Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Ingredients for a Great Gift

More than likely, you have a friend who is the consummate hostess. Every party she hosts seems to have the perfect balance of ambience, food, conversation and of course, cocktails. So what do you get the hostess who already is (and has) the mostess? The Bubbly Bar: Champagne and Sparkling Wine Cocktails for Every Occasion -- and a basket full of goodies to go with it. Flip through the book and find ingredients she may not have on hand like, PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur, Tuaca and Chambord. Package the book and the liqueur in an attractive basket and wait patiently for your next party invite!

Yo (Ho) Ho Ho

There’s just something about rum that we love. It has a warmth to it you just don’t find in most liquors. And Mount Gay Rum is simply the best in our humble opinions. Know a friend or family member who cherishes tradition and appreciates the finer things in life? Mount Gay 1703 Old Cask Selection, at $100, will make the quintessential gift. Know a friend or family member who’s not quite worth a $100 gift? Mount Gay Extra Old is just $50 a bottle!

For Your (Blues) Brother

We have to admit, we have a tendency to get a bit star-struck at times. We’re suckers for anything remotely associated with celebrities. Maybe that’s why we adore Crystal Head Vodka. Created by Dan Akroyd, this super-premium, quadruple distilled, triple crystal-filtered vodka tastes amazing and comes in the coolest bottle we’ve ever seen! We can’t think of a better gift for the super stars on your list.

Vermouth for the Couth

Where would the martini (arguably the world’s hippest drink) be without vermouth? Exactly. That’s why Carpano Antica Formula is never far from our liquor cabinet. Quite possibly the perfect vermouth, its warming flavors of vanilla, dried fruit and orange peel will delight even the most discriminating aficionado. If nothing else, the gorgeous packaging alone is worth the $29.99.

Put a Stag in their Stocking

The Dalmore, with its stag’s head logo, could not be more perfect for the outdoorsmen (or women) in your life. Whether they’re hunting for waterfowl or Waterford, your friends and family will warm up to this gift after the first sip. Frankly, we could cozy up to the fireplace and drink this all day long (it’s like a down comforter for the inside of your body!). From the basic 12-Year-Old to the limited edition 1263 King Alexander, The Dalmore just makes life better – inside and out.

Gifts That Suit Them to a Tea

Heidi Kyser knows a thing or two about tea. She should. After all, she’s editor of World Tea News. So when she recommends gifts, we’re all ears (and taste buds).

Take the Breville Variable-Temperature Electric Kettle. It allows for customized temperature and steeping time to produce the perfectly
personalized tea drinking experience for just $50.

Second on her list is the Flowering Tea Gift Set with Glass Tea Mug. The set includes four flowering tea buds and a unique glass tea-brewing mug. A truly tasteful gift for only $20.

Rishi Tea has won 1st place at the World Tea Championship for two years in a row. So when they announced their new Taste of Origin gifts, we got all tea-ngly inside! The Taste of Origin program launches with three exclusive Organic and Fair Trade Certified gift sets. Each set features unique teas from exceptional micro-lots, hand selected during peak harvest season. And the best part? Proceeds from the Taste of Origin gifts directly support environmental and social initiatives in Mannong Manmai’s ancient tea villages, including improved clean water distribution and better educational opportunities.

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