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Christmas Gift Guide 2015

Wondering what to buy for your favourite foodies and discerning drinkers this Christmas? Look no further than our 2015 Christmas gift guide.

For the Gin Lover: Australian Gin

Australian Craft Gin

Gin is in so get behind local craft distillers and choose your favourite for the gin lover in your life. To make it easy, we’ve put together the top 10 Australian craft gins you should be drinking right now.

For the Gourmand: Champagne and Caviar


What says luxury more than champagne and caviar? The Collected Co have put together beautiful gifts for a luxury indulgence with Yasa Caviar and Champagne Perrier-Jouet and Champagne Mumm. They come in luxurious boxes with handmade ribbon for the person who appreciates a taste of luxury. More information is available here.

From $299.00 includes delivery to Sydney metro areas

For an Original Gift: Amfora Artisanal Liquids


For the person who appreciates an original and personalised gift, Amfora offers a range of beautifully presented artisanal spirits, liqueurs, wine, bitters and tonic, oil and vinegar in stylish Italian bottles with a persoanlised message. The liquids come in 100 ml units and prices range form $10 to $300. More information on Amfora Liquids here.

For the Home Bartender: Cocktail Books

Cocktail Books

For the home cocktail creator, not only have we rounded up the best cocktail books, we asked bartenders from around Australia to name their favourites. Here is your guide to the 10 best cocktail books. Your home bartender would love it.

For the Travel Foodie: Anatolia


Not just a cookbook, Anatolia by Somer Sivrioglu of Efendy Restaurant and David Dale will take your taste buds to various civilisations, Arab, Armenian, Assyrian and so forth that have contributed to Turkey’s culinary influence. Part story telling, part cookbook, this book inspired to get in the kitchen as well as travel. More about Anatolia cookbook here.

For the DIY Spirit Aficionado: Archie Rose Tailored Spirits

Archie Rose Tailored Spirits

For the spirit aficionado, Sydney distillery Archie Rose is giving you the chance to create your custom gin, vodka, whisky or rye and have it bottled with a personalised label. More information about how you can make your custom Archie Rose Tailored Spirits here.

From $84.00

For the Health Conscious: Carbs by Numbers Christmas Cookbook

carbs by numbers – low carb recipe options – Christmas

Christmas can be about overindulgence in too much rich food and drink followed by guilt and crash diets. For the health conscious, or as hint to the person preparing Christmas lunch or dinner, Carbs by Numbers, the Christmas edition cookbook has recipes with 15 grams of carbs or less per serve. Think Turkey Breast with Cherry Salsa, Cranberry Nut Roast, Meringue Roulade with Fresh Berries and Cream Cheese Mince Pies. They also have a section on festive drinks. More information is available here.

RRP $19.95 or eBook $7.95

For the Whisky Novice: NAS Single Malt Whisky

nas whisky

The world of single malt whisky can be a little confusing to a beginner. So we’ve put together 5 no age statement whiskies that would suit a novice to get them started  on their whisky journey.

From RRP $60.00

For the Blokey Bloke: Tooheys Cooking Handbook

Tooheys Cooking Handbook

For the blokey bloke in your life, or as a subtle hint to your partner to do more cooking, the Tooheys Cooking Handbook makes a worthy gift. The recipes aren’t for the masterchef in your life but for any mate who’s keen to give it a go.

RRP $39.99

For the Dark Rum Connoisseur: Bundaberg Limited Edition Rum

Bundaberg Limited Edition Rum

Don’t skip to the next paragraph yet. Bundaberg has been producing premium and complex sipping rums for some time, far removed from the first experience you may have had with your first drink.

Bundaberg Master Distillers’ Collective (MDC) Blenders Edition 2015 is a limited edition blend using some of richest and rarest rum reserves finished in port and sherry barrels. Complex, sweet, with a long and smooth finish, the flavour has hints of raisins, vanilla and spice. Sip neat or on the rocks.

RRP $89.99

Bundaberg Master Distillers’ Collective (MDC) Black Barrel – Distilled 2005 is a premium rum that has been aged for 10 years in American White Oak and was finished in small, heavy charred barrels. Rich caramel and sweet raisin notes, along with good length and smoothness makes it a fine sipping rum at Christmas and any special occasion.

RRP $139.99

For the Home Master Blender: Herbie’s Ginspiration Spice Kit

Herbie's Ginspiration Spice Kit

Make your own bespoke gin at home with Herbie’s Ginspiration Spice Kit.The kit comes with the essential botanicals that you need to make your unique gin: juniper berries, coriander seeds, rose petals, orange peel, orris root powder, grains of paradise, cubeb pepper, lavender, fennel, allspice and cinnamon. Just infuse your choice of spices in vodka for up to 3 days and you have a unique gin to keep or give as a personalised gift.

RRP $65.00

For the Collector: ABSOLUT Electrik

Absolut Electrik

ABSOLUT Vodka is known for releasing a yearly limited edition before Christmas. Remember the studded rock bottle? This year they have released ABSOLUT Electrik, two shimmering bottles in reflective electric blue and silver. Hold them up to the light, and you can see through them. They’re a lot prettier than this photo.

RRP of $37.99

About the author

Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is a drinks writer, author of GROW YOUR OWN COCKTAIL GARDEN, SHRUBS & BOTANICAL SODAS and founder/editor of Gourmantic, Cocktails & Bars and The Gourmantic Garden. She has been writing extensively about spirits, cocktails, bars and cocktail gardening in more recent years. She is a spirits and cocktail competition judge, Icons of Whisky Australia nominee, contributor to Diageo Bar Academy, cocktail developer and is named in Australian Bartender Magazine's Top 100 Most Influential List. Her cocktail garden was featured on ABC TV’s Gardening Australia and has won several awards. She is a contributor to Real World Gardener radio program and is featured in several publications including Pip Magazine, Organic Gardener, Australian Bartender and Breathe (UK). Read the full bio here.