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23 Great Alcohol Gift Ideas – 2021 Gift Guide for Savvy Drinkers


Christmas is just a few days away, and like many, you are scrambling to find a last minute gift for your friend or family member. If you are looking for a nice gift that will be much more appreciated than a hideous tie or crappy socks, perhaps you should consider alcohol. The 2021 Alcohol Holiday Gift Guide features ideas like mouthwatering tequila, crunchy 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 lively and complex flavor. This 90-degree whiskey is 90% New York State rye and 10% New York State barley. The alcohol gives off aromas of clementines and smoke. This spicy unfiltered rye hits the palate with flavors of black pepper, cinnamon, allspice, juniper and citrus.

1800 Cristalino Tequila (MSRP $ 60)

Don’t be fooled by the crystalline color – 1800 Cristalino Tequila is actually an añejo that has aged in American and French oak barrels for 16 months. Tequila has a slight caramel flavor with hints of vanilla and nutmeg. There is a complex, medium to long finish that leaves you with notes of oak and agave.

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Codigo 1530 Handcrafted Mezcal (MSRP of $ 70)

Codigo’s 1530 Artesanal Mezcal is rested in barrels of Sauvignon Blanc wine and comes to you from the San Juan del Rio area in Oaxaca, Mexico. This baked agave alcohol is different from other mezcals because it is lightly smoked and unsmoked at five alarms. Codigo 1530 Artesanal Mezcal is sweeter than most with floral hints of honey from the start. The super smooth and medium finish ushers in a woody nutty flavor with subtle notes of tobacco and sea air.

Kentucky Coffee ($ 20 MSRP)

First off, this Kentucky bottled ambrosia spirit is dangerously delicious with coffee. That being said, this 33% VV coffee flavored whiskey is smooth, the saccharin perfectly balances the rich body and mouthfeel of cut coffee with the caramel-like characteristics of Kentucky whiskey without exhibiting any false flavors.

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OYO Honey Vanilla Bean Vodka (MSRP $ 35)

Middle West Spirits of Columbus, Ohio, is the first craft distillery to produce cask vodka in North America. The distillery brings a different approach to vodka, especially with its OYO Honey Vanilla Bean vodka. This aromatic alcohol is made from the mashed tender red wheat bill and derives its unique flavor from wildflower honey and organic vanilla beans. The vodka deploys flavors of creamy vanilla, toasted marshmallow and honeysuckle to the taste buds.

Pierre Xocoveza Tres Leches (MSRP $ 16)

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

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

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

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 80 proof weber blue agave spirit presents notes of pineapple and vanilla sweetness, but then ends with a woody, peppery and lemony pinnacle.

Kōloa Kauaʻi Coffee Rum (MSRP $ 35)

This 68-degree saccharific alcohol is made from pure cane sugar and rainwater from Mount Wai’ale’ale in Hawaii. The Kōloa KauaÊ»i Coffee Rum offers an espresso flavor with hints of chocolate and molasses with a nutty finish.

High West Barrel Old Fashioned Cocktail (MSRP $ 45)

Sometimes you don’t have the time or the patience to create your own cocktail. The beauty of High West is that they offer pre-made cocktails that taste like they were created by an experienced and professional bartender.

This 43% ABV cocktail offers whiskey with simple demerara syrup and aromatic bitters. Simply pour it over ice and add an orange slice. This premium pre-dosed whiskey cocktail has notes of licorice root, sassafras, spicy tea and cinnamon.