Christmas 2023: 10 Drink Advent CalendarsBy Alicia Grimshaw
Get ready for a unique holiday countdown with our hand-picked selection of drinks advent calendars. This year, there’s something for everyone – from coffee and tea lovers to those who enjoy spirits like gin, rum, and whisky. Each day reveals a new drink to savour, combining festive traditions with a touch of indulgence.
Drink Advent Calendars: Boozy
The Lowdown: If you fancy yourself a bit of a globetrotter, now you can count down to Christmas with whiskies from across the world thanks to The Whiskey Exchange’s advent calendar. Expect a collection of 25 exceptional whiskies including exclusive bottlings, under-the-radar whiskies, and The Whiskey Exchange’s favourites from around the world.
The Lowdown: Sip on some liquid sunshine while you count down to Christmas with Drinks by the Dram’s spectacular Rum Advent Calendar. There are 24 different 30ml wax-sealed samples of rum waiting inside, sourced from producers large and small in 15 different countries. The perfect gift (or self-gift, for that matter) for those looking to set off on a rum voyage while they count down to the big day.
The Lowdown: Well, it’s the OG wine advent. The very first of its kind. Virgin Wines introduced the UK to Wine Advent Calendars back in 2016, and it has been the Christmas countdown for wine lovers ever since. This year, the team have popped some timeless classics in there alongside customer favourites and a few unusual bottles you won’t have seen before – all mini-sized, of course.
The Lowdown: Sandford Orchards’ Cider Advent Calendar is perfect for easing yourself into the festive spirit – and is packed with a selection of twenty-four ciders including all the well-known favourites from Sanford’s award-winning range.
The Lowdown: Let the festive season be gin (sorry) with Craft Gin Club’s gin advent calendar. The calendar features 25 miniature bottles, each containing a double shot (50ml) of craft gin – you get to enjoy a special G&T on Christmas Day too.
The Lowdown: The NIO Cocktails Advent Calendar features 24 cocktails, two of each type, to enjoy during the 12 days leading up to Christmas, with whoever you choose. Open each little door and discover the cocktails of the day: you might find two classics you already know and love, or drinks you’ve never tried before.
Drink Advent Calendars: Non-Boozy
The Lowdown: Looking for a little indulgence when it comes to picking your advent calendar? Artisan Coffee Co.’s Ultimate Coffee Pod Calendar is the ideal gifting option, providing a selection of 48 pods and 48 chocolates to pair (offering two servings of coffee and chocolate in each door). Designed for sharing, the Ultimate Coffee Pod Calendar is perfect for those curious to explore the world of coffee.
The Lowdown: Offering double the tea delight, every day offers 2 tea parcels in a taste sensation of flavours (think fan faves including Mulled Cider, Hazelnut Rocher, Great British Cuppa & Dozy Girl). And the calendar is 100% plastic-free, biodegradable and earth-friendly.
The Lowdown: 25 days of teapigs allows tea lovers to don their tea-tasting hats and sip their way through a new blend every day throughout the festivities. Switching it up this year, the calendar includes everyone’s favourite core blends alongside some exclusive limited-edition wintry blends. From Everyday Brew to Winter Glühwein – there is an indulgent and cosy blend for everyone, plus splashes of winter flavours bound to get you in the Christmas spirit.
The Lowdown: Newby’s advent calendar presents 24 individual drawers, each of which contains four luxury tea bags of a given variety. Newby offers a wide and diverse assortment, including classics such as Assam, Darjeeling and English Breakfast, and tempting discoveries like Ginseng Oolong, Moroccan Mint, Jasmine Blossom and Oriental Sencha.