33 alcoholic (and non-alcoholic) festive tipples to enjoy this Christmas

The best drinks to buy as gifts this Christmas, whether they’re into in craft gins, honeyed pudding wines, Cornish rum or luxe low-alcohol aperitifs. 

From beauty and interiors to food and chocolate, Christmas gifting in 2021 is all about finding those thoughtful, utterly personal presents that’ll truly resonate. And a bottle of something special is the perfect way to send some love, especially after the tumultuous 18 months that we’ve all had.

Investing in a drinks gift for a friend is pretty ingenious, too. After all, is there anything nicer than mulling a batch of wine while decorating the tree, taste-testing luxurious premixed cocktails or opening a bottle of prosecco on Christmas morning after a long wintery walk? No no no, as Santa would say. 

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Below, you’ll find Stylist’s guide to the best drinks to buy your loved ones this Christmas.

We’ve got cocktails that’ll transport you directly to the Dishoom bar (negroni or old-fashioned, anyone?); beautiful bottles of gin, tequila and vermouth to upgrade anyone’s drinks cabinet; and Christmas favourites including port and mulled wine. 

You’ll also find chic natural wines and seriously good non-alcoholic spirits from small batch breweries – plus booze subscription boxes, virtual tasting sessions and bespoke stockings.

Read on, get inspired and have yourself a very merry Christmas… 

  • World of Zing Mince Pie Rumhattan

    Best drinks for Christmas: World of Zing Mince Pie Rumhattan

    When you think of Christmas, mince pies are always one of the first things that come to mind – and this flavoured rum is sure to keep you warm and toasty on the inside.

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  • Sociovino the sustainable Christmas case

    Best drinks for Christmas: Sociovino the sustainable Christmas case

    Wine and sustainability combine with this collection from Sociovino. Featuring six wines – two sparklings, two whites and two reds – each bottle is sourced from the most sustainably-focused wineries, so you and your loved ones can indulge in a festive tipple mindfully this Christmas.

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  • The Deveron single malt whisky

    Best drinks for Christmas: The Deveron single malt whisky

    With its notes of smooth toffee, crisp fresh green apple and creamy oak, this whisky is the perfect gift for those embarking on their whisky journey and looking for their perfect blend this Christmas

    Shop The Deveron single malt whisky at Tesco, £30

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  • Santa Teresa 1796 rum

    Best drinks for Christmas: Santa Teresa 1796 rum

    This unexpectedly rich yet dry rum is aged through a traditional Solera method, usually reserved for sherry production, making it particularly special. With its fruity aroma and notes of wood, nuts, leather, vanilla, cinnamon, dark chocolate, prunes and a hint of honey and pepper, Santa Teresa 1796 is the spirit this season to pair alongside a traditional Christmas pudding, laden with juicy vine fruits and candied peel.

    Shop Santa Teresa 1796 rum at The Whisky Exchange, £51.95

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  • Spirited Union spice and sea salt rum

    Best drinks for Christmas: Spirited Union spice and sea salt rum

    Bring the feeling of the islands to use this festive season, as you sip on Spirited Union spice and sea salt rum, a smooth cask-aged Barbados rum infused with five delicate spices including Guatemalan cardamom, Madagascan cloves and vanilla for a sweet spice aroma. 

    Shop Spirited Union spice and sea salt rum at Master of Malt, £37.95

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  • Captain Morgan Sliced Apple rum

    Best drinks for Christmas: Captain Morgan Sliced Apple rum

    Captain Morgan lovers will love its newest sliced apple drink, which contains bold notes of apple carefully balanced with Captain Morgan’s unique signature taste.

    With a variety of easy-to-create serve options, whether mixed with lemonade or simply over ice, it can also be heated up in a hot toddy cocktail on those colder nights.

    Shop Captain Morgan Sliced Apple rum at Asda, £13

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  • Kyrö tasting set

    Best drinks for Christmas Kyrö tasting set

    Spread some Nordic joy and give the gift of Kyrö spirits to your friends and family this year with this tasting set.

    Containing a trio of gorgeous gins and their tasty malt rye whisky, this set is guaranteed to impress the lucky recipient (or treat for yourself!)

