We, along with much of the nation, love Aldi for so many reasons. Not only is it repeatedly the cheapest supermarket of the month, but the budget retailer’s infamous Specialbuys are always on-trend and marked at great prices, too. While we can expect brilliant products and prices all year round, Aldi particularly shine when it comes to Christmas. In fact, it was crowned Christmas retailer of the year for 2021 for its excellent selection of food and drink.
For the very first time, Aldi has released a gin advent calendar this year that’s full of mini bottles of flavoured gins. But don’t worry if you’d rather buy a full bottle, because Aldi’s latest launches sound delicious.
As part of the Infusionist range, there are two brand new flavours that have landed just in time for festive celebrations: Spiced Biscuit Gin Liqueur and Salted Maple Fudge Gin Liqueur.
The Spiced Biscuit Gin Liqueur has distinct notes of cinnamon, ginger, caramel and vanilla – basically, everything you’d expect in a Christmas biscuit. The recipe has been inspired by Speculoos biscuits, which taste like Lotus Biscoff, so this liqueur is bound to be a hit.
Aldi describe the Salted Maple Fudge flavour as: ‘boasting rich flavours of salted fudge followed by indulgent notes of sweet maple, this syrupy liqueur is enticingly moreish.’ So it’s definitely one for those with a sweet tooth!
These liqueurs can be served as they are with ice, mixed in a cocktail or even a hot drink. The 50cl bottles cost £8.99 each and are available in-store. At the moment, only the Spiced Biscuit Gin Liqueur is available to buy online.
This year, Aldi also launched five new Christmas flavours as part of its Haysmith’s gin range.
This festive flavour is perfect for those who prefer a fruity drink. The sweet citrus orange is balanced with ‘warming bursts of wild berries and a juniper led gin’. Aldi suggest mixing this Christmas gin with premium tonic and ice.
The plum and clementine flavour is described as ‘elegantly smooth and complex’. It’s clean and light, with warm spiced notes and rich plum flavours. The clementine notes should come through at the end of your sip.
‘Mulled’ drinks only seem to come out at Christmas, right? Well, if mulled wine isn’t your Christmas drink of choice, you may prefer this mulled berry and cranberry flavoured gin instead. It has flavours of rich berry juices and subtle spice notes, which combine to give a silky, satisfying finish.
Expect to taste punchy cardamom and fragrant cinnamon in this gin. It’s packed with spices, basil and bay leaf, balanced with a juniper led gin. Sure to warm you up on a cold winter’s day!
Aldi’s Sloe Gin is made from hand-picked wild sloes, steeped the traditional way in London Dry Gin, and left to mature. It is best described as: ‘full of plummy and dark, fruity notes with a juniper-dry gin finish.’
All of these gins come in 70cl bottles and cost £14.99, except for the sloe gin, which costs £13.99. All of the new flavours can be found in Aldi stores and online.
Aldi has also released two sets of boozy crackers to complete your Christmas table. One set is filled with different flavoured mini bottles of Haysmith’s gin, and the other with mini Ballycastle cream liqueurs (Aldi’s answer to Baileys). Both come in sets of four and are under £10 each. Merry Christmas!