It’s official: Mariah Carey is warming her vocal cords for yet another year of “All I Want for Christmas Is You”, and Michael Bublé is not too far off behind.

Before you ready yourself for the repeated (read: incessant) yuletide music on the radio, perhaps you’d like to find yourself a well-filled glass to tide yourself through the festivities.

Besides making extremely good gifts for your boozy chum — we all know you have at least one in mind as you read this — a tipple or two is the perfect wind-down to the day as you snuggle up (alone or otherwise) on the couch, streaming a holiday special on Netflix.

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We count seven glasses here — not this year, folks. (Image credit: Yutacar on Unsplash)

This year’s been a trying one, but with 2021 coming up — no one’s got time for all that worry. Read on for ultimate alcoholic gift guide that’ll keep you and your friends inebriated through the holiday season.

(Hero and featured image credit: Yutacar on Unsplash)

The Macallan Edition No. 6

The sixth and final release in The Macallan Edition Series comes in the new limited-edition single malt whisky Edition No.6, crafted from a combination of American and European oak sherry seasoned cask styles. The result? A complex drink that’s filled with aromas of fresh fruits, nutmeg, toffee merged with oak and flavours of ripe plum, vibrant sweet oranges and cinnamon, which develops into spicy fresh fruits and creamy chocolate and toasted oats at the finish.

The Macallan Edition No.6 is now available for sale at The Macallan Experience at Raffles Hotel Singapore, The Macallan online store, and leading premium retailers in Singapore.

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Glenfiddich personalised label service

Glenfiddich, also known as the world’s most awarded single malt Scotch whisky, has launched a service just in time for the gifting season. The complimentary label personalisation service caters for those who grab any bottle of Glenfiddich Our Original Twelve or Glenfiddich Our Solera Fifteen in stores or at any licensed e-commerce platform. All customers will have to do is scan the QR code on the back of the bottle, fill in your details and your personalised label message and wait for it to arrive within five to seven working days. Slap it on the bottle and viola — the perfect, personalised gift for your buddy, sorted.

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MV Nyetimber Classic Cuvee

What’s a celebration without some bubbles? If you’re sick of the regular champagne bottles, perhaps you’d like to consider some sparkling wine for a change. Nyetimber has been creating some of the finest English sparkling wines for the last three decades, and the perfect one to kick off the festivities has to be the Classic Cuvee Multi-Vintage. Think fine bubbles, spicy aromas and a blend of honey, almond, pastry and baked apple flavours for an elegant treat unlike any other.

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We know, a bottle of Lyre’s isn’t exactly the boozy tipple you were hoping for, but we couldn’t help but sneak this in. After all, not everyone’s keen on getting smashed for the holidays, or spend the next day nursing a hangover. With 13 different non-alcoholic spirits including favourites like the Lyre’s American Malt and the Lyre’s White Cane Spirit, they are a great addition to any home bar arsenal for some low or no-ABV versions of classic Christmas tipples.

Lyre’s is available for purchase in Raffles, Paragon, Tanglin and Hillview Market Place outlets and Jelita, Kallang Leisure Park and Plaza Singapura Cold Storage outlets, as well as CS Fresh at Great World City.

Curated wine bundles from Clink Clink

If there’s an alcoholic beverage everyone loves, it is undoubtedly wine. Whether you’re in a clique of wine girls or wine guys, one thing’s for sure: the more wine, the better. If you’re clamouring for some good bottles, we suggest heading to Clink Clink, a sommelier-led online bottle shop that retails restaurant quality wines in bundles of threes and sixes, creating a simple and enjoyable shopping experience for any guest.

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Atlas' curated gin sets

If your poison of choice is gin, then you’re in luck. Atlas has just announced new additions to its retail offering — including five exclusive ATLAS Curated Gin Sets for the festive period. Within each set, you’ll find a special gin, four tonic pairings, a garnish, and two handcrafted cocktails made with the featured gin, complete with three recipe cards — all lovingly curated by the bar’s award-winning team.

from S$118
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Origin Bar Christmas Edition Chocolate Rum

Alcohol? Check. Chocolate? Check? Alcohol that’s aged in a 70% Single Origin Chocolate Sphere? Check again. What better way to usher in the festivities than with a combination of two sinful treats? Shangri-La’s Origin Bar has come up with a Christmas Edition Chocolate Rum (only available till 31 December) that’s perfect for those who enjoy a bit of both. The seven-year-old Matusalem Rum from the Dominican Republic is aged for a week in a 70 percent Single Origin Chocolate Sphere to create a luscious spirit that’s perfect for the holidays.

