Advent calendars aren’t all about chocolate anymore. Long gone are the days of a single chunk of the good stuff every morning, now there’s a calendar for pretty much every preference. Drinks Advent calendars are undoubtedly the biggest thing in the festive market right now, and we’ve rounded up the best offerings for 2022 (boozy and non-alcoholic). Cheers!

Alcoholic Advent Calendars

1. For Beer: St Austell Brewery

What: For Christmas 2022, St Austell Brewery is bringing back its much-loved Beer Advent Calendar filled with a selection of 24 beers from St Austell Brewery, and Bath Ales hand-picked by Head Brewer Georgina Young. The calendar features 24 drawers, one for each day in the run-up to Christmas, packed with a range of beer styles and ABVs – from pales to porter.

Price: £79.99

Where: Buy online 

2. For a Boozy Discovery: 24 Days of Rum

What: The 24 Days of Rum advent calendar is ready to whisk you off on a tasting journey around the world in the lead-up to Christmas. From El Salvador to Guyana and over to Fiji, you’ll be a rum connoisseur by the time Christmas day arrives. Boasting 24 carefully selected 20ml glass bottles of premium rum, each calendar comes with two glasses and a tasting sheet for keeping note of your favourites.

Price: £99.99

Where: Buy online 

3. For Cider: Sandford Orchards

What: Count down to Christmas by discovering a different delicious cider every day. The Sandford Orchards Cider Advent Calendar is packed with a selection of twenty-four ciders including all the well-known favourites from its award-winning range (Devon Scrumpy, Apple and Oak, The General, and Sanford Reserve).

Price: £69.50

Where: Buy online 

4. For Spirits From Around the Globe: The Whisky Exchange 

What: The Whisky Exchange Spirits Advent Calendar features 24 whiskies and fine spirits from around the globe, one for each day of advent, as well as a special 25th bottle to celebrate Christmas Day. Filled with exclusive bottlings, under-the-radar spirits and some of the biggest names in drinks – from whisky, rum and gin to amaro and Calvados – it’s the perfect calendar to discover your new favourite drink.

Price: £175

Where: Buy online 

5. For Inventive Gin: Drinks by the Dram

What: Who’d have thought the humble juniper berry could be showcased in so many different ways? The Craft Gin Advent Calendar from Drinks by the Dram has brought together 24 gins made by some of the most creative and passionate producers out there. Whether you’re looking for some gin-spiration, or want to support distillers who are pushing the boundaries of flavour within gin (or both!), these 24 drams will excite your taste buds, and open your eyes to the world of craft gin.

Price: £69.95

Where: Buy online 

6. For G&Ts: Fever-Tree

What: Behind 24 doors you’ll find either a can of FeverTree’s premium mixers or a premium craft gin mini. Together, these create 12 perfect pairings, selected by the in-house experts at FeverTree.  Showcasing FeverTree’s range of flavours, there’s a pairing for every palette, from classic London Drys through to zesty Pink Grapefruit Gins, Raspberry, Lime, Pink Pepper and Sloe, each brand has been perfectly matched.

Price: £60

Where: Buy online 

Non-Alcoholic Advent Calendars

7. For Festive Flavours: T2

What: T2’s Sip The Future Hello Advent Calendar houses 24 individually wrapped best-selling blends and newly imagined festive favourites – think Earl Grey, Irish Breakfast, Lemongrass and Ginger, Strawberries & Cream, and Morning Sunshine. Will no doubt perk you up on a chilly December morning.

Price: £22

Where: Buy online 

8. For No and Low-Alcohol Beers: 

What: Famed for its range of great tasting No & Low Alcohol drinks, the team, who pride themselves on only stocking bottles they have tasted and loved, have approached the creation of this year’s calendar with the same dedication. The calendar contains 24 no and low-alcohol beers from over 20 different breweries, like the Days Pale Ale, the Big Drop Galactic Milk Stout and Lucky Saint’s Unfiltered Lager.

Price: £75.90

Where: Buy online 

Photo credit: Milly Fletcher 

9. For Loose Leaf Tea: Vahdam

What: Packed with a veritable feast of tea delights – Vahdam’s Advent Calendar will ensure each December morning is even more delicious than the last. Behind the 24 doors, you’ll discover an exciting combination of black, green, oolong, white and herbal teas.

Price: £47

Where: Buy online

10. For Tea: Bird + Blend

What: Bird + Blend Co are on a mission to spread happiness and reimagine tea this festive season with the launch of its Advent Calendar. Offering double the tea delight, every day offers 2 tea parcels boasting wonderfully festive flavours; Gingerbread Chai, Snowball, Cold Weather Warrior, Tea & Toast, Moondrop Dreams and Chocolate Digestive Tea.

Price: £38

Where: Buy online