The best alcohol advent calendars of 2021

Discover this year's best alcohol advent calendars, featuring boozy tipples from both world-class and independent breweries

three of w&h's alcohol advent calendars picks on a dark red background with festive decoration
(Image credit: Future)

It's the most wine-derful time of year. Alcohol advent calendars are all the rage; and suffice it to say, they're the adults-only upgrade from the chocolate stuffed calendars we enjoyed as kids. 

We've compiled a list of the very best tipsy delights on offer in 2021, with boozy varieties from gin advent calendars to whiskies, beers, and even tiny bottles of wine. These alcohol advent calendars are filled with holiday spirits from leading and up-and-coming labels—and like the best candle advent calendars, best beauty advent calendars, and best jewelry advent calendars, will make an impressive gift that steers away from the traditional chocolate offerings.

Some of the best alcohol advent calendars may have already sold out, but there is still a wide selection of luxury options available to buy before 1st December.

Best alcohol advent calendars 2021

Explore the best alcohol advent calendars of 2021, featuring collections from Drinks by Dram, Virgin Wines, and more.

In Good Taste Wine Advent Calendar

(Image credit: In Good Taste)

1. In Good Taste Wine Advent Calendar

The best wine advent calendar in the U.S.

Specifications

RRP: $150
Delivery: 3-5 day shipping
Refundable: 60-day return policy
Region: US

Reasons to buy

+
Presents four different collections of wine flavors
+
Newer company with sky-rocketing success

Conceived in the year 2020, In Good Taste hand-selects premium small-batch wines over mass-produced varieties—delivering great tastes from around the globe. The company's 2021 advent calendar embodies this mission, featuring 24 mini-sized bottles with rich and unique flavors.

This calendar unveils drinks from four collections: The California Wine Mixer, Passport Collection, Wild Child Collection, and Cascade Collection. Be it fruity or tangy, there's something for everyone. One of the best Christmas gifts for parents if you're feeling stuck on what the buy them this year.

Give Them Beer Hard Seltzer Advent Calendar

(Image credit: Give Them Beer)

2. Give Them Beer Hard Seltzer Advent Calendar

The best hard seltzer advent calendar

Specifications

RRP: $59
Delivery: 2-5 day shipping
Refundable: No
Region: US

Reasons to buy

+
Spotlights top-rated brands based in the United States
+
Full-sized cans 

A fizzy-filled advent calendar with leading and budding labels, like White Claw, Truly, and Funky Buddha. Inside, you'll find a sizable collection of 12 hard seltzers to sip throughout the season. So, if you're scouring for the best Christmas gifts for men (and ladies too), we've officially found you a winner.

Supplies are limited, so reserve yours ASAP—it'll ship to your doorstep come November 2021.

Virgin Wines Mixed Wine Advent Calendar

(Image credit: Virgin Wines)

3. Virgin Wines Mixed Wine Advent Calendar

The best wine advent calendar in the UK

Specifications

RRP: £89.99 (reserve for £10)
Delivery: 3-5 day shipping
Refundable: 14-day return policy
Region: UK

Reasons to buy

+
Diverse range of wines
+
Full-sized bottles

Wine is always a crowd-pleaser, whether you're shopping for the best Christmas gifts for your wife or Christmas gifts for friends. Bag her with variety, courtesy of the Virgin Wines Mixed Wine Advent Calendar.

This calendar is full of 25 reds, whites, rosé, and bubbly wines from top-rated brands from global producers, plus exclusive and limited-edition finds. Each is a 20cl bottle, apart from the bottle of bubbles, which is full-sized for a sparkling Christmas Day celebration.

Tipsy Tree Advent Calendar With Wine, one of w&h's alcohol advent calendars picks

(Image credit: Lovemygifts)

4. Tipsy Tree Advent Calendar With Wine

The best luxury wine advent calendar in the UK

Specifications

RRP: £74.95
Delivery: 1-2 day shipping
Refundable: Non-refundable
Region: UK

Reasons to buy

+
Beautiful stand
+
Wide selection of wines

A wine advent calendar with a difference, this beautiful statement festive piece comes in a wooden stand shaped like a Christmas tree, with 20 little cubbies for mini bottles of wine.

The wine bottles may not be full size, but there are 24 different wines all of different popular varietals, including, sauvignon blanc, pinot grigio, chardonnay and white zinfandel for the white fans and merlot, malbec, shiraz and cabernet sauvignon for the red fans.

