What do you buy for that certain someone who has everything?
If they enjoy a tipple, you can’t go wrong with getting them something to drink.
In this guide we pick out some of the most unique alcohol gift sets and bottles on the market right now, including a 24-carat gin and boozy tea to dram collections and craft beers.
Unique alcohol gifts and sets
Bacardi x Floom: grow-your-own garnish kits
The Bacardi drinks group has partnered with artisan florists Floom to create three “grow-your-own” garnish kits. Each kit features two fully-grown seasonal plants – such as rosemary, mint, basil, and edible flowers – and are paired with a 35cl bottle of either Bacardi rum, Bombay Sapphire gin or Grey Goose vodka. Each kit is accompanied by a cocktail recipes.
58 Gin’s Make Your Own Gin
Gin enthusiasts can create two personalised bottles of bespoke, hand-crafted gin based on their own unique recipe. A simple selection process invites you to define your flavour profile utilising up to six beautiful botanicals, choose whether you want a pink or clear liquid, name your gin and personalise your bottle. Your recipe is then handed over to 58 Gin’s Master Distiller to be brought to life using a classic base London Dry recipe where juniper, orris and angelica root delicately balance your chosen flavours. A gift box of two 70cl bottles of your customised gin will then be delivered directly to any UK address.
NOVELTEA alcoholic tea-lover’s pack
NOVELTEA has created a boozy blend of cold-brewed teas infused with a matching spirit. Flavours include The Tale of Earl Grey (London dry gin), The Tale of Moroccan Mint (white Carribean rum) and The Tale of Oolong (Scotch whisky). The tea lover’s pack includes a trio of 70cl NOVELTEA Tales, a glass teapot and teapot warmer.
From £79.95; noveltea-drinks.com
Drinks by the Dram Gift Collection Series
Drinks by the Dram has announced its brand new gift collection series. Each set contains 12 specially-curated drams presented in beautiful wax-sealed 30ml bottles. The range includes whisky, premium rum, premium gin, tequila and mezcal, and Irish whiskey.
From £39; drinksbythedram.com
BenRiach 10 Year Old Scotch Whisky gift pack
Ten-year-old whisky from the BenRiach Distillery in Speyside, Scotland. A fresh and lively single malt, it’s available in a gift box with two glasses.
Black Bowmore DB5 1964: forget martinis, Mr Bond, try this £50,000 whisky
Bottles of gin
24 Carat Gin
The luxurious distilling and distribution company Liquid Gold Alcohol brings to the market a premium and exclusive product for the most discerning clients with the finest palate. 24 Carat Gin is a magic alcohol drink that combines an exquisite dry gin with the delightful touch of real 24-carat liquid gold.
£1,250 pre-order; 24caratgin.com
Massingberd-Mundy Distillery’s ‘his and her’ gins
South Ormsby Estate’s most enigmatic couple have been reunited thanks to two new gins from Massingberd-Mundy Distillery in the Lincolnshire Wolds. Making perfect “his and her” gifts the Burrell’s Dry and Marie Jeanne Pink gins have been distilled to celebrate Charles Burrell Massingberd and his socialite wife Marie Jeanne Rapigeon of Versailles.
Each bottle costs £39; southormsbyestate.co.uk
VII Hills Italian Dry Gin
Considered to be the No.1 Italian dry gin brand in the world by critics, VII Hills is the ideal gift for gin connoisseurs. Exclusively handcrafted in Italy, this unique spirit is made with seven botanicals found within the hills that surround Rome. The result is a perfectly balanced spirit with a distinctive body, strength and flavour that is slightly bittersweet with hints of blood orange and an herbal aroma. It can be enjoyed on the rocks, in a G&T or any other gin-based tipple.
Elephant Gin (London Dry Gin)
Inspired by the traditional sundowner experience after a day out in the African bush, Elephant Gin is a handcrafted gin made with rare African botanicals. A complex yet smooth taste, encompassing floral, fruity and spicy flavours.
58 Gin’s sustainably-sound gins
London-based artisan spirits distillery, 58 Gin, has recently launched two new hand-crafted gins – 58 English Berry Gin and 58 Apple & Hibiscus Gin – created using wonky apples and foraged berries.
Sibling Negroni Gin
Sibling Distillery, a family (sibling)-run distillery based in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, has taken inspiration from the Italian cocktail to create a gin that mixes with tonic to make a fresh and herbal G&T. Best served with tonic, a slice of orange and ice, it’s a citrus lead, herbal gin with the classic aperitivo bitterness and a refreshing zesty finish.
Salcombe Gin Voyager Series ‘Restless’
Restless is the fifth limited-edition release in the award-winning Voyager Series from Salcombe Gin. Crafted in collaboration with two Michelin-starred chef Niall Keating of Whatley Manor in Wiltshire, Restless is inspired by Keating’s passion for Asian cuisine and has been distilled with kombucha, marking the first time a gin has ever been created with a liquid botanical.
The 15 best gins: here’s some you must try
Bottles of whisky and bourbon
Nc’nean Organic Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Smooth, elegant and organic, Nc’nean Single Malt Whisky is produced in small batches for an easy-going and delicious tipple. Packaged in the industry’s first-ever 100% recycled clear glass bottle and made in the 100% renewable energy distillery, Nc’nean is a pioneer of sustainable production. It has tasting notes of lemon posset, peach and apricot, and spiced rye bread.
From £47.95 (October delivery); ncnean.com
Old Forester Bourbon
Award-winning bourbon with a great heritage and a rich taste, it was America’s first bottled bourbon and its classic taste is still very popular today. In 2020 Old Forester celebrates 150 years of producing flavoursome bourbon.
