Early dates and best deals on whiskey, gin and more

Early dates and best deals on whiskey, gin and more

Drinking in the summer just got easier (Amazon/The Independent)

Drinking in the summer just got easier (Amazon/The Independent)

When you think of Amazon Prime Day, tech deals, appliances, and of course your own devices might come to mind first, but the online retailer really does have an impressive groceries section and offers a wide range of discounted drinks.

Stocked with everything from Veuve Clicquot champagne to budget beers, Amazon is ready to rival even your favorite license. And, with Prime delivery, there’s no need to carry bottles home in tri-layer bags or cleverly place them in the trunk surrounded by coats — and there’s certainly no worry of being judged by nosy shop-goers.

Ordering from the online retailer has always been super simple – especially when using the app – and their variety is pretty impressive too. So whether you’re looking for your favorite wine, like to get creative with cocktails, or fancy a whiskey, it’s worth taking a look at what’s on offer on Amazon as your first stop.

And, with Prime Day fast approaching – now confirmed for Tuesday, July 12th and Wednesday, July 13th – big savings on your favorite brands of alcohol are on the way. One of the biggest savings we saw last year was a massive 45% off Jack Daniels.

But if you can’t wait until then, we have good news. Amazon is getting ahead as usual and has started revealing its first Prime Day deals – and there are already a handful of bargains up for grabs as we speak.

If you’re planning to stock up before a summer of picnics, barbecues and garden parties, or if you’re looking for gifts for one lucky person, read on below for everything you need to know to make the most of the 48-hour sale.

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When is Amazon Prime Day 2022?

Amazon has confirmed that it is maintaining its usual July time slot, with the 2022 sale starting at midnight on Tuesday, July 12, and running until 11:59 pm on Wednesday, July 13.

The massive shopping event traditionally falls on a Monday, so this is a usual decision for the retailer. In another unprecedented move, Amazon has already dropped a selection of start-up deals as early as ever.

The best Prime Day 2022 starter deals

Opihr Gin Arabian edition, 70cl: used to be £26, now £19, Amazon.co.uk

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(Amazon)

Spicy daiquiri anyone? Combining citrus and spice flavors (and all the good stuff we’ve come to expect), this smooth, rounded London dry gin is said to pack a punch with a hint of black Persian lemons and timut peppers, while also delivering a bit of sweetness. And now, courtesy of Amazon’s first Prime Day deals, you can hit glasses at cocktail hour for under £20.

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Bombay Sapphire Star of Bombay gin, 70cl: Was £29.99, now £25, Amazon.co.uk

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(Amazon)

Whether you’re whipping up smoky Negronis at your next dinner party or a chilled G&T, let the star of the show be Bombay Sapphire. Their Bombay gin star has been slowly distilled to increase the intensity and depth of flavor. Touted as especially smooth, the drink contains 12 botanical ingredients, including ambrette seeds and dried bergamot orange peel. Getting ahead of the game, Amazon has already reduced the price of this bottle by £12 – let’s give it up.

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Bollinger rose non vintage magnum Champagne in gift box, 150cl: was £129.95, now £119.95, Amazon.co.uk

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(Amazon)

Celebrating or not, a bottle of sparkling wine always wins. Hailing from Montagne De Reims, Italy, this iteration of roses offers notes of red currant, cherry and wild strawberry with a hint of spice for a velvety experience. With a bit of pinot noir, chardonnay and grape meunier in each bottle, it should pair beautifully with fruity desserts served this summer and, wrapped in pretty pink wrapping, could also make a lovely gift.

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The Famous One Whiskey 70cl: Was £23, now £19.55, Amazon.co.uk

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(Amazon)

There’s sweet savings to be had in this iteration of The Famous Grouse whiskey. Matured in American oak sherry casks and distilled in Scotland, this honey-flavored whiskey can be served over ice or blended the old-fashioned way by incorporating your inner mixologist. And priced under £20, this is an ideal find if you’re stocking up before the summer festivities.

