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.
Kraken Black Spiced Rum
The great thing about gifting alcoholic drinks over the festive season is that there’s always a wide selection of unique gift packs available to spice up the gift. This holiday season, Kracken is taking things up a notch with this nifty gift hamper.
Dredged from the blackest depths of the unrelenting north Atlantic and said to have been touched by the notorious sea beast of myth and legend, The Kraken Black Spiced is dark and dangerous, mysterious and nefarious. And undeniably delicious. Distilled in the Caribbean from naturally sweet molasses, the Kraken Black Spiced is then blended with secret spices, notes of vanilla, cinnamon, citrus, allspice, cloves, nutmeg, peppercorn, and also danger, lots and lots of danger.
Grab this Kraken Black Spiced Rum gift set at a recommended retail price of: R349.99
Spoil the gin lover in your life with this stylish gift set from Bloedlemoen Gin. The award-winning, premium, small-batch Bloedlemoen Gin balances spices – Grains of Paradise, Coriander, Cassia bark, Nutmeg, Liquorice Root and Cardamom – with classic gin botanicals – Juniper and Angelica Root – adding local flavour, Tarocco Blood Orange and Orange Peel, as a unique twist. Bloedlemoen is a contemporary London Dry-style gin and it’s also the first Blood Orange Gin in the world, made using locally-sourced fruit.
Grab this Bloedlemoen Gin gift set at a recommended retail price of R399.99
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 this Don Papa Rum gift set at a recommended retail price of R459.99.
Another must-try for gin fans; Ginato Gin expertly combines the finest quality produce from world-renowned terroir, including juniper berries from the rolling hills of Tuscany, citrus bursting with Southern Italy’s unique Mediterranean sweetness, and Italian grapes grown alongside northern Italy’s idyllic lakes. It’s this combination of three core ingredients – juniper, citrus and grapes – sourced from all corners of Italy that create Ginato’s trinity of provenance, the very spirito d’Italia. Ginato comes in two varieties; Ginato Pompelmo and Ginato Clementino. Ginato Pompelmois a fresh, bright gin distilled using the peel of sun-ripened Sicilian pink grapefruit and blended with juniper berries and the finest Sangiovese grapes. Ginato Clementino expertly combines the finest Nebbiolo grapes, juniper berries, and Southern-Italian clementines that give the liquid its signature, vibrant orange colour.
Grab this Ginato gift set at a recommended retail price of R399.
Whiskey lovers will adore this award-winning Irish whiskey presented in a stylish and classic gift tin. 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. Further, at this year’s 2020 International Spirit’s Challenge awards Tullamore D.E.W. was awarded 1 sliver and 5 gold medals.
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.
A Boozy Bloedlemoen Cracker
Looking for a stocking filler with a kick? These cute little gin crackers are the perfect thank you for a colleague or friend this festive season. Or, pop one into a bigger gift for a little extra pizzaz.
Grab this Bloedlemoen Gin cracker at a recommended retail price of R44.99.