Holiday Gifts for Wine and Cocktail Lovers
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Soiree Glass Collection, $30 to $108
This elegant glassware collection will elevate your bar cart just in time for a New Year's celebration. The set includes double old fashioneds, tumblers, fluted coupes, large coupes and a tall glass pitcher, all embellished with tasteful gold detailing.
The Old Fashioned Kit, $65
This kit comes with everything you need to bring the classic old fashioned cocktail into your home. Simply combine the sugar cubes with the aromatic bitters, muddle thoroughly, then add a splash of your favorite whiskey, plus ice and — of course — an orange peel.
Grandmaster Flask, $58
These discreet, flat little bottles hark back to the days when hip flasks were en vogue. The taster set includes a classic bourbon, an anise liqueur and a bold, spice-infused gin.
Smoke Whiskey Tumblers, $84 for Set of 2
This pair of cool-gray tumblers, handblown by artisans in Chicago, is just about the sultriest thing you could set on your bar cart.
Brass Cocktail Stirrers, $45 for Set of 4
This is for the cocktail enthusiasts who prefer their martinis stirred, not shaken. Made of sturdy brass with a whimsical state cutout at the top of each, these stirrers will add an element of style and regional pride to any home bar collection.
Wine Bags, $2
Show up at the host's door with a bottle of his favorite wine or spirit and the bag will speak for itself.
The Oxford Companion to Wine, Fourth Edition, $39
Now in its fourth edition, Jancis Robinson's acclaimed text meticulously outlines almost 4,000 entries on every wine-related topic imaginable, from regions and grape varieties to the owners, growers and connoisseurs of wine through the ages. It's an essential piece for a wine lover's shelves.
Spiced Pear Liqueur by St. George Spirits, $38
This unique liqueur will add a fresh pear taste to your favorite winter cocktails. You can even drizzle it over vanilla ice cream for a sweet, boozy edge.
Jar Bar, $148
This all-in-one bar set includes a versatile four-piece Mason jar shaker, plus six mixers to suit every palate, including a robust Bourbon Barrel-Aged Old Fashioned and a fragrant Charred Grapefruit Tonic with Sea Salt.
Stainless Steel Straws, $32 for Set of 10
Plastic straws are for amateurs. These polished steel straws bring the sultry vibe of a Prohibition-era speakeasy to your home bar cart.
Ginger Spice Cocktail Mixer, $13
Gingersnap lovers will gravitate toward this sweet and spicy cocktail mixer. Pair it with vodka or whiskey, or simply add it to soda water for a complex yet balanced drink.
"Don't Ask" Glass, $15
This novelty glass is just the gift for whiskey aficionados with a heavy pour. With any luck, the "Don't Ask" line won't see too much action.
Save Water, Drink Champagne Coasters, $15
Toast the holidays with a little bubbly, and rest your champagne flutes on these handy coasters dispensing words of wisdom.
Tovolo Penguin Ice Trays, $9
Jolly penguin ice cubes add so much personality to classic winter cocktails. The trays are made of flexible silicone for easier removal.