The Best Spirits, Cocktail Mixes & Non-Alcoholic Aperitifs for the Season

Updated: 6 days ago

From artisan gins to rums and convenient cocktail mixes, amazing alcohol-free aperitifs and more... read on for inspiration in what festive tipples to treat yourself with this Winter.

Silent Pool Gin

Such a gorgeous gift as well as treat to add to your own drinks cabinet. This fine artisan gin from Surrey comes in a lovely large box. Lift the lid to reveal a bottle of Silent Pool Gin, two pretty glass tumblers with a matte finish, plus a copper coloured jigger and pourer. This is the ultimate treat for any gin lover.

£68 from Silent Pool Distillers

Bullards Coastal Gin

Inspired by the Norfolk coastline, this Coastal Gin has a delicate salty influence complemented by bright citrus flavours. It's made with a host of hand foraged botanics including sea purslane, marsh samphire, sea aster and Douglas Fir. Bullards recommend serving this gin with a handful of blackberries and some fresh lime peel.

Bottle and Pouch Set £70 from Bullards Spirits or Bottle on it's own £40.

Caorunn Small Batch Scottish Gin

classic Caorunn Gin, but we’re not sure where to start. We could tell you it has a slightly spicy, full-bodied and invigorating flavour, with a clean and crisp finish. Or maybe it’s best explained as a modern London Dry gin infused with classic Celtic soul (in the form of our 5 locally foraged botanicals)? The best way to showcase it is to enjoy it at its award-winning best - pair it with a slice of red apple, and serve with chilled tonic water over ice.

£29 from Caorrunn

Jing Jasmine Pearls Sparkling Tea

A more delightful non-alcoholic sparkling drink would be hard to find. This dry, refreshing floral sparkling tea by Jing is the perfect tipple to enjoy on any occasion. You’ll find exotic jasmine aromas with a smooth and refreshing green tea depth, subtle fruit notes, hints of honey. It features a green tea base crafted by Tea Maker Liu Guoqing in Shekou Garden, Fujian, China, and contains no alcohol, sugar, artificial flavours or preservatives. What could be better? Buy from HERE.

Amaretto Adriatico Biano

Adriatico Amaretto Bianco is based around almond milk made from crushed white almonds, resulting in a subtly creamy but lactose-free liqueur. A gorgeous late night tipple to enjoy relaxing by the fire. Do try this acclaimed brand's 'normal' amaretto too with notes of caramel, sweet almond, cherry, burnt toffee, and a very subtle hint of toasted nut sweetness. Both are absolutely delicious over ice and are available from Master of Malt.

£28.95 from Master of Malt Bianco & £28.95 also from Master of Malt for Adriatico Amaretto

Stranger & Sons Gin

Stranger & Sons gin goes beyond the customary juniper and highlights inherently Indian botanicals and spices that are indispensable to every Indian household. Inspired by a mysterious being, the team at Stranger & Sons looked far and wide for the best source of these botanicals, a journey that took us across fertile spice farms along the Konkan Coast of Goa to the lush Malabar Coast of Kerala. Each sip starts off with a representation of all our citrus peels on the nose, followed by a strong backbone provided by the pepper, nutmeg, juniper and Indian coriander, finishing with the smooth, warm notes of liquorice, cassia bark and mace.

£38.17 from Amazon

Mezcal Hot Chocolate Gift Box

The Mezcal Hot Chocolate Gift Box from The Cool Chile Company contains a bottle of Pensador Espadín and a 150g tin of Oaxaca Hot Chocolate. A perfect gift for this time of year. Cool Chile’s hot chocolate is made from stone-ground Tabasqueño cacao beans, delicately spiced with cinnamon and almond. It pairs perfectly with the earthy, aromatic notes of our Espadín. Both the cacao and the mezcal have been responsibly sourced. From Pensador £41.50

Jin Jin Concentrated Enzyme Drink

Using traditional methods of fermentation, JIN JIN is carefully crafted with more than 35 different kinds of fruits, vegetables, mushrooms, and cultures. This ancient process produces beneficial bacteria and complex enzymes which help us fight off bad microorganisms that comes in our bodies uninvited and help maintain good gut health, and when our guts are healthy our body is happy. JIN JIN also contains an important enzymes like 'GABA' and one of the most important antioxidants 'Superoxide Dismutase' [SOD] which helps slow down ageing process and defend our bodies from harmful oxygen molecules in cells that play a main role in disease. £39.99 from Drink Jin Jin

Neptune Rum Barbados Gold

Neptune Rum's Barbados Gold has notched up over 65 global awards so far - with more expected - and rightly so. It's a delightful super-smooth rum containing no sugars or chemicals. It's distilled and aged at the celebrated family-owned Foursquare Rum Distillery set within a former 17th-century sugarcane plantation at the southern end of the island of Barbados. Beautifully balanced it has notes of apricot, banana and coconut overlaid with soft hints of honey and vanilla. And we love the fact sales of this product help support ocean clean-up charities and initiatives.

£39.99 for 100ml from Neptune Rum