Cotswold Life’s guide to 10 of the best boozy Christmas gifts
17:23 19 November 2015
From festive ales and sparkling wines, to crisp gins and cocktails in a bottle, we’ve got this year’s boozy gift sorted.
This full-bodied, sharp and fruity gin is the first and only gin to be distilled from apples. More importantly, these juicy cider apples are grown right here in the Cotswolds at Chase Farm in the bucolic countryside of Herefordshire. The gin comes in a luxurious gift box and would make an exceptional gift for a loved-one this Christmas.
Soak up the festive season with a bottle of ‘Festivity’, an ale containing hints of rum, coffee and vanilla. The gift pack makes for a wonderful winter solstice gift and it comes with two bottles of ale and an etched glass goblet. The gift packs will be on sale from December 1, but if you want to try before you buy, you can visit Bath Ales’ stall at Bath’s Christmas Market.
The ideal treat for the ale lover in your life, this gift box contains one Old Dairy pint glass, two delicious chutneys made using Old Dairy’s Gold top and Blue top ales, a Gold top beer, a Blue top beer and another bottle of beer selected from the range subject to which hops are in season. This gift box is a great present for someone to enjoy late on Christmas Day whilst watching a festive film.
Thanks to the renowned fruit and vegetable production of Wye Valley, Herefordshire has the second largest area of grape vines in the UK. From this region, Castle Brook has brought you Classic Cuvée; a deliciously delicate sparkling wine with a hint of lemon blossom. Winner of ‘Best Sparkling Wine’ and ‘Wine of the Year’ SWVA 2004, this bottle would make a wonderful gift for any fizz fanatic.
Gleann Mor Firkin Gin Luxury Hamper, £350.00
This handmade hamper makes a wonderful gift for celebrating Christmas. It includes a bottle of Firkin Gin and a pair of Royal Worcester hi-ball crystal glasses. The gin has been rested in whisky casks, infusing both colour and an oak flavour to the gin. For afters, there’s a box of Daisy Chocolates - a dark chocolate ganache with candied orange peel and Grand Marnier. To complement the warmth of each treat, there’s also a soft, lambswool blanket included in the hamper.
Cotswold IPA from the Cotswold Brewing Company, £28 per crate
The smooth, soft and malty taste of Cotswold IPA is what made it runner-up for Drinks Product of the Year at the Cotswold Life Food and Drink Awards 2015. Full bodied with a subtle mix of classic hops, Cotswold IPA is the perfect beverage to be enjoyed with cheese and biscuits on Christmas Eve. You can find the Cotswold Brewing Company in Bourton on the Water, where they run tours during the summer months.
Distilled five times for a smoother and cleaner finish, Cotswolds Vodka is made with the finest ingredients of the Cotswolds and is best enjoyed with crushed ice, a squeeze of lime and a dash of crisp tonic. Cotswold Vodka is a foolproof ingredient for some Christmas cocktails. Why not try making a festive Blackberry Punch or Ginger Smash?
Chateauneuf-du-Pape Gift Set, £60.00
This is a gift set for those who like the finer things in life and it includes a bottle of 2011 Chateauneuf-de-Pape and a selection of delicious artisan chocolates presented in a seasonal coloured Christmas gift box. The chocolates comprise of a bag of hand dipped marshmallows and a dozen red and gold, foil-wrapped handmade chocolate hearts from artisan Kiki’s Chocolates of Coldingham.
Made locally in Shipston-on-Stour, this bottle of Espresso Martini is bursting with the flavours of Malabar and Enorga beans, orange peel, coriander seed and spice. It’s a great gift for cocktail lovers or those looking to try something slightly out of the ordinary. Serve straight from the freezer for a yummy cocktail or as an afternoon tipple to cure the post-Christmas dinner lull.
Wild Beer Co are famous in the Cotswolds for their distinctive approach to beer and they’ve built a wide range of original tasting ales that vary from chocolate and salted caramel milk stout to crushed grapes and sourdough. If you can’t make it to their exclusive bar in Cheltenham, they’ve released an advent calendar which includes all 24 beers in their range - plus an extra for the big day. This advent box is the perfect gift for ale-lovers looking to indulge.
Elderflower-infused gin £32.95
The decadent elderflower infused gin from artisan producer Warner Edwards is all made home grown ingredients, including elderflowers harvested from their farms in Wales – try it with ice, lemon and a dash of tonic, or add it to a glass of champagne for a floral kick to your Christmas tipple.”
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