Countdown to Christmas in fine spirits with fun, boozy Advent calendar

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Time for a holiday gift guide for the wine and spirit lovers on your list.

Opening those secret cardboard flaps on an Advent calendar is just plain fun and there are several holiday versions to choose from. Although beer calendars launched this craze a couple years ago, they’ve diminished in popularity because selections were too polarized and just not interesting enough for some folks. But there are many other exciting Advent calendars out there, such as gin, whisky, port and wine calendars.

Advent calendars can be opened by removing one item at a time for the traditional 24 (or condensed 12) days before Christmas.

The Boutique-Y gin calendar has beautifully labelled 30 ml glass bottles that would be perfect to open on those glorious days when the weather shifts and the flowers are blooming — the perfect time for a gin and tonic. There are no hard and fast rules as to when we must open the doors of an advent calendar. Be a rebel and wrap one up to place under the tree and let the recipient (or yourself) enjoy opening each surprise at leisure.

If that’s too big of a commitment, build a customized holiday hamper of wines or spirits and add some associated accompaniments. For example, put together a cocktail hamper with all the ingredients needed to make an Old Fashioned or a Negroni and then add a couple glasses, a citrus rind curler, fancy ice cube tray, cocktail shaker, mixing glass and a bar spoon.

For a wine hamper, choose some wines (you can’t go wrong with a bottle of bubbly and Port) and add some snacks to pair along with a candle, a decanter or a beautiful waiter’s corkscrew. Consider a Lambrusco with some local charcuterie or a bottle of Sparkling Blanc de Blanc or Champagne and popcorn (bubbly is perfect with salty, buttery popcorn).

And for those last-minute shoppers, a gift card from your favourite boutique is a terrific idea. It gives the lucky recipient the choice as well as the shopping experience.

Here are a few more great holiday gift ideas:

Twelve whiskies of Christmas Advent calendar $127

If you’ve a whisky-lover to shop for, look no further. Presented in a terrific custom box complete with a dozen 30 ml drams of a range of styles from Scotch single malts, single grains and blends. Whether it’s an evening dram on the countdown to

Source:: Edmonton Journal – Lifestyle


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