We’ve all got that friend or family member whose love of all things liquor has progressed into full-on snobbery. On one hand, he or she makes things supremely easy in determining a starting point in the gift shopping process, but on the other, there’s a certain pressure in making sure you A) manage to find something cool that they don’t already have and B) that what you do find will tickle his or her fancy. So here’s a guide to all things liquor snob-approved, curated by an actual liquor snob.
A good coffee table book must be both functional and aesthetically pleasing. Buy one or all of the following to put a smile on your liquor-loving companion’s face for all eternity:
- The Waldorf Astoria Bar Book by Frank Caiafa, $25.00 on Penguin Random House
- How to Drink French Fluently by Camille Ralph Vidal and Drew Lazor, 19.99 on St-Germain
- Spritz by Talia Baiocchi and Leslie Pariseau, $18.99 on Penguin Random House
- The NoMad Cookbook/Cocktail Book by Daniel Humm, Will Guidara, and Leo Robitschek, $44.53 on Barnes & Noble
Everyone who’s anyone in the booze-appreciating community knows that the reigning authority on quality barware is Cocktail Kingdom. Use these choice items for inspo:
- Leopold Jigger (gold-plated), $28.95
- Anvil Ice Pick, $19.95
- Jim Meehan’s Bar Roll-Up (tools sold separately), $158.95
There’s no reason to knock the classics—Angostura and Peychaud’s are absolute essentials—but chances are your subject’s already got plenty. DRAM Apothecary is a *v cute* shop out in Silver Plume, Colorado, and their hand-crafted bitters are “inspired by the idea that the inclusion of bitter herbs and spices into our everyday diet is essential for vibrant health and agreeable digestion.” Buy variations like Smoked Fir and Lavender Lemon Balm along with other chic-ly designed products here.
You’ve probably seen our staycay squad sipping from those iconic Absolut Elyx pineapples in every other post. The good news: your booze aficionado can have one too, PLUS a bottle of its potable counterpart for $120, available on the Elyx Boutique.
Glenmorangie Signet, a blend highlighting the distillery’s oldest whisk(e)y, was named Whisky of the Year at the 2016 International Whisky Competition. Serious business for serious whisk(e)y lovers. Plus, it’s a pretty bottle so everybody wins. $189.99 on Caskers.
Perrier-Jouët naturally recruited an artist named Tord Boontje to create an ethereal, dainty Belle Époque champagne flute-holding tree to keep glasses looking chic when you’re too busy nibbling on blinis and dabbing crème fraîche from your lips with a cocktail napkin to hold your glass with your own physical hand. You can actually buy this piece of art here for a cool 450 Euros, but if you’re looking for something equally fancy but a bit more affordable, you can always opt for the gift set with two glasses and the 2007 cuvée, available from Sherry-Lehmann for $164.95.
Written Celine Bossart
Featured image via Absolut Elyx