Alcohol Gift Ideas – 2021 Spirits Gift Guide For Discerning Drinkers

Alcohol Drinks Spirits Gift Guide 2021 Christmas Holiday

Christmas is just days away, and like many, you’re scrambling to find a last-minute gift for your friend or family member. If you’re looking to get a great gift that will be appreciated far more than a hideous tie or crummy socks, perhaps you should consider alcohol. The 2021 alcohol holiday gift guide offers ideas such as tantalizing tequila, crisp vodka, and sumptuous bourbon.

Fort Hamilton Single Barrel Rye Whiskey (MSRP $55)

Aged for three years in American White Oak barrels, Fort Hamilton Single Barrel Rye Whiskey offers a bright and complex flavor. This 90 proof whiskey is comprised of 90% New York State Rye and 10% New York State Barley. The spirit emits aromas of clementines and smokiness. This spicy non-chill-filtered rye hits the palate with flavors of black pepper, cinnamon, allspice, juniper, and citrus.

1800 Cristalino Tequila (MSRP $60)

Don’t let the crystal-clear color fool you – 1800 Cristalino Tequila is actually an añejo that has been aged in American and French oak barrels for 16 months. The tequila boasts a light caramel flavor with hints of vanilla and nutmeg. There is a medium-to-long complex finish that leaves you with notes of oak and agave.

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Codigo 1530 Artesanal Mezcal (MSRP $70)

Codigo’s 1530 Artesanal Mezcal is rested in sauvignon blanc wine barrels and comes to you from the San Juan del Rio region of Oaxaca, Mexico. This oven-cooked agave spirit is different than other mezcals because it is slightly smokey, and not five-alarm-fire smokiness. Codigo 1530 Artesanal Mezcal is sweeter than most with floral notes of honey right off the bat. The super-smooth, medium finish ushers in a woody, nutty, flavor with subtle hints of tobacco and sea air.


Kentucky Coffee ($20 MSRP)

First off, this ambrosial spirit bottled in Kentucky is dangerously delicious with coffee. That being said, this 33% alcohol by volume coffee-flavored whiskey is smooth, saccharine perfectly balances the rich body and mouthfeel of cutting coffee with caramelesque features of Kentucky whiskey without presenting fake flavors.

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OYO Honey Vanilla Bean Vodka (MSRP $35)

Middle West Spirits out of Columbus, Ohio, is the first craft distillery to barrel rest vodka in North America. The distillery brings a different approach to vodka, especially with their OYO Honey Vanilla Bean Vodka. This aromatic spirit is made from soft red wheat mash bill, and gets its unique flavor from wildflower honey and organic vanilla beans. The vodka parades flavors of creamy vanilla, toasted marshmallow, and honeysuckle over the taste buds.

Stone Xocoveza Tres Leches (MSRP $16)

The focus of the holiday alcohol gift guide is sprits, but one beer was so distinct that it deserved to be on the list. Stone Xocoveza Tres Leches borrows iconic flavors from Mexico to create a unique brew. The beer features flavors of spicy hot chocolate with the creamy, indulgent dessert of tres leches. This imperial stout is brewed with chocolate, coffee, Pasilla peppers, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg. There is a sweetness that is balanced out by the bold spice of Pasilla peppers, mild roast coffee, and cinnamon.

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Recuerdo 5″ KO Limited Edition Reposado (MSRP $70)

Recuerdo 5″ KO is a limited edition mezcal perfect for the fight fan in your life. The alcohol celebrates UFC fighter Jorge “Gamebred” Masvidal’s 2019 five-second knockout – which was scored the fastest knockout in UFC history at the time. Masvidal is a partner in Recuerdo mezcal. Only 5,000 bottles of the Recuerdo 5″ KO Limited Edition Reposado will be produced. The spirit is made from Agave Espadín plants and is the only mezcal with five “gusanos” – Spanish for edible Agave worms AKA maguey worms. The spirit is aged five months in new American Oak barrels. The smooth flavor is balanced by salinity, herbal hints, woodiness, and smokiness.

Corralejo Tequila Reposado (MSRP $30)

Corralejo has been producing tequila in Guanajuato, Mexico, since 1775. The company’s reposado is aged in French, American and Encino barrels to deliver a smooth flavor. The matured blue weber agave 80 proof spirit presents hints of pineapple and vanilla sweetness, but then finishes with an oaky, peppery, lemony pinnacle.

Kōloa Kauaʻi Coffee Rum (MSRP $35)

This 68 proof sacchariferous alcohol is crafted from pure cane sugar and rainwater from Mount Waiʻaleʻale in Hawaii. The Kōloa Kauaʻi Coffee Rum offers an espresso flavor with bursts of chocolate and molasses with a finish of hazelnuts.

High West Barrel Finished Old Fashioned Cocktail (MSRP $45)

Sometimes you don’t have the time or patience to craft your own cocktail. The beauty of High West is that they offer already-made cocktails that taste like they were created by a seasoned and professional bartender.
This 43% ABV cocktail offers whiskey with demerara simple syrup and aromatic bitters. Simply pour it over ice and add an orange slice. This premium pre-batched whiskey cocktail has notes of licorice root, sassafras, spiced tea, and cinnamon.

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