Coming up with gift ideas for all the people in your life can be hard. We get it. Which is why our savvy team did the research for you! As the publishers of Drinking Boston: A History of the City and Its Spirits, we like to think we know a little something about cocktails. You might even say we’re enthusiasts. So here is our expertly compiled list of the top 5 boozy gifts for the cocktail lover in your life:
The Carry On Cocktail Kit: Know a high-flyer with an appreciation for a well-crafted Old Fashioned? The Boston Shaker has you covered! This handy little kit has everything your loved one will need to mix up the tasty concoction mid-flight to help them survive the horrors of tiny airplane seats and cranky fellow passengers. Replete with a muddler, bitters, cane sugar, and a recipe card, the only thing they’ll need is a nip or two of whiskey.
Bully Boy Distillers tour or sampler: It’s no secret that we’re fans of buying local—right down to the kind of liquor we mix into our drinks. Bostonians are lucky enough to have Bully Boy, a small batch distiller with top-notch products. They produce a tasty variety of whiskeys, rums, vodka, and more. If the person your shopping for is interested in checking out the behind-the-scenes action, sign them up for a tour! If they’re more interested in tasting the product, we recommend buying a few bottles of their favorite Bully Boy spirit and tucking them into a nice gift basket. Find out where Bully Boy is sold.
The Gift Certificate Bar Tour: Boston is home to some truly remarkable cocktail bars. Why not encourage your cocktail lover to stray from their usual watering holes and check out some of these stellar spots? We recommend Drink in Boston’s Fort Point neighborhood, The Hawthorne on Commonwealth Ave., Eastern Standard (also on Commonwealth Ave.), and Brick & Mortar in Cambridge. These hotspots serve up more than a tasty drink; they offer a unique experience that leave people eager to return.
Tasting Whiskey by Lew Bryson: Tasting Whiskey: An Insider’s Guide to the Unique Pleasures of the World’s Finest Spirits by Lew Bryson is your comprehensive guide to scotch, bourbon, and every other kind of whiskey you can think of. With a foreword by the infamous David Wondrich of Esquire, this is the be-all, end-all book on whiskey. And if you throw in a bottle of Bully Boy whiskey, you’re sure to be the hit of the holiday season! This book is available at your local independent bookstore (did we mention we love buying local?), and if it’s not in stock most places are happy to order it for you. But if you prefer to go the Amazon route, we understand. Here’s the link.
Drinking Boston by Stephanie Schorow: Did you really think we’d leave this one off the list? Drinking Boston: A History of the City and Its Spirits tells the unique and intoxicating story of Boston’s long, complicated relationship with alcohol, from the taverns of the Revolutionary era to today’s modern cocktail revolution. This literary pub crawl visits some of Boston’s most beloved and enduring neighborhood barrooms, and perhaps best of all, there are recipes for many of the tasty concoctions mentioned in the book! Maybe your friend will mix one up for you to say thanks for the wonderful gift. Pick up a copy of Drinking Boston through our website; online through Amazon or Barnes & Noble; or, of course, at your favorite local bookstore!