BarChick's Mother's Day Gift Guide 2014

This year forget the slippers and get mum something she really wants, hand picked from Alexander & James, the sleek, high-end online shopping destination offering fine spirits. A&J’s carefully selected range of spirits, gift sets and individual accessories will be sumptuously wrapped and promptly delivered to your door (or your Mum’s). Perfect for Mum, after all those sleepless nights, she deserves it...

IF SHE EVER WORE LEATHER TROUSERS

ciroc_set Then chances are she’s listened to way too much Stones and enjoyed the occasional classic vodka. Impress mum with a bottle of stylish Ciroc Vodka, made like a fine wine from grapes and five times distilled. Wrap up two gorgeous Ciroc Club Glasses too and she may even pour you a vodka soda, lucky you. Ciroc Gift Set £49.25

IF SHE KEEPS IT TRADITIONAL

tanqueray.ten There’s nothing quite as British as gin, and exceptionally smooth, small batch Tanqueray No.Ten Gin takes it up a notch or two. A gift boxed, art deco style bottle will make mum’s summer, and throw in two of Tanqueray’s goblet style Copa Glasses and it’ll be G&Ts at mum’s place every weekend. Heaven. Tanqueray No.Ten £32.50 Copa Glass £12.00 each

 IF SHE DREAMS OF PARIS (AND JACK DAWSON)

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There’s nothing as chic as Grand Marnier. It's France’s most exported liqueur, and they even found bottles of it on the Titanic. Grand Marnier is delectably indulgent and rich. Let mum sit back while you shake her up a Cosmo made with 30ml Grand Marnier, 30ml vodka, 45ml cranberry juice, 15ml freshly squeezed lime and a dash of angostura orange bitters. Grand Marnier £27

IF SHE LOVES TO HOST

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Who says the bartending is in dad’s domain? Set mum up with the stylish Alexander & James Cocktail Set and she’ll be whipping up sophisticated cocktails and pre-dinner drinks. Including an Italian designed stainless steel cocktail shaker with a built in strainer, a heavy duty muddler, spirits measure and elbow citrus press just like the pros use! After all, the woman literally kept you alive in the early years, she can figure out how to make a Martini! Alexander & James Cocktail Set £85

IF SHE KNOWS HER WAY AROUND A DRAM

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Sure, anyone can show up with a bottle of booze, but an engraved bottle of Johnnie Walker Blue Label Premium Blended Whisky? Now that’s a whole different ball game. Sure it’s pricey, but so were your school fees, get over it! While you’re at it throw in a couple of Baccarat Crystal Whisky Tasting Glasses, to bring out the best of that gorgeous Blue Label. Johnnie Walker Blue Label Premium Blended Whisky £179.00 Baccarat Crystal Whisky Tasting Glasses £92.50 each

IF YOU GUYS GOT TATTOOS TOGETHER

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She’s probably a tequila fan (and also the coolest mum in the world). Cheaper than a trip to Mexico, spoil her with a bottle of premium Don Julio 1942, the liquid is as smooth as she is, the bottle is a showstopper, and it’s Jennifer Aniston’s favourite. Go on and make her a Margarita while you’re there, you owe her one! Don Julio 1942 £117

IF SHE’S GOT IT BAD FOR DON DRAPER

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She’ll be beside herself when you show up with a bottle of Bulleit Rye Whiskey and start mixing up some Old Fashioneds. Slip in a Mad Men DVD and she’ll be in Prohibition styled heaven. Bulleit Rye Whiskey £30

IF SHE’S THE MUM WHO HAS EVERYTHING

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Stump her with a bottle of Baijiu. The world’s most consumed liquor has been made in China for over 5000, and a bottle of Shui Jing Fang Wellbay Baijiu is a stunning gift for spirit lovers. Made from grains fermented in soil, the same soil in fact that was used over 600 years ago to make the spirit. Shui Jing Fang Wellbay Baijiu £120

IF SHE LOVES TO EXPERIMENT

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A Classic Malts Strong Gift Pack has her name written all over it. With three 20cl bottles of fine whisky this should keep her busy for a while. Cragganmore 12, Talisker 10 and the intense and smokey Lagavulin 16 will make any whisky loving mum very happy. Classic Malts Strong Gift Pack £40

IF SHE LIKES IT SPICY

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Guatemalan Ron Zacapa is a divine blend of rums in a sophisticated bottle. With smooth driver fruit notes and a touch of black pepper, Zacapa is made for sipping neat by a fire, even Dad will thank you for this one. Ron Zacapa £49.75

IF SHE’S A CHOCAHOLIC

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Bailey’s Chocolat Luxe took over three years to create – each bottle of this indulgent liqueur contains Madagascan vanilla and more than 30 grams of real Belgian chocolate, along with all those rich, creamy caramel tones we love about traditional Bailey’s. Add the exclusive Venus glasses for a truly luxurious experience. Bailey’s Chocolate Luxe gift set, including two glasses £37