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20 luxury drinks to enjoy this Christmas (2023) – US & Canada edition

Picture this: a cozy evening by the fireplace, surrounded by the enchanting glow of twinkling Christmas lights, and in your hand, a magical concoction that embodies the essence of the festive season. As the holidays unfold, there’s no better time to treat yourself to a delightful array of indulgent drinks that go beyond the ordinary. From velvety hot chocolates to celebratory fizz, here are some ideas to make this Christmas truly merry and bright!

Dutton Ranch Single-Vineyard Duo from Dutton-Goldfield Winery

Who doesn’t love wine for the holidays? And even more when that wine is from a partnership who are authorities in winegrowing and winemaking, is certified sustainable, and is from a small business in Sonoma County.

Dutton-Goldfield Winery partners up 5th generation farmer Steve Dutton (of the legendary Dutton Ranch) and meticulous winemaker Dan Goldfield (formerly of La Crema and Hartford Court), and the Dutton Ranch Single-Vineyard Duo gift package pairs up two iconic single-vineyard wines. The wines take you on a virtual trip to their home in beautiful Sonoma Wine Country, expressing the brightness, balance, and generous fruit of the Northern California coastline. Plus, the package includes a gift certificate for a VIP visit so you can make that an actual trip in the future!

Beluga Gold Line Vodka from Shop Wine Direct

Step into the spotlight and make a statement with Beluga Gold Line Vodka from Shop Wine Direct. Its exquisite taste and captivating opening ritual command attention, ensuring it is the vodka of choice for discerning drinkers and those who crave the best. Beluga Gold Line has a unique serving ritual – the special wax-sealed cork, guaranteeing the quality and authenticity of the drink, should be opened with the elegant hammer and brush that accompany the bottle. Each bottle has an individual serial number on the label which makes it even more desirable.

Pure spring water combined with a meticulously distilled spirit and an extensive 90-day rest period in the ecological haven of Montenegro, make Beluga Gold Line vodka especially smooth, allowing its flavors to reach their full potential. Each sip reveals layers of distinction and nuance, hints of vanilla, white pepper, and sage, a testament to the masterful artistry behind its creation.

Tomatin 1976 from Dram Fellows

Filled on December 7th 1976, this whisky was later singled out by Tomatin’s Master Distiller as special. Lying undisturbed in Warehouse 6, the exquisite spirit slowly matured in hand-selected Traditional Oak Hogsheads, developing natural, subtle fruit tones. Over four and a half decades of watchful waiting by the cask’s custodians has seen this exclusive expression instilled with great complexity yet it presents a tremendous youth and vibrancy which is a remarkable balance to achieve. Available from Dram Fellows.

In perfect harmony, aromas of strawberry liqueur, tropical fruits and roasted coconut balance out with an exotic spicy character. Golden syrup and marzipan add to the complexity, developing into rich chocolate, coffee and brown sugar on the palate. The exotic spices appear once again with a long, refined, lingering finish.

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Ginologist Small Batch Christmas Globe Gin from Royal Batch

Christmas is a time of joy and this gin embodies that feeling of joy that comes from the holidays. A combination of flavours that resembles that of Christmas pudding is highlighted in this gin and it is a truly unique experience.

On the nose you get distinctive glazed berry aromas that combine with the ‘Christmas Spices’ found in the gin to give a warm and full aroma of tart pudding, and something special to be enjoyed. On the palate this gin leads with warm spiced notes that last throughout the whole drink. This is supplemented by the sweet berries and hints of rich vanilla to really give off that Christmas pudding flavour. It is a unique combination of flavours that lingers on the tongue and has a new surprise around every corner.

World Coffee Tour™ from Bean Box

Enjoy the ultimate tour of the world’s top coffee-producing regions—from home! Experience chocolaty Latin American coffees, fruit-forward African roasts, earthy Sumatran blends, and everything in between. Every World Coffee Tour™ from Bean Box features expertly-curated coffee sourced from the world’s finest estates and roasted to perfection by award-winning roasters. Featured on The Today Show, our award-winning World Coffee Tour™ includes 1.35 pounds of freshly roasted coffee, tasting notes, brewing tips, and artisan treats.

Wild Turkey® 101 Rye from Wild Turkey

Wild Turkey® 101 Rye is the real deal, and a tribute to the enduring passion and conviction of Master Distiller Jimmy Russell. With its bold rye flavor, this legendary Kentucky-made whiskey is in a league of its own. Aged in the deepest char American white oak barrels, Wild Turkey® 101 Rye has a confident, unapologetic personality and a rich golden amber color. The 101proof and rye content give the Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey a bold presence and cereal grain flavor that pairs well with cocktails. And if there’s one drink that it’s particularly suited for, it’s the Perfect Manhattan.

Brugal Colección Visionaria Edición 01, Cacao from Main Street Liquor

Colección Visionaria is an exclusive, limited-edition that embodies Brugal’s visionary spirit and 135 years of cask expertise. Each generation of Brugal Maestro Ronero have left their distinctive mark, shaping its legacy and fuelling an unwavering passion for the art of rum-making.

