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PAUSE Drinks: A Christmas Special

By December 3, 2017Lifestyle

With Xmas around the corner, the budget from the government was rather bleak. But what better way to combat that by having a great time on a budget, feeling refreshed for what will be a challenging 2018.

Here’s my round up of the best booze buys for the holiday period.

Four Roses Bourbon

This has grown in popularity along with BBQ food. I actually first discovered when a Pub owner said he refused to stock another brand. I listen to experts.

How?: Look up An Old Fashioned.

£27Sipsmith Gin Christmas Tree Decorations

Your tree has never looked so or tasted so good. Enjoy these fun and generous helpings of gin that come in a box of 6.

How?: Add tonic and enjoy while opening your presents!

£32

Koko Kanu 

Really nothing wrong with some Summer vibes in the middle of December. Refreshing, exotic and different so for sure to surprise your guests.

How?: On ice for sipping or if you are going all out shake with pineapple juice for a classic pina colada alternative.

£18.89Apothic Dark Red Wine

Indulge in your darker side with this rich and fruity experience. With notes of coffee and chocolate, work beautifully with a gathering over food.

How: In a good red wine glass so you get the full benefit.

£10

Tom of Finland Vodka

Inspired by Artist Touko Laaksonen, you may not want to gift it as it will be the best looking bottle in your collection. It’s a premium spirit from Finland which is also organic with no added sugar!

How?: Served in a tall glass of ice, ginger beer and a stick of cinnamon.

£32Gin Mare

Check out this limited edition lantern set from Gin Mare. Available from Harvey Nichols, the lantern can be used after the last drop, or even the first!

How?: Light a candle and crack it open.

£49Loch Lomond Gift Pack

Great for both a connoisseur or a novice, this collection of three miniatures has original, 12 and 18 year old single malts from the Scottish Highlands.

£21.95Belgars Mulled Wine

Stay warm with this luxury blend of wine and spices. Don’t leave it on the fire!

How?: A late evening warmer perfect for NYE.

£3.99Foxhole Gin Marc 3

Named after the mass of skins, pulp and pips after grape pressing, Marc 3 is designed to impress. A premium spirit to survive the most picky of guests.

How?: A great gift and you can have them guess what it is.

£40

Aperol 

For sure this is the ‘it’ drink. It has made a serious comeback over the last 18 months. The bottle even comes with how best to serve it.

How?: 3 parts Prosecco, 2 parts Aperol and 1 part soda.

£11.65

Grand Heron

Light, fruity and fresh, an aromatic white wine.

How?: Drinks reception when friends arrive just to get going.

£7.99

Cotes De Gascogne

Citrus, crisp and full-bodied. Impress your guests or the host with this light wine.

How?: Great with starters or a fish main.

£6.50

Words by Benjamin Glean.