Spirited Holiday Gift Guide and Cocktails

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Spirited Holiday Gift Guide and Cocktails
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A Spirited Holiday Gift Guide

Here is a spirited holiday gift guide and some cocktail recipes to help you be the best hostess or gift-giver this season. On the 12th day of Christmas, be the ‘true love’ that gives spirited holiday gifts from William Grant & Sons, named “Distiller of the Year” by the prestigious International Wine & Spirit Competition and International Spirits Challenge 11 times over the past 16 years. The family-owned distillery with a diverse portfolio of award-winning, super-premium liquor brands, suggests 12spirited holiday bottles and cocktails for your ‘true love’, or anyone else on your list.  These savory libations cross various price ranges, tastes, and delights for one to enjoy for later or to open immediately and share with family and friends.

Holiday Cocktails

Scottish Eggnog

12 parts Drambuie

4 egg yolks 

4 egg whites 

1 pint heavy cream 

1 cup heavy cream

2 dash vanilla 

1 tsp freshly grated nutmeg

Optional: 4 parts of Glenfiddich 12 Year Old if you’d like more of a kick!  

In a bowl, beat the egg yolks until the color lightens. Add the Drambuie, milk, cream, nutmeg, and vanilla. Place the egg whites in a bowl and beat into stiff peaks. Whisk the egg whites into the mixture. Chill in the fridge one, two, or three days, serve in a punch bowl and sprinkle with grated nutmeg. 

Some things never change, like Eggnog during the holidays and the way Drambuie is crafted. So it makes sense to pair the two up to make a classic cocktail taste even better! Drambuie’s memorable taste is the result of infusing a unique blend of aged Scotch whisky with a secret combination of spices, heather honey and herbs. www.drambuie.com

 

Milagro Coffee Cocktail

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1 ½ parts Milagro Añejo

¾ part Ancho Reyes Chili Liqueur

4 parts Fresh Brewed Coffee

1 tsp Brown Sugar

1 part Heavy Cream

Garnish: Two Coffee Beans, whipped cream, chili flakes

Build in a clear mug or other drink vessel suitable for hot beverages. Top with whipped cream and chili flakes and two coffee beans.  

The hot Coffee Cocktail uses Milagro Añejo tequila, a 100% blue agave tequila which is aged in American oak barrels for a minimum of 14 months, creating a well-rounded flavor. This beverage will warm the heart and the hands! www.milagrotequila.com

 

Sailor Jerry Apple Ginger Punch

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1 ½ parts Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum

2 parts sour mix

1 part apple juice

1 part ginger syrup

Pinch of ground cinnamon

Add ingredients into mixing glass, add ice, shake, strain over ice into a rocks glass and garnish with an apple slice and a sprinkle of ground cinnamon.

Cozy up next to the fire with this refreshing cocktail made with Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum.  The all-natural spices and flavors chosen give the rum a smooth taste characterized by top notes of vanilla and cinnamon. Norman ‘Sailor Jerry’ Collins was a craftsman whose tattoos were precise, bold and flawless and the rum that is named after such a man, is no different. www.sailorjerry.com

 

Chocolate Martini

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1.5 parts Reyka Vodka

1 part chocolate liqueur

1 part crème de cacao

1 part half & half

Glass :Martini

Garnish: chocolate syrup

Method: shake

Combine ingredients. Shake and strain.

Enjoy a sweet treat with the Chocolate Martini made with the clean, crisp spirit of Reyka Vodka. Relish this very unique vodka, born of Iceland’s magical land of volcanoes and glaciers, vast fields of lava rock, towering waterfalls of spring water and some of the cleanest air in the world. www.reyka.com

 

Ancho-Jito

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2 parts Ancho Reyes

1 part Fresh Lime Juice

.5 oz Simple Syrup

7-9 leaves of fresh Mint

3 Lime wedges

Soda water

Add mint, lime wedges and simple syrup into a shaker tin. Lightly smash the ingredients together. Add FDC, Ancho Reyes, lime juice and ice and shake. Strain all contents into a double rocks glass. Garnish with a mint sprig and lime wheel.

The uniquely bold, Ancho Reyes liqueur is crafted from a blend of native ingredients and local spirits. The signature crop, ancho chile, gives the liqueur a smoky and heated taste that will warm you from the inside out!www.anchoreyes.com

 

Solerno Sours

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50ml Solerno

25ml Lemon juice

10ml sugar syrup

1 dash angostura bitters

2 dashes orange bitters

Shake and strain, into a Solerno cocktail glass over cubed ice. Garnish with Blood Orange slice.

