Best boozy gifts 2018

Need a present to take to a party? Browse these gift ideas including wine, sherry, champagne and gin, from affordable supermarket buys to boutique bottles.

Christmas booze gifts 2018

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1. Isle of Harris Gin

Distilled in the blustery Outer Hebrides, this gin has a mild marine tang that comes from sugar kelp, one of its botanicals. It’s not easy to find, so will be highly appreciated by any gin fiend.

Buy from (£37)

2. De Bortoli Pudding Wine NV Australia

A lusciously sweet wine, as dark as treacle, that tastes of dates, bonfire toffee and dried grapes. It’s made from raisined muscat grapes that are fortified and aged in old casks. Lovely with vanilla ice cream.

Buy from Aldi (£8.99)

3. Bird in Hand Sparkling Pinot Noir 2017 Australia

Pale pink, sparkling, and made in the Adelaide Hills from pinot noir, this stylish bottle is for your fizz-loving friend.

Buy from Waitrose & Partners (​​​​​​£15.99); Tanners (£14.95)

4. Sancerre Blanc 2017 France 

The F&M wine department is one of London’s best kept secrets – there are some great wines under their own labels. Classics like this often make the best presents.

Buy from Fortnum & Mason (£17.50)

5. Altos Las Hormigas Malbec Tradición 2016/17 Argentina

Malbec remains hugely popular, and the wine in this bottle is as good as the label – deep and dark with wafts of violet and pepper, but also an unusual elegance.

Buy from Waitrose & Partners (£13.49)

Christmas gifts 2018

6. Thymiopoulos Malagouzia 2017 Greece

Beautiful white wine made from two Greek grapes – malagouzia and assyrtiko. It’s refreshing with a subtle taste of pear and apricots. A great present for white wine drinkers longing to broaden their horizons.

Buy from M&S (£10)

7. Lyme Bay Winery Salted Caramel Cream Liqueur

Liam Idzikowski, head winemaker at Lyme Bay in Devon, makes this using cream, French brandy, caramel and sea salt – it’s lovely over ice.

Buy from (£14.99)

8. Château Lamothe Bergeron 2012 Haut-Médoc, Bordeaux, France 

The classic cigar box and cassis flavours of a maturing Médoc claret aren’t easily found at this price, let alone in the supermarket – a great buy.

Buy from Co-op stores (£14)

9. Bodegas y Viñedos de Cal Grau La Petite Agnès Priorat 2015 Spain

Priorat is one of Spain’s most fêted wine regions, famed for its slightly smoky, velvety reds. This one is new into Waitrose, and is made from half garnacha and half cariñena.

Buy from 78 Waitrose branches from 12 Nov (£14.99)

10. Suntory Whisky Toki blended Japanese Whisky

Japanese whisky is similar to Scotch, but with a lighter pace. Blended from Yamazaki, Hakushu and Chita whiskies, this works well served in a highball with soda.

Buy from The Whisky Exchange (£32.45)

More Christmas shopping pages 

Our ultimate foodie gift guide
The best supermarket wines for Christmas 2018
The best foodie baubles
The best secret santa gifts

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