Top Drinks Picks For The Party Season 2018

As the festive season approaches, the time to start hoarding your stash of Christmas tipples has arrived. With at least a week surrounded by your friends and family members, it’s safe to say, you’re going to find yourself reaching for a bevvy to pull you through. Looking for something a little different? Read on for a list of our favourites.

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Royal Salute Whisky

This is the second in Royal Salute’s annual Polo Collection and follows last year’s 21 Year Old Polo Edition. Like its predecessor, the Beach Polo Edition is endorsed by Royal Salute Polo Ambassador, former England Polo Team Captain and long-time Scotch whisky aficionado, Malcolm Borwick. Malcolm’s signature and iconic red helmet both feature on the packaging.

Royal Salute Master Blender, Sandy Hyslop, added: Creating a whisky that embodied the values of the partnership and the sport was a fantastic experience. The idea is that with each sip, we would take the person on an exotic journey though salty sea winds, warm sands and subtly smoky beach bonfires, while keeping the Royal Salute House style firmly at the heart.” In short this is an amazing whiskey and whether you decide to give it as gift or drink it all yourself you won’t be disappointed. Discover more at RoyalSalute.com or buy now for RRP £150 @ Master of MaltRoyal Salute

 

Ramsbury Vodka

If St. George had a vodka, this would be it. Ramsbury Vodka is quintessentially English; every part of producing the vodka occurs on their Wiltshire estate making it one of UK’s only single estate English Vodkas.

Being distilled, blended and bottled in the historic Wiltshire countryside, the vodka is packed with its signature flavour. With every element harvested from the estate, each bottle has an incredible result. We are left with a distinguished aesthetic that is silky smooth and subtle, with a distinctive aroma of vanilla and toasted cereal, not to mention the ancient aquifer used to locally source the wheat and water into an enigmatic and refined edition. We would recommend adding a hint of ice for a refreshing and clean mouthful. This is definitely worth the shot.

Try this vodka by getting your own bottle from the 31 Dover website.

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Appleton Estate Rare Blend 12 Year Old

Crafted in the heart of Jamaica, Appleton’s Estate 12 year old Jamaica Rum is aged for a minimum of 12 years in oak barrels and is touted as an unsurpassed masterpiece of oak ageing. The result is a dark, mahogany colour and a smooth, but robust, woody taste. Ideal for sipping or using in refined, elegant cocktails, its versatility makes it the ideal gift choice. RRP £34 Buy it here

The Kraken Black Spiced Rum

A favourite at Idle HQ, the Kraken Black Spiced Rum is a Caribbean import named after the legendary, mythical beast of the same name. An intricate blend of 13 spices, Kraken is a sweet, smooth rum with subtle notes of coffee, vanilla and caramel – all complimented by a spicy kick at the end. The bottle alone is a work of art, and we can promise you that what’s inside isn’t anything less. £36 Buy it here 

The Kraken Black Spiced Rum

Jägermeister

While Jägermeister is widely known in its infamous form, the Jägerbomb; it’s unique and distinct taste can easily be integrated into a tasty Christmas cocktail. With a recipe that hasn’t changed in over 80 years, the secret blend of 56 different herbs, blossoms, roots and fruits from all over the world is a winning combination that really sets it apart from the competition.

Especially for Christmas they’ve launched an exclusive ‘Ice Cold Wrap’ competition encouraging fans to find the hidden code on the bottle. Only one catch, you have to freeze it first. The limited-edition competition will be asking Jägermeister enthusiasts to purchase a 70cl bottle and freeze it at home to find the mysterious code. Once the bottle is at the optimum ‘Ice Cold’ temperature of -18°, you will be guided to the Jägermeister e-shop to enter. Those with their eyes on the prize will be in the running to win up to £20 off at the Jagershop (including free delivery) or your very own Jägermeister branded single bottle tap machine to take home.

For drinkspiration, head over to the Jägermeister website for long serve suggestions as it’s not a party without a taste of the classic herbal liqueur.

Citadelle Reserve Gin , 70cl

This one is for the serious Gin aficionado in your life. Barrel-aged to create unique depth and flavour, a rare process for a gin, but nonetheless one that is well-deserved for the complex list of herbs, spices, and botanical’s that goes into making it.
The solera ageing process, similar to that of sherry, sees the gin rest in five different types of wood for five months, including cherry, acacia, mulberry, chestnut, and French oak. After five months, the Citadelle Reserve Gin is blended together and refined in a huge barrel of its own, a step that earns Citadelle the distinction of being the only distillers to use such an avant-garde technique. This long, elaborate ageing process gives the gin a whole new flavour profile, intensifying the citrus notes and bringing about a noticeably soft mouthfeel. Try savouring this one over ice rather than drowning it in tonic. Buy it here
Citadelle Réserve Gin

The Botanist Gin

Crafted on the small island of Islay in Scotland this is a delicate balance of  22 ingredient which are sourced locally. Apple mint, creeping thistle, gorse, juniper, water mint, thyme, the list goes on and on and just shows the artisan craft that goes into making it. If you are looking for a gin that is packed full of complex flavours then this is for you. The taste is rich and mellow; cool on entry then as it reaches the back palate, you can feel the warmth of slow unhurried distillation. This is a bewitching, delectable and luxurious gin; its citrus freshness excites and stimulates the senses. Go on, treat yourself. Buy here.

