Perfect Alcoholic Christmas Gifts

Alex Seleska

‘Tis very soon the season to be jolly, and how can one be jollier than when furnished with some jolly-inducing beverages?

And if you’re in the spirit of providing joviality to your friends and loved ones this holiday season, then look no further than Drink Station for all your Christmas gift needs.

So, whether it’s a gift for that special someone, or just something for a friend that you know they’ll enjoy, allow us to give you some ideas and show off some of the wonderful Christmas options we have in store.

 

The 12 Gins of Christmas Advent Calendar

For the gin lover in your life look no further. This wonderfully presented box contains 12 hand crafted, organic and flavoured gins inside a fantastic gift pack. Each gin serves as a double measure, so there’s enough to share!

Gins from Whitley Neill, JJ Whitley and Liverpool Distillery are among just a few of the treasures hidden within. The collection would make an excellent Christmas gift, especially for those who like to explore their gins and might want to try and full-sized bottle of something they try here!

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Tincup Whiskey Lantern Pack

This American Whiskey gift set includes a bottle of the famed Tincup brand. This Colorado produced spirit is known for its bourbon-style profile but with more powerful, spicier notes this whiskey is refreshingly different.

The gift set includes a lantern tin, perfect for outside whiskey sipping, simply remove the bottle and the case doubles as a lantern. Though perhaps it might be better to enjoy both in the relative warmth of the indoors this Christmas!

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Silent Pool Gin & 2 Copa Gift Set

The Silent Pool gin comes to us from the self-monikered “Willy Wonka of distilleries” so you know it’s bound to be something out of the ordinary! Master Distiller Cory Mason is a 2016 World Spirits Award winner with Silent Pool gin, it is classic at heart but with a contemporary spin that will satisfy even the most discerning gin-sipper.

Made with a blend of 24 botanicals that compliment its juniper core with floral notes of lavender, camomile, honey and citrus. It is stunning served as a gin and tonic, really livening up the traditional drink with a refreshing, unexpected note.

Do not let the description fool you, this is still a hearty gin capable of working in a variety of cocktails. Don’t miss out.

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Visit our Christmas Gifts page to peruse our entire Christmas selection today!

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Alternatives to Wine for Dinner Parties

Alex Seleska

Selecting a drink to serve your guests at dinner can be challenging, even if you are going to pick wine, there’s just so many to choose from. But if you want to go outside the box as it were and pick something a little different, then it can be even more challenging.

Generally, it comes down to what you are going to be serving up as to what you might choose to pair with it. in order to give you a bit of help, we thought we’d give some basic guidance as to the kinds of drinks on offer and what foods you might choose to pair with them.

 

Pork

If you’re serving pork, the general convention would be to serve a pallet-cleansing white wine or a robust red able to cut through the fattiness of the meat. However, there are numerous other non-wine alternatives that pair just as well that will surprise and delight your guests.

The first among which is cider. Everyone knows that apple goes well with pork, apple sauce an even raw apple are routinely served with it, but the fermented option is just as good. The sweetness of the cider compliments the natural sugars in the pork and gives a fabulous and thirst-quenching paring.

Beer is another popular choice. If you’ve ever been to Germany, you may well have seen ham hock and ale advertised on the bar menu. But the Bavarian’s are not alone in recognising the symphony of the pairing. Most beers are robust enough to cope with the pork’s strong oils and fats and the malt in ales or stouts is especially complimentary. Give it a try, you won’t be disappointed.

For a bit of an outside the box choice, especially if serving a summer BBQ or spiced pork dish, a mojito is a viable option. Drunk quite traditionally with pork in Cuba the mojito’s combination of sweet and sour flavours enhance pork nicely and cool the spices in anything at the hotter end of the scale!

 

Beef

The traditional paring with beef is of course a full-bodied and flavourful red wine. But, for an alternative you might just change a few people’s minds!

Beer is another contender here. Again, a stronger ale or stout is usually recommended to hold its own against the richness of beef, especially if you’re serving a rib of beef or the ribeye or sirloin cut. For the leaner fillet or rump cuts a nuttier brown ale might work better

Whisky is a different option altogether. Its rich caramel notes can pair rather well with the more flavourful cuts of red meat. If you’re serving grilled or BBQ steak, then a Scotch whisky can be an excellent paring choice. The smoky notes in the drink pair and perfectly complement the charred flavour provided by the grilling and the flames. We recommend the whiskey is served neat over ice to properly accompany the steak experience.

A martini can be another interesting choice. Its flavour is palate-cleansing and will not compete with the richness of the beef. Overall allowing you and your guests to enjoy the experience of both without any clashes taking place.

 

Fish

The definition of a fish meal can be rather wide. You’re not just taking your standard battered cod fillet here, lobster, crab, scallops, prawns, octopus and numerous other sea-dwelling animals all fall into the broad category of fish dishes.

Again, the traditional fish accompaniment would send one to the fridge for a nice cooled bottle of crisp white wine. But, consider if you will a few other options.

If you’re going for battered fish, then the traditional pub-grub can pair very well indeed with the traditional pub beverage – beer. A pale ale or even a light larger is typically the best recommendation here.

Acidic notes really help draw out the flavour of great seafood. So, if you’re serving up the king of seafood – lobster, then you might consider a Sangria or a Mai Tai to accompany it. These drinks contain a good amount of citrus flavours and really enhance the beautiful lobster meat.

If you’re going for something a bit special and serving up oysters, traditionalists again would possibly opt for Champaign. But consider for a moment the British classic Gin and Tonic. This cleansing, refreshing drink goes down superbly with the delicacy, trust us!

There are of course numerous other food types that pair with a variety of drinks and we’ll be writing about them too in the future. For now, visit our shop to find a great alternative pairing for your next dinner party!

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Halloween Cocktail Recipe

Alex Seleska

This Halloween period doesn’t just have to be about carving pumpkins and kids knocking on your door at all hours of the night.

Here at Drink Station we support your right to a good drink with your friends and family, so we thought we’d give you a great recipe for a devilish Halloween drink to serve up on the spooky evening itself.

 

Blood Red Halloween Cocktail

Ingredients You’ll Need (Serves 4)

  • 225 ml Au Vodka
  • 3 drops of black food colouring
  • 250ml pomegranate juice
  • 4 dashes of orange bitters
  • Pomegranate seeds to serve on side (optional)
  • 1 tbsp honey or golden syrup
  • Black sugar or black cake sprinkles

How to make it

  1. Dip your finger into the honey or golden syrup and rub around the rim of 4x martini glasses
  2. Roll the rim through the black sugar or cake sprinkles to coat the rim of each glass
  3. Fill a large cocktail shaker with a big handful of ice cubes and add the vodka, pomegranate juice, orange bitters and drops of food colouring.
  4. Shake well to break ice down and fully combine the cocktail, divide between the four glasses.
  5. Serve – if you dare.

Whatever the occasion, cocktails are always fun and entertaining. Lending a feeling of class and elegance to an otherwise ordinary evening or event. Over the coming weeks and months we will be releasing more great cocktail ideas, make sure to follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook to keep up to date and see the next great recipe we release for your drinking pleasure.

We hope you enjoy this recipe, if you enjoyed this one, please check out our shop!

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