Do not let this balmy October fool you: The holidays are drawing near. And in the spirit of planning ahead, now is as good a time as any to prep for the glorious 24 days (or 12 days) of December drinking that an alcohol advent calendar can bestow upon you—or someone you like, as a spirited (sorry) gift. Every day, a surprise. Every day, a reason to knock off work early and make the long leap from couch to kitchen, where some untasted beverage from some exotic locale awaits. And you thought children would be the only ones able to conjure up holiday wonderment this year.
From whiskey to wine to beer, there are a handful of booze-laden advent calendars to end 2020 in high spirits (sorry). And if high spirits are wildly outside the realm of possibility for your end of year, then at least you can aim for middling-to-moderate spirits when there’s an alcohol advent calendar ticking down the days to Christmas nearby. To get one, you can drop by an Aldi after November 4 to take your pick of beer, wine, and, ho boy, hard seltzer advent calendars. You can also buy one of the following 11 options online in the States. Should you crack yours open early—for instance, next week—we certainly won’t blame you.
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For Whisky Drinkers
Whiskies of the World Advent Calendar
Flaviar, a spirits subscription club that is quite fantastic, has a Whiskies of the World advent calendar available to order. Pretty self-explanatory stuff. Just sign up and get 24 days of whisky from around the world. Each vial comes with a piece of artwork and notes on tasting, to culture yourself as you imbibe.
Another for Whisky Drinkers
The Whisky Advent Calendar
This advent calendar likewise gives you a 24-day whisky tour of the world, and what better world tour could there be? Offerings include Swedish single malt, Tennessee bourbon, and 18-year-old scotch.
And a Third for Whisky Drinkers
Malt Teasers Whisky Advent Calendar
This whisky advent is more of a gamble. Though it promises a variety of whiskies, it won’t divulge exactly which distilleries or what expressions you’ll open up each day of December. The surprise will undoubtedly be nice, though.
And Now One for American Whiskey Drinkers
The Bourbon and American Whiskey Advent Calendar
Finally, a nod to the States alone. Another advent calendar from Drinks by the Dram, this one highlights 24 days of America’s best distilleries (including but not limited to WhistlePig, Michter’s, and Woodford Reserve). Lord knows there’s more than 24 of them.
For Rum Drinkers
24 Days of Rum Advent Calendar
Rum unfairly gets lumped in with “summer drinking,” but there’s no reason at all it shouldn’t be enjoyed in December. This collection of bottles spans continents (and yes, it’ll ship to America).
For Gin Drinkers
The Gin Advent Calendar
This box has a vast range of flavor profiles and botanicals hidden behind its doors. It’s also the last spirits advent calendar from Drinks by the Dram we’ll call out here, though there are plenty more.
For Wine Drinkers
12 Nights of Wine
Liquor isn’t for everyone, but wine certainly is. Vinebox counts down 12 days to Christmas with single-glass vials of special reds and whites meant for wintertime drinking.
For Wine (Bottle) Drinkers
12-Day Wine Advent Calendar
If vials of wine seem quaint, commit to full bottles. This collection ensures a 12-day stretch of continual serenity, with an assist from wines of all varietals—moscato and pinot, chardonnay and cab sav.
For Beer Drinkers
Beer Advent Calendar
For craft beer aficionados, an advent calendar stuffed with 12 excellent cans—including selections from Founder’s, Ballast Point, and Elysian—is gift enough.
For Hard Seltzer Drinkers
Hard Seltzer Advent Calendar
The, er, classiest of advent calendars you’ll find this year invites you to crack open spiked seltzers 12 days in a row. Ain’t no laws, et cetera, et cetera.
A DIY Advent Calendar
Advent Calendar Box
When all else fails, stock up on mini bottles of whatever booze you’d like and fill this empty advent calendar with them. Maybe even swap a few days of alcohol with beer nuts, bitters, and other things that make drinking fun.
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