Old Forester Statesman
Old Forester Statesman is inspired by the dynamic characters in the film Kingsman: The Golden Circle. Old Forester Statesman offers bold flavour blended from hand-selected casks of the famed Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whisky. Because true character is only revealed after a little heat, the Statesman product offers an exceptional balance of heat and spice.
How to become a whisky ‘expert’ in just two hours
Bottles of liqueur
Magnum Scotch Cream Liqueur
This liqueur was last year crowned one of the top-selling products at Edinburgh Castle after more than 12,000 bottles were snapped up by visitors to the historic landmark between January and November 2019 alone. Magnum’s smooth, creamy caramel notes play off single malt scotch whisky for a balanced taste with a warming ginger afterglow.
Bottles of rum
Cabby’s White Rum by the Taxi Spirit Co
“In the daytime, I drive a black cab. At night time, I distil.” These are the words of London cab driver Moses Odong, who has opened the capital’s first ever rum distillery, aptly named Taxi Spirit Co. The first product to be launched was the award-winning Cabby’s White Rum, which has rich, full-bodied taste notes of sweet cane, delicious black treacle, a hint of oak and refreshing coconut and citrus. Taxi Spirit Co also offers Cabby’s Spiced Rum and Cabby’s Gin.
Copalli Barrel-rested Rum
An organic, single estate rum from the heart of the Belizean rainforest, crafted with conservation, community and authenticity at its core. It’s made from just three ingredients, sugar cane, canopy water and yeast. The rum is “rested” in casks that previously held bourbon, giving it gorgeous vanilla-rich notes.
Mad City Botanical Rum
This premium white rum by Foxhole Spirits is enhanced and invigorated with a recipe of 25 botanicals - with more depth, more flavour and more complexity than ever before. Mad City is the ultimate tipple for rum fans, cocktail lovers and curious drinkers who are looking beyond gin.
Equiano, the world’s first premium aged rum from African and the Caribbean, is 100% natural and is made with no spices, no additives and no added sugar. Inspired by the Nigerian-born writer, entrepreneur, abolitionist and freedom fighter Olaudah Equiano, the rum offers a blend of two cultures, two distilleries and two islands.
The Bloody Classic
Bloody Drinks was launched in 2018 when founders Will Best and Harry Farnham made it their mission to find the perfect Bloody Mary. They started making their own for friends and family and the Bloody Drinks brand was born from there. Their Bloody Classic is created using high quality ingredients including premium vodka and Amontillado sherry for body, the finest tomatoes from Italy and Spain for natural sweetness, fresh lemons for acidity, Worcestershire and soy sauce for a rich, umami-packed base, and the legendary Tabasco sauce for that much needed kick.
Bloody Classic cans are sold in packs of four (£13), six (£19) or 12 (£36); bloodydrinks.co.uk
Craft beers, lagers, ales and porter
Harvie’s Choice by Harviestoun Brewery
Based at Alva, near Stirling in Scotland, Harviestoun Brewery is a pioneering producer of nine high-quality craft beer and lagers and its online shop sells a range of multi-packs, kegs and fridge packs. The Harvie’s Choice selection, a mixed case of award-winning beers, is chosen by Harvie, the company mascot who has featured in various guises on its beers through the years. Included in the mixed case are: Schiehallion 4.8% craft lager, Bitter & Twisted 4.2% golden ale, The Ridge 5% pale ale, Forth 4% craft lager, IPA 5.8%, Whippet 2.3% pale ale, Old Engine Oil 6% craft stout, Wheesht 0.0% dark ale, Ola Dubh 8% barrel aged ale plus a free Harviestoun tankard glass.
Salcombe Brewery Mixed Case of 12 Bottles
The mixed case of 12 x 330ml bottles includes Island Street Porter (an award-winning, rich, velvety porter); Salcombe Pale Ale (a classic, full bodied pale ale with a bouquet of orange, pink grapefruit and anise); and Sun Drop (a gluten free and vegan friendly, dry-hopped ale).
Ciders and perries
Cider Is Wine at-home packs
The mission of Cider Is Wine is to create a new global drinks category for ciders and perries made from 100% apple and pear juice (never-from-concentrate) that lovers of the finer things in life will recognise as simply representing the best of the best. Its online shop sells at-home packs, case of the month, online tastings and subscriptions.
At-home packs start from £40; cideriswine.co.uk
Aperitivos and digestifs
Primo Aperitivo Negroni
Transporting you to an authentic Italian aperitivo hour, Primo Aperitivo Negroni is one of the most luxury ready-to-serve Italian cocktails on the market. It has been exclusively handcrafted in Italy using the finest ingredients including a bespoke blend of dry gin, vermouth and bitter aperitif. To serve, simply pour the readily crafted drink over ice into a rock glass and garnish with an orange wedge. The striking bottle comes delivered in a beautifully branded gift box.
How to make a Negroni cocktail: top hotel bartenders share their recipes
Stambecco Maraschino Cherry Amaro
Stambecco is a bitter-sweet Italian Amaro infused with luxury maraschino cherries, bitter citrus peel and local Italian mountain herbs. It’s produced at the Vergnano family distillery, Torino Distillati in Piedmont, north-eastern Italy, where the tradition of making Amaro began. The liqueur is carefully crafted in a large, bespoke copper pot still which has been specially installed at the distillery for the exclusive, small-batch production of Stambecco.
Bottles of Vermouth
Discarded Sweet Cascara Vermouth
Every year, billions of tonnes of the coffee berry Cascara are wasted in coffee production after the bean is extracted. Discarded takes what would be wasted and re-purposes it to bring a new flavour dimension to create a Vermouth like no other. Discover the versatility of Discarded Sweet Cascara Vermouth, a perfect addition to any drinks collection and a welcome gift for any occasion. The taste is full and sweet, with indulgent fruity notes that merge perfectly with the characteristic bitter notes of Vermouth.