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Looking for a gift for a loved one who likes to keep their spirits collection up to date? Look no further. We’ve rounded up the very best spirits for gifting, including the most beautiful bottles and tastiest flavours.
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Similar to a classic bitter Italian aperitif but slightly lighter and fresher, this has a subtle red berry taste and is excellent with soda – a lovely gift for the spritz drinker in your life. Get some inspiration from our best-ever spritz recipes.
Master of Malt (£20.95)
Cabby’s spiced rum
A unique spiced rum with notes of almond, clove, ginger and cinnamon and a subtle treacle-like sweetness. It’s delicious sipped over ice or in a dark & stormy cocktail. Get even more sensational drinks inspiration from our best ever rum cocktails.
The Whisky Exchange (£29.95)
The distillery London (£35)
Cazcabel coconut liqueur
Made from a base of blanco tequila and Jalisco coconuts, this liqueur has notes of rich caramel and toasted coconut. It’s great sipped ice-cold alongside spicy Mexican dishes, or even a Thai curry.
Master of Malt (£22.46)
Marie Jeanne pink gin
Made with strawberries, raspberries and cranberries, this fruity gin is loaded with fresh red berry flavour, complemented by classic botanicals. Sweet, without being sickly, it’s great with tonic water and ice, or try adding a few frozen cranberries for a bit of festive flair. Try our best pink gin cocktails.
South Ormsby Estate (£39)
Adnams Kobold lager
Any serious beer drinker will know Adnams. Now the brewery and distillery has launched its first premium English lager, Kobold. It’s bright, crisp and refreshing, made with English hops to leave your palate dancing with grassy, lemony flavours. If that wasn’t enough reason to enjoy, sales will support marine conservation projects, starting with Blue Marine Foundation to help protect our coastlines.
Scallywag Winter Edition
A real winter warmer, this limited-edition whisky from the award-winning Scallywag Speyside Malt Scotch Whisky is matured in sherry casks for a richer flavour. It’s packed full of classic Christmassy notes, including dried fruits, cinnamon and cloves. A great gift for whisky lovers, this is perfect for sipping neat. Check out our review of the best Scotch whisky 2020.
Sapling British vodka
A classic that’s sure to be pride of place in anyone’s cocktail cabinet. A smooth, crisp vodka with slightly zesty, peppery notes. Plus, for every bottle sold, a tree will be planted. Crack out your cocktail shaker and try out our top vodka cocktail recipes.
Mast of Malt (£27.95)
The Whisky Exchange (£25.75)
Cotswolds Amaro No.1
Made in the style of an Italian amaro (a bittersweet, herbal liqueur), the Cotswolds Distillery whisky liqueur is the perfect balance of fruity, floral and bitter. A deliciously rich digestif, it’s lightly spiced, with underlying herbal notes and citrus flavours, plus a hint of sweet vanilla. Even those who don’t consider themselves whisky lovers will enjoy this incredibly smooth drink.
Mr Black Colombia single origin coffee liqueur
One for serious coffee aficionados, Mr Black’s new coffee liqueur has an intense, almost umami flavour on its own, but in cocktails it really shines. We used 60ml Mr Black and 30ml espresso shaken with ice to create a complex espresso martini. It has a hit of coffee rounded by toffee-like sweetness. Take your evening up a notch with our favourite coffee cocktails.
The Whisky Exchange (£34.45)
Black Cow Christmas Spirit
Like Christmas in a bottle, this has harmonious notes of dried fruit, citrus, and brown sugar that meld together like a fine fruit cake, without being sickly or overpowering. Add some fizz and a twist of orange peel, and you’ve got an easy holiday cocktail.
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