This year, the hottest gifts are decidedly practical, yet far from dull. Take Louis XIII, for example. This luxurious cognac, presented in a reproduction of a 16th century crystal decanter, is an artistic treasure that brings instant warmth to any party, in any season.
For gifts with a colorful statement, festive red Pama lifts spirits with its sensationally flavorful pomegranate liquor, while Hypnotiq’s mix of exotic fruit juices and premium liquor celebrates special occasions with its icy-blue appeal.
For the Mojito- and Margarita-loving hosts, a bottle of Tommy Bahama rum or Lunazul tequila says you know that a premium cocktail is the sum of its ingredients — and only the best will do for you, my friend.
There’s never been a better time than now to experiment with sensational liquors and create unique spins on popular cocktails, yet there’s something to be said for traditional favorites. A noble spirit indeed, Crown Royal whisky presents its Cask No. 16, a blend of 50 aged whiskies, in a beautiful faceted bottle, along with its signature velvet bag and collector’s tube.
Maker’s Mark whisky, which prides itself on ingredients from select farm cooperatives, offers a truly American story hand-dipped in red wax.
This year, the trifecta of perfection — Baileys with a hint of caramel, Baileys with a hint of mint chocolate and, of course, Baileys Original Irish Cream – has added Baileys with a hint of coffee to its stable of after-dinner indulgences.
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Whether shared with friends or savored slowly, a premium liquor or bottle of wine is the perfect gifts to warm hearts, sooth worries, and raise spirits.
Louis XIII belongs to a world of its own. Radiant and rare, it rises above ordinary, everyday life. While most measure their lives in years, Louis XIII measures in centuries. With its grace, refinement and taste, Louis XIII is a result of a tireless pursuit of excellence. Richly woven with history and steeped in family tradition, Louis XIII is acclaimed as the ultimate taste reference for cognac and a statement of true luxury. Created in 1874, Louis XIII is the world’s first ultra premium spirit and the pride of Rémy Martin.
It is presented in a faithful reproduction of an original 16th century Renaissance decanter. Each vessel is individually marked with a unique secret code, and is a true benchmark of craftsmanship. A blend of 1,200 eaux-de-vies, Louis XIII is aged 40-100 years in limousin oak casks called tiercons. For three generations, the highly skilled cellar masters have taken great care in their work, painstakingly adhering to each minute detail of the original recipe in order to ensure consistently superior taste and quality.
A crystal vase is an elegant gift, but a crystal decanter filled with the world’s finest eaux-de-vie makes a superb statement. The ‘King of Cognacs,’ Louis XIII is a symbol of sophistication and contemporary luxury, with an enduring legacy that will be treasured by the king or queen in your life. Available in 1.75L, 750mL and 50 mL.
©2008 E. Rémy Martin & Co., Louis XIII® Grande Champagne Cognac, 40% Alc./Vol., Imported by Rémy Cointreau USA, Inc., New York, NY. Louis XIII Bottle Design ®
Maker’s Mark uses pure, iron-free limestone spring water obtained exclusively from our 10-acre limestone spring-fed lake at the distillery.
We’re very choosy about selecting the grains that go into our whisky. First, we use yellow corn and red winter wheat from specially selected small farm cooperatives, all of which are located near the distillery. This wheat gives our whisky its soft, mellow taste.
We use an old-fashioned rollermill, and we never pressure-cook our grain. By using an open cooker, we extend the subtle grain flavors into our whisky.
Finally, every bottle is hand-dipped in our signature red wax.
This holiday season, give someone special the gift of Maker’s Mark. This handcrafted whisky is rich in tradition and heritage; it was started — and is still operated — by the Samuels family. Come visit us at our distillery in Loretto, Ky., for an experience you won’t soon forget. For more information, please visit www.makersmark.com.
Maker’s Mark Manhattan
Fill a mixing glass or cocktail shaker 3/4 full with ice. Add Maker’s Mark, a good quality sweet vermouth, and maraschino cherry juice. Shake or stir for about 30 seconds. Strain into chilled Manhattan glass. Garnish with a maraschino cherry (served up, no ice).
When the night calls, the “blue moon” of Lunazul is the tequila that beckons the spirit and independence of the majestic wolf that lives inside you. This is top-quality tequila, made from 100 percent estate-grown and crafted blue agave. One taste will tell you why Lunazul is a fitting tribute to its origins in Tequila, Jallsco, Mexico. Choose from two types: Reposado, with smooth vanilla notes and a classic, earthy agave taste with a smoky finish; or Blanco, with a spicy nose, hints of hot pepper, and a very smooth mint eucalyptus finish.
Is there someone with an adventurous spirit on your list? A bottle of Lunazul Reposado or Blanco is a great gift choice.
Blue Moon Margarita
1 1/2 oz. Lunazul Blanco
3/4 oz. orange liqueur
3/4 oz. fresh lime juice
Pour the ingredients into a shaker with ice cubes. Shake well. If desired, salt the rim of a chilled margarita glass. Strain into glass over fresh ice, garnish with a lime wedge.
TOMMY BAHAMA ULTRA PREMIUM RUM – TASTE PARADISE:
Made on the island of Barbados with coral-filtered water and the finest blackstrap molasses, Tommy Bahama Ultra Premium Rums are aged in American oak barrels and blended by a master distiller. Tommy Bahama White Sand is a light-bodied rum, aged a minimum of two years. Tommy Bahama Golden Sun is a full-bodied dark rum, aged for three years.
