By Timothy Latterner | December 20, 2016 | Food & Drink
The holidays are all about coming together and celebrating, and there’s no better way to do that than with a drink. If the season’s kept you too busy to get out and shop for your loved ones, a bottle of alcohol is an always-welcome gift that’s sure to get good use:
Reposado Extra Blend Tequila, Blue Nectar ($45). bluenectartequila.passionspirits.com
He’s going to learn all about tequila soon enough, so start him off right with a great, smooth take on the spirit that he won’t want to swear off forever.
Single Malt Whiskey, Pine Barrens ($75).
This is the whiskey that makes it a sin to add ice. The smooth taste of smoky Cherrywood has a silky feel to it that whiskey drinkers old and young can feel comfortable and relaxed enjoying.
Exclusiva Rum, Diplomatico ($35). rondiplomatico.com
Aged for 12 years, this Venezuelan rum is smooth with a rich taste and fruity notes to it. So if she insists on drinking everything neat, at least give her something that’s worth sipping for a while.
Vodka, Double Cross ($37). doublecrossvodka.com
This versatile vodka can do anything from mixed drinks to martinis, to blender cocktails in the summer. It’s the perfect starting point to any great night out.
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, M by Michael Mondavi ($200). michaelmondavifamilyestate.com
From a subtle but beautifully decorated bottle to the full taste, any could-be in-laws would be happy to have you back in their home next time you’re in town.
Beer, Peroni ($19/12pack). peroniitaly.com
This Italian light beer is a great transitional beer for those who stick to Bud Light a little too much. Its light flavor makes it great to enjoy in a tall glass and pairs perfectly with everything from fish to gingerbread cookies.
Shochu, Iichiko ($22). iichiko.co.jp
Shochu is an alcohol from Japan that’s the next great thing in cocktail making. It’s slowly infiltrating American cocktail bar menus, and is the perfect way to tell Jacob that someone else has also been out of the country, too.
Blood Orange, Effen Vodka ($34). effenvodka.com
This vodka has all the strength and weight of other vodkas, but is one of the only brands where the flavored varieties actually taste like the flavor and not like vodka with a hint of orange in it.
Pinot Grigio 2015, Bertani Velante ($14). bertani.net
This light, airy wine is sweet without being too sweet to have to put down. It also has a regulated alcohol content that makes it the perfect wine to enjoy throughout the night without having to send an apology email the next morning.
Whispering Angel Rose, Chateau D’Esclans ($22). esclans.com
This “cool” aunt needs to always be up on the latest trends, which rose is perfectly on point for, especially seeing as you don’t really remember if she drinks white or red. All she’ll need now for this lighter, more refreshing wine is a long straw.
Kentucky Straight Whiskey Bourbon, Old Gran-Dad ($25). beamsuntory.com
This bourbon, first made in Kentucky in 1840, is as American as it gets. It’s a little more rugged and tough than some of the more refined whiskies out there, but, just like grandpa himself, you love it just the same.
Brandy Grande Amber VSOP, Paul Masson ($26). paulmasson.com
She’s just happy to have all her kids under one roof for the holidays. This smooth, fruity brandy is the perfect thing to warm her heart almost as much as it does to see you all grown up.