Shaken is the delivery service which brings cocktails to your door every month. All you have to do is combine the ingredients, give them a shake (or stir) and volia - four tasty drinks. But Christmas is a time for giving, so instead of singing yourself up you can now send them to your friends, either starting them off with a once-off cocktail box or thinking long-term, from anywhere between three and 12 months. Absolutely perfect for anyone who likes to experiment and loves a tipple. What's more Shaken are generously offering DrinkUp.London readers 10% off a gift subscription! See here for details.
Beer52 is a craft beer discovery club that sends you a deliciously different selection of craft beers per month. They essentially share their favourite beers from around the planet and the boxes are a great way to fuel someone's passion for flavour and to teach them a little bit about what's in their glass along the way. It's the ultimate subscription for the beer lover in your life and comes with the insightful Ferment magazine. The awesome team have also taken £5 off the first box for us, which you can access using the exclusive DrinkUp.London code LBW5. See here for details.
Clockwise from top left: Beer52 beer box, WineTubMap Social Kit, Sharp & Dapper, Shaken cocktails.
WineTubeMap Social Kit
The WineTubeMap Social includes everything you need to create a seriously fun wine party that will bring people together - whatever the occasion. Based on the original WineTubeMap, a brilliant information graphic which lets you explore wine varities according to your own preferences, the kit takes things to the next level for an interactive tasting. It's perfect for parties at home, weekends away and get-togethers for businesses and organisations.
Stations include tasty treats, sensory tricks and delicious wines as well as all the wine kit you need to have a stress free party. Every kit comes with a personalised video link so the party is tailored to you. It's avaliable in two sizes of kit, small for 8 – 12 people and large for 16 – 24 people. And now the wonderful team at WineTubeMap Social are offering DrinkUp readers 10% off the kit. Simply redeem with the code 'Drinkup10' for 10% off the WineTubeMap Social kits until 21/01/15. See more information here and book here.
Sharp & Dapper
From shirt stays to socks, pocket square and ties, Sharp & Dapper will keep you looking slick for any occasion, be it cocktail hour or a wedding. As a Christmas gift to DrinkUp readers Sharp & Dapper are offering 10% off their stock. Simply enter the code DrinkUp when you pay.
Books We've Loved This Year
Wine Folly - 'Life is too short to drink bad wine' - the opening anonymous quote of this book is something we whole heartedly agree with, and having gained global popularity with the award winning U.S. blog of the same name, Wine Folly has now released a fantastic book to help you avoid doing just that.
Experimental Cocktail Club is the type of book which feels beautiful in your hands. Before you've even turned to the first page, its crisp dust jacket, with its elegant silver cocktail drawings, speaks volumes about the dedication to details to be discovered within.
The Periodic Table of Cocktails is a playful cocktail book with some 106 drink recipes to make at home, from the most classic of cocktails to modern bar serves, which many readers will never have stumbled across. Until now, of course.
Readers of Good Things to Drink with Mr Lyan and Friends will discover plentiful innovative and exciting cocktails which can be made at home. The beautiful book charts through every type of drink; refreshing tipples to winter warmers with plenty of Mr Lyan-style intriguing combinations.
Ever fancied the chance to create your own personalised whisky, vodka, rum or champagne bottle? Well, now you can, thanks to the Whisky Exchange's new bottle-engraving service. They have a wide range of products that you can tailor with your own message or greeting, from whisky bottles to other spirits or champagnes. It's really easy, too – just type in the message that you wish to have engraved on your chosen whisky, spirit or champagne, and they'll take care of the rest. But be quick with these, place an order by the 17th and you'll have it in time for Christmas. See details here.