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Make this Bourbon Advent Calendar

by Andrea Updyke

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Celebrate the 12 days of Christmas with this DIY 2019 bourbon advent calendar! This might be the easiest and possibly the most delicious holiday treat you can make this year. 

Counting down to Christmas is a holiday in itself. In the past few years, I’ve seen toy and candy countdowns, even 12 days of socks! I decided it’s time for the adults to have a little fun and I know just the thing to make it happen!

The best part about making your own bourbon advent calendar is that you can customize the bourbon with your favorites. Or maybe you want a variety of liquor and don’t want to stick to just bourbon. Why not throw in a rye whiskey or a nice gin? I won’t judge.

If you’re looking for a wine advent calendar, I have that too!

Bourbon bottles for Whiskey Advent Calendar

 

Make Your Own Bourbon Advent Calendar

Making a bourbon advent calendar is super easy and fun. No matter what alcohol you or your giftee enjoys, it’s a great way to customize a fun countdown all the grownups can enjoy. 

Whether you enjoy cask strength Kentucky bourbon in a glen cairn or love mixing up a mint julep, bourbon is as delicious as it is versatile.

Sure it’s a little more work to make your own bourbon countdown calendar instead of buying a big bottle, but it’s fun! And no, you don’t have to drink one each day.

In fact I hope you will drink responsibly and add some fun to your liquor cabinet.

Want to get on the boozy advent calendar fun but not a wine drinker? Make this delicious diy bourbon advent calendar instead!

Bourbon Advent Calendar Supplies

I didn’t want to get too crazy with the packaging. After all, a bourbon advent calendar is all about the bourbon. Of course if you have a variety of items, it’s still fun to be surprised so I wrapped them!

Woodford Bourbon Advent Calendar

What you will need:

I found some super cute treat bags at target that came with stickers to seal them. They are the perfect size for small travel bottles of alcohol. Done!

  • Holiday themed box or bucket
  • Treat bags
  • Stickers
  • Bourbon variety or other liquor mini bottles (24 for the full month or 12 for the 12 days of Christmas)

Bourbon Advent Calendar DIY

If you have your own bourbon stash and want to create your own custom selection, grab these glass bottles for a custom set. The sky is the limit!

glass bottles

These couldn’t be easier to make. I popped one bottle in each bag, folded it over and sealed with a sticker. That’s it!

I love the way they turned out and I know my husband will be too. He doesn’t know it yet, but this is an early Christmas present for him!

Bourbon Advent Calendar display

Where to Buy Small Bourbon Bottles

Alcohol rules vary in the United States so this answer will too. Here in North Carolina, you can only buy liquor from an ABC Store so that also goes for the small “airplane bottles” or individual sized bourbon bottles. 

In other states, you may be able to find the small bottles in liquor stores, grocery stores or even warehouse clubs like Costco. 

Typically, I’ve seen brands like Woodford Reserve, Knob Creek, Jim Beam, Bulliet, and Larceny on shelves. 

My husband and I are always on the lookout for interesting or limited edition bourbon finds when we travel so keep this in mind on your next trip.

The great thing about bourbon is it doesn’t really go bad so feel free to stock up when you find something good!

Make a Bourbon Countdown Calendar for a Gift

Speaking of gifts, a bourbon countdown would make a great gift for friends or coworkers or even party favors. Customize a 12 days of Christmas option or wait til Christmas Day and swap the theme to a New Years Eve countdown!

I can think of so many ways to customize these baskets. I made a wine advent calendar too, which is how I plan to count down to my favorite holiday.

Bourbon Advent Calendar Done

If you don’t want to go the DIY route, there are options for just about every spirit over on Drinks by the Dram where you can buy your own. 

Cheers!

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Want to get on the boozy advent calendar fun but not a wine drinker? Make this delicious diy bourbon advent calendar instead!

Post updated from 11/2018

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Andrea Eisen November 7, 2018 - 4:56 pm

I don’t even drink bourbon, but I want to make this for someone, anyway!

Love it.

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Andrea Updyke November 15, 2018 - 11:12 am

Ha! Never too soon to try something new!

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Anastasia Weis November 7, 2018 - 9:34 pm

Love this idea. Living in Bourbon country, with a bourbon connoisseur, I love this and I’m doing it this year!

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Andrea Updyke November 15, 2018 - 11:12 am

Yay!! I hope you share the finished product!

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Carmen November 7, 2018 - 10:31 pm

Yes to this!!!! I will be making this happen for my bourbon connoisseur!

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Andrea Updyke November 15, 2018 - 11:13 am

Yes!! He will love it!

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Leanne Tomala November 8, 2018 - 8:11 am

I may do 12 days of liqueur.

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Andrea Updyke November 15, 2018 - 11:02 am

Yes! I love that idea.

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