Christmas Gift Guide 2020: Top 10 Alcohol Gift Ideas For The Connoisseur

Alcohol Christmas. Photographed by Liliya Kandrashevich. Image via Shutterstock.

From cocktails to kegs, let us tipple your tastebuds with our 2020 Christmas gift guide to the top 10 alcohol gifts for the connoisseur in your life.

Whether you’re looking to find the perfect present this Christmas for a family member, a friend, a colleague in the office or even yourself – we all know a true cocktail connoisseur, alcohol-lover or casual drinker.

And, to help you celebrate the festive season with less stress and more style, let us tipple your tastebuds with our 2020 Christmas guide containing our top 10 gift ideas for the alcohol connoisseur. Whether they enjoy whisky, gin, cider, wine or even trying out a little DIY, with this guide you’ll both be saying cheers in no time!

Cocktail Porter

Ready to shake things us this festive season with Australia’s favourite cocktail delivery subscription service, Cocktail Porter? In partnership with bespoke gelateria, Messina, Cocktail Porter has released two Messina cocktail kits meaning that you can whip up bar-style, dessert-inspired cocktails in the comfort of your own home. Easily described as a Christmas miracle, simply pick from either the Dulce De Leche Espresso Martini or Coconut & Lychee Giña Colada, opt for how many serves (six or 18) and then have it delivered to your special someone’s door. It’s that simple and delicious.

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Summer Cider Picks

Looking for the tastiest stocking filler this Christmas? Look no further than BWS’ Summer Cider Picks pack. The perfect way to embrace the taste of summer, the Summer Cider Picks is stocked with six hand-selected ciders – each packed with a selection of vibrant summer fruits and flavours. Featuring the likes of Scape Goat, Somersby, Culture House, Kopparberg, Coldstream Rosé Cider and Zeffer Apple Crumble Cider, this is one six-pack you won’t want to miss out on.

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Fireball Firebox Cinnamon Whisky 3.5L

They say the bigger the better, and Fireball Whisky certainly proves why. If you like your drink with a bit of spice, you’ll love Fireball Whisky’s limited-edition Firebox. If you’re new to Fireball, imagine indulging in a delicious blend of spiced cinnamon with a red-hot kick. Featuring two dispenser taps pouring over 100, 30mL shots, Fireball’s 3.5L Firebox is a must-have for any Aussie summer festivity. With restrictions easing and the festive season approaching, it’s the perfect time to treat that special someone with a limited-edition Firebox. Just be quick, there are only 1000 for sale!

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Forty Spotted Gin Tassie Bush Honey

This festive season will take on a sweet twist thanks to award-winning Tasmanian distillers, Lark Distillery. Offering up a range of delightful tipples, this year why not look to their very own Forty Spotted Gin Tassie Bush Honey ($75) to place under your Christmas tree? Encased in an eye-catching bespoke Forty Spotted bottle, the Tassie Bush Honey gin will enhance your palate with a warming sensation of rooibos tea and the silky sweetness of Tasmanian bush honey. With scents of fragrant juniper, caramel and floral meadow notes, this release is perfect for those who love to experiment and support Australian local businesses!

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BrewArt BeerDroid

If your special someone loves nothing more than a freshly brewed beer, chilled to perfection, we’ve got some good news. This year, treat them to the ultimate gift: the BrewArt BeerDroid, setting them up as the master brewer in the comfort of their own bar or kitchen. This is the world’s first fully automated personal brewer enabling them to brew 10 litres of beer to their liking. The BeerDroid is also connected via app so brewers can monitor and control the device wherever they are. Pouring out pub-quality pints, is the partner to the BeerDroid, the BrewArt BrewFlo, a temperature-controlled beer dispense that doesn’t require CO2. BrewArt – a gift they’re bound to froth over.

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Craft Cartel

Unsure on what to purchase a beer-lover this Christmas 2020? Let Craft Cartel be your saviour thanks to their expansive collection. A great place to find your newest beer obsession, Craft Cartel is home to an array of locally brewed ales, pilsners and lagers available all reviewed by experts who really know how to spot the best new beers. With gift boxes, one-off beers to purchase and their renowned subscription service, this Christmas you’ll be spoilt for choice thanks to Craft Cartel. And, to help you say cheers faster, Craft Cartel is currently offering 15% off with the code “BEER15” for any orders over $70.

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Dom Pérignon Vintage 2010

Celebrate 2020’s festive season in style thanks to the Dom Pérignon Vintage 2010. Made in Champagne, France, the 2010 Vintage from Dom Pérignon has a luminous, sweet and tropical fruit aroma as it breezes into a light tingle of orange zest and mandarin orange on the nose. A tactile sensation of peony, jasmine and lilac, on the palate the Dom Pérignon Vintage 2010 imposes its sappy sensation and finally unfolds notes of spice and pepper whilst remaining generous, firm and controlled.

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Freixenet Italian Pinot Grigio

Renowned for their quality and consistently delicious sparkling wines, this year, give the gift that keeps on giving, thanks to internationally recognised winemaker, Freixenet. Made with the finest grapes from the Garda DOC wine region in northern Italy, the Freixenet Italian Pinot Grigio features hints of crispy citrus and a palate packed with floral flavours – all making this an elegant yet fruity white wine. Best served chilled and paired with seafood, antipasto and vegetarian dishes, wine-lovers will also fall in love with the striking glass diamond cut bottle. 

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For those looking for a personalised gift this Christmas, look no further than Glenfiddich. Offering shoppers the opportunity to add a unique personal touch to the world’s most awarded single malt Scotch whiskies, this year Glenfiddich has designed a range of Christmas-inspired gift labels that can be crafted with a personal message for your loved ones to mark a favourite in the collection. Available across the entire Glenfiddich range, to create your own personalised Glenfiddich gift, shoppers can buy a bottle of Glenfiddich from any retailer Australia wide and then create a personalised label online to receive it in the post. 

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Orlando Jacaranda Ridge Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Sourced entirely from a single vineyard in the northern Coonawarra, the Orlando Jacaranda Ridge Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 makes for the perfect gift this festive season for any Australian wine connoisseur. Featuring a dark crimson red colour, the 2015 Jacaranda Ridge portrays aromas of blackberry leaf, darker berry fruits, subsequent notes of French oak, savoury leather and spice. As for the taste, to heighten the tight tannin structure and toasted cedar notes we recommend pairing this with a roast rack of Australian lamb with rosemary salt.

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Why wait for the big day when you can pop open a gift every day with Australia’s 10 best advent calendars for Christmas 2020! Or, if you’re looking for a delicious yet vegan treat to get you through the festive season, why not try making this Raw Raspberry and Cacao Slice Recipe?

Feature image: Photographed by Liliya Kandrashevich. Image via Shutterstock. All other images supplied.
Editor’s Note: Hunter and Bligh was gifted by Cocktail Porter, BWS and Fireball. All reviews are authentic and are in no way influenced by our partnership. This article does contain affiliate links which allow us to make revenue off some purchases made by our readers.
This article was first published on December 06 2018. It was updated and edited by Hunter and Bligh on November 23 2020.