Following in the footsteps of her predecessors, Brugal family member and Maestra Ronera, Jassil Villanueva, dedicates herself to creating truly exceptional rums. She invites you to discover the vision behind this exceptional collection crafted using an innovative cask toasting technique unique to Brugal.  Available from Main Street Liquor.

Segura Viudas Brut from Segura Viudas

Fruitiness, freshness and complexity are the three principal defining characteristics of Segura Viudas Brut. The fruit and the freshness stem from the meticulous care with which we handle our grapes. The complexity comes from a very special technique, which involves autolysis of the yeast cells in the base wine for 3 months before bottling, and a second autolysis of the yeast cells for a minimum of 12 months ageing in bottle.

Winter Jack from Jack Daniel’s

Jack Daniel’s Winter Jack is a seasonal blend of apple cider liqueur, Jack Daniel’s Old No. 7 Tennessee Whiskey and holiday spices. It is based on an original family recipe from Jack’s home in Lynchburg, Tennessee. When it’s cold outside and snow is falling, their heartwarming Tennessee Cider should be enjoyed with friends and family.

Winter Jack is best served warm. Once heated, it has an inviting aroma of warm apple cider, orange peel, cinnamon, clove and Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey. The taste is reminiscent of apple pie complemented with Tennessee Whiskey and seasonal spices, with a finish of toasted oak and vanilla.

Variety 8-pack from Epic Western

Variety is the spice of life! Experience the entire Epic Western premium cocktail lineup in our variety 8-pack featuring our newest addition, Brush Fire, a spicy margarita infused with jalapeno. All cocktails include 100% Blue Agave Tequila, sparkling mineral water, and real citrus. Perfect addition to your plans whether it be on the
boat, at the beach, or your backyard BBQ.

Holiday Tea Assortment from Steven Smith Teamaker

A delicious combination of Smith‘s three most spirited holiday teas to introduce you to their joyful flavors. An excellent gift and delicious counter decor for the holidays and beyond. Assortment features 30 biodegradable sachets with 10 of each holiday flavor including Morning Light black tea, Ho-Ho-Hoji-Chai roasted green tea and Silent Night herbal infusion. Here’s to the present moment. And the after-the-presents moment.

Hardy Four Seasons Winter Lalique Cognac from Cognac Expert

Pursuing its fruitful collaboration with Maison Lalique, Hardy has unveiled its final creation in the Four Seasons collection: L’Hiver carafe. The carafe is topped with an ice blue crystal tiara adorned with dormant vines. The shape of the carafes, sculpted in Lalique crystal, is a nod to the world of perfume. The feminine silhouette and the spectacular sculpted fan-like stoppers are reminiscent of some of the perfume bottles created by René Lalique in the early 20th century. The motif and color of each stopper reflects the evolution of the vine during each season.

2019 The Discussion Napa Valley Red Wine from Duckhorn Vineyards

Almost four decades ago, before crafting their first vintage, the Duckhorns and their winemaker had a passionate discussion at the kitchen table. Though they debated making a cuvée, they chose to focus on varietal wines. Even so, Duckhorn Vineyards has always remained fascinated by the artful blend of varietals from diverse Napa Valley vineyards. Embodying the depth and complexity of a world-class Estate program, The Discussion represents the pinnacle of the Duckhorn Vineyards portfolio and the ongoing dialogue that defines great winemaking.

Complete Non-Alcoholic Holiday Hosting Pack 2023 from Better Rhodes

When it comes to getting together this holiday season, you or at least some of your guests may no longer be imbibing. Thankfully, we’ve got you covered so those of us not drinking aren’t relegated to sparkling apple juice! Give yourself and your guests “Better” options for non-alcoholic alternatives this season. To make it easy, we’ve put together a hosting pack of some Better Rhodes must haves for your home this year.

Hot Chocolate Trio from Dandelion Chocolate

Dandelion Chocolate‘s house-made hot chocolate has been a café favorite since their earliest days, when theydreamed of concocting a perfect hot drink to ward off San Francisco’s perpetually foggy chill. This season they have created a beautifully boxed trio of flavorful hot chocolate mixes to whisk up at home with fresh milk, cream, or dairy alternatives. Three delicious single-origin chocolate mixes, contained in elegant reusable glass vials designed just for Dandelion by the talented industrial designer (and Dandelion friend) Remy Labesque, are ready to taste, share, gift, and compare. 

Rich, fudgy 70% Camino Verde, Ecuador chocolate forms the base for all three mixes. Our classic House Hot Chocolate is creamy, subtly sweet, and deeply chocolatey. Crafted with a blend of festive spices, our new Gingerbread Hot Chocolate tastes like a holiday celebration in a mug. Our House Mocha Hot Chocolate, which melds Dandelion chocolate with flavorful organic coffee from Ventura, California-based Café Altura, yields a smooth, café-style mocha right at home.  

