Inspired by a recent New York Times Magazine article, "Gifts for Drinkers," I made my own list for Santa, er, you.
1. Bloody Mary mixes.
This is a toughie. On the one hand, just a few weeks back we thoroughly enjoyed Fat and Juicy bloodies at Music to Your Mouth. Its "signature hint of smoky heat, fresh horseradish, celery and garlic" starts a day off right. On the other hand, Charleston Bold & Spicy Bloody Mary Mix, took home a 2011 Garden & Gun “Made in the South” award. The 'bold' kick doesn't come from the usual horseradish, it comes from Worcestershire, sea salt, habanero mash and celery seed.
And both call Charleston, South Carolina home.
2. Hollow Book Safe with flask.
Pick from titles including Sense and Sensibility, The Arabian Nights, The Chronicles of Narnia and this Gainesville, Florida-based company will hollow out enough pages for a 6 oz flask. Having a "good read" will take on a whole new meaning.
Drink to your health! What used to be sold as medicines, bitters are used as flavoring in cocktails. I'm sure you've had them in drinks at your local watering hole. But don't be intimidated to mix them in at home! You can buy Peychaud's Bitters and Regans' Orange Bitters from Buffalo Trace based in Frankfort, Kentucky.
4. Govino wine glasses.
The notch makes them easy (and fun?) to hold. The plastic means they can go anywhere. They are like the Snuggie of wine glasses. And I mean that it the nicest way possible.
5. The gift that keeps on giving.
Give Wine to Water wine. Founded by a Raleigh, North Carolina bartender, Wine to Water is a non-profit organization that provides clean water to needy people around the world. When you purchase a $16 bottle of wine, $7 goes right to WtW to fund their efforts.