Dry January season is almost here but before then it’s Christmas – heard of it? Word on the street is that it’s a good time to get your last few drinks in before going cold (or tepid) turkey in the new year. Mulled wine, Buck’s Fizz or classic eggnog might come to mind when you think of seasonal booze, but this year we wanted to look a little outside the box for a buzz. Whether you feel like going all-out with an outré festive tipple, keeping things classic with a modernised-but-familiar fave or entering a rum-fuelled beachside fantasy, here are our recommendations. (Christmas) Cheers!
Black Lines Oatnog
Black Lines have reimagined the classic Christmas treat with a vegan twist. Taking the egg (and dairy) out of eggnog, their signature Oatnog proved to be super popular last year with bottles selling out twice. The festive drink is made with East London Rarer rum, Minor Figures barista oat milk, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla for a spiced, buttery finish. And with every bottle sold, Black Lines will be donating five meals to Londoners through The Felix Project. Spread the Christmas cheer in more ways than one.
MOTH Pina Colada
No beach? No problem. You can imagine you’re by a tropical sea instead with one of MOTH’s newest drinks on the list, their pina colada. Whether you’re sipping straight from the can or want to add your own flair and garnish, this lightweight and smooth pina colada is fruity without being too sweet and helped along by hero ingredient Duppy Share Rum. Lovely for a bit of sunshine on a chilly winter’s eve.
African-made gin Bayab is made using the Baobab fruit as well as other ingredients sourced from across the African continent. The gin is then hand-crafted and bottled by South African distillers in KwaZulu Natal. Choose from the African Classic Dry (with notes of juniper berries, coriander, rosemary, cinnamon and coarse salt), the Burnt Orange & Marula (with notes of marula fruit, cinnamon, burnt orange peel, coriander and sea salt) or the African Rose Water (with notes of African rose petals, rose water, coriander and sea salt).
Beavertown Frozen Neck
A sellout sensation, Beavertown’s Frozen Neck is a glitzy way to get in the Christmas spirit. The hazy IPA is infused with edible glitter and has a fresh, zesty flavour with notes of grapefruit and mango. We all know the true meaning of Christmas is glitter everywhere (especially if H&M has anything to say about it), so this one’s right on the money. Just don’t be too surprised if a little more get in your drink from a nearby party dress.
Cover all your basis with amie’s wine trio box. The set features a fresh and vibrant rosé made from 100% Cinsault, an aromatic Sauvignon Blanc and an elegant Carignan with notes of blackberries. All of amie’s wines are vegan and £1 from every order is donated to charity: water, a non-profit organisation bringing clean and safe water to those who need it.
Graham Beck Blanc de Blancs
It’s not Christmas without fizz, and you can’t get much better than the multi-award-winning Blanc de Blancs from Graham Beck. The 100% Chardonnay is effortlessly elegant with rich, creamy aromas and a hint of lime. This’ll definitely liven up your festive festivities.
Black Chalk Classic
It’s quickly become a favourite among English sparkling wine fans since launching in 2018, and we can see why. Black Chalk’s Classic is an award-winning small batch wine made in oak barrels with Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, resulting in an orchard-fruity, balanced and crisp flavour.
Maison Bruno Paillard Dosage: Zéro
The high-end boutique House, Maison Bruno Paillard, is where to go if you want to really impress your guests. Their Dosage: Zéro is (as the name suggests) made with the lowest level of dosage (sugar), meaning it’s quite far along on the dry scale, but the dryness is somewhat softened by its maturity. The energetic but harmonious Champagne will make for a great Christmas Day aperitif.