The lights are up in the West End, there’s a touch of frost in the air, and mince pies are on every menu from from Wandsworth to West Ham - Christmas in London has arrived.
We’ve been waiting all year for the festivities to begin, not least because last year’s debacle means we’ve more reason than ever to celebrate this time around.
This December could be your first proper office Christmas party since 2019 (secret Santa and all), or the month you finally get to see your favourite faces at end-of-year parties, festive get-togethers and Christmas soirées before the big day on the 25th.
Whether you’re hosting your own shindig, or you’re in need of a foolproof gift, there’s a sleighful of inspiration in this year’s haul of lip smacking drinks.
It’s all about getting in the spirit, literally and figuratively. From fire-water whiskies to warm you from the inside out, to display-worthy gins and enormous bottles of fizz (because sometimes 75cl just won’t do), we’ve compiled a virtual cellar of the best festive drinks and new launches to help you keep to that golden seasonal rule: eat, drink and be merry.
Scroll on to discover this year’s best Christmas drinks, either to give or sip for yourself.
Dom Pérignon x Lady Gaga Limited Edition Brut 2010 champagne 750ml
The esteemed Champagne house has teamed up with woman of the moment Lady Gaga on a limited edition 2010 brut that's destined to make this Christmas a very special one indeed.
Sparkling with notes to tropical fruits and citrus as well as gentle peony it comes in a luxurious gift box, ready for gifting.
Buy now £190.00, Selfridges
Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque Rosé
Perfect for virtually all gatherings and gifting ideas, who doesn’t love the cheerful pop of a cork? With its warm rose gold hue and beautiful anemone-illustrated bottle, this luxe bottle should be reserved for drinking with the ones you cherish the most. Whether you want to spoil someone rotten this season, or want something special to toast the holidays, Perrier-Jouët never fails to deliver.
The Champagne is made from a blend of grapes: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier and the flavour is fruity yet creamy with the merest suggestion of spice. One for the ages.
Buy now £230.00, Selfridges
Bottega Gold Prosecco
Pop the cork on a golden bottle of Venice’s finest fizz - it’s Christmas!
The gift of Bottega's signature gilded bottle is an easy win this Yuletide. While the packaging screams extravagance, the fresh, crisp prosecco within is a decadent sip that can give French Champagne a run for its money.
Whether its for your glam sister, bouji brother or your contribution to this year's Friendmas event, the fresh, crisp prosecco is bound to go down a storm. And, once drained, it also makes a rather lovely candlestick holder. It's all give.
Buy now £19.49, Amazon
M&S Conte Priuli Oro Prosecco Magnum 1.5L
M&S’s premium prosecco magnum is just made for celebrations, from the metallic gilded bottle to the liquid gold waiting to be poured within.
Buy now £18.00, Ocado
ALDI Prosecco DOC Magnum
Tis the season... for excess. With so many thirsty guests, getting a magnum of prosecco feels like the only logical thing. Plus, it looks pretty cool too.
Buy now £13.99, ALDI
Beluga Celebration Vodka 700ml
Feel like an oligarch this Christmas pouring premium vodka from a gilded bottle. Beluga makes its spirit in the heart of Siberia with Russian grain and pure water. The result? Smooth, luxurious and more than a little bit fabulous.
If you’re planning to give this as a gift, Harvey Nichols has a gift pack of Beluga vodka with a cocktail shaker and wax-removing hammer for £135.
Buy now £52.99, Selfridges
CÎROC Vodka New Limited-Edition Flavour Pomegranate
Bring a juicy twist to festive cocktails with CÎROC’s newly launched vodka with generous notes of pomegranate. Perfect for savouring neat or bringing berry bursts to a classic cocktail.
Buy now £35.99, Amazon
Selfridges Selection Mulled Wine 750ml
With its arty, vaguely 70s-style label, Selfridges’s Mulled Wine has been made for the department store by the folks at Top Cuvée.
Anyone who’s hosted a party knows there’s a gazillion things to do before guests start arriving; faffing about with cinnamon and spices falls low on the list. Luckily Selfridges has a time-saving option: this ready-to-go bottle just needs to be warmed through before serving. Win.
Made with Spanish Tempranillo grapes, it is 13.5 per cent ABV and suitable for vegans too.
Buy now £16.99, Selfridges
Harvey Nichols Mulled Wine
Repping a minimalist Scandi-cool theme this Christmas, Harvey Nick’s bottle is made for reusing long after the tasty spiced wine (made with German grapes) within has been sipped. Don’t forget to add a slice of fresh orange to best bring out the flavours.
Buy now £16.50, Harvey Nichols
Vecchia Romagna Brandy Riserva 18
Ready for a taste of something really special? This new brandy from Italian producer Vecchia Romagna has been 18 years in the making, aged in oak barriques and finished in red wine barrels giving it a warming taste that works particularly well with hunks of panettone.
Buy now £144.95, Drinks & Co
Fortnum’s Mince Pie & Marmalade Gin Liqueur, 50cl
F&M is renowned for creating some festive fare that makes you salivate on sight. For drinks, we’re tipping this incredible mince pie and marmalade gin liqueur for the win. It’s 27 per cent ABV, and a little goes a long way with this concentrate. Full of ripe fruit notes and a sprinkling of spice, add some to your post-dinner coffee or sip slowly with dessert.
Buy now £35.00, Fortnum & Mason
Sixpence Pud Christmas Pudding Gin Liqueur 500ml
Part festive decoration, part Christmassy spirit, the adorable design of this bottle guarantees you’ll be rolling it out at any opportunity for all to see. Give it a shake before you pour to enjoy it at its sparkly, gently spiced best.
