There’s always that one person on your gift list that is notoriously difficult to shop for. If you’re not sure what to get that someone, you can’t go wrong with a boozy gift (provided the recipient isn’t a teetotaller!). Whether you’re buying them a bottle of something you know they already love or want to give them the opportunity to try something new, a bottle of their favourite or soon-to-be-favourite alcoholic drink is sure to go down a treat this festive season. If you’re lucky, the recipient might even pop the bottle and share a glass with you. How’s that for a self-serving present? Here are our picks for the best boozy gifts for everyone on your list.
Monkey Shoulder festive season gift tin
You asked for a festive season gift pack, and Monkey Shoulder has delivered! Whisky fans will love this gifting option from the cheeky brand. The Monkey Shoulder festive season gift tin has had a make-over and is now shinier and packed with useful cocktail making tips. Afterall, a premium award-winning blended malt Scotch whisky like this needs to shine.
Rich with fruity aromas and mellow vanilla notes Monkey Shoulder is perfect for sipping neat or mixing in cocktails. Whether you’re throwing an awesome socially distanced festive party or spending (more) time at home with family or friends, any of these delicious Monkey Shoulder cocktails found on the Monkey Shoulder website are sure to make your festivities merrier than ever.
Grab the Monkey Shoulder festive gift pack at a recommended retail price of R399.
Hendrick’s Gin Measurement Maestro gift pack
In order to prepare the measurably marvellous Hendrick’s and Tonic, a particularly peculiar measuring device is required. That’s why,this festive season Hendrick’s is giving gin lovers the chance to give the gift of cocktail perfection, in the form of a lovely jigger.
This Hendrick’s Gin gift set contains a full-sized 750ml bottle of Hendrick’s Gin and a Hendrick’s Jigger. The simple-to-use cocktail jigger helps you make perfect cocktails at home. To concoct a gin and tonic of staggering perfection simply fill the larger end of the jigger (50ml) with a tot of Hendrick’s Gin. Pour this into a highball glass over ice and add 150ml of premium tonic water. Lightly stir and garnish with three cucumber slices. Then stand back and marvel at your creation.
The Hendrick’s Gin Measurement Maestro gift pack retails for R449,95.
Don Papa Rum
Yo ho ho, and a bottle of rum! Give the gift of rum this festive season with Don Papa Rum. Crafted with precision, Don Papa Rum is aged in American oak barrels, giving it a light amber colour. It is light and fruity on the nose, smooth and delicate in the mouth with a long-textured finish, and offers flavours of vanilla, honey, and candied fruits. A premium aged small batch rum from the island of Negros Occidental, in the Philippines, Don Papa is created on the fertile foothills of the active volcano Mt. Kanlaon, where the finest sugar cane is milled to produce sweet, rich molasses. The rum is charcoal filtered and blended to perfection to produce a signature rich, smooth taste.
Grab a bottle of Don Papa Rum at a recommended retail price of R459.99.
If you have a vodka lover on your list, then you can’t go wrong with gifting them a bottle of Elit Vodka. This ultra-premium vodka offers a refined drinking experience and can be enjoyed on the rocks or in a simple mix with soda water and ice. For the smoothest vodka-based cocktails around, you can’t go wrong with a tot or two of Elit and your favourite mixer.
The ultra-premium vodka is created with the finest blend of spring and winter wheat, grown exclusively in the renowned fertile black soil of the brand’s single estate, Kerschinskoye, in Russia. The distilled spirit then travels to the famed Latvijas Balzams in Riga (Latvia), where it is blended with artesian well water. Following a quadruple filtration process, the spirit is frozen at -18°C. The Elit signature freeze-filtration process, inspired by ancient vodka making techniques, culminates in an extraordinary, award-winning vodka. The distillation process alone makes it clear that Elit pushes the limits of what it means to be vodka.
Elit is available at prices ranging from R449 – R499 per bottle.
Whiskey lovers will adore this award-winning Irish whiskey presented in a stylish and classic gift set, packaged with 2 Tullamore D.E.W whiskey glasses. Share it with friends and family this festive season as a proper send off to the year that blended the full spectrum of emotions. Tullamore D.E.W is the second most widely consumed Irish Whiskey in the world, and number one in Ireland.
Tullamore D.E.W. is the original triple blend of Irish whiskey, by combining three spirits the blend gives us three dimensions of flavour to explore; malt whiskey gives us fruit, pot still whiskey gives us spice and grain whiskey gives us sweet. These three spirits come together to give us a balance of flavour like no other in the category.
Grab this Tullamore D.E.W gift set at a recommended retail price of R299.95.
Ginato Italian Gin: Pizza lovers gift pack
This festive season, treat a gin-loving, pizza-obsessed loved one a special gift pack they won’t forget! This fabulous Ginato Italian Gin gift pack comes packaged with a complimentary pizza cutter, so you’re ready for a pizza party whenever the mood strikes. But the festive vibes don’t stop there! If your loved one isn’t a big pizza fan, Ginato offers plenty of other gift set options. There’s also a gift pack with complimentary gin glasses, or fever tree tonic waters. Take your pick and select the perfect Ginato gift for the special people in your life these holidays.
Ginato Clementino is a fresh and bright gin distilled using the peel of Clementine Oranges and blended using the finest Italian grown Nebbiolo Grape. This Italian gin embodies the spirit of Italy by expertly blending the finest Italian juniper berries botanicals and grape resulting in a collection of wonderful gins that are both extremely unique and exude the true essence of Italy.
Grab this Ginato set at a recommended retail price of R369.