This is the second part of my mini post series about edible advent calendars. Last week I gave you 10 tips for tea advent calendars. Today let´s have a look at calendars whose content can warm you up as well, but in a different way – advent calendars with alcoholic drinks! I think it goes without saying that alcohol is more expensive than tea, so these calendars are generally not cheap and some of them are not cheap at all. Anyway, check it out, surprisingly (at least for me) you can have an advent calendar made from many types of alcohol:
- whiskey – at Master of Malt you can pick from two version – a basic one and the Red version for 150 GBP each or a Premium version of the basic and Red versions for 250 GBP each. Every day there is 3 cl of whisky waiting for you. If you don´t want to buy buy a pig in a poke, have a look at their website for the list of all whiskies included. On their site they say that “there’s still no better way to get into the festive spirit” and that might as well be true!
- gin – by Master of Malt, it costs 115 GBP. As with whiskey, you´ll get 3 cl of poison every day. The breakdown of the contents can be found via the link provided. As a linguist I like the name of the calendar – ginvent, a nice coined word. There is also a botanicals version of this advent calendar, for 125 GBP. The gins are “cold-distilled to lock in the fresh flavours whilst avoiding any burnt or off-notes”. The selection of flavours is mouth-watering: from rosemary, lavender, cardamom and earl grey tea to juniper, chamomile and fresh pink grapefruit peel. Yum!
- rum – by Master of Malt, it costs 150 GBP. The breakdown of the contents can be found via the link provided. You´ll get for example Ron Zacapa Centenario Sistema Solera 23 or Rumbullion!
- vodka – by Master of Malt, it costs 100 GBP. Every day you´ll get a “3cl sample of vodka, including a number of delicious flavoured examples”. You´ll find there Babicka Original Wormwood Vodka, Davna Bizon Grass Vodka as well as Black Cow Pure Milk Vodka. There are also flavoured vodkas such as garlic and pepper, chocolate, blueberry, honey, vanilla, chilli and green apple. Tempted? If not, maybe Naga chilli vodka collection would be for you? The producer promises that “by the 12th day of Christmas your tongue will be a pile of ashes”. And that´s only half-way through. “Heat intensity increases day-by-day.” Get ready!
- cognac – by Master of Malt, it costs 150 GBP. Ragnaud Sabourin Cognac No. 20 Reserve Speciale, Hine Rare VSOP or Godet Antarctica – you´ll find these and many more hidden behind the calendar windows.
- tequilla – by Master of Malt, it costs 150 GBP. You can look forward to El Jimador Blanco, Don Fulano Imperial 5 Year Old Tequila or Lunazul Reposado.
- bourbon – by Master of Malt, it costs 140 GBP. Including Four Roses Bourbon, Eagle Rare 10 Year Old or Evan Williams Extra Aged.
If you prefer hoppy flavours, you might go for a craft beer advent calendar. I found three options. First, there is craftbeeradventcalendar.co.uk. You will find “saisons, stouts, pilsners and ales from the likes of Flying Dog, Brooklyn Brewery, Anchor and Camden”. 75 GBP with free delivery. Second, there is another beer advent calendar, which is a bit cheaper (60 GBP). It´s currently sold out, however, you can go for the third option called Hoppy Christmas – a collection of 12 Christmassy beers and a glass for 33 GBP instead. Get ready for Cwrw-istmas Beacons, Santa’s Darkside, Black Christmas, Red Nose Reinbeer, I Sea Santa and Xmas Chaos.
Surprisingly, the only wine advent calendar is DIY. There´s nothing official you can order (or at least I didn´t find anything). On the other hand, hand-made presents matter more, don´t they? So here, here and here you can have a look and maybe get inspired to create your very own wine advent calendar! There´s also a pretty good guide including the wine rack tips here.
So, which is your favourite one? Myself I´d probably go for the wine calendar, if it consisted from good wines.
While browsing the internet for the calendars, I found this link that presents some ideas for wine and beer inspired Christmas decorations. Check it out.