Champagne Carbon Bugatti Bolide ƎB.03 2013 from Carbon Champagnes

Introducing the limited edition EB.03 Bolide champagne, a celebration of design and performance. Inspired by the Bugatti Bolide’s unique aesthetic, this vintage 2013 Blanc de Blancs boasts a dual-tone exterior of blue and black carbon fiber. With initial scents of citrus and aromas of spring flowers, the ƎB.03 is an intense and fresh wine that will elevate any occasion.

Indulge in a truly unique sensory experience with the Carbon-BUGATTI universe of savoir-faire and performance. Bottle triple-layered with genuine carbon fiber.

Special Offer Trio from Seedlip Non-Alcoholic Spirits

The Seedlip Special Offer Trio is a perfect way to explore the full Seedlip range in the comfort of your own home. Discover the aromatic Spice 94, the fresh & herbal Garden 108 & the citrus Grove 42. 1 full-size 700 ml bottle of Seedlip makes 12-14 cocktails.

Schmitt Sohne Gluhwein 1L from Nationwide Liquor

The traditional method of drinking this unique spiced wine from Nationwide Liquor is to heat in a sauce pan (do not boil!), and then laddle into heat resistant glasses or mugs and enjoy. Perfect on a cold winters night, or try it chilled once the weather warms up!

Reduced Fat Eggnog from Organic Valley

Don’t let the name fool you, this nog is legit. Although Organic Valley have to call it “reduced fat”, it still has more butterfat than traditional whole milk. Rest assured, their eggnog is rich, creamy and deliciously decadent. In fact, most people preferred their reduced fat recipe over their previous non-reduced fat recipe in a side-by-side taste test!

They use organic ingredients, including high quality organic milk ethically sourced from their small family farms that never use toxic pesticides, antibiotics, synthetic hormones or GMOS. This is decadent eggnog you can feel good about serving to your family and guests.

Mulling Season Gift Set from Knack

Get ready for wassailing with this wonderful seasonal gift set from Knack. A Mulling Spice Kit includes a packet of mulled wine mix of dried orange, cinnamon sticks, star anise, whole cloves, and cardamom seeds, and a packet of nutmeg powder. To make mulled wine, just add a bottle of red wine to a saucepan, stir in the two mix packets, and simmer for up to three hours.

Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson is Editor of A Luxury Travel Blog and has worked in the travel industry for more than 30 years. He is Winner of the Innovations in Travel ‘Best Travel Influencer’ Award from WIRED magazine. In addition to other awards, the blog has also been voted “one of the world’s best travel blogs” and “best for luxury” by The Telegraph.

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  1. That non-alcoholic hosting pack is very useful. I’m often guilty of forgetting the non drinkers. It’ll have far more variety in it than I would ever think of.

    1. Always good to have a non-alcoholic option. Not just for those who don’t drink, but also for those who shouldn’t drink because they are driving, of course. Plus for those who like a drink but don’t want to over-indulge.

  2. It came as a shock to see how depleted our drinks cabinet is. It’s in no shape at all for Christmas. I’m going to use this list to plug some big holes.

    1. That’s great to hear, Sue! Not that your drinks cabinet is empty, of course… I mean that it’s great to hear that the list is useful for re-stocking purposes!

  3. When the mercury starts to fall it’s definitely the time for Winter Jack. That blend of spices always hits the spot for me. Though it’s always the season for a Jack Daniel’s in our house.

  4. I’ll drink to that!

    I thought I knew my way around drinks. There so many new drinks here to try that it’ll brighten up my holidays.

  5. My parents always prided themselves on their hospitality, especially when it came to having a wide selection of drinks. They would have been licking their lips at these suggestions. There’s obviously something been passed through in my genes as I’m going to top up on what I can offer my guests over Christmas and the New Year.

  6. When I read about the dedication and time that goes into preparing great whiskies I often get the feeling that I’m missing out on something. A couple of my friends are true whisky aficionados.

    Sadly, it’s a taste that I’ve never really acquired. My New Year’s resolution is to get myself a couple of great whiskies and to set aside half an hour late night to give myself the time to relax and savour the taste.

    1. I can relate to this, Pete. I’ve tried whisky a number of times, and never quite managed to find a taste for it. But I know many people who are very, very into their whiskies, who go on tours of the distilleries, and so on. It seems it’s one of those drinks where opinions are decidedly split!

  7. It doesn’t have to be Christmas to have a cosy night in by the fire, with drink in hand! Though to be fair the Christmas lights make it even more cosy.

  8. There are so many great tastes described here that I can almost feel them in my mouth already. I need a drink now.

  9. When I’m getting the Christmas drinks together at this time of year I always remind myself that guests are usually looking for something special and often for something a little different. That’s how I justify spending that little bit extra.

    1. Having just done our food and drink shop for Christmas Day (at least most of it), I know exactly what you mean. If you can’t buy a few treats at this time of year, then when can you? 😊

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