But no matter if you’re shopping for an avid Martini drinker, a tequila fan or a whiskey connoisseur, we’ve got you covered with the perfect present for all the spirits and cocktail lovers in your life.
Jameson Black Barrel Irish Whiskey
A truly special gift for a whiskey fan, Jameson Black Barrel Irish Whiskey dials up the flavor with an array of cozy notes, from vanilla and caramel to warm baking spice and rich fruit. Its complex flavor is the result of aging in double-charred oak barrels, rather than single charred barrels, which imparts an extra layer of flavor to the spirit. The result is a treat for any whiskey lover on your list this year. Want to give the gift of cocktails? Well, mix up for your guests flavorful Jameson Black Barrel Old-Fashioneds.
Jameson Black Barrel Old-Fashioned
2 Parts Jameson Black Barrel Irish Whiskey
¾ Parts Simple syrup (one part sugar, one part water)
2 dashes Orange bitters
Garnish: Orange peel
Add all of the ingredients to a mixing glass and fill with ice. Stir, and strain into a rocks glass filled with fresh ice. Garnish with an orange peel.
Monkey 47 Gin
Martini lovers tend to be quite picky about their gin, and for good reason. The ideal Martini gin needs to play well with vermouth and be balanced enough to be a star ingredient. You can feel confident gifting cult-favorite Monkey 47 Gin to the masterful and mercurial home-mixologist in your life. It’s made in Germany’s Black Forest with—you guessed it—47 different botanicals, including almond, sage, elderberry and, of course, juniper. It’s well-suited to make Martinis and Gibsons, where its many botanicals can shine, as well as a variety of other cocktails, including Gimlets, fizzes and holiday party punches.
Monkey 47 Gibson Gin Martini
2 Parts Monkey 47 Gin
1 Part Blanc Vermouth
Garnish: Cocktail onions
Add all of the ingredients to a mixing glass and fill with ice. Stir, and strain into a chilled Martini glass. Garnish with one or two onions.
Jefferson’s Ocean Bourbon
Go the (nautical) distance to impress your favorite whiskey lover this year with this sea-faring bourbon. After spending months on ships voyaging across the ocean, Jefferson’s Ocean Aged At Sea® Bourbon develops an intensely dark color and caramelized, maritime flavor. Those who love rum or Islay Scotch will no doubt have their curiosity piqued by this fascinating bourbon. Its savory notes lend a nice touch to a Boulevardier garnished with a pinch of sea salt.
Jefferson's Ocean Salted Boulevardier
1 ½ Parts Jefferson's Ocean Bourbon
¾ Part Campari
¾ Part Sweet vermouth
Pinch Sea Salt
Garnish: Orange Peel
Add all ingredients, except the sea salt, to a rocks glass and fill with ice. Stir, and add a pinch of sea salt. Garnish with an orange peel.
Avion Reserva 44
If you haven’t noticed, tequila is having a moment and as a result the selection of the agave-based spirit available in stores can be overwhelming. But don’t worry! We’ve found the perfect tequila for you to give this year: Avion Reserva 44. It is great for sipping on its own, with notes of roasted agave and a complex infusion of ripe, luscious fruits and American oak, but it also works beautifully in an elevated version of a classic Margarita—the perfect way to find a hint of summer sunshine in the middle of winter. Its name is inspired by the 44 unique flavors that result from its slow filtration and aging process, handcrafted and distilled in small batches.
Avion Reserva 44 Elevated Margarita
2 Parts Avion Reserva 44
1 Part Fresh Lime Juice
½ Part Solerno or Cointreau Liqueur
½ Part Agave syrup (one part water, one part nectar)
Add all of the ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice. Shake, and strain into a rocks glass filled with a single cube of ice.
The Oxford Companion to Spirits & Cocktails by David Wondrich with Noah Rothbaum
The serious spirits and cocktails lover in your life needs to have on hand The Oxford Companion to Spirits & Cocktails. This oversized encyclopedic tome edited by Flaviar’s resident liquor experts David Wondrich and Noah Rothbaum is chock full of more than 1,100 entries on different drinks, spirits, bars, brands, and bartenders from around the world written by 150 industry experts. Whether looking for background on how your favorite whiskey brand has evolved over the decades or an explainer on how rum is made, The Oxford Companion to Spirits & Cocktails is an essential addition to every bar library and a compelling gift for any drinks lover.
Modern Classic Cocktails: 60+ Stories and Recipes from the New Golden Age in Drinks by Robert Simonson
Modern Classic Cocktails is the latest work from award-winning New York Times writer Robert Simonson. It is an interesting take on a cocktail book, no matter if you’re a budding home bartender or a seasoned drinks pro. It features 65 annotated recipes, including essays on each drink’s backstory.
No home bar is complete without a set of well-made and functional bar tools. Cocktail Kingdom’s shakers, jiggers, bar spoons and more are bartender favorites for a reason—plus, they’re some of the most aesthetic tools on the market. This year gift the essential cocktail set, which comes in gold or copper plating, includes a mixing glass and a set of weighted shaking tins, as well as a bar spoon, Japanese-style jigger and a Hawthorne strainer. Anyone on the receiving end of this gift will no doubt be thanking you with well-made cocktails for years to come.
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