Buy now £25.00, Harvey Nichols
Snow Globe Gin Orange and Gingerbread Liqueur 2021
A major trend in the Christmas drinks world, this orb of gin is an ideal offering for the snow globe fan you love and adore. The flavoured gin swirls around an image of a cosy fireplace and snow is replaced with 23ct edible gold leaf. Hit the light on the bottle to illuminate the bottle on winter evenings - it lasts 10 hours so you can enjoy it all night long.
Buy now £26.00, Harvey Nichols
M&S Light up Snow Globe Gin Liqueur & Baubles Mixed Case
The mania for snowglobe gins is such that M&S has gone one step further with this bundle. It offers two light up gin bottles (one clementine flavoured, the other sugar plum) plus three miniatures of each to hang on your Christmas tree.
Buy now £64.00, M&S
That Boutique-y Gin Company Yuletide Gin
Christmas in a bottle, this craft gin is bursting with the flavours of the season. Try it with a flavoured tonic (star anise is supposedly sensational) and a cinnamon stick for true Yuletide vibes.
Buy now £34.95, Amazon
Cambridge Distillery Truffle Gin
That’s right, truffle-flavoured gin. For the gin-obsessive who thinks they’ve seen it all, this Cambridge Distillery’s smart-looking square bottle wins the prize for most original.
Buy now £72.45, Master of Malt
Bombay Sapphire x Kodak ‘Create & Capture’ Gift Sets
Forever on a mission to ‘stir creativity’, Bombay Sapphire’s gift sets this year are ideal for everyone from cocktail lovers to creative types. Delivered in a powder blue box, choose your favourite from the brand’s Original, Sunset and Bramble gins and you’ll also get a Kodak Instant Printomatic camera in a coordinating shade, as well as a matching A6 photo album to put your printed images in. A QR code also unlocks festive cocktail ideas and masterclasses.
Buy now £60.00, Bombay Sapphire
Mermaid Gin Miniature Trio Set
As gin bottles go, the Isle of Wight distillery’s Mermaid Gin is amongst the most covetable. The design is distinctive and covered in mermaid tail scales, and while a full-size is gorgeous, the miniatures on offer this year are equally so.
This set includes three 5cl bottles (pink, original and salt vodka flavours), designed to bring delight to adult Christmas stockings. With 40 per cent ABV, they’re sure to put a wind in your sails.
Buy now £17.95, The Whisky Exchange
BACARDÍ Reserva Ocho Rum Domino Set
There's nothing like a drop of rum to transport you to sunnier and warmer climes. This year Bacardi is giving their best selling spirit a decadent edge by grouping a bottle of its eight-year-old aged rum BACARDÍ Reserva Ocho with a full dominoes set, all houses in a bespoke PopCaribe design.
It's a beautiful gift for any rum-obsessive and second only to a boarding pass to the Caribbean.
Buy now £75.00, Minima
Glenmorangie A Tale of Winter
What better excuse than Christmas to splash out on a bottle of something new? Glenmorangie’s A Tale of Winter comes with express delivery from Whisky Exchange, which means you can have it in your hands the day after ordering. Inspired by the cosiness of wrapping up in a seasonal jumper, the dram is bursting with notes of with fruit, honey, cocoa dust and spice.
Buy now £74.95, Whisky Exchange
The Glenlivet Licensed Dram
Know a whisky fan? They'll appreicate The Glenlivet latest bottle, a limited edition The Glenlivet Licensed Dram, inspired by the first bottle of whisky ever licensed in the Livet Valley in 1824. The 12-year-old whisky has been aged in First Fill barrels, with the result a long and slightly sweet finish with lasting spice notes. It's as delicious as it sounds.
Buy now £44.99, Amazon
Aberfeldy 12 Year Old Gold Bar Gift Tin Whisky, 70cl
With longer nights and colder weather, you won’t need much of a push to curl up indoors with a hot toddy. Give yours an extra special edge with Aberfeldy’s scrumptious single malt Scotch, full of fruity, honeyed flavours. Presented in a gold tin box, it comes looking ready to gift.
Buy now £39.95, Amazon
Mijenta Tequila Blanco
Perceptions around tequila are finally turning around; a new wave of bottles are a world away from the 3am-bad-decision types of the SU Bar. Give this Christmas a south-of-the-border twist by adding Mijenta’s white tequila to your drinks line-up. Vibrant and bright, it’ll add a spin to your morning after Bloody Marys (or Marias).
Buy now £54.95, Master of Malt
Chambord & Martini Prosecco Gift Pack
If you’re looking for a pressie that packs a punch (but not on your finances), consider Chambord. The French liqueur is made from the juice of black and red raspberries along with XO cognac and a hint of Madagascan vanilla, making it a winning choice for end-of-year parties. This set comes complete with a 20cl bottle of Martini Prosecco. Simply fabuleux
Buy now £11.99, The Bottle Club
Disaronno Velvet Liqueur 500ml
New for 2021, Disaronno Velvet is ready to elevate your Christmas espresso martini to greater heights. The white liqueur is perfect poured neat over ice or as part of a decadent cocktail, such as the aforementioned martini or even a White Russian.
Buy now £15.00, Tesco
Baileys Birthday Cake Irish Cream Liqueur
Just when you thought Baileys couldn't get any better, the brand goes and releases a dangerously delicious Birthday Cake flavour. The 70cl boozy drink is the perfect treat for special occasions like Christmas as well as birthdays over the incoming year.
Buy now £29.99, The Bottle Club