The Shout Magazine (New Zealand)

The Shout NZ’s Christmas Gift Guide!

Looking for the perfect presents this festive season? Here are our top picks.

Batched Cocktails Gift Set

Batched Cocktails has launched a Cocktail Gift Set that will be on everyone’s Christmas wish list. The set contains a premium cocktail shaker and two of Batched’s best-selling ready-made cocktails, Espresso Martini and Strawberry & Rhubarb Gin Sour. The Espresso Martini is cold brewed with fair trade coffee beans and is a rich and indulgent treat that is smooth and sweet with a hint of chocolate. The delicious Strawberry & Rhubarb Gin Sour is a fruity twist on a classic. Simply shake and pour for a bar quality cocktail at home.

RRP $99.00
Contact: (09) 975 7432

Aotea by the Seifried Family Nelson Sauvignon Blanc 2022

Given 94 Points by Cameron Douglas MS, there’s no mistaking the burst of passionfruit then citrus, with a layer of fresh basil then mineral on the bouquet. Delicious on the palate, fresh and intense, fruity and herbaceous with flavours that mirror the bouquet. Acidity is intense pushing the citrus flavours and fresh herb qualities. A great summer  wine with best drinking from 2022 through 2025.

RRP $39.00
Contact: (03) 544 5599

Lunatic & Lover Certified Organic Rum

From the Auckland-based Lunatic & Lover Distillery comes this Certified Organic rum. Batch-distilled in a copper pot and made from just three simple ingredients – molasses, yeast and water – and completely unaged, sweetened or filtered, this is rum in its purest form. However, this purity shouldn’t be confused with blandness; this is a rum with plenty to say for itself! On the nose, it’s bold with big notes of red fruit and creamy custard, following up with a rich and surprisingly complex palette. The result is rum that mixes exceptionally well and is a perfect addition for those looking to add an extra dimension to their cocktail game.

RRP $85.00
Contact: (021) 225 5423 

Maude Central Otago Sauvignon Blanc 2022

Awarded 94 Points by Master Sommelier Cameron Douglas, he said this wine is a delight. Pure, ripe, cool climate bouquet of grapefruit and summer hay, lemon and gooseberry, mineral, some citrus blossom and some white-fleshed stone fruit moments. On the palate, there’s a lovely sense of place with the voice of minerality speaking first then white fruits and citrus along with a touch of gooseberry speaking second. High acidity, perhaps a touch of spice, a noticeable saline note adding softness to the finish. Delicious, new and fresh for the summer season.   

RRP $28.00
Contact: (03) 443 2959

Finery Cocktails

New Zealand’s cleanest low- and no-alcohol premium ready-to-drink options, free from added sugar, sweeteners and preservatives, make Finery your Summer Spritz option – with or without the alcohol. Finery blends are subtle, delicious and a little bit fancy with the most unique flavour combinations, carefully crafted to balance each ingredient, delivering you a light, refreshing and uplifting liquid experience. With 10 new medals and a finalist for Beverage at the NZ Food Awards, Finery brings cheer to everybody’s Christmas.

RRP $14.99 (0% ABV) and $15.99 (5% ABV)
Contact: (021) 752 356 

Lyre’s Ultimate Margarita Set

For those looking for a delicious non-alcoholic spirit this party season, the Lyre’s Ultimate Margarita Set is your go-to. The set contains: Agave Blanco Spirit – rich and full character, with expressions of citrus and roasted agave giving way to a pleasantly peppery finish, Agave Reserva Spirit – round and generous on the palate with classic notes of lemon, roasted agave and peppery spice, and Orange Sec – fresh, sweet orange, wonderful aromatics and a generous soft finish.

RRP $164.96

Archie Rose Tailored Gin

By uniquely distilling every botanical individually, Archie Rose tailors your gin a single bottle at a time. Just pick your favourite botanicals, set their strength and they will ship your creation straight to you, complete with a custom label and personalised messaging on the front and slide.

RRP $119

Luigi Bormioli Talismano Martini Glasses (set of four)

One of Luigi Bormioli’s newest glass ranges, these are as light-as-a-feather in the hand and offer pure elegance and impressive functionality. Showcasing a slender stem, a flat base bowl with perfect rim and sparkling clarity, they make an excellent style for those looking to make a statement.

RRP $99.99
Contact: (0800) 238 566

Originally published in the November issue of The Shout NZ. Read the full issue below.

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