selecting the most exclusive and inaccessible alcoholic drinks, here’s a list of tasty treats suited to any budget. So rather than drowning out the end of the new year, this Christmas can be one to remember.
Not commonly available in supermarkets outside of Australia, you may have to dig a little deeper to unearth this truly delicious rum. Available in three main varieties, I wholeheartedly recommend Bundaberg Silver, which offers a much smoother flavour in comparison to the typical blend on offer in bars. Definitely an acquired taste, once you have had a few glasses of this rich, earthy rum you will have discovered a favourite. Best served in a glass filled to the brim with ice, on top of which you add coke for a lovely golden syrup flavour.
Available in all good supermarkets, Stolichnaya is easy to get hold of and although it’s often more expensive than other big brand vodkas it is certainly worth the extra few pennies. Vodka opens up a world alternatives from cocktails to an alternative to your usual aperitif, so it’s a must have in your Christmas cupboard, allowing you to make delicious winter warmers like the White Russian and blends well for a cheeky alcoholic juice drink. Some people claim they don’t like the taste of vodka, which is usually an indication that they’re buying the wrong thing. The smooth taste of Stolichnaya can easily be enjoyed by itself which is a sign you’re heading in the right direction.
Rich and strong tasting, this uniquely flavoured drink has been formulated with 56 herbs and is ideal as something different for toasting Christmas and New Years. Popular with party-goers, Jager, as it’s commonly known, forms the basis of the Jager Bomb – a sickly sweet but extremely appealing combination of Jagermeister and Red Bull; when mixed together almost all of the heavy herbs seem unnoticeable, transforming into an extremely sweet and not unpleasant mixture.
Now available in a range of flavours – caramel, mint chocolate and coffee – few drinks say luxury like Baileys; it’s the alcoholic drinks equivalent of a big fluffy blanket. Thick, creamy, Bailey’s is like a delicious meal, one that can be enjoyed by itself or with a range of drinks. That is one of the often overlooked aspects of Baileys – the fact that it can be combined with so many other spirits for a new and exciting flavour. The general rule – avoid citrus and fizzy mixers. So long as you stick to that, Bailey’s can be successfully married to a range of spirits including vodka, whiskey, brandy or for the ultimate treat combine it with other liquers such as Kahlua.
This traditional aniseed flavoured Italian liquer is often used to help people unwind and settle after an evening meal. Depending on how it is drunk, you can enjoy a distinctly different range of flavours, but the traditional serving suggestion always involves coffee – either dropping a bean in a shot of Sambuca or using it to flavour your favourite coffee. Sambuca can be enjoyed by itself, but also lends itself to the spectacular; a Small amount of Sambuca gently floated on top of your favourite cocktail can be ignited to fantastic effect, allowing you to enjoy a mixture of shots including the world famous B52.