Like mistletoe and wine, sometimes a glass of the good stuff just feels like the perfect choice on a Christmas evening. Or a Spring evening. Or Summer, or any other occasion, really.
Become friends with beverages with this list of the best boozy gifts - to be enjoyed responsibly, of course.
Carry On Cocktail Kit (£15.95)
No, not a kit for making Kenneth Williams’ favourite tipple (ooh matron) but a little tin containing (almost) all the ingredients you need to make a couple of cocktails – just add booze. Whether you fancy a Moscow Mule or an Old Fashioned, they’re designed for use on planes, but they’re just as effective on the coach to the office Christmas party.
Teroforma Whisky Stones Max (£20)
Next time someone asks for their whisky on the rocks, take it literally by (carefully) dropping one of these soapstones into the glass. As long as you’ve remembered to chill it for at least four hours beforehand, it’ll lower the temperature of the dram without the dilution you get when using ice, which affects the taste. Just don’t forget to mind your teeth, OK?
Grow Your Own Craft Beer (£9.99)
Rather than paying the best part of £6 for each pint of it, why not grow your own craft beer? The Ecocube this hop plant comes in is biodegradable, so just whack the whole lot in the ground after six months and it’ll become fertiliser for your fledgling bevs. You still need to add yeast, barley and a whole lot of patience but your brew will taste better for the extra effort.
Soiree Inside Out Champagne Flutes (£14.99)
Given the gravity defying optical illusion these champagne glasses create, you’d probably be advised to keep them away from anyone who’s already had a sherry or five. Their test-tube chic might be a bit much for someone who can’t quite see straight, but for everyone else the copper-plated stems and glass-inside-a-glass design are a treat for the eyes as well as booze glands.
Original Stormtrooper Decanter (£16.99)
Probably made as a warning to prevent Stormtroopers from being disrespectful to Lord Vader, this decanter is based on the original moulds used to create the Imperial foot soldiers’ helmets. It holds 750ml and is made from super-flint glass, which offers extra clarity so you can really see how good your booze looks. The Force is definitely strong in this one.
Geo Glass (from £12)
If you want to impress at your in-house bar you can’t serve your drinks in that collection of mismatched pint glasses that you’ve gradually liberated from pubs over the years. No, you’re going to need some specialist glassware if you want any of your guests to come back. How about these edgy Geo Glasses, which come with either gold or black detailing for a touch of class.
Coravin Model One Wine Access System (£199)
For the relative who owns much older, fancier wines than you, Coravin's clever wine needle system will let them pour out a glass of the old (17)67 without needing to down the whole bottle. The needle is pushed through the cork to get to their vintage vino and when it's removed, the cork reseals. Drinking without the overthinking.