Christmas Gift Guide: for the drinks connoisseur

Raise a toast to Brummell’s curated selection of luxury libations, premium non-alcoholic tipples and sustainable coffee pods

Food and Drink 4 Dec 2020

Gin-gle bells
Being on the wagon, for whatever reason, shouldn’t mean missing out on the pleasures and complex flavour profiles of spirits. New from award-winning British gin distiller Warner’s is the 0% Botanic Garden Spirits, a handcrafted range of non-alcoholic spirits made with all-natural botanicals and spring water. Enjoy a refreshing gin & tonic or cocktail without the dreaded hangover. Win-win. 0% Botanic Garden Spirits, £18;


Pour to door
There is something undeniably sophisticated about mixing up a world-class cocktail at home. But a lot of the time we find ourselves scraping the barrel to see what can be knocked up, discovering a melange of obscure and out-of-date liquors in the process. The Cocktail Delivery Company does exactly what it says on the tin – delivering everything you need to make premium, professional cocktails at home. An ideal gift to get someone into the Christmas spirit. Prices start from £12.99;


Time for tea
Non-alcoholic beverages have certainly come a long way in recent years. Saicho is one of the most exciting names in the teetotal business, specialising in premium sparkling cold press teas specially designed to pair with fine foods. This Christmas, Saicho has teamed up with artisan chocolatiers Aleksandra’s Chocolate Café to produce this beautiful bamboo gift box that includes 3 sparkling tea varieties alongside 9 decadent truffles. Limited edition Saicho luxury gift box, £35.99;


Sherry Christmas
Whiskey and sherry are Christmas staples, and with The Macallan you can have the best of both worlds. The Scottish distillery’s iconic 18-year-old Sherry Oak is an exquisite single malt matured in oak casks from Jerez, the capital of sherry. Enjoy a wee dram of rich and complex flavours such as mature oak, ginger and raisin. Sherry oak 18 years old, £295;


Book smart
If you know someone lucky enough to own a bottle of Louis XIII cognac, then of course you’ll be stuck for gift ideas. How about taking them on a visually stimulating journey of their favourite luxury cognac with this beautiful art coffee table book? Described as an ‘immersive masterpiece’ that blends fact and fiction to bring the story of Louis XIII to life, The Thesaurus from Louis XIII is a unique and collectable gift for those of the most discerning taste. The Thesaurus Art Book, £150;


Shake it off
This hypnotically shiny silver and brass cocktail shaker from Tiffany & Co’s Tiffany 1837 Makers collection is almost too beautiful to use but will make the perfect addition to any home bar. Throughout December, Tiffany is hosting a Christmas pop-up at Harrods, where, if you buy the whole cocktail set, you’ll receive a complimentary cocktail masterclass. Because Christmas is all about giving and receiving. £2,175;


That’s the spirit
Founded in London in 2008, The Last Drop Distillers pride themselves as hunters of rare spirits. The company has just launched its inaugural Autumn Collection 2020, which comprises three exceptional spirits from around the world. For the whiskey connoisseur, there’s a 1980 whiskey sourced from America’s oldest continually operating Bourbon distillery, alongside a delicious Jamaican rum, and a vintage cognac matured for over 60 years and limited to just 21 bottles. The 1980 Buffalo Trace Bourbon Whiskey, £4,200; The 1976 “Overproof” Jamaica Rum. 183, £3,120; The 1959 Vintage Grande Champagne Cognac, £4,800;


Friends for life
Celebrity endorsements don’t always work, but when it comes to high-end libations, the A-listers tend to get it right. Think the Jay-Z owned Armand de Brignac champagne, or the recently launched Dos Hombres mezcal from Breaking Bad co-stars Aaron Paul and Bryan Cranston. With this in mind, we’re raising a glass to Hollywood mega star George Clooney, who, on a mission to find the world’s best tequila, ended up creating Casamigos Blanco, which uses 100% blue Weber agave for a smooth, citrus and vanilla-tinged taste. The perfect addition to the Christmas drinks cabinet. Casamigos Blanco tequila, £49.95;


Greek out
Forget that old bottle of Ouzo lingering in the back of the cupboard, Metaxa is the real taste of Greece – a unique spirit made on the island of Samos since 1888. Metaxa is made from Muscat wines and Mediterranean botanicals, and the special-edition Angel’s Treasure variety is a particularly premium expression released in small quantities each year that features spirits aged for up to 50 years. Metaxa Angel’s Treasure muscat, £165;


Island life
Distilled in the Caribbean and blended in London, Merser & Co is an independent spirits brand that is bringing Britain’s rum heritage back to life. This unique blend encapsulates the best rums from the Caribbean, which are then blended in London’s first dedicated rum blending house for over a century. Stored in barrels for six months to bring out the rum’s rich, complex flavours, not only is this tipple perfect for warming the cockles on a cold winter’s day, it has a beautiful bottle you’ll want to display at the front of your drinks trolley. Double barrel rum, £32; 


Caffeine hit
Richmond-based coffee roasters Kiss the Hippo have just launched their first-ever range of 100% compostable Nespresso coffee pods. Perfect for the coffee addict looking to reduce their carbon footprint, the pods – which come in packs of 20 or 30 – are available to order through a unique subscription service. For every one purchased, the company will plant a tree in the wild. Nespresso® Compatible Compostable Pods, from £11;