Popular spirits retailer combines chocolate and gin to create an exciting new advent calendar

A popular online spirits retailer has combined chocolate and gin to create an exciting new advent calendar that's being described as a 'must have' for any gin fan this Christmas.

Published 12th Oct 2018
Updated 9 th Aug 2023

Craft56°, an online retailer specialising in Scottish craft drinks and gifts, has collaborated with Sugarsnap Chocolate & Confectionery to launch the product for this festive season.

Craft56°, which was launched by Glaswegian Ally Hardy in 2017, champions Scottish products and works with independent, small-batch producers to offer a wide selection of Scottish craft spirits in their online bottleshop.

Teaming up with fellow Glaswegian entrepreneur Annette Smith, founder of SugarSnap, the pair decided to use their shared passion for craft products to create a unique advent calendar that would appeal to craft gin and chocolate fans alike.

The innovative festive product pairs white, milk and dark chocolate with Scottish gin (as well as other Scottish craft spirits) to produce a range of "tasty handmade bon bons with alcohol-infused ganache fillings".

Each advent calendar will have at least 12 different flavours and features brands including Makar, UWA Tequila, McLean's Gin, Sugar House Rum  and many more.

Ally Hardy, director of Craft56° said: "We’re excited to launch our advent calendar as it’s perfect for everyone who loves a quality chocolate as much as they enjoy a Christmas tipple.

"The calendar also helps to showcase the amazing brands and versatility of the products we work with’."

Always looking to experiment with new flavours, Annette from Sugarsnap added: "Working with local craft drinks is a real opportunity for Sugarsnap to showcase the beautiful and delicious products available in Scotland right now.

"There are so many small batch producers and it is an honour to pair them with a carefully crafted artisan chocolate."

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• The advent calendars are available to pre-order now from www.craft56.co.uk with delivery taking place between 25th and 30th November.

Driven by a passion for all things drinks-related, Sean writes for The Scotsman extensively on the subject. He can also sometimes be found behind the bar at the world famous Potstill bar in Glasgow where he continues to enhance his whisky knowledge built up over 10 years advising customers from all over the world on the wonders of our national drink. Recently, his first book was published. Dubbed Gin Galore, it explores Scotland's best gins and the stories behind those that make them.
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