THE BOTANIST ISLAY DRY GIN

COGNAC:

PIERRE FERRAND 10 Générations

A Grande Champagne Cognac from Pierre Ferrand, honouring the ten generations of Ferrand family members behind the great Cognac house. This expression has been crafted exclusively using eaux-de-vie made of Ugni-Blanc grapes, and 20% of the spirit is matured in casks that previously held deliciously sweet Sauternes wine. Redolent of dried fruits soaked in Sauternes, gently toasted nuts, wild flowers and spring blossom, this has real pedigree and strikes a wonderful balance between delicacy and opulence. Enjoy over ice. Buy it here

PIERRE FERRAND 10 GENERATIONS COGNAC

Cointreau

This classic crystal-clear liqueur – based on a blend of sweet and bitter orange peels is a pure classic. A true sipping treat and your must-have spirit for the irresistible Cointreau Fizz cocktail, or for other classics including the Margarita, Cosmopolitan, Sidecar and White Lady. Distilled and crafted in Angers, France using century-old methods to capture the most intense aromas from sweet and bitter orange peels. Fun fact: The original margarita was created in Acapulco in 1948 by Margaret Sames, known for hosting notoriously lavish parties with extravagant twists. She created a new cocktail for one of her parties by mixing two of her favourite spirits: tequila and Cointreau, a liqueur crafted using sweet and bitter orange peel essences. An immediate success, the drink came to be known as a “Margarita” and has gone on to become a staple.

This Christmas, add a touch of elegance and style to any drinks cabinet with a new, Limited Edition Bottle of the iconic orange liqueur brand Cointreau.  Created in collaboration with the prestigious Design Laboratory at Central Saint Martins College, the bottle has been reimagined by taking inspiration from the luxuriant Jardin des Hespérides; a garden filled with golden apples, later discovered to be oranges – a traditional Christmas gift and the heart of Cointreau. “We’ve taken this exciting blend of ingredients inside the spirit and celebrated them, adorning the exterior of the iconic bottle with a perfectly balanced, timeless design” shared Benio Urbanowicz, Creative Manager of The Design Laboratory. A nod to the mythological ‘golden apple’, the bottle is topped with an ornate, perfume-inspired square cap and encased in an orange box with a fabric interior.

The Limited Edition is limited to 1000 units worldwide, with only 50 to be retailed exclusively at Harvey Nichols

METAXA

It embraces precious wine distillates, aged patiently in French Limousin oak casks, and exquisite Muscat wines exclusively from the Aegean island of Samos, where grapes grow on garden-sized, terrace vineyards and are picked only by hand. A secret bouquet of May roses and Mediterranean herbs tops off this blend, created by Metaxa Master Costas Raptis. METAXA 12 Stars is extraordinarily complex in aromas and rewarding on the palate, with elegant notes of toffee, chocolate and orange peel. Enjoy it neat, or just with a cube of ice.

The most precious METAXA blends have always been selected by the Masters and kept in the cellars of the House in oak casks, that were brought in from the first distillery in Piraeus. These few, treasured casks, known as “The Family of Original Casks”, are part of the House’s legacy. To honour the House’s legacy in 2018, the Metaxa Master is releasing special decanters of his most precious elixir – AEN Cask No 2 –Despina. Inside are rare blends that Nature has offered, Man has selected and Time has perfected, celebrating the essence of the heart of Metaxa in its purest form. At £1,400 it’s not in everyone’s budget Buy here but you can you also try METAXA 12 Stars for £25.

AEN Cask No 2 – Despina

PATRÓN AÑEJO TEQUILA

Safe to say, most of us will recognise the Patrón name from the plethora of movies and popular culture mentions it’s accumulated through the years. Patrón Añejo is a delicate blend of uniquely aged tequilas, all aged in small white oak barrels for a minimum of 12 months. Similar to winemaking, each vintage of Patrón Añejo is carefully blended to produce a smooth and sweet tasting tequila. It’s distinct oakwood flavour complemented by vanilla, raisins, and honey with a caramel and smoky finish makes it perfect for sipping. Each bottle is numbered by hand and crafted from recycled glass. This tequila will not disappoint, go treat yourself! The Patrón Añejo Tequila creates the perfect twist on the Old Fashioned – The Patrón Old Fashioned forming the perfect accompaniment to any winter evening. Buy at the Whisky Exchange HERE –  £59.75

 

Mac & Wild Scottish Cocktails

The Mac & Wild Scottish Cocktails Gift Box includes four favourites from the range: Ginger Laddie, Auld Pal, Bonnie Brae and The Forager. Presented in 5cl bottles that you can simply chill and serve straight up or with some ice.

