together a list of our top drinks that will keep you warm, cosy and a little bit merry through Christmas eve and beyond.
Isle Of Harris Gin
The award-winning Isle of Harris Gin – every drop distilled on the island. A beautifully designed bottle captures the elemental nature of the Isle of Harris, while its contents will reward the drinker with refreshing maritime pleasures with the inclusion of local, hand-harvested Sugar Kelp working alongside eight other carefully chosen botanicals. Each bottle is sent directly from the distillery in the Outer Hebrides and is also available for immediate pick up through click&collect stores.
On taste it’s a refreshing balance between the bitter juniper, pine and the sweet fruit flavours of mango, grapefruit and orange. A green herb flavour develops with crushed coriander. Distinctive and smooth with its dry, flinty taste and leaves an overall a long, clean finish. As the juniper and citrus peel notes fade away, sweet vanilla and black pepper remain with a gentle reminder of the sea. A real winner for anyone who is a gin lover.
£37, Available, Harrisdistillery.com
Makers Mark Bourbon Whiskey
Maker’s Mark Bourbon is made with soft red winter wheat, instead of the usual rye, delivering a full-flavoured bourbon that’s easy to drink. To ensure consistency, every barrel is rotated by hand and ageing the bourbon to taste, not time. which makes all the difference in the finished product. Each and every bottle of Maker’s is still hand-dipped in their signature red wax, a nice little touch that adds personality and charisma.
On the taste side you get sweet caramel and brown sugar that gives way to soft fruity notes and vanilla with light toasted nuts and cinnamon notes on the palette and a sweet spice builds over time.
For those of you who are serious fans of this whiskey, Maker’s Mark have exclusively partner with Amazon this festive season has launched a brand new gift pack. The gift pack includes a bottle of Maker’s Mark and a limited-edition Maker’s Mark Christmas jumper. So if you’ve got a real whiskey fan, this could be the perfect drink for Christmas day and the ultimate stocking filler. £55 Gift Pack, Available Amazon.com
Grey Goose Vodka
Possibly the king of Vodka, Grey Goose is distilled from French wheat and is made with spring water from Gensac region in southwestern France, thats filtered through champagne limestone for an unmatched smoothness and taste that has created the Grey Goose name and is the finest of Vodkas in the market today. Drink it straight for pair with a mixer, but for those of you who enjoy a hit of luxury at Christmas, add this to its partners in crime 1 tbsp dry vermouth and an olive or lemon peel, to garnish and you’ve got yourself the classic martini, the only decision now? Shaken, or stirred? £35.00, Available Waitrose.com
Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Conegliano Prosecco
It wouldn’t be Christmas without bubbles and the Sainsburys Taste the Difference Conegliano Prosecco is leading the jam-packed Prosecco market this year. Scented with pears and yellow apples, carrying masses of delicate little bubbles and with its crisp, slightly off-dry finish, this is a delicious and an affordable bottle of bubbles for family.
£8.00, Available Sainsburys.co.uk
Villa Cafaggio Chianti Classico
Where does the best wine in the world come from? Well in our opinion everything worth getting excited over comes from Italy and this Villa Cafaggio Chianti Classico is something to get excited about. Elegant and smooth in taste this Chianti is from a single estate in the Classico region. To taste you’ll be hit with a mouthful of black cherry notes and subtle, lingering spices. £19.99, Available Waitrose.com
Oyster Bay Sauvingnon Blanc
Personally one of our favourite bottles of white, Oyster Bay’s Sauvingnon Blanc is from New Zealand and captures the cool climate and special character of the country with its Pale straw green colour and brilliant clarity, Oyster Bay Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc is zesty and aromatic orchestra with lots of lively fruit characters. A concentration of assertive passionfruit and tropical fruit flavours, it is a wine that is always crisp, elegant and refreshing and has the ability to only get better after each sip. Careful though, its that good you’ll be 3 bottles deep before you know it. £7.99, Available Ocado.com