Had enough of mulled wine? Stylist samples the best of the Christmas spirits.
If your festive parties look anything like ours then there’s always a guarantee of selection of tipples – from mulled wine and prosecco to port – to keep every guest merry.
Which is why this year we’ve made our way through a couple of Christmas-inspired spirits to find a new alcoholic beverage to add to the mix.
From Eden Mill Candy Crush to Mince Pie Flavour Cream (courtesy of M&S), we’ve selected our firm favourites that’ll be a definite hit with any visitor this December.
They say: “A base of plum gin with oodles of spices and a good whack of ginger.”
We say: “Syrupy sweet, fruity and spicy – this is everything good about a Christmas pudding distilled into one dangerously drinkable liqueur. It’s sloe gin’s festive cousin, and ’tis definitely the season.”
Foxdenton Christmas Liqueur, £18.17; masterofmalt.com
They say: “Expertly blended mince pie flavoured Irish cream.”
We say: “Like an ever so slightly spiced Baileys that doesn’t quite deliver on its mince pie promise. It could do with a more intense hit of spice. Perfect for fans of Irish cream but lacking in flavour.”
M&S Mince Pie Flavour Cream, £12 for 70cl; marksandspencer.com
They say: “Crème brûlée with crisp apple, descending into rich caramel.”
We say: “Extremely smooth and buttery, this sweet potato based spirit is a delicious blend that is worryingly easy to knock back. Its lingering sweetness makes it a great option for rounding off an indulgent Christmas lunch over ice – or for your first drink of the day. It is Christmas, after all…”
Sweet Potato Spirit Company Toffee Apple Moonshine, £20 for 50cl; harveynichols.com
For Pine Nuts
They say: “This spicy liqueur is cold-infused with the resin from Italian pine cones.”
We say: “This completely split the Stylist office. Some people loved its fresh, coniferous taste, but others couldn’t stand it. Either way, it’s a very classy bottle.”
Quaglia Liquore Pino Mugo, £26.95 for 70cl, thewhiskyexchange.com
They say: “With notes of peppermint, juniper berries, cassia bark and black peppercorn, this pink gin is naturally coloured by bilberry and hibiscus.”
We say: “This one is for fans of sugary sweetness only. But its punchy red colour makes it a festive winner when mixed with a Fever-Tree tonic or in cocktails.”
Eden Mill Candy Cane Christmas Gin, £32.50 for 70cl; notonthehighstreet.com
It’s not Terry’s…
They say: “Refreshing Seville orange and rich dark chocolate make for very easy sipping.”
We say: “It packs a delicious Terry’s Chocolate Orange punch. Very pleasant, and would work well with ice, in coffee, over ice cream… It gets top marks for versatility.”
Dark Matter Chocolate Orange Liqueur, £18.95 for 50cl; 31dover.com
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