Give the gift of liquid gold—or stock your own bar with these essential liquors for a happier hour this holiday.
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JOHNNIE WALKER BLUE LABEL
You know how your girlfriend squeals any time you bust out with a certain blue-boxed present? Well, this Blue would likely evoke a similar reaction from the whisky enthusiast on your shopping list. The rarest Scotch whisky in the Walker family, this great gift can be made even better with complimentary engraving (through December 24) at New York City’s Grand Central Terminal or johnniewalker.com
This stuff is pure. Like distilled-four-times, filtered-seven-times pure—so it’s exceptional both as a sipper and as a base for kick-ass cocktails. And then there’s its signature design: A conversation starter at any holiday party, the sexy skull bottle makes for a decorative piece long after the last drop of vodka’s been imbibed.
This premium rum from Bacardi blends the family’s finest dark rums—aged up to 23 years and finished in French oak casks. The luxe, limited-quantity sipper boasts a smooth, mellow taste of chocolate, dark caramel, and toasted walnuts—a flavor profile perfect for your palate during the holidays.
Patron margaritas are pretty much synonymous with summer—but the versatile tequila makes a mean Manhattan during the winter, too. This gift set has almost everything you need to whip one up—a bottle of Patron Anejo, Dashfire bitters, and two classic coupe glasses. Just add vermouth!
Jim Beam’s grandson Booker Noe once gave “Booker’s Bourbon” as a holiday present for close family and friends. Now, 25 years later, you too can gift the bourbon aficionado in your life with a first-ever, limited edition batch that’s bottled straight from the barrel—unfiltered and extra-aged.
Moet is a reliable go-to come gift-giving time, but this vintage release, aged for seven years, is extra special. A crisp, expansive champagne with floral and citrus notes—buy one for your boss, or in-laws, or a friend celebrating a December birthday. Then buy one for yourself, so you can pop open your best bottle of bubbly whenever the festive mood strikes you.
For four decades, Anchor Brewing has released Christmas Ale (that's only available through January), and each year features a different, top-secret recipe and a different, hand-drawn tree label. The complex, richly spiced beer goes with everything from turkey to pumpkin pie and makes an awesome stocking stuffer.
Quick: you’ve been invited to your girlfriend’s parents’ house for the holidays. What do you bring? Other than a winning look and personality—a great bottle of wine, of course, and you really can’t go wrong with any of the rich, complex wines from Josh Cellars. If her ‘rents are more white wine drinkers, then we recommend Josh Cellars’ fruity Sauvignon Blanc ($14). For red wine, try the new Legacy Red ($15), a unique blend of Merlot, Zinfandel, Syrah and Petite Sirah. Or just cover your bases and bring one of each. An added incentive for stocking up on Josh Cellars by the case—$1 from each bottle sold during December will go toward Operation Homefront's Holiday Meals for Military.