Any schmo can run to the liquor store 10 minutes before a party and pick up a bottle of booze—and that’s fine if you’re just partying with your buddies. But when the occasion is fancier and warrants a more refined gift, you need to step up the presentation. Dinner with the in-laws? After-work drinks at your boss’ pad? A romantic meal at home with your significant other? You need a bottle that’s as classy as the occasion.
After sitting in purgatory for 20 years, this rare and coveted whiskey is back in a limited-edition run. “The flavor is deep and complex—smoke, apples, cherries, plus the scent of fine leather,” says Ewan Morgan, master of whiskey for Orphan Barrel.
On the eve of Frank’s 100th birthday comes this tribute to the musician who dubbed Jack Daniel’s “nectar of the gods.” Sinatra Select is aged in oak barrels with extra- deep grooves. The result is a dark amber color and a rich smokiness with a hint of caramel and vanilla.
“Roca’s ideal for the drinker in the know,” says Josh Mazza, co-owner of The Gilroy in NYC. Extracted from 100% blue agave via a 500-year-old process, this earthy spirit has a bolstered alcohol content that, promises Mazza, will keep it from getting lost in a margarita.
With its hints of honey, pepper, plum, and chocolate, this Grey Goose- and-cognac blend is ideal for sipping on the rocks. “It’s a very sophisticated spirit,” says David Kaplan, co-owner of popular NYC speakeasy Death & Co.
“It has the drinkability of a vodka with the soul of a young cognac.”
Aged in the finest oak for at least two-and-a- half years, this tequila has something for everyone. “There’s spice and vanilla to satisfy the palate of astute whiskey drinkers, while tequila enthusiasts will love the sweet agave flavor,” says Marshall Altier, author and founder of Spirit House Consultants.
BLUECOAT GINJust like other gins, Bluecoat begins with juniper berries. Unlike other gins, it uses organic berries, so it gives way to more earthy, spicy notes and a citrusy finish—yielding a classic, clean martini with a twist. The beautiful, blue-hued bottle will stand out in any home bar.$28, bluecoatgin.comYour No-Time Holiday Workout >>>