The countdown is on. We’re hours away from holiday travel, dinners, open houses and plenty of holiday cheer.
- Travel and post-party beauty essentials: Pack these, and you’ll stay refreshed and revived.
- Check out last year’s list of best booze to bring for Christmas.
- How to stock your home bar like a pro (my personal tips)
As you finish out your holiday shopping, prep for family visits — or will be a guest yourself — we’re all going to be hitting the liquor store pretty hard.
Swing by your local Fine Wine & Good Spirits store and pick up one of these great bottles to bring to Christmas.
For your friend/relative who works in or near state government:
This ridiculous budget impasse has hit us all hard. This quintessential American rye whiskey is aged first in American oak casks then finished in French oak barrels. Bring a bottle of this and pick up two of these sweet Corkcicle whiskey wedge glasses, and you will be the recipient’s favorite.
The perfect host/hostess gift:
Anyone who is anyone knows that this maraschino is not those gross red cherries on top of sundaes (by the way, did you know they bleach those things before dying them that practically neon red color? Gross.). No, Luxardo Maraschino is distilled from real Marasca cherries and then aged in special vats made of Finnish ash wood. A bottle of Luxardo elevates any bar cart — and is sure to impress your host. Bonus: Buy a jar of original Luxardo cherries to go along.
For the budding mixologist:
Vodka is a snooze. The clear spirit of choice is gin, hands-down, and new gins don’t have that overly perfumey eau de pine tree, either. Instead, they’re often chock full of interesting botanicals tending towards either a citrus or floral finish. Plus, this one is made in Pennsylvania. WIN. Toss in a copy of “Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist” and you’re sure to impress.
For the brown liqueur lover (a little something different):
Rum never really gets the attention it should as a sipping liquor. People are too busy adding fruit or mixers to light rums to consider it for more (kind of like tequila — see below). But aged, dark rums can be a thing of beauty. Round mouthfeel and a variety of flavors. This one will impress even my dad who loves dark rum and works at a FWGS store. It promises notes of charred sugarcane, coconut custard and peppery spices. Pair with select chocolates from Macris Chocolates to really seal the deal.
For your intern or someone you really really really like:
And if you really really REALLY like someone, show them you’re amigos with George Clooney’s Casamigos tequila. I highly recommend the Reposado (because I bought it for Intern Jimi and already made him share it with me), but if you prefer white, the Blanco is of similar reputation. I’m not exaggerating, I think this is the best tequila I ever tasted. Ridiculously smooth. Way too easy to drink. Enjoy this with friends — that’s what George Clooney does. This is now on my own wish list, along with these cute shot glasses.