Mac & Wild’s cocktail range has been created by Edinburgh-based mixologist Luke Leiper, who hand-makes and bottles the drinks in small batches in Edinburgh. The range uses locally sourced Scottish herbs and botanicals, with the pre-mixed drinks an excellent introduction to whisky cocktails. The perfect Christmas gift for any cocktail lover or drinks connoisseur.

The range of cocktails, available in 50cl bottles, or as a gift set featuring a miniature bottles with recipe tricks and tips, are the perfect gift this Christmas, or served up at as the ultimate tipple during the festive season!  Impress your friends with these delicious and easy-to-make pre-bottled cocktails.

The Mac & Wild Scottish Cocktails Gift Box

Long Tail Mixers

Blended from natural ingredients with carbonated spring water to produce unique and balanced mixers, perfect to pair with your spirit of choice or to enjoy as soft drinks on their own. They come in 3 flavours Blood Orange / Island Spice & Ginger & Lime. Buy here

Blood Orange – Invigorating and refreshing, our soft blood orange top notes are balanced with the vitalising zest of red grapefruit. The smooth, yet juicy start to this mixer is followed by a tangy kick that will make this a drink to enjoy time after time.

Island Spice – This tropical mixer hits you with the heat of the Caribbean. Spices, refreshed by an infusion of bitter chinotto and botanical gentian, come together to create the warm glow of sundown.

Ginger & Spice  – The fresh zest of lime is warmed by soft, Jamaican style gingers in this mixer. Chai spices offer hidden depths to this lighter drink, perfect for your darker (spirit) tastes.

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British Cassis – White Heron

With 140 years of passion in every bottle, White Heron is back with its gloriously dark and rich nature. The White Heron story starts with a tiny current that grows in the fields of a Herefordshire farm. The succulent fruit is harvested under the summer sun and crafted into the very finest cassis. White Heron uses a technique similar to winemaking to perfectly capture the intensity of freshly picked British blackcurrants. Once it’s naturally fermented with champagne yeast, they blend it with a little vodka to fortify and bring out the rich and fruit flavour. This blackcurrant liquor is the perfect aperitif served straight or over ice. It also beautifully complements fizzing champagne and/or prosecco, making it a perfect Christmas drink and liquor for this festive season.

Find your bottle of British Cassis on the White Heron website.

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WINE O’Clock

You might be able to tell that this Christmas we’re staying loyal to Mirabeau with our selection of wines below. When you thought Rose was just for Summer you couldn’t be more wrong (remember their frosé popsicles we featured before?!) After sampling some of their signature tipples we are true converts! Below we’ve included

Mirabeau La Folie Rosé

Mirabeau’s sparkling rosé La Folie is a perfect addition to your Christmas morning festivities. Made in the Charmat Method (Prosecco) this is a totally captivating and delicious rosé. A blend of Syrah and Grenache which gives a gorgeous ballet-pink colour with a delicate effervescent sparkle; the nose offers up a fresh, soft scent of strawberry and raspberry with hints of gooseberry and blackcurrant. The mousse is mouth-filling and elegant with hints of red berry, grapefruit with a little spice and a lovely long finish. This really is lovely; delicate and not too sweet;.. knocks spots off Champagne and is a great all round glass of deliciousness. Buy here from Waitrose £13.99

Mirabeau Etoile

This is a still rosé called Etoile, that is the ‘star’ of their range and pairs extremely well with food – yes even all those selection box chocolates! A gastronomic rosé for moments of unadulterated enjoyment and the perfect accompaniment to fine food, where its defined structure will thoroughly shine. Buy it here

Mirabeau Rosé Pure

This is their Flagship rosé with its signature pale-pink colour with silver reflections. This wine’s hallmark is a pronounced mineral structure enveloped by elegant wild strawberry and citrus flavours, with a refreshing and refined character.

A lovely bottle for any occasion that calls for something a little special! Buy here from Waitrose

Üllo Wine Purifier

However if you’ve already got your wine cupboard full and not with Mirabeau then this may just the be the product for you! A first of its kind product, Üllo allows wine-lovers to remove sulphites from wine to purify it and restore it to a more natural tasting wine. A lot of wines, in particular cheap wines, can taste acidic. The Üllo Wine Purifier eliminates this issue, making every bottle taste as though it comes straight from the vineyard.

Additionally, and most famously, many have reported that after using the Üllo Wine Purifier they are rid of the inevitable dreaded wine-hangover.  Now that’s what we’re talking about…Christmas drinks with no hangover…note to self to take this on the work Xmas party!

 

Üllo Wine Purifier

On That Note

The party season is always an intriguing and eventful time for all of us; it’s a chance to spend time with loved ones whilst creating memories. However, let’s face it, creating good Christmas memories always involves a bit of booze, which is why we’ve rounded up our festive drinks top picks to help you spice things up a little bit. Whether you’re having a quiet one in or getting pumped up, there’s a heavenly beverage out there for everyone.

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