    Shop Kyrö tasting set at Master of Malt, £20.95

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  • Sea Change chardonnay

    Best drinks for Christmas: Sea Change chardonnay

    This chardonnay is like sunshine in a glass, thanks to its light, yet fruity, taste. With nuances of white flowers on the nose and citrus fruits on the palette, it has a refreshing acidity and a long-lasting finish, which will pair beautifully with any salads or seafood dishes you’re preparing this season.

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  • Diablesse clementine spiced rum

    Best drinks for Christmas: Diablesse clementine spiced rum

    Now this is a Christmas drink: made with demerara rum from the Diamond Distillery in Guyana, it’s then flavoured with clementine and a Caribbean-inspired spice mix containing vanilla, ginger, cinnamon, star anise and clove. 

    Shop Clementine spiced rum at Diablesse, £28.75

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  • Chateau Lafon Sauternes 2017

    Best drinks for Christmas: Chateau Lafon Sauternes 2017

    This half-bottle of Chateau Lafon Sauternes 2017 is the perfect pudding wine, bringing honey, peach and oak to after-lunch celebrations. 

    Shop Chateau Lafon Sauternes 2017 at Swig, £16.50

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  • Cotswolds cream liqueur

    Best drinks for Christmas: Cotswolds cream liqueur

    It wouldn’t be the festive season without a cheeky cream liqueur – this Cotswolds Distillery version is made with single-malt (unaged whisky) and gives flavours of vanilla and butterscotch.

    Shop Cotswolds cream liqueur at Cotswolds Distillery, £24.95

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  • Eko Brewery mix and match 12 pack

    Best drinks for Christmas: Eko Brewery mix and match 12 pack

    Eko Brewery is where British brewing meets traditional African palm wine and malts. This 12-pack of mix and match beers is the perfect introduction.

    Shop mix and match 12 pack at Eko Brewery, £31.50

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  • Fernando de Castilla Antique Amontillado NV

    Best drinks for Christmas: Fernando de Castilla Antique Amontillado NV

    A big hit with sherry aficionados, Fernando de Castilla Antique Amontillado NV is complex and delicious – serve with tapas on New Year’s Eve. 

    Shop Fernando de Castilla Antique Amontillado NV at Woodwinters, £34

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  • Sipsmith build your own gin stocking

    Best drinks for Christmas: Sipsmith build your own gin stocking

    Each of these kits comes with a green velvet stocking and 20cl bottle of Sipsmith London Dry Gin to get you started: then add your own festive gin flavours including Mince Pie, Smoked Chestnut and Gingerbread. 

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  • Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut NV

    Best drinks for Christmas: Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut NV

    A champagne to celebrate the end of 2020? Let’s go for this Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut NV in a special eco box. The perfect balance of citrus and sweet, toast in the New Year. 

    Shop Perrier-Jouët Grande Brut NV at Fortnum & Mason, £45

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  • Drinks by the Dram Tequila and Mezcal collection

    Best drinks for Christmas: Drinks by the Dram Tequila and Mezcal collection

    Explore the world of agave spirits and seriously smoky mezcals via this box containing 12 specially curated drams, presented in beautifully wax-sealed 30ml bottles.

    Shop Drinks by the Dram Tequila and Mezcal collection at Master Of Malt, £45

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  • Shop Cuvée natural wine subscription

    Best drinks for Christmas: Shop Cuvée natural wine subscription

    Uncover some of the finest natural wines with Shop Cuvée’s expert selection: choose from three or six bottles and expect a mix of red, white and orange. Yum.

    Shop Cuvee natural wine subscription, from £110

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  • Small beer company gift pack

    Best drinks for Christmas: Small Beer Company gift pack

    For tasty but very low alcohol beers, the Small Beer Company is exactly what you need to try. This gift pack contains lager, session pale, steam and dark lager: the perfect Christmas gift for the sober and sober-curious. 

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  • Noughty alcohol-free sparkling chardonnay

    Best drinks for Christmas: Noughty alcohol-free sparkling chardonnay

    With a crisp and ripe apple scent accompanied by a touch of sweetness, this alcohol-free sparkling chardonnay is an inspired aperitif for 2020. 

    Shop Noughty alcohol-free sparkling chardonnay at Thomson & Scott, £8.99

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  • Nc’Nean organic single malt

    Best drinks for Christmas: Nc’Nean organic single malt

    With a female founder and a sustainable ethos, Nc’nean Single Malt Whisky is produced in small batches for flavours of citrus, peach, apricot and spice.

