Christmas Gifts for Food Lovers that Last!
Mea Culpa. I started reviewing Christmas gift ideas earlier this year and I’ve still only got halfway through the list of ideas that I intended to highlight. For the sake of consistency, this particular entry is about gifts of the alcoholic variety.
Now, if like me, you’ve always thought that a bottle of whisky is almost as boring as socks, please be open-minded and read on. There are some lovely and very special drinks gifts that you can buy around this time of year which are certainly are not in the ‘socks for Christmas’ category. Berry Brothers & Rudd have a fabulous range of Christmas gifts including wine lovers hampers. But they also have something rather special – a wine club from £136 per case where the recipient will get a case of wine every couple of months together with food matching ideas and special offers. Or, there’s even a subscription based cellar plan from £250 a month so the recipient can start to build his or her own fine wine cellar!
If that’s a bit outside your price range, I’d be quite happy with a bottle of a rather fine and very unique drink I tried at a recent wine tasting there . The King’s Ginger was created in 1903 for King Edward VII. It’s a wonderful spicy, citrusy drink that is fabulous warm but also works well in cocktails. A drink that really evokes the spirit of Christmas (no pun intended!). There’s a really beautiful gift box which contains half a litre of The Kings Ginger, a Leather hip flask and a brace of extendable cups. A perfect and unusual gift for just £65, available from Berry Bros Online Site or their London shops.
If you prefer a liqueur you already know and love, then how about this limited edition bottle from Grand Marnier. I think it’s the orange flavour that makes Grand Marnier liqueur so perfect for Christmas (I like it in mince pies, but maybe that’s being just a little decadent) . And, this year they have produced a fabulous, Paris inspired bottle. It’s available from Harvey Nichols and a few specialist Whisky shops at around £26 a bottle. Beautiful, chic and even when the Grand Marnier is gone, something to keep.
Or perhaps you are a purist? Doesn’t Father Christmas only drink Brandy? Right now, after attending ‘L’Atelier de Courvoisier’, I’m just a little in love with Courvoisier and I’m quite sure every Father Christmas with good taste always has been. One of the Courvoisiers blends we sampled was XO Imperial. And, I’ve got a tiny sample bottle I am hoarding for a special occasion! It tastes of candied orange and crème brûlée, with a subtle floral note adding balance. For me that makes this the perfect Christmas drink. Even if you don’t want to give it away to anyone – well, why not treat yourself. You can buy Courvoisier XO Imperial from selected Waitrose stores and wine merchants at a RRP of £103.82
Of course one of the best things about drinks gifts is that, if like me you’ve left things a bit late these do work extremely well as New Year’s gifts too…but I’m sure you are all far too organised to need to resort to THAT tactic.