To continue with the holiday shopping theme of late, here are a couple of suggestions for the cocktailian in your life that has everything.
First off, why not get them a bottle of tequila that they’re sure not to open: one of 1800’s beautiful artist designed bottles? I wrote about this last year, and it remains at the top of my list for cheap booze art (and you can drink it if times get rough!) as this year it’s running for around $25.
While I’ve mentioned this next spot for cocktail tools many times before, it bears repeating (I still get emails asking where to go for quality equipment), as it is ever evolving and expanding: Cocktail Kingdom. This is the go to site for quality tools and supplies. Almost all of the bar tools that I currently use come from this site, and while some of the tools may be pricy, they should last you a lifetime. Whether you are looking for a lipped mixing glass, gold (workable!) cobbler shakers, beautiful Japanese spoons, hard to get bitters, exquisite reproductions of out of print cocktail books, ice picks, jiggers, strainers or bitter bottles this should always be your first stop. Make sure to check out the site often, as new equipment is always arriving. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: thank God for Greg Boehm!
Stay tuned for more spirit reviews and recipes!