12 Valentine’s Drink Gift Ideas
Whether you’re planning a breakfast in bed for your other half, or sending your galentines a bottle for a zoom get together, Oxfordshire indies have got you covered! We’ve asked some of your favourite independent businesses to recommend their top tipples to make sure you’re feeling the love this Valentine’s Day, with drinks to warm the heart including wine, beer, coffee and even a cocktail or two! >>
Michael at Grape Minds recommends Hundred Hills Rosé:
Bubbling with your Valentine in Oxford this year?
Then what better way to celebrate than with a bottle of Oxford’s own vintage bubbles? The Hundred Hills Rosé is a brand new premium English fizz, grown on perfect chalk hillsides just outside Watlington. Salmon pink like the best Provence Rosé, dry, and packed with soft bubbles like vintage Champagne, this is a wine that has the head winemaker of Bollinger looking on enviously. If you’re looking to treat someone special, this is what I recommend. Call 01865 661749 to order.
Tess at Tap Social recommends the Tap Social beer gift pack:
This Valentine’s Day, treat your loved one (or yourself) to a gift that both tastes good and does good. Not only is every can of beer packed with flavour to enjoy during your lockdown love fest, it also contributes directly to supporting those from the criminal justice system who need a hand up. Head to shoptapsocialmovement.com to order your gift pack of beer now, with nationwide shipping and free local delivery on orders over £25.
Susan at The Oxford Artisan Distillery recommends their Cuisse de Nymphe:
Cuisse de Nymphe is a delicate spirit with the perfect balance of aromatic organic rose petals and apples leading to subtle hints of first press locally foraged damsons and sloes, handpicked with love by our distillery team. True to our craft nature we pick our apples from local organic orchards and have them pressed by Oxford’s Tiddly Pommes, a local micro-enterprise turning local apples into delicious juice.
As with everything we produce at The Oxford Artisan Distillery, the gin base is distilled from our ancient heritage grains, grown just for us within 50 miles of Oxford. Eschewing pesticides and chemical fertilisers all of our crops are grown sustainably, contributing to an abundance of wildflowers, insects and birds across our farms. Order online from The Oxford Artisan Distillery shop.
Luciana at The Market Cellar Door recommends Taltarni Taché:
Taché is the French word for ‘stained’. At disgorging, Taltarni Taché is stained with red wine, which imparts the unique taste and elegant salmon colour. Taltarni’s Taché is a blend of three classic varietals: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.
This wine has developed lovely structure and secondary yeast characters due to its time on lees, displaying a hint of bread on the nose which is balanced with a creamy texture. The addition of a dosage liqueur of aged Pinot Noir at disgorging produces beautiful complementary strawberry and rose petal aromatics and a balance of acidity and sweetness, which results in a truly elegant sparkling rosé. Find it in our Good Sixty shop.
Rachel at L’Altre Vi recommends Rosell Mir “Bombolles”:
Ancestral method or “pet nat” sparkler which has some of the lees left in the bottle to give a creamy finish. Awesome summery vibes of strawberries and red fruits. 100% Pinot Noir. Bombolles is the Catalan for bubbles. Order through the L’Altre Vi online shop.
Milly at Colombia Coffee Roasters recommends their Gentleman’s Espresso and Oxford Blend:
Our Gentleman’s espresso is a beautiful single origin coffee from the region of Nariño with full body, well balanced flavour and a rich hazelnut aroma, and the Oxford Blend, which is a blend of three shade grown coffees from Brazil and Colombia. Order through the Colombia Coffee Roasters online shop.
Becka at The Oxford Wine Company recommends a Negroni & Circumstance Cabernet Sauvignon:
For Valentine’s Day, I’ll be putting my mixology skills to the test by making a cocktail to start off with – probably a Negroni! One part Campari, one part Cotswolds Dry Gin and one part red Vermouth. Then to pair with a steak dinner, I’ll be having Circumstance Cabernet Sauvignon from Waterkloof in Stellenbosch, South Africa. This Valentine’s Day, there is no better time to show South African wine some love. The wine industry there has been brought to its knees by a series of extended alcohol bans brought in to combat Covid-19. So I’ll be toasting Valentine’s Day and South Africa’s vibrant, quality-led wine scene that is full of incredible talent. Pick up Negroni ingredients and Circumstance Cabernet Sauvignon in store.
Ori at The Missing Bean recommends their Espresso Martini:
We’ve teamed up with local Oxford business, The Cocktail Club, to create a delicious Salted Caramel Espresso Martini. Using our finest Direct-Trade coffee beans and the Cocktail Club’s master mixology skills, these ready-to-go cocktails are ideal for an evening treat! Order through The Missing Bean online shop.
Mathias at Bearded Viking Drinks recommends their Water Lily cocktail:
Our recommendation for a Valentine’s Day cocktail is definitely the Water Lily! This is an equally gorgeous and delicious drink with a complex flavour combining a fresh gin base with freshly pressed lemon juice, orangey sweetness, and a touch of parma violet rounding the whole experience off without being overpowering. The Water Lily is delicious straight out of the freezer, but it really comes to life when shaken with a small egg (like in the picture), giving it an incredible velvety mouthfeel and an almost meringue-like richness. Perfect to share, or to hog for yourself. Order from the Bearded Viking online shop.
Kev at BSM Social Club recommends Vault City – Marshmallow Smoothie Sour:
This beauty is made up of blueberry, raspberry AND blackcurrant and weighs in at an impressive 11.5% so it makes the perfect sharer for you and your loved one. As well as all that fruit it’s loaded with Madagascan vanilla to create an incredible, thick, fruity yet pillowy soft sour beer. Order through the BSM Social Club online shop, or pop into store.
If you’re playing along with our #LoveIndieOxford challenge this month, don’t forget to tag us in your posts and use the hashtag! You can find out more about the challenge in our #LoveIndieOxford Challenge blog.