This holiday season spread the warmth of the islands with Tommy Bahama Ultra Premium Rum. Look for Tommy Bahama White Sand and Tommy Bahama Golden Sun at your favorite liquor store, now available in easy-to-gift holiday tin containers.
Throwing a party? Get the festivities started by mixing up a few Tommy Bahama Merry Mojitos…
Tommy Bahama Merry Mojito
2 parts Tommy Bahama White Sand Rum
1 teaspoon superfine sugar
The juice of 1 lime
1 bunch of fresh mint
Dash of sparkling soda
Muddle ingredients in a shaker. Add ice and Tommy Bahama White Sand Rum. Shake well and pour into a chilled glass. Add sparkling soda. Garnish with a peppermint stick and a sprig of fresh mint.
PAMA® POMEGRANATE LIQUEUR
With its rich, ruby color and the complex, sweet-yet-tart taste of its all-natural pomegranates, PAMA® Pomegranate Liqueur is ultimately mixable and completely unique. In addition to all-natural pomegranate juice, PAMA is made with premium vodka and a touch of imported tequila. Perfect cocktails begin with PAMA, from a simple PAMA & club soda to a perfect PAMA martini. Creative bartenders have discovered PAMA, and now you can, too. You’ll soon find that PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur is Pomegranate Perfected. ®
What could be more appropriate for the holidays than the rich red of the PAMA holiday gift box? Packed inside is a 750 ml bottle of PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur and a beautiful champagne flute.
Champagne is one of the most popular drinks during the holidays. You can serve your guests a distinctive twist on the traditional champagne toast by adding a touch of PAMA for bright color and tempting taste.
2 oz. PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur
1 oz. Super Premium Vodka
¼ oz. Orange-Flavored Liqueur
Shake all ingredients over ice.
Strain into martini glass.
Garnish with lemon zest.
For more delicious PAMA recipes and entertaining tips, visit pamaliqueur.com
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1 bottle of CHILLED red wine (Sierra Cantabria Rioja)
1 lemon cut into wedges
1 orange cut into wedges
2 Tbsp sugar
1 shot brandy
2 cups ginger ale or club soda
Pour wine into the pitcher and squeeze the juice wedges from the lemon and orange into the wine. Toss in the fruit wedges (leaving out seeds if possible) and add sugar and brandy. Add ginger ale or club soda just before serving. Serve over lots of ice.
What would the holidays be without getting together with your friends to share a glass of good cheer? Be sure you invite HPNOTIQ along to the festivities. Better yet, present your host or hostess with a distinctive HPNOTIQ holiday gift set containing a bottle of your favorite drink and two fabulous rocks glasses.
2 oz. HPNOTIQ
1 oz. super premium vodka
Splash pineapple juice
Garnish with a rock candy stir stick.
For more fabulous recipes, visit hpnotiq.com
CROWN ROYAL® CASK NO. 16®
Crown Royal® Cask No. 16® is an ultra-premium blend of over 50 different individually aged whiskies. Crown Royal® and cognac are often referred to as Noble Spirits due to their great history and craftsmanship. For the first time, our master blender brings together these two great traditions by finishing our fine Canadian whisky in rare cognac casks from the Limousin forest in France, distinctly marked “16” to represent their place of origin.
As someone who recognizes premium whiskies, you’ll appreciate the expertise that went into the creation of this new blend. The extra care that went into this blend imparts subtle hints of rich dried fruits and a heightened smoothness to create the balanced yet complex taste of Crown Royal® Cask No. 16.
Experience the artistry of this superbly crafted and finished whisky neat in a snifter or a rocks glass.
Crown Royal® Cask No. 16 is offered in a faceted 750ml and 375ml decanter-style bottle, black velvet bag and collector’s gift tube.
Suggested Retail $100 for 750ml.
BAILEYS® WITH A HINT OF COFFEE
After dinner coffee now has just the right cream – new Baileys® with a hint of Coffee – the perfect after dinner indulgence.
This new offering from Baileys® has the all natural ingredients and quality that discerning consumers would expect from the world’s best-selling cream liqueur. New Baileys® with a hint of Coffee delicately blends the taste of fine coffee into the cream liqueur for a pairing that will turn even non-coffee sippers into coffee & cream cocktail lovers.
Other indulgent offerings from Baileys® include Baileys® with a hint of Caramel, Baileys® with a hint of Mint Chocolate, and of course, Baileys® Original Irish Cream.
BAILEYS® has an exquisite home-entertaining gift set available this holiday – a Chocolate Martini Kit complete with a 750ml of Baileys® Original Irish Cream Liqueur and a 2.5 oz. STIRRINGS Chocolate Martini Rimmer®.
To present perfect chocolate martinis to your guests, just add Smirnoff® Vanilla Flavored Vodka* to the mix (sold separately), and follow the instructions on the package. Also a fine hostess gift, the Baileys® Chocolate Martini Kit is available at retail outlets and wine & spirit shops throughout Michigan.
*Smirnoff® Vanilla Flavored Vodka not included, must be purchased separately.
Baileys® Grand Finale
2oz Baileys® with a hint of Coffee
¼ oz Grand Marnier® liqueur
Pour Baileys® with a hint of Coffee into chocolate and sugar rimmed rocks glass over ice.
Drizzle Grand Marnier onto Baileys®.
BAILEYS Irish Cream Liqueur. 17% Alc/Vol. ©2008 R & A Bailey & Co. Imported by Paddington, Ltd., Norwalk, CT.
GRAND MARNIER® is a registered trademark of Société des Produits Marnier-Lapostolle, Paris and is used under license