Christmas is a time for friends, family, gifts and food… lots of food. Of course, you’ll need a drink or two to wash down all the turkey and mince pies – and for 2019, the supermarkets have certainly delivered on this front.
When you’re gearing up to toast your loved ones with a tipple and celebrate the year gone by, classic wine, beer and spirits are all well and good, but this year there’s also a great selection of exceedingly festive elixirs on the shelves.
We’re talking everything from Marks & Spencer’s glittery Clementine Gin Liqueur Snow Globe, which flew off the shelves and sold out despite launching all the way back in September, to Aldi’s Caramel & Hazelnut Cream Liqueur, which is essentially a toffee nut latte with added booze (spoiler: it’s absolutely delicious).
Spice, fruit, vodka, rum; there are endless options this year to get excited about, whatever your taste. And if you usually serve up a post-dinner Baileys, you’ll be pleased to hear that there are lots of creamy dessert drinks that are good enough to skip pudding for.
So crack out your best glasses and swizzle sticks, stock the freezer with plenty of ice and get ready to celebrate in style. Cheers!
13 delicious supermarket Christmas drinks to try this year
Chocolate Orange Shimmering Gin Liqueur, £12, Morrisons, available in store
Featuring zesty oranges and velvety chocolate, this is essentially a Terry’s Chocolate Orange in a bottle. It pours bronze and gold too, so is extra festive.
Chocolate wine shouldn’t work, but when you consider it combines two of the world’s greatest things, you’ll soon realise it absolutely can.
This is a really special bottle of drink. Blending gin and clementine juice, it also features 23 carat gold leaf pieces for an excellent snow globe effect.
Promising to taste just like a Toffee Nut Latte, this is the perfect base for a fancy festive cocktail.
Small batch gin spiked with festive spices – if you’re travelling by train, you should note that this year there’s also a pocket-friendly version in a tin.
An excellent choice if you have a sweet tooth, this is rich, fruity, and like a dessert in a bottle. Perfect if you don’t want anything too typically ‘Christmassy’.
If you prefer to keep things simple, opt for this specially decorated bottle of gin for versatile drink options aplenty.
Hortus Violet & Blackberry Gin, £15.99, Lidl, available in store
Designed for an alternative Christmas drink, this flavoured gin is fruity and fragrant, and tastes just as good on its own as it does with mixers.
Like a spicy fruit cake in a bottle, this is warming and wintery for an extra chilly Christmas day tipple.
A decadent creamy drink that tastes just like raspberries, sponge, sherry, custard and cream, drink this over the rocks as a great pudding alternative.
No prizes for guessing what this tastes like – it’s a buttery, spicy taste sensation. At £10, it’d make a purse-friendly gift too.
Not only does Aldi’s minty delight look the part, when you shake the bottle you’ll see a gentle swirl of shimmer for a little extra Christmas magic.
Got time to order online? This beautiful blend combines zesty clementine with toffee apple and warm pimento. The bottle itself makes a great collectors’ item.