With so many new drinks, cocktails and wines to choose from, it can get tiring to pick the best spirit for everyone this Diwali. That is why we’ve done all the hard work so you can just sit back and decide which of these boozy Diwali gifts you want to add to your celebrations this season. Here they are:
1 – Perch Wine and Coffee Set
Perch has thought of everything when it comes to a fabulous Diwali party. Card games? Check. Snacks? Check. Wine? Check. Their Wine & Dine Diwali box retails for INR 5500 and contains a bottle of Jacob’s Creek Double Barrel Matured Shiraz, Montasio cheese, Zarai cheese and Parmesan from Darima Farms, choice of Brunost / Belper Knolle from Eleftheria Cheese. You also get Perch’s in-house sweet and savory snacks like Violet Mustard, Fig & Thyme Spread, Candied Chili Walnuts, Smoked Nuts, Green & Black Marinated Olives, Citrus Marmalade, Pear & Vanilla Jam, Port Wine Marinated Mejdool Dates and Apple & Cinnamon Chips. Call +91 93213 75915 if you’re in Mumbai to place your order.
2 – Glenmorangie A Tale of Cake
Glenmorangie new single malt A Tale of Cake, as the name suggests, tastes like cake. Before you get the urge to throw up in your mouth, allow us to convince you why you need to try this one. This single malt draws inspiration from the brand’s director of distilling and whisky creation, Bill Lumsden. His fondest memories involve cake—be it baking with his grandmother as a young boy, or the upside-down pineapple cake his daughter would make for his birthday. It tasted particularly good with real cake, which let’s face it, is going to be around you this Diwali one way or another. It’s definitely worth trying this limited-edition single malt before you make up your mind about it.
3 – Jägermeister Limited Edition Bottle
In order to support nightlife communities worldwide, Jägermeister is continuing its #SAVETHENIGHT initiative, which is backed by superstar Post Malone. As part of the initiative, which is a symbol for switching the lights of nightlife back on, the brand has launched a new Limited Edition Bottle in selected markets including India. The dark bottle symbolises the shutting of nightlife worldwide but as soon as it reaches minus 18 degrees, the design, logo and colour of the bottle begins to change, thanks to the thermochromic effect. If this isn’t a party stopper this Diwali, we don’t know what is.
4 – Rāsā Cabernet Sauvignon
Sula recently introduced the improved version of Rāsā Cabernet Sauvignon and dressed it up with a modernist packaging. The wine has been aged in French oak barrels for over a year and then further matured in the bottle before release. This imparts intense dark berry flavours and a powerful mouthfeel, with a long, satisfying finish to the wine, making it one of the most preferred choices when it comes to red wine this Diwali season.
5 – Wild Turkey 81
Iconic American bourbon brand Wild Turkey has launched in India with the Wild Turkey 81. An amber-bronze hue, Wild Turkey 81 starts with a fragrant aroma of honey and caramel and kicks off on the palate with the trademark Wild Turkey sweetness, then transforms in notes of maple and vanilla, finishing with a sharp, toasty finish. The whiskey is available at select retailers in India at an MRP of INR 2623* per 750 mL bottle. *Price varies by state. There can be no better gift for your bourbon loving friend than this.
6 – Absolut Grapefruit
Flavoured vodkas seem to be a trend and Absolut Grapefruit rules it at the moment with its bittersweet taste profile that can be used to make some truly innovative cocktails, or you can take the easy way out and just mix it with your tonic water of choice. Regardless of how you choose to drink it, Absolut Grapefruit is a treat to enjoy.
7 – In A Can Cocktails
Sure, cocktail premixes ruled the lockdown but you know what’s truly revolutionary? It’s trying cocktails that you can drink straight out of a can. Of course, no one should do that unless they aren’t big on ice but you get the point, right? In A Can’s range of cocktails include drinks like LIIT, Vodka Mule, Rum Latte, Whiskey Collins and Gin and Tonic. No matter your spirit of choice, you can enjoy it simply by pouring it with In A Can’s range of cocktails.
8 – Moët Hennessy and Svami Combos
A great way to add some punch to your festive gathering or even your virtual Diwali party is with these first of its kind limited-edition craft mixers by Svami paired with spirits from the Moët Hennessy portfolio such as Glenmorangie, Hennessy Very Special and Belvedere Vodka. Simply select your spirit of choice, or collect all three for the big Diwali party, and watch everyone’s jaws drop in appreciation of your gift of choice.
9 – Jerry’s Cocktails
Jerry’s Cocktails have some of the biggest names from the bartending industry behind them, making it a formidable force to reckon with. That’s until you try their range of bottled cocktails, which are formidable in their own special way. Be it their Old Fashioned or Espresso Martini or our favourite Midday Negroni, Jerry’s Cocktails should be your go-to choice if you want a fuss-free home bartending party that also manages to delight everyone with your choice.
10 – Perry Road Peru
Our last recommendation is something that caught the fancy of everyone during the last lockdown and has made its second appearance just a few days ago. Perry Road Peru, the limited-edition collab between The Bombay Canteen and Stranger & Sons gin is back for another round, just in time for Diwali. Made with perus and with its signature chilli-salt kick, this is one bottle we are definitely going to stock up on.
Which one of these are you most excited about gifting? Let us know in the comments below.
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Priyanko Sarkar is the Founder Editor of Gurgl.in. He has been a writer for over 15 years and this site is his attempt to document India's growing beverage sector with impactful and interesting stories. His favourite drink is Vietnamese Coffee and his favourite spirit is Turkish Raki.