You’d have to have been hiding under a rock of some sort to not have noticed everybody’s gone a bit mad over gin these days.
Which, to be fair, would provide much more delight to some than a keyring, or one of those red, folding fish things.
The gin crackers come from the company, Drinks in Tube – how apt – who are offering shots at the dinner table.
Pull the crackers to reveal Masons Yorkshire Dry Gin, a citrusy shot with fennel and green apple notes, a traditional floral and botanical flavoured, juniper-based effort from Sussex distillers Chilgrove Dry Gin and a sweet, slightly-spiced Anno Dry Gin from Kent.
At £47.50 a box, they’re not exactly cheap but it’s a lot of fun and it makes a nice, tipsy change to the standard pack of Christmas crackers I’m sure you’ll agree.
If gin isn’t your tipple of choice, you can also pick up the vodka version for £39.99 – or you can pay £60 for a set of six that incorporates the Masons Dry Gin and Philippe de Castaigne VSOP Cognac. Chinny chin chin.
Gin-drinkers and tree-decorators – The Lakes Distillery has a treat for both you and your tree this Christmas.
The distillery elves have been toiling away in their workshop, to design these festive spirit-filled baubles, which contain two measures of their finest gin.
That’s 50ml of sweet Mother’s Ruin, to you and me. The baubles come in packs of one – which hardly seems like much fun if you ask me – and packs of six – which sounds like a Christmas party.
The single baubles, which have a measures of 20cl (ABV: 43.7 per cent), retail at £19.95, and you can buy them directly from The Lakes Distillery website and social media pages.
But due to economy of drinking, the 6-pack Gin Gin gift set, which holds 6 measures of 5cl (ABV: 43.7 per cent), retails at a round £35.
This Christmas you can buy
yourself a loved one an advent calendar full of gin. What more could you want on a cold December morning evening?
Ok, so I’m aware I’m writing about Christmas when plenty of you won’t be in the mood for it, I mean, we’ve not even had Halloween yet – but the prospect of finding a little bottle of tonic behind a window instead of some cheap chocolate is quite nice.
To kick-start the month, you will receive a full-sized bottle of gin before receiving a variety of tonics to open each day in the lead up to Christmas.
Behind the windows, there are a range of branded tonics, including Fever Tree and Fentimans, Double Dutch, Franklin and Sons, Bottlegreen and London Essense.
And it’s not just standard tonic either, there is a range of flavours to compliment the gin – including pomegranate and basil, cinnamon, tangerine, and cucumber and watermelon.
The calendar is now available from The Pip Stop for pre-order and it costs £99, which is fairly steep compared to what you’d usually spend on an advent calendar, but think of the cold glasses of G&T.
And if gin isn’t your thing, The Pip Stop is also selling a whole range of Christmas gifts, including whiskey baubles, vodka baubles and wine advent calendars.
I feel there are people out there just trying to get everybody drunk this Christmas.