Bottoms Up — December 22, 2014 at 3:35 pm

The Lush Life: Holiday Gifts for Those Who Imbibe



The holidays are a time for merriment, warm fires, hot chocolate, and friends and family. Finding gifts is always a struggle, but one that always goes over well, and can be purchased last minute, is alcohol. Bring the gift that makes everyone smile a little wider this holiday season!


For those partial to tequila, we suggest you try a new, ultra-premium tequila brand called Baron Tequila, that is handcrafted in Mexico. Made from 100% agave and certified gluten-free, and also kosher, this is one tequila you don’t want to head to the parties without. Since its launch in November, the tequila has impressed everyone, taking home a handful of awards, including a 91 from Wine Enthusiast and a gold medal from both the SF Spirits Competition and the Los Angeles Spirits Competition. The 750mL bottle retails for $55.


If you want to impress friends and family with something off the beaten path, pick up a bottle of SomruS, an Indian cream liqueur. The liqueur, whose name translates to “nectar of the Gods,” is made using a blend of eastern spices, nuts and cream to produce a divine spirit that perfectly complements Indian cuisine using some of their most vibrant and well-known flavors. Bottles range from $24.99 to $29.99.


If you’re looking to find a spirit that will take you to a different time and place, Manhattan Moonshine is the way to go. The Prohibition-style spirit was developed by whiskey veteran and master distiller Ian Smiley, along with Will Kehler and is made to emulate true, authentic moonshine. Made using a combination of grains, oats, barley and rye, the end result is an unpaged whiskey that is both sourced and distilled in New York and can be sipped like a traditional whiskey, clocking in at 47.5% ABV. Bottles retail for $45.



If convenience is your ish, Stack Wine is your solution. These fun, innovative wines, are conveniently packaged to allow for people to enjoy wine without the hassle of glassware and corkscrews. Each bottle contains four individually sealed shatterproof glasses of premium California wine. Take your pick of Cabernet Sauvignon, Red Blend, Chardonnay or Pinot Grigio and get stacking! Bottles retail for $12.99.


Any fan of the acclaimed TV series will love Downton Abbey Wine. Crafted from premium fruit in Bordeaux, France, this special collection of wines includes Downton Abbey Blanc (70% Muscadelle, 30% Semillon Blanc) and Downton Abbey Claret (70% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Malbec), as well as a Downton Abbey Candle in French Claret and Downton Abbey Tea in English Rose, which includes 36 tea bags. This incredible gift set is available for $59.99 and is the perfect accompaniment to the upcoming season.


For those looking to get their rum on, Rhum Clément is a wonderful choice for any soiree. In fact, we recommend their limited edition, ultra-luxury Clément V.S.O.P. Rhum Agricole Vieux series by JonOne, of which only 10,000 bottles have been produced. Not only is the bottle itself beautiful, but you will also find that the rum is both smooth and complex in taste. Bottles retail for $45.


Settle down with some fine whiskey over the holidays with Tullamore D.E.W. Celebratory Phoenix. In honor of the opening  of the brand’s new distillery, this limited edition single batch only has 2,014 bottles in production. It boasts rich vanilla, creamy toffee and spice, while signature notes of green leafy matiness can be detected along with the warmth of Virgin Oak. Bottles retail for $110.

Twisted Talk: What is your spirit of choice? Have you tried any of these alcohols before? Discuss below!

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