Solerno Blood Orange liqueur brings a bright and fresh flavor to classic cocktails. The liqueur collects the fragrant essential oils of Sicily’s blood oranges, picked at the peak of their season; they are then married with other ingredients to create an elegant and refined liqueur. www.solernoliqueur.com

Hanukkah begins one day before Christmas, and for those who are kosher, William Grant & Sons is pleased to share the list of attached kosher spirits. On June 1, 2016, Manchester Beth Din, the Jewish Esslesiastical Court for Greater Manchester, visited the manufacturing plants of William Grant & Sons Ltd and have certified the following products are Kosher and Parev until May 31, 2017. Please email assistant@friedmanpr.com for the entire list of William Grant & Sons Kosher certified products. A Kosher spirited holiday gift guide.

Glenfiddich 14 Year Old

Here is a perfect spirited holiday gift. Exclusive to the United States, this bourbon barrel reserve is a celebration of American spirit that uniquely delivers a bourbon heart with the soul of single malt.  Matured for 14 years in ex-bourbon American Oak casks, the whisky delivers beautifully complex flavors of woody spices combined with ripe summer fruit, resulting from the spirit’s interaction with the casks. After waiting patiently for 14 years, Glenfiddich Malt Master, Brian Kinsman, finishes the whisky in deep charred new American Oak barrels supplied by The Kelvin Cooperage in Louisville, Kentucky. The result: a rich, sweet and vibrant single malt. Suggested Retail Price: $49.99  www.glenfiddich.com

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The Balvenie 12 year old DoubleWood Single Malt Scotch Whisky is a great gift for the Father with a refined palate. The Balvenie 12 year old DoubleWood is transferred from a traditional oak bourbon cask to a European oak sherry cask during maturation, hence the name DoubleWood. This whisky is smooth and mellow and gives undertones of nutty sweetness, cinnamon spiciness and a proportioned layer of sherry which gives a long and warming finish. A wonderful spirited holiday gift. (SRP $54.99)www.thebalvenie.com

 

Tullamore D.E.W., the second largest Irish whiskey in the world, released this year the Tullamore D.E.W. Trilogy. Inspired by the power of three that defines Tullamore D.E.W. – a blend of three whiskeys that is three times distilled – Trilogy is matured in three cask types of three unique woods, including rum casks, a first for Tullamore D.E.W. Aged for 15 years, Tullamore D.E.W. Trilogy is matured first in bourbon barrels, followed by Oloroso Sherry butts and then finished in rum casks. These seasoned casks impart a tropical fruit nose and rich creamy fudge flavor to the spirit. (SRP $79.99) www.tullamoredew.com

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Hudson Whiskey Maple Cask Rye

As the first whiskey made in New York since the end of Prohibition, Hudson Whiskey has established itself as a pioneer of the craft spirits movement and saw a wonderful partnership with Vermont-based Woods Syrup, a maple syrup producer that ages syrup in barrels. Now, after aging his maple syrup in Hudson bourbon casks, the maple tapper sends back his maple syrup-cured casks, which the Hudson Whiskey team fills with rye whiskey to rest for an additional four months to allow the flavors inside to blend. This cask finish technique creates a well-balanced taste profile of maple sweetness with all of the spiciness of rye whiskey, and no additional ingredients. Hudson Whiskey makes a great spirited holiday gift. Suggested Retail Price: $44.99 (375ml) www.hudsonwhiskey.com

 

Since it was first introduced to America more than ten years ago, Hendrick’s Gin has been at the forefront of a drinking revolution. Not since the mid-19th century and the beginning of gentrified gin has there been quite such a stir amongst tipplers of this wonderful beverage. With its distinctive blend of botanicals, its signature infusion of cucumber and rose petals and its pioneering distillation technique, Hendrick’s Gin has captivated the attention of bartenders and bon vivants across the nation. Suggested Retail Price: $34.99   www.hendricksgin.com

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Montelobos is an unaged joven mezcal that has been meticulously crafted to achieve perfect balance and complexity by boldly integrating all the notes that mezcal has to offer: the green notes from the agave botanicals, the sweet and caramel-like notes from the roasted piñas, the fruity and pungent notes obtained by complex fermentation, and finally the smoke notes that come from the pit. All are expressed in a multilayered, multidimensional experience imagined and orchestrated by Montelobos co-founder and creator Iván Saldaña. A great spirited holiday gift. Suggested Retail Price: $49.99  www.montelobos.com

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