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Islander Brew

The Sentosa Development Corporation (SDC) has teamed up with Brewerkz, Singapore’s original craft brewery, to launch Islander Brew, the country’s first leisure destination-inspired beers. The limited-edition will only be available for one year in four exciting flavours, with each craft beer featuring a unique taste that’s inspired by edible plants found in Sentosa. Siloso Beach, for instance, is an invigorating gose that’s made with sea salt and kaffir lime, while Tanjong Rimau, is a classic wheat beer with whispers of nutmeg, coriander and a tangy yuzu aroma.

The beers will be rolled out at all participating Sentosa food and beverage establishments (Harry’s, Dusk Restaurant & Bar, Trapizza and more) from 1 December 2020 and hit the shelves at participating supermarkets (Cheers, Cold Storage, Fairprice Finest and Fairprice Xtra) and online retail channels (Shopee, Redmart, KrisShop) from 7 December 2020.

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Too lazy to mix your own drinks? Fret not as Curatif’s award-winning ready-to-serve cocktails are now available in Singapore. The Australian brand has launched two items from their Core Range, the Archie Rose Espresso Martini and the Four Pillars Negroni, as well as two products from the Escape Series that’ll be available exclusively at Cold Storage. We particularly enjoyed the smooth Espresso Martini, complete with a balanced blend of coffee and vodka and a whisper of sweetness — minus the complex mixology of course.

Each can is able to keep on your shelves for twelve months, so you can get boozy at any time of the year without a worry. Grab a four-pack of Curatif canned cocktails to enjoy at home from selected Cold Storage outlets, EC Proof, Huber’s Butchery and Redmart.

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Rémy Ginger Kit

There’s just something about the flavours of a cognac that meld so effortlessly with the fiery notes of ginger ale. That’s why Remy Martin has partnered with Fever Tree to create the Remy Ginger Kit, perfect for you to play bartender right at home. The long, refreshing thirst quencher is accompanied by whispers of spice from the ginger, making it the perfect pick-me-up on a hot summer’s day. Each kit comes with one bottle of Rémy Martin VSOP and two bottles of Fever Tree Ginger Ale. The Rémy Ginger Kit is available online and at all Cold Storage outlets.

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Hendrick’s x Manhattan Teapot Set

Everyone loves a mean G&T but if you want to impress guests, Hendrick’s and Manhattan Bar has just the party trick for you. The partnership sees the award-winning bar create a special Yule festive cocktail — a delectable mix of Hendrick’s Gin, Lairds Applejack, Taylors Port Wine, Oloroso Sherry, spiced syrup and cardamom bitters — for easy serving at home. This 350ml bottled tipple can be purchased separately or via the Hendrick’s x Manhattan Teapot Set, which comes packaged with collectible crockery to serve with.

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Diageo 2020 Special Releases Single Malt Scotch ‘Rare by Nature’

If single malt whisky is your better half’s poison of choice, he’s in for a real treat. Diageo’s 2020 Special Releases Single Malt Scotch, themed ‘Rare by Nature’ this year, sees eight cask strength single malts from some of Scotland’s finest and most interesting distilleries make the annual collection. The curation by Dr. Craig Wilson will not only explore unusual age points and experimental maturation techniques, but also includes its first-ever release finishes in pot-still Carribean rum casks. Expect names such as Pittyvaich, Lagavulin, and Talisker to make the prestigious cut. 

The 2020 Special Releases collection will be available in limited quantities in
Singapore online at S$3,350 for the full set of 8 bottles.

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Jocelyn Tan
Jocelyn Tan is a travel and design writer. She's probably indulging in serial killer podcasts or reading one too many books on East Asian history. When she actually gets to travel, you can find her attempting to stuff her entire wardrobe into her luggage. Yes, she's a chronic over-packer.