When you’re stuck for pressie ideas, alcohol’s always a strong choice (as long as the person in question drinks, that is). Wine’s usually the go-to, because it’s all ‘I’m fancy and adult’. Champagne if you’re really splurging.
But don’t throw the old ’18th gift of a bottle of spirits’ gift idea into the bin just yet.
While cheap bottles of vodka or whiskey might not cut it these days, there’s plenty of quality liquor on the market that makes for an excellent gift for people who enjoy their G&T’s and Negroni’s.
Here’s our round-up of sexy bottles of liquor that make excellent Chrissy gifts.
BELVEDERE UNFILTERED DIAMOND RYE VODKA
Belvedere is lush as hell, but this spesh bottle has won awards and is very fancy. Distilled four times from Dankowskie Diamond Rye, a single-estate baker’s grade grain grown on one select Polish farm, it’s then left unfiltered in order to heighten the expression of the rye.
ARCHIE ROSE SIGNATURE DRY GIN
Aussie distillery Archie Rose make a mean gin, and their bottles are schmick as schmick can be. Perfect gift for any gin aficionado.
STOLEN SMOKED RUM
Branding themselves as the world’s first smoked rum, Stolen’s process takes place in the Caribbean where it matures in whiskey oak barrels for a minimum of two years before being blended by hand. It’s then blended with 100% all natural spices and oils, a method used in their handcrafted tincture based approach. Fancy, huh?
GREY GOOSE LIMITED EDITION RIVIERA VODKA
Grey Goose is great vodka all-round, but this chic, limited edition bottle’d look pretty damn excellent at your mates next summer evening soiree, no?
This Caribbean spiced rum is full of clove, ginger, and cinammon flavours – and this limited edition bottle looks like something you’d find on a cool shipwreck.
CHIKUMA NISHIKI KIZAN SANBAN SAKE
Kizan Sanban is a fruity and full-bodied Ginjō, where the rice has been polished down to 55% of it’s original size. It’s a pure rice sake, and the bottle is literally art.
Launched in Oz by Maurice Terzini (of Sydney’s The Dolphin and Icebergs) and fashion designer Justin O’Shea, this is a “gin designed to taste like gin”, and features juniper and citrus. The bottle is slick and the gin means business.Image: Archie Rose