Soft drinks and Christ­mas spir­its

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Set up a bar with spir­its – gin is a must, of course, as is a brown spirit, and whisky re­ally suits the colder weather. You’ll need soft­ies that dou­ble up as mix­ers, so stock up on in­ter­est­ing so­das and ton­ics, and this year why not of­fer an al­co­hol-free spirit, too? All you need is here – add the tonic of your choice. Franklin & Sons Fra­grant Guava and Per­sian LimeIn­fused Soda This new range of in­fused so­das is non-al­co­holic, well-bal­anced and not too sweet or con­fected. Sip this vi­va­cious tangy one neat, or use to top up spir­its. Tesco, £1.10 for 275ml

Bor­rago #47 Paloma Blend, Wan­tage, Eng­land A grown-up non-al­co­holic drink, in­tense with zest, spice and pep­per flavours from six steam-dis­tilled botan­i­cals. Top up with tonic and a cit­rus slice, just like a G&T. mas­terof­malt.com, £19.99 for 50cl

Fyr Gin, Bri­tain Ma­jes­tic’s own gin has a Nordic in­flu­ence, with Nor­we­gian spruce one of the botan­i­cals. Pine-ju­niper aroma and flavour is to the fore with a fresh, some­what herby style. Ma­jes­tic, £33 for 70cl or £29.70 in a mixed six

Cotswolds Sin­gle Malt Whisky, War­wick­shire, Eng­land

From the mak­ers of Cotswolds gin, a de­light­ful sin­gle malt with ap­peal­ing smooth­ness and lay­ers of flavour, in­clud­ing heather honey and apri­cot. Waitrose, £45 for 70cl

Sal­combe Gin Voy­ager Guid­ing Star, Devon, Eng­land A new, glo­ri­ous sloe and dam­son gin, dry and com­plex with notes of al­mond and red berries – an in­tense ver­sion of pink gin. De­lec­ta­ble on its own or in a cock­tail. sal­combe­gin. com, £65 for 50cl

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