Monday, December 20, 2010

Lounge Essentials: Last Minute Holiday Gifts

Jay Kosmas and Dushan Zaric by Jill DeGroff
Here are some last minute gift ideas for the favorite tippler in your life.


The Fine Art of Mixing Girls by Jack Newcastle. This debut novel is a mid-century comedy of cocktail proportions!
Speakeasy: The Employees Only Guide to Classic Cocktails Reimagined by Jason Kosmas and Dushan Zaric. The gents behind Employees Only, one of the most successful bars in New York City, share their recipes, wisdom, and new twists on old classic cocktails using fresh ingredients, juice, and homemade syrups.

Lush Life: Portraits from the Bar by Jill De Groff. Saloon artist Jill De Groff captures the essence of the spirits community with a unique collection of caricatures of  barkeepers, barflies, and booze hounds.

The Home Bar:

Whisk(e)y Lover Gift Set
The Whisk(e)y Lover gift set by Teroforma
Ideal for enjoying that special dram Glasses: 8 Fl. oz | 2 1/2" Tall // Stones: 3/4-7/8" The Set includes 2 mouthblown Avva tumblers (dishwasher safe) and 6 Whisky Stones.  

Colonial Ties Gift Basket from Barkeeper Silver Lake

Eric Alperin of The Varnish in Los Angeles creates the cocktail aficionado's dream gift basket. The Mixologist Cocktail Boxes include the recipe and the specific brand of spirit that the Mixologist utilize in manufacturing their cocktails.

(1 Bottle Appleton Jamaican Rum Reserve, 1 Bottle Old Overholt Rye, 1 Bottle Absente Absinthe, 1 Bottle Regans Orange Bitters, 1 Bottle Fever Tree Club Soda, 4 Brown Sugar Cubes, 1 Peeler, 1 Bar Spoon with Disk, 2 Old Fashioned Glasses)


Beefeater Winter Edition Gin (Limited)
(80 Proof -  available only in select markets including New York and San Francisco) Developed by Beefeater’s Master Distiller Desmond Payne, Beefeater Winter Edition is specially formulated for sipping on cold winter nights, with traditional seasonal flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg, and pine shoots. In addition, there is a hint of Sevilla orange peels.  These flavors are said to enhance the piney flavor of juniper, the most vital botanical in all premium gin. Perfect in winter punches!
$20.00 at Astor Liquors

Hot Apple Gin
1 oz Beefeater Winter Edition Gin
3 oz Hot Pressed Apple Juice

Pour Gin in cup a toddy cup and add hot pressed apple cider. Garnish with nutmeg and cinnamon stick.

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