These Bottles of Liquor and Spirits Make a Great New Year's Gift

Add a little more cheers to the season.

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December 18, 2020

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There’s a reason that the season trumpets keeping spirits bright. The right bottle under the tree or at your New Year's Eve table can spark new traditions and take after-dinner caroling to all new places. Here are a few alcoholic gift ideas guaranteed to add merriment to the holiday season. Some bottles can still be ordered for holiday delivery, but if you're still behind on shopping, fret not. A New Year's gift will mean just as much this season.

For the Carolers

Brighten up after-dinner singalongs with Black Button Distilling Bourbon Cream, a bourbon-based take on classic Irish cream. The New York-based liqueur is made with locally sourced ingredients, including farm-sourced cream. The bourbon gives it a warming note that’s rich with baking spices and fortifying enough to accompany you on a frosty caroling expedition. It's indulgent on its own and exceptional stirred into after-dinner (or weekend morning) coffee.

For the Vintage Set

Spruce up apero time with a mixpack from Haus. This California-based farm-to-bottle company makes grape-based aperitifs using ingredients like elderflower, clove and star anise. Shake up cocktail hour with the four-bottle Sampler Kit, which lets you mix and match 200-ml bottles in flavors like the herbaceous Bitter Clove — ideal for amaro fans — botanicals-based Lemon Lavender or the well-spiced Peach Passionfruit (or simply opt for them to select the bestsellers).

For the Gardener

There’s a summery brightness to 21Seeds tequila. Each bottle is infused with actual fruit and botanicals, making the drinks — in flavors like Valencia Orange, Cucumber Jalapeno, and Grapefruit Hibiscus — taste like garden elixirs. The vibrantly colorful Grapefruit Hibiscus is the ideal base for a tart Paloma to brighten these short winter days. Even better, the company is woman-owned and works with a distillery in Mexico owned and predominantly staffed by women (the brand’s hashtag is the brilliantly on-point #girlscalltheshots).

For the Single-Origin Chocolatier

SelvaRey Chocolate Rum combines two favorite indulgences in a surprisingly robust spirit. No simple sugar bomb, the rum, backed by musician Bruno Mars, ages for five years in bourbon barrels to pick up rich flavoring. It’s infused with local Panamanian chocolate, which makes it the kind of warm, spicy, rich sip that could easily stand in for whiskey on the rocks, or take your eggnog to epic levels (Mars likes it in a coconut-based Coquito).

For the Fireside Sipper

For an all-in-out outdoor warmup, opt for the Bulleit Yeti Gift Box. The set includes a bottle of Bulleit Bourbon, a half-bottle of Bullet 95 Rye and a 10-ounce Bulleit-branded Yeti lowball Rambler cup, to keep it at your ideal temperature, whether by the crackling fire or on a winter walk.

For the Figgy Pudding Fan

Revered Scotch label Glenmorangie adds a whimsical note to its single malt options with its limited edition bakery-inspired bottle, Glenmorangie A Tale of Cake Scotch. Created in partnership with pastry wizard Dominique Ansel, the bottle was inspired by fond memories of happy times spent over cake. It’s finished in dessert wine casks for notes of fruit, honey and a bit of white chocolate, and it goes perfectly with after-dinner Christmas pudding.

For the Art Enthusiast

Like an annual holiday ornament, Kentucky-based Woodford Reserve releases a holiday bourbon bottle each year decorated with festive art. The liter-sized 2020 edition depicts snow-topped barrels outside the Woodford Reserve property’s iconic stone barrelhouse, decked with wreaths.

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