A nice bottle of booze makes an excellent stocking stuffer for a variety of reasons.
For one, it’s the gift that keeps on giving, as it’s unlikely that the recipient will down it all in one sitting (at least we hope they won’t). Pick the right label, and it won’t get stuffed away in a closet like that sweater they’ll never wear. And if it’s really
choice, you may even get to share in a few sips at the next get together.
Below are the best liquid gifts to pick up this season for all types of drinking buddies. (Oh, and if you do
go boozy gift shopping, no one will judge if you also toss a bottle for yourself into the basket. Just sayin’…)
For the budget conscious shopper
Usually, a visit to the shelf that holds inexpensive vodka is something that you should be very, very afraid of. Not with Sobieski, however. This value brand hails from Poland, and it stands up to the higher-end premium labels that novice boozers claim are better. In-the-know drinkers flock to this stuff, which at $10.99 is less than half the price of the fancy varieties.
For the dessert lover
Kahlua recently released a new Peppermint Mocha label that will let you sip some holiday spirit all year round. A few drops from this bottle will liven up any coffee drink, and the hint of peppermint goes well with a slew of desserts. At only $20 a bottle, this is a great way to spread the holiday joy without breaking the bank.
For the adventurous drinker
Rum is only meant to be mixed with cola and used in Mojitos, right? Wrong.
Although a certain Captain may cause many folks to associate this spirit with partying in the tropics, there are a slew of more serious rums that you can sip from a snifter like Cognac or Scotch. Check out a bottle from a company like Brugal, which produces a variety of sip-worthy rums in the Dominican Republic. Hit the Anejo for something easy, or the Extra Viejo Reserva for more complex flavors ($24.99).
For the “Mad Men” fan
Brown spirits are back in style, thanks to all the Manhattans and Old Fashioneds downed by Don Draper and his office buddies (we’re still trying to figure out how they get any work done after drinking so much). The brown spirit to imbibe this season is Johnnie Walker’s just-released Double Black label. It’s essentially the classic Black Label turned up a few notches—a little smokier, a little more intense. If it were to appear under his tree, Don would certainly approve ($40).
For the spirits snob
Maybe you have a friend who is really into cocktail culture, while you can’t tell a gin and tonic from a vodka soda. No worries—even if you don’t know what their favorite spirit is, you really can’t go wrong with Plymouth Gin in a pinch. The stuff has been around since the 1700’s, and was even featured in the first documented martini recipe that was printed in 1896. Classic, and a bargain at around $20 per bottle.