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Spirits To Pair with Every Holiday Situation

Booze goes with everything!

But even more so during the holidays. Procuring a prized bottle can feel just as good as tearing into a present while simultaneously eating a Ferrero Rocher and listening to Frank Sinatra croon on vinyl. But how you distribute your festive spirits will depend on the occasion itself.  Are you having a quick nip after battling the mall or is it time to meet the in-laws?  Here are the bottles your bar cart needs to survive season.

For Baking
Grand Marnier

Unlike cooking, where there is no right or wrong as long as it’s seasoned, baking requires following instructions explicitly, as the omission of an ingredient will result an oven full of Pinterest fails rather than a dozen gingerbread men. Don’t let booze impair your performance in the kitchen! Sipping a low-octane spirit that packs a punch of flavour will keep you relaxed without compromising your attention to detail. Grand Marnier is always perfect on the rocks, or top it off with ginger beer for some festive bubbles. The orange liqueur will quench your sweet tooth meaning you there might be enough dough left to make cookies.

For A Legendary Holiday Party
Hennessy Very Special

Roll out the proverbial red carpet for guests with the best centrepiece of all – a crowd-pleasing punch. A giant bowl of delicious cocktail makes your night of hosting a breeze and it’s also an excuse to exhibit that kitschy punch bowl that’s been gathering dust since last season.

Easy recipe for 10 persons

500ml Hennessy Very Special
200ml lime juice
100ml cinnamon syrup
160g black cherry jam
10 cinnamon sticks

Combine all ingredients in a saucepan over low heat.  Once mixture is thoroughly heated (do not boil), serve warm in a mug or heat-safe old-fashioned glass.  Garnish with cinnamon stick and orange slices (cloves optional).

holiday spirit hennessy

For Avoiding Shovelling The Driveway
Glenfiddich Winter Storm

When the weather outside is frightful, batten down the hatches and open up the liquor cabinet. This 21-year-old whisky has been finished in Peller Estates icewine casks, which gives the spirit a unique sweetness (we kept shouting pineapple!). Sipping Winter Storm gives you the same tropical mental vacation as a Piña Colada, with the warmth and refinement that only a high-end whisky can provide. Whether or not you add a tiny umbrella is at your discretion.


For Every Occasion In Between
Spirit of York Gin

If there is any shrub that screams “Merry Fucking Christmas” it’s Juniper. Thanks to a new wave of Gin distilleries, you can have a beautifully balanced martini without feeling like your chewing on an evergreen. What’s extra special? When you discover a gem like Spirit of York right in a bit east of your own backyard. Fennel seeds and coriander are backed up with a chorus of citrus and star anise. The bottle is so handsome it could easily double as an ornament.

holiday spirit of york gin

For Your Dry(Ish) January

New Year. New resolutions. You’ve just activated your 30-day trial membership at Soul Cycle, and your next stop is the barstool. Instead of an insipid, calorie-loaded “mocktail” try Seedlip, the world’s first non-alcoholic spirit. It’s sugar-free, sweetener free, and full of flavour. Choose between the aromatic Spice 94 with All Spice, Cardamom, Oak, Lemon, Grapefruit or the herbal Garden 108 with Peas, Hay, Spearmint, Rosemary, Thyme. Top with Fever Tree Tonic and get back to the gin gym.

Holiday Spirit Seedlip