Philadelphia, December 4 – While the holidays are meant to be a time of joyous celebration and merriment, they often turn into a giant raging fit of gift-giving anxiety. So, in the spirit of the giving season, see below for a guide including gift ideas for the imbiber in your life from $21.99 to $125!
From a bar in a box, to a versatile bourbon that comes in under that $25 white elephant price cap, #phillyphilly beers and ciders and an award-winning rye whiskey with peppery and cherry notes to a make-your-own cocktail experience, give the gift that everybody really wants this holiday season — booze.
- The Shaken Cocktail Kit ($95) has all the necessary tools needed to shake five classic cocktails — just add alcohol! The kit includes a Kariko Shaker, Fine Strainer, two branded rocks glasses, a critus press, and more. The Shaken Cocktail Kit can be purchased here. Hi-res photo can be found here.
- Classic Whiskey Bar Kit ($125) includes every tool needed to make five classic whiskey cocktails, including a wooden muddler, a sphere ice mold, a Kariko Style Shaker, Paychaud’s bitters, and much more. The Classic Whiskey Bar Kit can be purchased here.116 North 3rd Street | http://artintheage.com/ | 215.922.2600
Fond, the acclaimed contemporary American restaurant on Passyunk Square, offers home bartenders an exclusive hands-on experience with its new craft cocktail class series with General Manager Adam Judeh and team. The monthly 10-seat only cocktail classes are $65 per person and include recipes and training on how to make two craft cocktails, a tasting of different spirits and small bites provided by Chef Lee Styer. The January class called ‘2020 on a Sour Note! Explore sours from the history’ will be held on Monday, January 6 from 6:30-8pm and focus on sour cocktails. Interested parties can get more info and secure their spot by calling the restaurant during business hours.
1537 South 11th Street | http://fondphilly.com/ | 215.551.5000
Available at a suggested retail price of $21.99 to $24.99, a bottle of Coopers’ Craft Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey won’t max out the credit card and you’ll be a hit at your office Secret Santa gift exchange. New to Pennsylvania, Coopers’ Craft, Brown-Forman’s newest spirit in 20 years, is a celebration of barrel-making and pays homage to the coopers who raise the barrels. At 82.2 ABV, Coopers’ Craft has a softer and lighter flavor profile, making the bourbon extremely versatile and perfect for mixing or sipping. Coopers’ Craft is a refined quality wood whiskey taken through a unique beech and birch finishing process that appears high-end yet is super affordable.
Louisville, KY | https://www.cooperscraft.com/100-proof/
…Christmas elves in search of a more exclusive spirit to wow family and friends at the upcoming holiday dinner should head to Bluebird Distilling, the award-winning grain-to-glass distillery located in Phoenixville, and check out their Four Grain Bourbon available at $49.99. This exclusive and award-winning 92-percent-proof Four Grain Bourbon boasts notes of sweet spice, oak vanilla, sweet corn, and a medium dry finish of toffee and butterscotch and can be purchased at the Phoenixville distillery itself or at the Bluebird Distilling Tasting Room inside The Shops at Liberty Place in Center City Philadelphia.
100 Bridge Street, Phoenixville | https://bluebirddistilling.com/ | 610.933.7827
Philadelphia Brewing Company, one of Philadelphia’s oldest and largest breweries, knows that the one gift that would make anyone happy this season is a vegan cold brew. From a classic Kenzinger, a German-style pilsner, to Winter Wünder, a traditional holiday beer boasting plums, dates, cinnamon, allspice, clove, and a sprinkle of ginger, stop by the brewery and grab a case to lift your spirits. Insider tip: If you’re not into beer, Philadelphia Brewing Company also offers Commonwealth Ciders (traditional, ginger, black cherry and raspberry tart).
2440 Frankford Ave | http://philadelphiabrewing.com/ | 215.427.2739