With Christmas and New Year’s celebrations in full-swing, the need for a good tipple, or even a place to enjoy a glass or two, has never been calling out to us more.
Here, we offer some boozy gift ideas for that house party you’re heading to, as well as several venues oozing with festive vibes where you can bring the crew to this holiday season.
Asahi Super Dry Nama Jokki
Imagine the quick peak and clean finish you get from your usual Asahi Super Dry from the can, combined with the pep and vibrancy you get when enjoying it from the tap. That’s what the newly introduced Asahi Super Dry Nama Jokki is like, thanks to the creamy foam that naturally forms when you pour it from the can into your mug. Find it at all Fairprice outlets starting December 21.
Cloudy Bay 2023 releases
The famed New Zealand winery’s 2023 releases – the Sauvignon Blanc 2023 and the Te Koko 2021 – are upon us. The former boasts of fresh stone fruits and zestiness carried by a tropical undertone, while the latter noses of honeyed peach and toasted nuts layered with a saline minerality we won’t soon forget. Find them at Cold Storage outlets and retailer The Oaks Cellars.
Highland coastal distillery Glenglassaugh has transformed itself, offering a rejuvenated portfolio and a fresh design direction that reflects its coastal style. From its flagship 12 Year Old Single Malt embodying this change, to the new Glenglassaugh Sandend and Glenglassaugh Portsoy – named after Sandend Bay and Portsoy village respectively – bottlings, its distinctive Highland coastal malt character has never been more pronounced. Find them at bars, restaurants and online retailers such as Malts, Side Door and Shopee.
Monkey Shoulder mystery box
Just for this festive season (till Jan 3, 2024), fun-loving whisky brand Monkey Shoulder is offering a free gift with every purchase of a bottle of their blended malt. In each ‘Shuffle & Shake’ cocktail mystery box contains a mystery mix of cheeky games, funky party decor, buzzing music, and ingredients for an unconventional cocktail curated by them. Available at Great World City CS Fresh, Tanglin Mall CS Fresh and Compass One Cold Storage outlets.
Penfolds Venture Beyond 2023
Surprise your guests with bottles of everyone’s favourite Aussie wine brand, but wrapped in unique designs reflecting its new deep-sea exploration inspired global theme, ‘Venture Beyond 2023’. From thematic gift boxes to personalised festive packaging, find it all at Paragon Shopping Centre, Level 1 Atrium where an experiential Penfolds pop-up awaits (till Dec 27).
Places to go
Art di Daniele Sperindio
Few places offer cuisine, views, and drink in as equal splendour as one Michelin-starred Art di Daniele Sperindio. Whether you’re looking to live it up for Christmas or the New Year’s, special course menus featuring premium ingredients like giant diver scallops, Alaskan king crab and more await. A must-have (whether having there or to bring home) is their homemade Panettone Stellato, available in classic or chocolate versions, and is possibly the best panettone in town.
GOHO Kaiseki & Cocktail Bar
You can trust the folks at GOHO to deliver a good time, every time. Their festive kaisekis – there are three tiers to choose from – are a real treat, with items like soy chawanmushi, binchotan gyutan, lobster donabe, foie gras mont blanc and more to enjoy. A new Kaiseki-inspired cocktail programme also just launched, that’s perfect to go with the tantalising dishes in the courses.
Oscar’s at Conrad Centennial Singapore
For a massive festive buffet feast, look no further than centrally located Oscar’s. From the semi-open kitchen to the mobile mulled wine cart and live carving stations, there’s lots for the eyes to feast on while the belly gets its fill too. Make a beeline for the Herb Butter Grilled Lobsters and the Salmon and Otak-Otak Wellington before you fill up on other perennial favourites.
Two Michelin-starred Saint Pierre is dishing out the festive cheer whether you’re dining-in or feasting at home. The limited-time Maison Collery Champagne (featuring an all Grand Crus range) lunch pairing is a must. The Brittany Blue Lobster complemented with the Brut is simply sublime. Or have the Blanc de Blanc with the Oscietra Caviar dish for a match made in heaven. If staying home, check out their ‘Room Service’ offerings for a Saint Pierre experience in the comfort of your own abode.