    Shop Nc’Nean organic single malt, £47.95

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  • Stargazy rum liqueur

    Best drinks for Christmas: Stargazy rum liqueur

    A blend of aged rum, caramel and Cornish sea salt with subtle hints of gorseflower and coconut, Stargazy rum liqueur is produced by The Rum & Crab Shack in St Ives. It’s ideal served as a shot, sipped chilled or in an espresso martini, and you can get 10% off with the code STYLIST10.

    Shop Stargazy rum liqueur, £23.99

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  • Regal rogue lively white

    Best drinks for Christmas: Regal rogue lively white

    Update your cocktail cabinet with the addition of Regal Rogue Lively White vermouth. Serve with tonic for a citrussy kick.

    Shop Regal rogue lively white at Majestic, £15.99

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  • Procera gin

    Best drinks for Christmas: Procera gin

    Distilled in Nairobi with 10 botanicals sourced from across Africa, including Madagascan pink pepper and Moroccan orris root, Procera Gin is the new bottle to buy for the gin aficionado in your life.

    Shop Procera gin at Master Of Malt, £69.95  

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  • Sairen rum

    Best drinks for Christmas: Sairen rum

    This rum comes in three gorgeous flavours: Spices (vanilla, tonka and clove), Dark Stone (cherry, plumb and blossom) and Exotic (mango, guava and passionfruit – our favourite). And it looks so pretty it doesn’t even need to be wrapped. 

    Shop Sairen rum, £35 each

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  • Kavka vodka

    Best drinks for Christmas: Kavka vodka

    The perfect addition to a nice dry martini, Kavka Vodka is a Polish spirit that’s crisp, clean and joy to drink. 

    Shop Kavka vodka at The Whisky Exchange, £31.25

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  • Crossip non-alcoholic spirits

    Best drinks for Christmas: Crossip non-alcoholic spirits

    In need of an alcohol-free spirit? Crossip’s new flavours are fabulous: Dandy is an alternative to mezcal, Pure is inspired by Italian bitters and Fresh is a fruit punch delight.

    Shop Crossip non-alcholic spirits, £22 each

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  • Waitrose mulled wine

    Best drinks for Christmas: Waitrose mulled wine

    Consistently voted the best supermarket mulled wine around, with notes of festive cloves and cinnamon. Simply warm this up and feel the festive joy flow. 

    Shop Waitrose mulled wine, £5.49

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  • Belgrove hazelnut spiced rum

    Best drinks for Christmas: Belgrove hazelnut spiced rum

    For espresso martinis or a cheerful partner to ginger beer, this award-winning rum is from the Lake District and you need to try it. 

    Shop Belgrove hazelnut spiced rum at Amazon, £29.95

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  • Gordon’s special dry London gin

    Best drinks for Christmas: Gordon’s special dry London gin

    You can’t go wrong with a classic London dry gin and Gordon’s is our go-to. Serve with lime around the top of your glass, a slice, lots of ice and good tonic. 

    Shop Gordon’s special dry London gin at Ocado, £20.50

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  • The Emissary Prosecco DOC Treviso spumante extra-brut

    Best drinks for Christmas: The Emissary Prosecco DOC Treviso spumante extra-brut

    The perfect prosecco gift for anyone this Christmas comes courtesy of The Emissary – this is perfectly balanced and vegan to boot.

    Shop The Emissary Prosecco DOC Treviso spumante rxtra-brut at The Emissary, £14.99

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  • Tarsier oriental pink gin

    Best drinks for Christmas: Tarsier oriental pink gin

    Inspired by the founders’ travels around Southeast Asia, this gin has “the floral notes of red dragon fruit, the sweetness of lychee and the tartness of raspberry” – and is truly lovely. 

    Shop Tarsier oriental pink gin, £34.99

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  • Chapel Down classic non-vintage brut magnum

    Best drinks for Christmas: Chapel Down classic non-vintage brut magnum

    A gorgeous English sparkling wine is exactly what this Christmas needs and this 1.5 litre magnum of brut is the perfect fizz to share with your bubble.

    Shop Chapel Down classic non-vintage brut magnum, £60

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  • Cooper King sharing selection box

    Best drinks for Christmas: Cooper King sharing selection box

    With a dry gin, a berry and basil gin and a herb gin, this is the thinking letterbox gift for anyone in your life in need of some excellent drinks.

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