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Essential Christmas Drinks: Ruinart x David Shrigley Second Skin Limited Edition

With only four more sleeps until the big guy lets himself down the chimney, we have a couple of last minute ideas for your glass to help celebrate the festive period.

Ruinart x David Shrigley Second Skin Limited Edition

As part of their on-going series of collaborations with contemporary artists, Maison Ruinart have for 2021 joined forces with British artist David Shrigley, who is best known for his quick-witted and satirical hand-drawn artworks.

The collab sees Shrigley create two reinterpretations of the classic Ruinart label to feature on a limited edition of the new eco-designed second skin case of Ruinart Blanc de Blancs and Ruinart Rosé.

With Shrigley’s work being so attentive to the issues of our time and aligned with Ruinart’s own commitment to sustainability, the labels, adorned with quotes from his ‘Unconventional Bubbles’ artworks, feature on the champagne houses’ environmentally conscious packaging innovation, Ruinart Second Skin.

Second Skin says goodbye to the traditional single bottle gift box, in favour of a 100% paper sheath moulded to the curves of its signature bottle and composed of 100% paper, which reduces its carbon footprint by 60% and requires 90% fewer resources to produce than its gift box predecessor.

Oh, and it tastes banging!

RUINART SECOND SKIN BLANC DE BLANC AND ROSÉ | £76 | Available exclusively from

And what if fizz ain’t your thing? How about MONKEY 47

For those with an adventurous nature, Monkey 47 Schwarzwald Gin is perfect for Christmas. Combining legendary origins with an audacious blend of botanicals from the Black Forest, British traditions and spices from India, this sophisticated Gin will be enjoyed and savoured by aspiring mixologists and aficionados alike.

Now in a stylishly striking white and purple gift box, the ever-popular Monkey 47 Schwarzwald Dry Gin is the ideal gift for the gin-connoisseurs in your life, which might well indeed be yourself. An ingenious Gin from Germany that is produced using a jaw-dropping 47 handpicked plant ingredients, the myriad of botanicals, of which a third come from the Black Forest, are what give the Gin its unrivalled complexity and quality. The chief attraction, however, is the use of fresh lingonberries as a Black Forest ‘secret weapon’. The quality of all ingredients is fully brought to bear through masterly distillation and maturing in traditional earthenware containers. This complex spirit has a sweet, flowery aroma, with a hint of peppery spices and subtle bitter fruit notes of cranberries, making it an ideal base for both classic and more eccentric cocktails this Christmas.

MONKEY 47 PURPLE GIFT BOX | £47.00 | Available from Selfridges