December is a busy month for any elf, so what better way to wind down at the end of a busy week prepping for Father Christmas than with a glass of something?
I’d seen pictures online of Marks and Spencer’s light up snow globe gin before, but I’d never got my hands on one before – until now.
And it appears that I was lucky to do so, because the light up gin has sold out in so many stores customers are now restricted on how many they are allowed to buy.
But most would-be buyers are finding it impossible to get their hands on it in the first place, and it’s reportedly turning up on eBay at inflated prices after disappearing from M&S shelves.
However, all is not lost.
If you’re desperate for a light up snow globe gin, then there’s an orange and gingerbread gin liquor from Gravity Drinks on Amazon that is still in stock.
I’d snap it up now though if I were you, before everyone finds it.
Back to the M&S snow globe though. So is it worth buying if you can get one in stock? This is what we thought at the Secret Elves Club.
Priced at a moderate £18, it feels like a good deal although it’s worth remembering that this is a gin liquor at 20% ABV, rather than an actual gin.
I opted for the new-for-2020 rhubarb flavour, although clementine is back again too.
There’s no denying the standout aspect of this product is the bottle – it is simply beautiful, as the images here show, and one that will hugely stand out on the shelf.
You switch it on by pressing a button on the bottom of the bottle, and it instantly lights up.
All that remains to be done is to shake the bottle and it erupts into a delightful snow globe of alcoholic fun and magic.
What’s more, the 23-carat gold leaf inside it (which delivers the snow globe effect) is edible.
The label suggests that this liquor is best mixed with prosecco, so I went for that.
I must admit it lost some of the flavour with the prosecco, but it remained a light and delicate taste and the rhubarb just about made its way through the bubbles.
I think next time I’ll try it with some lemonade, as I think it will preserve the rhubarb flavour better that way.
The rhubarb gin liquor has earned a solid Elf Rating of 9 out of 10.
I challenge any elf to find a more festive or attractive spirit bottle than this one.
I don’t think anyone buying this will ever manage to throw the bottle away, and it feels like something that should be refilled each Christmas with a homemade gin.
If you didn’t know that was a thing, you can buy a ‘make your own gin’ kit here.