You may have noticed that we have been knee-deep in cocktail history research over the past few months – and we’ve been loving it. While working on Drinking Boston: A History of the City and Its Spirits, we have looked into early colonial-era drinks, like the flip, bounce, Sangaree and punch; pre-prohibition all-stars, like the Sherry Cobbler and the Ward Eight; and 20th century classics, like the Moscow Mule or the Bond’s favorite Martini. We have fallen head over heels for cocktails, both historic and contemporary.

For that reason, we are beyond excited to team up with Eat Boutique and Boston blogger Lady Gouda to give away a Cocktail Gift Box to one lucky winner. We are even throwing in a copy of Drinking Boston to inspire all sorts of historic cocktailing. Enter to win for yourself or for a very fun gift to give the booze-loving special someone in your life. Here’s a description of what’s in the box:

It’s always cocktail hour when you send this gift box, and it’s always made from scratch. A single bottle of Scrappy’s Bitters is at the ready for any mixed drink. Morris Kitchen’s Ginger, Preserved Lemon or Apple Syrup (our choice) will brighten every cocktail or soda concoction. Dave’s Coffee Syrup is perfect for White Russians (and all sorts of baked goods). Quince & Apple Grenadine is ready for your Shirley Temple. Rim each drink with Didi Davis Foods Citrus Sugar Collection and nibble on Treat Bake Shop Pecans. We even included Haute Papier letter-pressed coasters and a little whisk to make serving and mixing easy.

For those of you who don’t feel like testing your luck – order your own Cocktail Gift Box today, or check them out first-hand at the Eat Boutique Holiday Market on December 9 in Boston. It’s going to be a fantastic event, filled with handmade edible (and drinkable) gifts, cookbook authors, and all sorts of small-batch treats. Tickets are going FAST, so don’t delay!

GIVEAWAY DETAILS

The gift box will be shipped directly from Eat Boutique.  This giveaway is only open to residents of the continental USA.

Dates: November 30 to December 8, 2012 (contest ends 12am EST on the 8th). Hurry!

How to Enter: Just write a comment on this post telling us what fun cocktail you would make if you were to win the Cocktail Gift Box from Eat Boutique. We’re thirsty and want to steal your genius cocktail ideas!

Want to raise the odds of winning? Here are more chances to enter!

In addition to the main comment, leave a separate comment for each bonus entry:

  • Follow @unionparkpress and tweet the following:  I just entered to win a Homemade Cocktail Gift Box from @eatboutique and @unionparkpress! Enter here: http://bit.ly/Vk94Qr
  • Be sure to come back here and tell us that you tweeted!
  • Like Union Park Press on facebook!  Then, come back here and tell us that you did so.
  • Like Eat Boutique on facebook!  Then, come back here and tell us that you did so.
  • Like Lady Gouda on facebook! Then, come back here and tell us that you did so.

Selecting a Winner:  Winner will be selected using a random generator. The winner will be notified by email and will have 48 hours to respond. If the winner doesn’t respond to the winning notification email, another winner will be chosen.

Note: This giveaway has also been posted on Lady Gouda – all entries on both sites will be counted while determining the winner of the giveaway.

Photographs of the Cocktail Gift Box were taken by Maggie Battista and Michelle Martin.