Freixenet & Divine 24 Day Advent Calendar, one of w&h's alcohol advent calendars picks

(Image credit: Slurp)

5. Freixenet & Divine 24 Day Advent Calendar

The best sparkling wine advent calendar

Specifications

RRP: £89.95
Delivery: Next-day delivery available
Refundable: Non-refundable
Region: UK

Reasons to buy

+
Range of popular sparkling wines
+
Includes chocolate too

Among the best Christmas food and drink will always be some bubbles and chocolate—so this heavenly advent calendar will give you both with with its Spanish cava, Italian prosecco and bonus sparkling rosé too.

There are also four different types of chocolate inside, with milk chocolate, white chocolate, dark chocolate and milk chocolate orange surprises to be had throughout the month. What a treat!

Drinks By Dram Vodka Explorer Advent Calendar

(Image credit: Drinks By Dram)

6. Drinks By Dram Vodka Explorer Advent Calendar

The best vodka advent calendar

Specifications

RRP: £99.95
Delivery: 2-5 days
Refundable: 14-day return policy
Region: UK

Reasons to buy

+
Large variety
+
Spotlights high-quality producers

Embark on a boozy journey with the Vodka Explorer Calendar, which highlights 24 unique tipples from top-rated and smaller names. Sip on classics like Cîroc Red Berry and rich Ramsbury Vodka. Or, test your palate and indulge in Jaffa Cake Vodka and Black Cow Christmas Vodka.

Either way, you'll get into the festive spirit and be mixing up unique Christmas cocktails in no time.

Drinks By The Dram Premium Whisky Advent Calendar

(Image credit: Drinks By Dram)

7. Drinks By The Dram Premium Whisky Advent Calendar

The best whisky advent calendar

Specifications

RRP: £249.95
Delivery: 2-5 day shipping
Refundable: 14-day return policy
Region: UK

Reasons to buy

+
Unique flavor range
+
Highlights renowned producers

Early Christmas gifts for dads or Christmas gift ideas for your husband don't get much better than this—the Premium Whisky Advent Calendar unveils 24 award-winning whiskies from across the globe.

It's undeniably luxe, packaging 20-year-old mixtures that you won't find at your corner liquor store. Indulge in top-rated producers, like Loch Lomond, House of Hazelwood, and more.

Cocktail Advent Calendar from Tapp'd, one of w&h's alcohol advent calendars picks

(Image credit: Virgin Experience Days)

8. Cocktail Advent Calendar from Tapp'd

The best cocktail advent calendar

Specifications

RRP: £45
Delivery: Within 5 working days
Refundable: Non-refundable
Region: UK

Reasons to buy

+
Range of popular cocktails
+
Double shot in each bottle

All the December celebrations mean one thing when it comes to tipples—cocktails. This 12 bottle advent calendar includes 200ml bottles of some of the most popular cocktails at the bar—all you have to do it pour and serve and you'l have one of your favorites.

Inside the calendar, you'll find bottles of Espresso Martini, French Martini, Pornstar Martini, Sex on the Beach, Cosmo, Strawberry Daiquiri, Piña Colada and Mojito for your drinking pleasure.

24 Days of Rum alcohol advent Calendar

(Image credit: Master of Malt)

9. 24 Days of Rum Calendar

The best rum advent calendar

Specifications

RRP: £79.95
Delivery: 2-5 days
Refundable: 14-day return policy
Region: UK

Reasons to buy

+
Features drinks from across the globe
+
Curated by one-of-a-kind rum bottler

Hailed for its variety, the 24 Days of Rum Calendar is chockfull of mini bottles from 24 different countries. Countdown to Christmas with a unique range of flavors, from notes of cinnamon and cocoa to sweet papaya and mango.

Pair this with one of the best Christmas hampers to enjoy mid-swigs. Cheers!

Naked Marshmallow Co. Boozy Gourmet Marshmallow Advent Calendar

(Image credit: Naked Marshmallow Co. )

10. Naked Marshmallow Co. Boozy Gourmet Marshmallow Advent Calendar

The best edible alcohol advent calendar

Specifications

RRP: From £15
Delivery: 2-5 day shipping
Refundable: No
Region: UK

Reasons to buy

+
Doubles as a tasty treat
+
Reasonably priced

One of the most affordable alcohol advent calendars this year, this unconventional calendar is Marshmallow themed, brimming with six fizzy, gin, and cocktail flavors from the brand's Boozy-Edition Range. From Peach Bellini to Passion Fruit Margarita, you'll find 25 gooey treats behind each door—it's like one of the best Christmas food gifts and alcoholic calendars rolled into one.

