Holiday Spirit: Boozy Delivery Services for Wine, Gin, Cocktails and More...

Wine Friday? Whisky Wednesday? Cocktail hour? We’ve pulled together some of the tip(sy) top deliveries services and subscription boxes to help you enjoy a very merry Christmas and beyond. They make great gifts too. Chin chin.

We're approaching that time of year when it's hard to distinguish what day of the week it is, (no) thanks to blink-and-you-miss-it daylight hours, that holiday blur and the 2020 special: staying home.

The silver lining? Every day is wine Friday. Or shall we make that whisky Wednesday? Cocktail o'clock? Stockpiling may be a no-no, but these boozy delivery services and subscription boxes are a sure-fire way to keep your cellar/ drinks trolley/ cupboard topped up. At-home hedonism is mere clicks away.

Discover the UK's nine best wine and spirits delivery services

Salcombe Gin

In the natural harbour of the Kingsbridge Estuary, South Devon's pretty town of Salcombe is the so-called "Hamptons of the UK", renowned for stunning views, shipbuilding and sailing. Of course, a drop of mother's ruin usually washes up with maritime heritage. Paying homage to the 19th-century Salcombe Fruiters - ships that carried cargoes of fruits and spices - Salcombe Gin infuses citrus and aromatics in copper stills to create its award-winning Start Point and blushing Rosé Sainte Marie. Bottles and merch are available for delivery, but for a taste par excellence, plan one of its staycation experiences and a lesson at its gin school.

Naked Wines

Support small, independent winemakers with the online-only, crowd-funded Naked Wines. "Angels" (that's you, the customer) donate £20 each month, which goes towards supporting the producers, letting them focus on the quality, not quantity of their grapes. For that, you can order quirky, off-beat labels you won't find elsewhere at wholesale "insider" prices (up to 33 per cent off). It's good plonk for less money and buffs your halo too. Cheers to that.

Hide at Home

For several evenings we've fantasised about clinking caipirinhas on Copacabana Beach or knocking back negronis by the Arno. Thankfully for those living within an 11km radius of Mayfair's Hide restaurant, a decent cocktail is but a few clicks away, even in the depths of a socially distanced winter. As part of the gourmet Hide at Home offering - think: croque monsieur for breakfast, grazing platters, three-course menus - the Hide Below bar has put together a cocktail-delivery service. Our nightcap of choice? Hot spiced gin punch.

Renegade Urban Winery

Breaking the rules, one bottle at a time. So goes the tagline of Renegade, an urban winery and bar tucked in a graffitied arch in east London. Think of it as a craft brewery for wine, putting together experimental hybrids - the bacchus pilsner is a strong order here - as well as spotlighting its makers by printing their faces on the labels. Wine bundles come with a decent discount and UK delivery is free, but if you live within 12km of the store you can get your hands on a (chilled) bottle within the hour.

Mobile Newt

While we can't make it to The Newt in Somerset, we're getting a taste of its bountiful grounds by way of its food delivery service. The fresh sourdough, sustainably homegrown veg and artisan-made pantry items are great, but special mention goes to its offering of Babylonstoren wines and selection of ciders pressed and fermented on-site. Tasting sets and a mulling kit go down very easily, but for the gift that keeps on giving, sign up to the Cyder Club for quarterly discounted delivery and access to special reserves.

Craft Whisky Club

Put down the JD; this niche subscription service brings the world of small-batch whisky to your door. Sign up to the Craft Whisky Club's membership (from £29.95 per month) to receive boxes of one or two full-size, artisanal bottles - upcoming brands include The Lakes in Cumbria and the Scottish lowlands' Kingsbarn Distillery - along with gourmet snack pairings. Home tasting session? It would be rude not to. Gift memberships are also available.

Clos 19

Clos19 is the arbiter of some of the world's finest tipples; it sources rare spirits, vintage champagnes and sniffs out enough premium wine labels to keep oenophiles happy well into 2021. Bookmark these guys for when you start planning cocktail parties of six. Looking for a nailed-it pressie? Check out its Art of Giving page to personalise a bottle.

Wanderlust Wine Club

Specialising in biodynamic, sustainable wines from passionate, under-radar producers across the world, the Wanderlust Wine Club is a three-tier subscription service (from £24 per month) for which you'll wrap your lips around four to 10 bottles every four weeks or so. Wine is sourced direct from the vineyards so producers receive a fair price, while club members can join in free tasting events and talks with the makers. Alternatively, snag a case of its bestsellers to see you through the holidays.

Chapel Down

This Kent winery has made delivery free on all UK orders, so if there was ever a good time to stock up on its award-winning English sparkling, it's now. It's not just vino that these guys produce - order the Chapel Down intro case for a couple of bottles of bacchus, its blushing pinot noir gin, a brut and a Curious Brew lager and cider. Alternatively, shake things up with a cocktail pack.

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