Last Christmas I was the lucky recipient of several delicious gins, which I enjoyed for a few months of the year before getting pregnant. I’ve since stared at them longingly and made do with fancy tonic water served in wine glasses for the rest of the year.
That means I haven’t been able to taste any of the suggestions below, but if I was in the market this year, these would be top of my list for Father Christmas.
Sipsmith Sloe Gin
I really love Sipsmith gin – they have a small but perfectly formed range and it wouldn’t be right to celebrate Christmas without a bottle of their Sloe Gin; it’s sweet and fruity and delicious with tonic or with champagne for a special cocktail.
- A delicious, ruby red sloe gin, bursting with cherry ripe fruitiness
- Hand crafted by resting the very best sloe berries on Sipsmith London Dry Gin for 3-4 months
- Serving suggestion: with a glass of chilled sparkling wine for a Sloe Royale cocktail
(Talking of Sloe Gin, I’d also like to share my top tip for the worst I’ve ever tried)
Ableforth’s Bathtub Sloe Gin is medicinal and bitter and the only bottle of gin I’ve not been able to finish. Proceed with caution!
This list was inspired by a well-timed marketing email from Sipsmith, promoting their new Toasted Marshmallow Gin Liqueur. To try it, sign up to their Sipping Society by 30th November.
The Old Curiosity Distillery Christmas Gin
With spices including cardamom, ginger and cinnamon, and a gorgeous burnt orange colour, this looks like a classic Christmassy gin option. They even say it transforms to a pink once tonic is added, ‘the perfect showstopper for any virtual Christmas party’.
- Buy: The Old Curiosity
Sacred Christmas Pudding Gin
What could be more Christmassy than gin infused with real Christmas puddings, apparently made according to the founder’s Great Aunt Nellie’s original recipe?
I admit I’m a bit of a bottle snob and the branding of this gin isn’t the most stylish around. The taste promises good things though, including a ‘cakey mouthfeel’.
- A bottle of our finest Christmas pudding gin
- From our highgate microdistillery
- Make a distinctive Christmas cocktail
Warners Christmas Cake Gin
On a similar vein, Warners have brought out a 2020 edition of their Christmas Cake gin. It promises a rich and syrupy flavour with spices, cherry and dark chocolate.
- INFUSED WITH DRIED ORANGE, NUTMEG AND CHERRIES - This gin has flavour notes of silky chocolate, festive spice and sweet cherry.
- INSPIRED BY OUR MUM’S TRADITIONAL CHRISTMAS CAKE - This gin has been crafted with dried orange, grapefruit peel, cinnamon and nutmeg as well as gin-soaked berries and cherries, with a splash of cherry-flavoured gin added at the last minute.
- GIN CRAFTED WITH NATURE - water from our spring, home-grown botanicals, fresh honey from our bees. We re-sow, replant, give back to nature. Real craft means graft.
- CRAFT GIN LIKE NO OTHER - We question, experiment and invent epic gins, including some never imagined before. We do it in small batches in our gorgeous bespoke copper stills, Curiosity and Satisfaction. We have a lot of fun and think outside the bottle.
Edinburgh Gin Liqueurs
I really love Edinburgh Gin Liqueurs – the flavours are unique, the packaging is beautiful and the price point is perfect for gifts.
There are lots of flavours to choose from, but the Mulled Gin seems perfect for Christmas – they suggest adding to mulled wine or making a cocktail with Cointreau and sparkling wine.
- Buy: Edinburgh Gin
The Poached Pear and Vanilla flavour also sounds delicious and perhaps a bit more versatile for the whole of Winter, if it lasts that long.
Seedlip non-alcoholic gin
If, like me, you won’t be partaking this Christmas, consider treating yourself to a non-alcoholic gin instead. Seedlip is one of the original and best-known options.
There are lots of different flavours to try, but ‘Spice’ seems most appropriate for the season.
While I love getting a full-sized bottle of gin as a gift, some prefer sets with miniatures and other tasty goodies. Here are a few that look good.
I personally prefer a fruity gin to a chocolatey one, but this set from Hotel Chocolate could persuade me otherwise.
Yet more Sipsmith! This gin tasting set comes complete with two glasses.
And for my fellow bottle snobs, who want something that looks just as good as it tastes, Silent Pool is the place to go. Their iconic turquoise bottles are part of some amazing gift sets at all price points – and bonus, when you finish the gin you can fill the bottle with LED lights to make a bespoke feature for your home.