You can also score a marshmallow toasting kit for an added cost. Pre-order yours now and it'll ship on November 1st, 2021.

Which is the best beer advent calendar?

There is plenty of exceptional beer advent calendars on the market this year that'll make choosing even tricker. 

Overall, the best beer advent calendars prioritize variety, quality craftsmanship, and, of course, tasty flavors. We've judged and selected this year's cream of the crop, below.

Give Them Beer Advent Calendar 2021

(Image credit: Give Them Beer)

1. Give Them Beer Advent Calendar 2021

The best beer advent calendar in the United States

Specifications

RRP: $84
Delivery: 2-5 day shipping
Refundable: No
Region: US

Reasons to buy

+
Includes 12 highly-rated craft beers 
+
Great variety of beer styles

Introduce them to the magic of top-rated craft beers, all made possible by this beer advent calendar. From leading breweries across the United States, this section presents a variety of beer styles, including IPAS, Stouts, Ales, and more.

Indeed, your giftee will have a very hop-py Christmas.

City Brew Tours Holiday Craft Beer Boxes

(Image credit: City Brew Tours)

2. City Brew Tours Holiday Craft Beer Boxes

The best craft beer boxes

Specifications

RRP: From $75
Delivery: 2-7 day shipping
Refundable: 30-day return policy
Region: US

Reasons to buy

+
Doubles as a beer holder
+
Holiday inclusive

Brewvana specializes in curated beer boxes and sources from an expansive range of breweries. This year's holiday boxes bundle contains a wide variety of beer styles, along with brewery swag and freebies.

Best of all, each includes bottle openers⁠—a convenient inclusion your giftee will appreciate.

Beer Hawk 2021 Advent Calendar

(Image credit: Beer Hawk)

3. Beer Hawk 2021 Advent Calendar

The best beer advent calendar in the UK

Specifications

RRP: £85
Delivery: 2-5 day shipping
Refundable: 7-day return policy
Region: UK

Reasons to buy

+
Highlights 25 breweries from across the globe
+
New and exclusive beers

The UK's most popular beer advent calendar has returned—designed to make the beer-mas season all the more exciting. Adorned in colorful cartoon illustrations, the Beer Hawk 2021 Advent Calendar introduces top flavors from the likes of Mikkeller, Omnipollo, and Thornbridge breweries.

This year's selection remains hush-hush, however, Mikkeller Brewery's Between The Lines drink offers a preview of what to expect: delectable aromas and flavors across palates. 

The HonestBrew Craft Beer Advent Calendar 2021

(Image credit: Honest Brew)

4. HonestBrew Craft Beer Advent Calendar 2021

The best beer advent calendar from independent breweries

Specifications

RRP: £59.90 for members and £64.90 for non members / approx. $81
Delivery: 2-5 day shipping
Refundable: 14-day return policy
Region: UK

Reasons to buy

+
Highlights bespoke and up-and-coming breweries
+
Features 12 all-new HonestBrew collaborations

HonestBrew's Craft Beer Advent Calendar will not disappoint you or your lucky recipient. You're bound to find a new favorite, as this calendar highlights 24 unique beverages from independent producers.

Plus, it includes 12 exclusive drinks you won't find elsewhere, from hoppy IPAs to smooth Stouts—we think that's worth the price tag alone for beer lovers.

Craft Beer and Artisan Snack Advent Calendar, one of w&h's alcohol advent calendars picks

(Image credit: Fodabox)

5. Craft Beer and Artisan Snack Advent Calendar

The best beer and snack advent calendar

Specifications

RRP: £64.99
Delivery: Next day delivery available
Refundable: Non-refundable
Region: UK

Reasons to buy

+
Award-winning beers
+
Includes premium snacks

Any beer fan will know the pleasure of crunching on a delicious salty snack while you drink your brew, so this advent calendar is perfect for relaxing with a refreshing drink and delicious snack.

It features craft beers from award-winning breweries like Crate Brewery, First Chop Brewing Arm Limited, and Great Taste Award winner Jiddler's Tipple, and premium snacks from popular brands like Little Bobby Jebbs, Serious Pig and The Drinks Bakery.

Aleesha is a digital shopping writer at woman&home—so whether you're looking for beauty, fashion, health or home buys, she knows what the best buys are at any moment. She earned an MA in Magazine Journalism from City, University of London in 2017 and has since worked with a number of brands including Women's Health, Stylist and Goodto. A year on the w&h news team gained her invaluable insight into where to get the best lifestyle releases first—as well as an AOP awards nomination.