Diwali kick starts the season of festivities in India and it’s also that time of the year when most people either stroll through shopping malls or browse through endless online portals and apps in search of the perfect gift for the loved ones. Well, worry not! Drinks & Destinations has compiled a few unique gift ideas that are apt for a special friend, family member or boss who’s also a drinks enthusiast like us.
Limited Edition Sparkles
What better way to tell someone ‘you are special’ than actually presenting him or her with a bottle of a limited edition sparkling wine this festive season! Well, thankfully Indian wine companies have started introducing special packaging for special occasions and we have many choices.
This year Chandon India introduced two limited edition variants of the Chandon Brut sparkling wine designed by the famous Bollywood fashion designer Manish Malhotra. While the traditional Indian attires ‘saree’ and ‘sherwani’ inspire the designs, the motifs also have reflections of the gardens of Versailles, France. These bottles are priced at Rs 1450 and only available in the market until January 2018. That certainly makes it a very special gift. The limited edition bottles are available in leading wine boutiques, hotels and restaurants in Mumbai, Delhi, Gurgaon, Bengaluru, Pune and select cities in Rajasthan.
Zampa Soiree Brut and Brut Rose, Magnifique from Grover Zampa’s portfolio are celebration packs priced at Rs 1300 and Rs 1400. Only 8000 bottles of this limited edition festive pack were released in Dec last year and if you are lucky you will still find these bottles in the market in Mumbai, New Delhi, and Bangalore. Knowing Grover Zampa’s special affiliation to art collections and designs, these bottles would certainly impress an art connoisseur.
The Sula Sparkling Brut makes for a good Diwali gifting option at Rs 1050 price point in Maharashtra. The bottles are also available in almost every metro cities.
The ‘Tonic’ To your Gin
East Imperial Tonic waters are one of the finest imports to the country this year. It’s a perfect gift for a G & T lover who believes that his/her G & T is as good as the tonic water in it. Imported from New Zealand by Delhi based MSS TradeMart Pvt Ltd, East Imperial products are made using only the purest ingredients sustainably sourced from Asia and East Africa, home of the original tonic water. These are also all naturally produced and have no ingredients with artificial flavours, sweeteners or preservatives. It has only 30 calories per serve. The Old World Tonic Water, Burma Tonic Water, Yuzu Tonic Water, Thai Ginger, Ginger Beer, Grape Fruit each bottle has a unique flavour profile which can make each drink a special one. Create a gift box of the 6 East Imperial tonic water bottles and it would be the best Rs. 700 you would have ever spent on a Diwali gift.
Price: Rs 120 per bottle
Where to find: Mumbai, Delhi Check out http://www.eastimperial.com
Bar Kit from BARX.co
A copper plated bar kit from Barx.co makes for a unique, stylish and premium gift option for someone who enjoys mixing a few cocktails in style. Perfect for a home bar, the kit comes with a cocktail shaker (3 pieces), slim jigger, Trident bar spoon, Hawthorne Strainer. It’s made in Taiwan and the stainless steel with copper plating on it looks certainly festive ready.
Priced at Rs.9000
Royal Salute 21 Regent’s Banquet Limited edition gift pack
A 21 yo scotch makes for a perfect gift for a scotch lover but when it’s a limited edition Royal Salute pack, you have just become his/her favourite. Royal Salute, the blended scotch whisky which is named after the traditional 21-gun salute, was conceived in 1953 to celebrate the coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has always been a favourite among the royals. As the company celebrated 200 years of commemoration with the lavish Regent’s Banquet of 1817, they collaborated with British designer Angela Groundwater to design this special edition that looks every bit royal.
Price: Around Rs 12,000
Where to find: Duty-free or boutique retail stores in Mumbai, New Delhi
Gift of ‘Coravin’ for the Wine Collector
This is a boon for the wine buffs. Coravin is a perfect gift for that wine collector or connoisseur who likes to indulge in expensive wines every now and then at home. It is also perfect for that special restaurateur friend of yours who manages a big wine list at a fancy bar or restaurant. This special system, Coravin allows access to wine from a bottle – without pulling the cork. The technology means that the remaining wine is left in the bottle unspoiled for months or years to come. And, you can drink one glass at a time without even removing the foil from top of the bottle. The system imported and marketed by Brindco Private Ltd. in India comes with many variants. This is one gift that’s definitely worth your investment.
Price: Starting Rs 21000