5 Gifts for the Cocktail Lover
What? Not done with your holiday shopping? Yeah, neither are we. But we've been making lists -- and checking them twice -- and we've got some suggestions for the nice people on your list. Today, Chow Bella's Gift Guide for the cocktail lover.
Courtesy of Bill Buitenhuys. Spice up any cocktail with AZ Bitters Labs' figgy pudding bitters.
Craft cocktailing has become as much a culinary art as any entrée in recent years, which means you likely know someone who falls into the category of amateur mixologist. Though these drinks often rely on fresh produce and handmade syrups and tinctures, there are some great locally made products that you can buy for the aspiring bartender's home collection to spice up their imbibing life.
Figgy Pudding Bitters from AZ Bitters Lab
Almost every great craft cocktail bar in Phoenix uses one of AZ Bitters Labs' boutique bitters in a drink or two. Inspired by bartenders' ingenuity in town, Bill and Lill Buitenhuys decided to pitch into the scene and make some truly unique bitters combinations with explosive flavors. The figgy pudding bitters is a great addition to any holiday cocktail due to its intense cinnamon, cardamom and clove spicing with a fig and currant base. You can buy a bottle of figgy pudding bitters, along with the two other flavors, for $18.95 on the AZ Bitters Lab's website or pick them up in person at Wedge & Bottle, JAM, Sun Devil Liquors and the new Whole Foods in Phoenix.
Copper City Bourbon from Arizona Distilling Co.
Courtesy of Rodney Hu. A true imbiber will love the gift of locally-made craft bourbon.
The mark of any burgeoning cocktail scene is the advent of locally distilled spirits and thanks to Yucca Tap Room's Rodney Hu and his high school buddies, Arizona has met that mark with the state's first legally produced liquor since Prohibition. The smooth bourbon is all about keeping it local, with the bottle featuring locally made art that nods to Arizona history. It also uses Arizona grown durum wheat and is the only bourbon to do so. After aging in oak barrels for about five years, this Tempe-made bourbon is a must-try for locavores and cocktail lovers alike. You can find it at Tops Liquor, Gilbert Convenient Mart and Sun Devil Liquors.
Recycled Wine Bottle Glasses from Refresh Glass
Courtesy of Refresh Glass These Tempe-made glasses from Refresh are as cute as they are eco-friendly.
Reduce, reuse, recycle, and imbibe with Refresh Glass' line of repurposed wine bottle tumblers. The Tempe glassware operation provides everything from unique lighting fixtures to glasses to candleholders to local spots like The Vig and Phoenix Public Market Cafe. The glasses come in four-packs of both 12-ounce and 16-ounce glasses for $24 and $28, respectively. The best part is the glasses come in every color a wine bottle would, from dark green to amber to antique with a bluish hue. All of Refresh's glassware, including the glasses, carafes, and candleholders, are available for purchase on the company's website.
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