Best alcohol advent calendars 2023
From high-end whiskies to exclusive craft beers, the countdown to Christmas has never been more fun. Here are our best boozy advent calendars to buy this year
The beauty of a boozy alcohol advent calendar (aside from the obvious) is that it’s a great way to try lots of different drinks without having to commit to the expense of larger bottles. We’ve got all bases covered here – from flavoured G&Ts to Japanese whiskies and craft ciders, so get sampling! Check out more advent calendars to buy for all food and drink lovers on the olive shop.
Best alcohol advent calendars to buy 2023
The Perfect Measure Whisky Advent Calendar: 25 Whiskies of the World
- Available from The Whisky Exchange (£145)
A globetrotting gallop across the whisky world, featuring 25 drams that encompass a wide range of styles, regions and flavour profiles, from spicy ryes and smooth bourbons to classic single malts.
The Whisky Exchange (£145)
Craft Gin Advent Calendar
- Available from Craft Gin Club (£94.95)
Craft Gin Club's new calendar features 25 double measure servings, including seven new or exclusive spirits. Tempting flavours include Cornish mince pie gin, Sicilian lemon and ginger gin, and clove and orange gin.
Craft Gin Club (£94.95)
Beavertown Craft Beer Advent Calendar
- Available from Beavertown (£69)
Go on a journey of beer discovery with this advent calendar offering from Beavertown. Inside the colourful calendar you'll find 24 different beers – a mix of fan favourites, core-range brews and new festive beers. Collectible glass and Christmas tree decoration included.
Laithwaites Wine Advent Calendar
- Available from Laithwaites (£99.99)
We were impressed with the value for money that this calendar offers, with 23 different 187ml bottles, plus a full bottle of prosecco to open up on Christmas Eve. What’s not to love? This calendar offers a mix of reds and whites, but there are options for all-reds and all-whites. There's also a fine wine advent calendar (£150), which contains 24 extra-special wines.
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society 12 Drams of Christmas
- Available from The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (£149)
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society is celebrating its 40th birthday with this advent calendar, featuring 12 generous 50ml bottles of cask-strength single malt scotch whisky. Interestingly, the SMWS has kept the names of the distilleries featured a secret, so drinkers can focus on the flavour of each whisky – names for samples include the likes of Fruitcake Earthquake, Rum Raisins and Stealthy Peat Ninja.
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£199 gets you a calendar and year-long membership to the SMWS, which gives you access to different rare whiskies each month, tasting events, discounts in partner bars, and more.
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (£149)
Fever-Tree, The Ultimate Gin & Tonic Advent Calendar
Posh tonic water experts Fever Tree have supplied everything you need for a G&T-fuelled December, with 12 x 50mls of craft gin and 12 cans of Fever-Tree tonic and mixers (from classic Mediterranean to festive clementine).
The Craft Cider Advent Calendar
- Available from Crafty Nectar (£93)
24 bottles from some of the UK’s best artisan cider producers, including the likes of Tom Oliver and Pilton. Expect nothing but 100% apple juice ciders (a sign of a quality product), plus a cider tasting guide.
Crafty Nectar (£93)
The Perfect Measure Spirits Advent Calendar: 25 Spirits for 25 Days
- Available from The Whisky Exchange (£145)
This next-level advent calendar from the renowned spirits emporium features 24 different fine spirits and liqueurs – from whisky to rum and calvados – plus a special bottle for Christmas Day, with plenty of lesser-known choices and exclusive bottlings. One for the spirits nerd in your life.
The Whisky Exchange (£145)
That Boutique-y Gin Company Advent Calendar
- Available from olive shop (£59.95)
If you're a gin lover in search of wacky and innovative flavours then this is the calendar for you. This collaboration between That Boutique-y Gin Company and Drinks by the Dram features 24 x 30ml wax-sealed drams of an eclectic array of gins – we're talking everything from smoked rosemary to cherry-flavoured spirits.
olive shop (£59.95)
Brixton Wine Club Advent Calendar
- Available from Brixton Wine Club (£130)
Canned wines are having a moment. Eco-friendly (they generate less carbon than glass bottles) and perfect for when you only want a glass or two and don't want to open a whole bottle, the quality and availability have improved in the last few years. This recyclable calendar is a perfect showcase. Featuring fizz, natural wines, off-beat grape varieties and more, plus tasting notes, it's a great option for the more trend-conscious wine drinker.
Brixton Wine Club (£130)
Naked Wines Interactive Wine Calendar
- Available from Naked Wines (£99.99)
Naked Wines' first advent calendar is cleverly designed. The 24 different wines from indie winemakers come in 100ml tasting samples, all compactly packaged in a lightweight recyclable box. Less bulky than other advent calendars, it's a good choice if you're posting as a gift or if you're short on space at home. The calendar comes with tasting notes for the wines, a Christmas video message from each winemaker and a QR code that takes you to more wine-related content. Perfect for wine aficionados who like to deep-dive into what they're drinking.
Naked Wines (£89.99)
Japanese Whisky Advent Calendar
- Available from Master of Malt (£249.95)
Japanese whiskies are rightly held in high esteem and this luxe calendar would make a special treat for a dedicated whisky connoisseur. You’ll find 24 different wax-sealed drams from some of the country’s best producers, including Yamazaki, Nikka, Hibiki and more, covering a variety of styles and expressions.
Master of Malt (£249.95)
Fortnum & Mason Spirits & Liqueurs Advent Calendar
- Available from Fortnum & Mason (£225)
This showstopping calendar features 25 different spirits and liqueurs from British producers, with a wealth of interesting creations including chocolate chestnut liqueur, English barley vodka and honey and violet gin.
Fortnum & Mason (£225)
24 Days of Rum Advent Calendar
- Available from Amazon (£59.99)
We often think of rum as a spirit just for cocktails but the best ones are designed to be sipped and savoured like you would a fine wine or whisky. This calendar offers premium rums from an impressive 24 different countries, ranging from traditional rum producers like Jamaica, Trinidad and Martinique to more unusual locations such as Scotland and Australia. You'll also find a range of different styles, from aged dark rums to white, rhum agricole, arrack and cachaça. All of this comes with tasting notes and two glasses for sipping.
Nio 12-Day Advent Cocktail Box
- Available from Nio Cocktails (£135)
This crowd-pleasing calendar contains 24 of Nio's excellent pre-made cocktails and accompanying garnishes. Expect plenty of classics, from margaritas to manhattans, as well lesser-known cocktails – cuban negroni, anyone?
Nio Cocktails (£135)
Port Advent Calendar
- Available from Vintage Wine & Port (£89)
Port and Christmas are natural bedfellows and this is a great showcase for Douro Valley port producer Quevedo, with 24 x 50ml bottles of their best offerings, including tawny, white, ruby and late bottled vintage varieties.
Vintage Wine & Port (£89)
Sandford Orchards Cider Advent Calendar
- Available from Sandford Orchards (£75)
The Devon cider maker has launched an advent calendar featuring 24 bottles and cans of their acclaimed ciders, including one of our favourites, The General, a rich, fruity affair perfect for winter drinking.
Sandford Orchards (£75)
A Whisky Tour of Scotland Advent Calendar
- Available from Amazon (£189.46)
If you'd like to explore Scotch whisky in depth then this sumptuous calendar is for you. Containing 24 rare and aged single cask and blended whiskies from across Scotland's five whisky-producing regions, all packaged in a beautiful handmade wooden cabinet.