Price: $20 (500ml)
Alcohol content: 15%
Glogg comes from gloedgaÃ¢ , the Swedish word for heat. This mulled white wine with saffron is a
traditional Christmas drink, often enhanced with spices like cinnamon and ginger to give it its rich smell. Serve it cold as an aperitif at parties, or warm it up and add some raisins and chopped almonds on a windy (or air-conditioned!) night.
IKEA, 60 Tampines North Drive 2. Tel: 6786 6868
Origin: The Netherlands
Price: $47 (750ml)
Alcohol content: 15%
A more liquid version of the traditional dessert-ready Dutch eggnog, advocaat is made from
pure egg yolks, giving it a rich, sweet taste and creamy aroma with a hint of alcohol and vanilla. For an easy cocktail, add Advocaat and cold lemonade in equal parts with an ice cube to make a Snowball; garnish with a slice of lemon.
INSIGNA DEL SAZ BRUT NATURE CAVA
Price: $28.80 (U.P. $36)
Alcohol content: 11.5%
Made from Chardonnay and Macabeo grapes, this pale yellow wine exudes clean aromas of white
fruit and laurel; you’d think it was champagne–at less than half the price. Zesty with slow bubbles, it can be served at 6-7 °C alongside white meat, or goat cheese.
Vin Atelier, #B1-11 Thomson V Two, 11 Sin Ming Road. Tel: 9368 7730
Price: $4.95 (330ml)
Alcohol content: 5%
Give your Christmas luncheon an elegant touch with this modern wheat beer, light in alcohol an d packaged in a classy blue bottle. Like a breath of fresh air, it has a sweet and refreshing taste that differs from other white beers, with the aroma of citrus and coriander spice. Brewed in Alsace,
this slightly hoppy beer goes great with salads, seafood, and tangy cheeses.
NTUC FairPrice, #B1-09 Jurong Point, 1 Jurong West Central 2
REKORDELIG PREMIUM WINTER CIDER
Price: $7.70 (500ml)
Alcohol content: 4%
This special winter edition cider is a Swedish favourite as well. Enjoy it during an alfresco lunch–its infusion of apple, vanilla and cinnamon make it perfect for a summer Christmas. Warm it up and add an orange slice to serve as a mulled cider, or pour it over ice for a light sparkler.
Raffles City Market Place, #B1-75 Raffles City, 252 North Bridge Road
PORTAL LBV PORT 2008
Price: $72 (750ml)
Alcohol content: 20%
We won’t be snuggling in front of a fireplace with a glass of port, but this fetching bottle makes us wish we could. With a floral aroma of ripened red fruits and chocolate, and a hint of spices, the sweet treat goes down smoothly. If you’re getting classy, serve this deep ruby-coloured port at
16-18 °C, decanted, and pair with red meat dishes or chocolate desserts.
MIWAKUNO YUZU / ICHIGO
Price: $34 (Yuzu, 500ml) / $39 (Ichigo, 500ml)
Alcohol content: 7%
Kanpai to Christmas in the tropics! These light Maruishi Brewery sakes are made from yuzu from the Ehime prefecture and strawberries from the Aichi prefecture respectively. With a refreshing and smooth finish, they can be drank straight, on the rocks, or mixed with soda for a fun bubbly
Ippin Café Bar, #01-01 18 Mohamed Sultan Road. Tel: 6733 4794