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The best alcohol deals this Christmas

Save money on your last-minute Christmas booze this year by shopping around (Monkey Business Images/REX/Shutterstock)
Save money on your last-minute Christmas booze this year by shopping around (Monkey Business Images/REX/Shutterstock)

Christmas can be a pricey time with presents, the tree and Christmas cards to pay for, not to mention the turkey dinner. And the epic festive feast is even pricier when you factor in the cash you need to splash on booze.

But, with a little shopping around, you can slash your yuletide booze bill with some nifty little bargains.

From a nice bottle of red to go with dinner to bottles of bubbly for the festive shindig, here is some of the best value booze to buy over Christmas…

(please note, all prices correct to January 1st)

Best on a budget

To save some serious cash — usually around 20-40 per cent — take a punt and try a Mystery Box from 31dover.com. These are packed with bottles of booze that didn’t quite make the cut, not because there’s anything wrong with it, but because the label has been torn or scuffed. Prices start at £41.99 for a pack of six bottles are there are also options that include spirits.

If money is really tight, then Lambrini has your back. You can get a massive 1.5l bottle for just £3.30 or two for a bargain £5.50 at Morrisons.

Nabbing some bargain wine could save you some serious cash (Lambrini)
Nabbing some bargain wine could save you some serious cash (Lambrini)

Best for entertaining

If you’re throwing a party then you need to ensure the bar doesn’t run dry. With that in mind, i Heart Wines has a selection of budget vino to keep you going, including i Heart Prosecco which is currently reduced from £10 to £8.50 at Tesco and £7.50 at Sainsbury’s. And if a normal 75cl isn’t enough, then you can nab a magnum for £14.99. And it’s that still not enough, you can get a Jeroboam for £39.99 from Aldi. That’s 3 litres of bubbles, or the equivalent of four normal-sized bottles.

For craft beer fans, the fruity new Twisted Mango IPA from Belhaven makes a nice change and costs just £5.25 for three cans from Tesco. And for something harder, a litre of Jack Daniel’s will currently cost you just £22, rather than the usual £32 at Tesco, or if you don’t need quite that much, you can get a 75cl bottle for a reduced price of £15 at Sainsbury’s. And for cocktail hour, Tesco’s bargain Finest Espresso Martini is down from £15 to £13, as is its Finest Negroni.

Best with your Christmas dinner

With gargantuan amounts of grub to be gobbled, you’ll no doubt need a few bottles of wine to wash it all down with. Spar may not be your first thought when it comes to wine, but you can pick up a Gran Reserva Valdepenas for £6 instead of £9 or a Fern Hills Sauvignon Blanc for £8.50 instead of £6.50 from the convenience store. Alternatively, Morrisons is offering Head Honcho Merlot and Head Honcho Cabernet for just £5.50 each. For something a little more premium, Penfolds Thomas Hyland Cavernet Sauvignon is half price at £9.99. from Bargain Booze.

And for after dinner, you’ll be needing something to go with the cheeseboard. Cockburn’s Special Reserve Port is currently reduced from £12 to £10 at Morrisons and £8.19 at Waitrose. And for after that, pick up one of Aldi’s budget liqueur range. It’s Creme de Cassis, which comes with a price tag of just £6.99 and recently picked up a Spirits Master award. The range also includes a Bailey’s-style Specially Selected Irish Cream for the same price and Aldi’s Bellucci Amaretto for just £4.69.

Nab yourself some bargain port to have with the after-dinner cheese (Cockburn’s)
Nab yourself some bargain port to have with the after-dinner cheese (Cockburn’s)

Best non-alcoholic

If you or your guests are abstaining from alcohol this year, then Eisberg alcohol-free wine may well be the answer, and you can choose from no-booze versions of Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Rosé, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sparkling Blanc and Sparkling Rosé. You can get it from most supermarkets and Morrisons is currently doing two bottles for £5.50 on the still varieties.

And for the beer drinkers, a pack of six 330ml cans of Heineken’s alcohol free lager will set you back just £4. For something a little different, try Seedlip Original Spice 94, which claims to be the world’s first distilled non-alcoholic spirit. You can get 10 per cent off the £25.95 price tag using the code SOBER10.

Best champagne

If you’re after some bubbly for the big day or to help you see in the new year, there are plenty of bargains to be had. You can pick up Aldi’s award-winning Veuve Monsigny Champagne Brut for £10.99 and the retailer has also launched its Nicolas De Montbart Champagne just in time for Christmas, which is slightly cheaper at £9.99.

If you want something a little fancier, Heidsieck Champagne is on on offer at Bargain Booze at just £15.99, down from £25.99 until 1 January. Or you can go for the pink option and nab a bottle of Heidsieck Monopole Rose Top Champagne NV for £22.50, rather than the usual £43.50 from Ocado. And if you really want to bush the boat out, you can pick up a bottle of Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label at Wine Rack for £33.99, rather than the usual price of £42.99.

There’s plenty of quality champagne on offer this year if you shop around (Heidsieck/Ocado)
There’s plenty of quality champagne on offer this year if you shop around (Heidsieck/Ocado)

Best drink with breakfast

Bucks fizz is the perfect option if you want some celebratory bubbles for brekkie but you may not want to get stuck into the hard stuff too soon. You can currently pick up a discounted bottle at Tesco for just £2 or if you want something a bit posher then Sainsbury’s Clementine bucks fizz is currently reduced from £4 to £3.

But if you’d like something a teeny bit stronger then a modest breakfast wine like The Best Prosecco from Morrisons is a good option, at just £7.50 a pop.