A selection of beautiful beverages and barware for discerning drinkers
Cranberry spiced cider
From champagne toasts to Tom & Jerrys, the holidays are full of opportunitites to get together with friends, colleagues, and loved ones over a glass of something special. Celebrating the theory that form follows function, we’re highlighting a selection of glasses and barware that enchances the flavors of beer and cocktails. And don’t leave those who abstain from alcohol out of the mix: employ non-alcoholic spirts to create colorful, aromatic, and herbaceous mocktails that any mixologist would be proud to serve. Happy holidays!
Seedlip Distilled Non-Alcoholic Spirits Triple Sampler Pack
Seedlip non-alcoholic spirits are the answer to the question, “What do you drink when you’re not drinking?” With zero calories and no artificial flavors, sugar, or sweeteners, the non-alcoholic liquors offer healthier alternatives for non-alcoholic mocktails (and cocktails, too). Try out a couple of Seedlip’s most popular flavors and create some recipe ideas with this gift set. The set includes 200 mL bottles of Grove 42 Citrus, a zesty and complex citrus-forward blend of bitter orange, mandarin, blood orange, ginger, lemongrass, and lemon; Garden 108, herbal, grassy, and floral, with peas, hay, and spearmint; and Spice 94, a complex blend of aromatic Jamaican allspice berry, cardamom distillates, bark, and a bright citrusy finish. Founder Ben Branson creates the distinct flavors using ingredients from his farm; they are based on centuries-old herbal remedies. The distilled spirits have quickly become a staple of many cocktail bars in London and are now becoming popular in the US. Available online at KegWorks.com. Free local pickup available at 1460 Military Road. 877-636-3673.
Spiegelau Deluxe Craft Beer Tasting Kit
Do you really need four different types of specialty beer glasses? Actually, the type of glass you use does affect the taste. Each style in this kit is specifically engineered by Spiegelau to deliver an authentic taste experience for its particular style of beer. Constructed of clear, non-leaded crystal glass made in Germany with Spiegelau’s trademark qualities of design excellence and durability, the specific glass shape supports the beer in releasing its full spectrum of flavors and delivers them to nose and mouth. Constructed with wave-like ridges, the unique bottom on the IPA glass works to bring out the beer’s flavor by creating more foam and pushing the hop aromatics into the balloon-shaped chamber of the upper glass. The Stout glass has a voluminous, open bottom glass base that drives beer and aromatic foam upward in the wider, conical bowl, which significantly amplifies aromas and provides superior flow to mid palate. The American Wheat-Witbier glass’s design helps beer sustain head retention and carbonation while the larger body/bowl of the glass captures and concentrates more of the delicate, complex aromas unique to wheat style beers. The Barrel Aged Craft Beer Glass is the result of a two-year development project in partnership with brew masters from the world’s great producers of barrel aged beer; the impartation of long-term wood aging on fine beer makes for the most complex expression possible in terms of the aroma, taste, mouth feel, and finish. Available online at KegWorks.com. Free local pickup available at 1460 Military Road. 877-636-3673.
Wild Roots Vodkas
Aside from the gorgeous bottles they’re in, Portland-based Wild Roots Spirits’ line of eleven all-natural non-GMO and gluten-free spirits embody the essence of the Pacific Northwest. The company currently offers eight fruit-infused vodkas (Raspberry, Marionberry, Apple & Cinnamon, Pear, Dark Sweet Cherry, Cranberry, Huckleberry, Peach), as well as vodka and gin. This holiday season, entertain with Wild Roots Spirits (shout out to Pear, Cranberry, and Apple & Cinnamon in particular!) and enjoy time with your family and friends. The infused vodkas act as the perfect base spirit, complemented by a host of mixers and garnishes. The rich colors and bottle art make for really special gifts. Check out some great holiday recipes you can make with Wild Roots Spirits below. To learn more, visit wildrootspirits.com or call 971-254-4617
2 ounces Wild Roots Pear vodka
.5 ounce fresh lime juice
Lime wedge for garnish
Pour vodka and lime juice into a copper mug, fill with ice, and then top off with ginger beer. Garnish with lime wedge.
Cranberry Spiced Cider
1.5 ounce Wild Roots Cranberry vodka
1 orange wheel
Hot apple cider
Pour hot apple cider into glass and top with vodka. Garnish with a dash of nutmeg, cinnamon stick, and apple peel.
Cork Pops’ Nicholas Collection Martini Shaker
Shake things up in style at your next holiday party. This modern, functional, easy to clean shaker is a handsome addition to any home bar. And it pours from any side for ease of use. The stainless steel and copper shaker is constructed of premium materials both inside and out. A decorative rubber sleeve adds visual appeal and provides grip to prevent slippage during shaking, in addition to insulating the hand from an icy exterior. A heavy-duty stainless steel strainer built into the cap is solid enough to effectively break up ice cubes during shaking; any large, chunky pieces that might remain are filtered out while the finest particles of ice are dispensed with the mixed drink. With a thirty-two fluid ounce capacity, home mixologists can serve several people at once. Visit corkpops.com for more information.