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CHEERS!

Spirit of Christmas
The best artisanal alcohol to warm those cold winter evenings
words by JA M E S G IL L

photography by W IL L IR E L AN D
W H AT I T ME A N S

CELIA DARK
GLUTEN FREE LAGER

'Artisanal' doesn't
mean ironic beards
and east London -
it's about creating a
high-quality product
using traditional
methods

THOMSON & SCOTT
SKINNY PROSECCO

Bavarian malt and
Saaz hops make for a
sumptuous one-two.
£2.49, ocado.com

'OMG! Skinny
prosecco! Totes
amaze!' And so
on. £38.99 for six,
thomsonandscott.com

GAIN OF T HRONES

Mead, like honey
wine, possibly the
oldest artisanal drink
of all, has achieved
new popularity.
Thanks to Game Of
Thrones, sales have
surged

BREWDOG PUNK IPA

Brewdog's way of
tipping the hat to oldschool and similarly
full-flavoured IPAs.
£1.80, brewdog.com

HOLLOWS & FENTIMANS
GINGER BEER

WHITSTABLE BAY
ORGANIC ALE

Surprisingly smooth for
a ginger beer. Oh, and it's
alcoholic, so back off, kids.
£1.69, fentimans.com

Enjoyed ice-cold in a
cosy lounge; a buttery
and rich ale. £15 (for 8),
shepherdneame.co.uk

FAIR QUINOA VODKA

Yes, really. This is a
thing. What's more,
the quinoa is grown
in volcanic soil. Of
course it is. £33,
fair-drinks.com

THE KRAKEN RUM

Admit it - you like
the bottle. You'll also
like the nutty, coffee
and vanilla hit
you'll get. £32.86,
amazon.co.uk
DELICATE
FLAVOURS

CORTE VETUSTO
MEZCAL ENSAMBLE

Cooked in a conical
earthen oven for extra
artisanal flair. £99,
cortevetusto.com

MARY-LE-BONE
LONDON DRY GIN

WYLD WOOD
ORGANIC

Rich and wellbalanced; an ideal
thirst-quencher.
£21.20 (for 12),
westons-cider.co.uk

December 2017 BA LA N CE

Made in the heart
of London. £57.99,
selfridges.com
POTHECARY GIN

Copper pot distilled with
five organic botanicals
from around the globe.
£41.95, 31dover.com

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http://www.ocado.com http://www.thomsonandscott.com http://www.brewdog.com http://www.fentimans.com http://shepherdneame.co.uk http://www.fair-drinks.com http://amazon.co.uk http://www.selfridges.com http://www.cortevetusto.com http://westons-cider.co.uk http://www.31dover.com

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