Whether you’re the glamorous host or the grateful guest, a good bottle of plonk is a festive season essential. And, if it also happens to be presented in a beautifully stylish bottle, it can make for an ideal Christmas gift, too. From sophisticated champagne to fiery rum, take a look at ELLE's favourite alcohol bottles; tailor-made for stylish recipients.
For the devastatingly hip: Vestal Vodka
The brainchild of Willy Borrell, former model and sibling of Edie Campbell's former squeeze, Johnny Borrell, Vestal Vodka is fast attracting a celebrity cult following and was the tipple of choice at ELLE’s recent Christmas party. Designed as an old fashioned sipping vodka, this premium, artisanal spirit is made in small batches in Poland using the finest potatoes available. Choose from the classic Vestal Vodka (£24) presented in an elegant, monochrome bottle, adorned with decorative script, or go for Vestal Vodka Amber (£30), an elderberry vodka liqueur encased in an angular, reassuringly heavy bottle.
Available at vestalvodka.com
For the vintage enthusiast: Hendrick’s Gin
With speakeasy-style bars now ten-a-penny in London, and The Great Gatsby remake due for imminent release, the trend for vintage inspired gin cocktails shows no sign of waning. And at retro bars like Bourne & Hollingsworth, where the cocktails are served in chintzy teacups and rustic jam jars, Hendrick’s Gin (£32.50) has long been the tipple of choice. Far too pretty to be hidden away in the drinks cabinet, the distinctive heavy black bottle and elegantly illustrated label has helped make this eccentric gin a cult classic.
Available at fortnumandmason.com
For the glamorous party girl: Moët & Chandon
The pop of a champagne cork is the party season klaxon, and for the Louboutin loving lady, nothing quite compares to Moët. The resassuringly seasonal looking Mini Snowflakes (20cl, £16.99, Selfridges), a limited edition decorated with gold coloured snowflakes, makes for an elegant stocking filler, while the Moët & Chandon Impérial Bottle (75cl, £41.99) will keep those crystal flutes topped up even longer. To get your party off to an effervescent start – and earn some extra brownie points – purchase a bottle of Moët & Chandon Impérial in Selfridges, London on Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd December and personalise it with a free inscription courtesy of the in-house calligrapher.
Available at selfridges.com
For bohemian spirits: La Fée Absinthe
It may have been swigged with wild abandon by the infamous artists and intellectuals of 20th Century Paris, but The Green Fairy, as absinthe is historically known – think Kylie in Moulin Rouge - is an intimidating take-your-breath-away spirit that’s best enjoyed in teeny, tiny measures. With that in mind, ELLE would recommend that you choose to bequeath a bottle of the beautiful, yet powerful, La Fée’s Bohemian Absinthe (70cl £41.09) on your more level-headed adventurous friends. With subtle herbal undertones of fennel and mint, Bohemian Absinthe comes in a colourful bottle, complete with a decorative eye motif on the label.
Available from thedrinkshop.com
For fun-loving globetrotters: 10 Cane Rum
We all have a friend who will complain that the traditional trappings of Christmas are not for them – it might even be you - longing to swap the turkey, presents and biting cold for a ramshackle beach hut on a deserted Caribbean beach, where they can while away the hours with the locals over potent, well-mixed Rum cocktails. But if the airfare proves too eye-wateringly expensive, you can help said friend live out part of the dream with a good bottle of rum on home turf. And for that, there is no better option than 10 Cane (70cl, £35), a premium rum created from first press Trinidadian sugar cane juice. Cheers!
Available at fortnumandmason.com
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