With the average household already splashing out more than £800 on prezzies and food, saving on booze can make a big difference.
Drinks expert Christopher Walkey, known as the Godfather of Bubbles, reveals his tips for finding the best booze on a budget.
GIN WIN: “Head to Aldi for the award-winning Oliver Cromwell London Dry Gin, £9.99 for 70cl. Its Colombo No.7 gin is twice the price at £19.99.”
FILL IN THE BLANC: “Snap up Lidl’s Marlborough Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc, £8.99, and slice up a pineapple, 97p, for a Christmas cocktail that will serve loads of friends.”
DOUBLE DEAL: “Did you know that a magnum is twice the size of a standard 75cl bottle? Sainsbury’s has an excellent offer of £14 for a magnum of Most Wanted Sauvignon Blanc — cheaper than two regular bottles at £8 each.”
BARGAIN BUBBLES: “There are loads of sparkling wines made in the exact same way as champagne, but for a fraction of the price. Aldi’s Veuve Monsigny Champagne Brut costs £11.49 but I love the supermarket’s Crémant De Loire rosé, which is £7.99.”
LOW-SECCO: “At Christmas it often pays to buy in bulk. Asda’s brilliant bundle offers let you buy six mix-and-match bottles and get 25 per cent discount. So you can get six £9.48 Villa Jolanda Prosecco bottles and save nearly £15.”
BREWS NEWS: “At Tesco you can save on Stella Artois bottles (284ml) when you buy two packs of 20 for only £20 rather than £14 a pack. The beer drinkers at your house will say cheers to that.”
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