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Gray Goose Watermelon Basil Essences, 70cl: Was £39, now £34.99, Amazon.co.uk

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(Amazon)

Gray Goose is already one of our favorites, having earned a spot in our best vodka edition. Our tester praised the OG vodka, Gray Goose, as impressively light and smooth with a “sprinkling of delicate citrus notes that can pair with just about anything” and here, we have a fruity version that sounds ideal for summer serving. Infused with natural watermelon and peppery basil, it is said to be the perfect combination with tonic water and sprinkled with ice or mixed into summer ready cocktails.

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Metaxa ouzo, 70cl: Was £25, now £19.99, Amazon.co.uk

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(Amazon)

The price of this herbal liqueur – which hails from Greece – has already dropped by 20%, meaning this sweet, smooth drink will now cost just under £20. Combining black licorice and aniseed, it should be sweet and refreshing as an aperitif and also offer a clean and aromatic taste. In addition, it is also suitable for vegetables and vegans.

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Do you need Amazon Prime to buy Prime Day alcohol deals?

Anyone looking to get any sort of deal during Prime Day — whether it’s fitness equipment, technology, or appliances — will need an Amazon Prime membership, which seems fair enough.

Amazon Prime membership costs £7.99 a month or £79 for a full year. That drops to just £3.99 for students, which isn’t a bad thing considering you’ll have access to free next day delivery, Prime video, Prime reading, Amazon music and even Deliveroo plus.

But any true bargain hunter will know that you can sign up for a 30-day free trial once a year to reap Prime Day rewards for free. However, you do need to enter your card details, so cancel your trial before the end of the period to ensure you are not charged.

What to Expect from Prime Day Alcohol Deals in 2022

Last year’s Amazon Prime Day had some of the biggest discounts on a huge range of products, and we’re expecting the retailer to go even bigger this time around, expecting top brands to drop to half price (or more). Wine, gin, vodka, whiskey, beers, and champagne should all be available, and it’s worth taking a look at the home appliance sale as well for any wine fridge and icemaker as well.

Last year’s best alcohol deals in the UK

Last year, we were treated to a wide range of offerings from a variety of brands and types of alcohol.

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(Amazon)

Highlights included nearly half the price of Glenlivet founder’s single malt Scotch whiskey (£24, Amazon.co.uk), which saw the price drop to £19.99. And there was also 45% off Jack Tennessee whiskey Jack Daniel’s (£20, Amazon.co.uk), bringing it down to under £20.

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(Amazon)

On the spirit front, Whitley Neill’s artisanal raspberry gin and glass gift package (£26.99, Amazon.co.uk) has been reduced from £33.50 to £20, Tarquin’s artisanal dry gin ( £29.99, Amazon.co.uk) ranged from £32.50 to £22.20. Even premium Ciroc vodka (£28, Amazon.co.uk) was decently discounted, going from £35.99 to £25.

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(Amazon)

Champagne and wine also had a good cut, with six bottles of Kiwi Cuvée sauvignon blanc (£48, Amazon.co.uk) falling from £41.94 to £30.30. Meanwhile, a classic bottle of Bollinger special cuvée champagne (£44.99, Amazon.co.uk) has gone from £43 to £35.99.

How to get the best deals

Here at IndyBest, you can call us sales experts – especially when it comes to the retail giant that is Amazon. With thousands of products to choose from and limited-time offers, our team knows exactly what to look for and what a really good deal is.

In the run-up to the event, you’ll see us start releasing explainers, like this one, on what we think Prime Day will include. On the big day, there will be a liveblog featuring the best deals, continually updated shopping guides, and sometimes even product reviews so you know if the savings are really too good to be true. So bookmark our Amazon Prime Day page for all the latest updates.

You’ll also need to activate your free trial soon if you haven’t already, but make sure you don’t do this more than 30 days before the sale. And start adding items you really want to your wish list to make shopping easier.

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For the latest discounts on gifts and appliances, try the links below:

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