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With only two days to go until Christmas Eve, there’s not enough time to order gifts.  So, until then, we’re going to suggest some items that we’ve rated highly this year that you can find in your local liquor store (hopefully).  For Day 23, we’re focusing on the 30 spirited products that received a GSN Rating of A (93) during 2017.

  1. Amarula Cream Liqueur
  2. Corbin Cash Sweet Potato Liqueur
  3. Deadhead Dark Chocolate Rum
  4. Don Ciccio & Figli Nocino Walnut Liqueur
  5. Don Ciccio & Figli Amaro delle Sirene
  6. Dunedin DoubleCask 16 Year Old
  7. Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Batch No. A117
  8. Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Batch No. B517
  9. Elijah Craig Barrel Proof Batch No. C917
  10. El Tesoro 80th Anniversary Limited Edition
  11. Frisco Brandy
  12. Galliano L’Aperitivo
  13. Haikara Yuzu Sake
  14. Highland Park Valkyrie
  15. Hirsch Small Batch 8 Year Old High Rye Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  16. Jura 10-Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  17. Kavalan Pedro Ximénez Single Cask Whisky
  18. Laphroaig Cairdeas Quarter Cask 2017 Edition
  19. Lucid Absinthe
  20. The Macallan Edition No. 1
  21. The Macallan Edition No. 2
  22. Tap 357 Maple Rye Whisky
  23. Marble Distilling Co. Vodka
  24. Marble Distilling Co. Gingercello
  25. McKenzie Single Barrel Rye Whiskey
  26. Montanya Exclusiva Rum
  27. Redemption Wheated Bourbon
  28. South Island 25 Year Old Single Malt
  29. Union Horse Rolling Standard Four Grain Whiskey
  30. Westland Distillery’s 2017 Peat Week Commemorative Bottling
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Eggnog, Advocaat, Egg Posset, Egg Flip, Tom & Jerry or Egg Milk Punch has been around for a long time.  Almost as long as that ancient fruitcake you were gifted in the 20th century and that you now keep in the back of the cupboard.  But, Eggnog is tastier and since it is generally only available during the holidays, what better day to celebrate with a mug of it than on Christmas Eve?

The recipe for Egg Milk Punch below is from famous nineteenth century barman Jerry Thomas 1830 – 1885 from his Bartenders Guide published in 1887.  This will make two servings.

Egg Milk Punch
1 tsp powdered sugar
1 wine glass (4 oz) brandy (a VS cognac will work)
1/2 wine glass (2 oz) Santa Cruz rum (Cruzan Light Rum will do)
1 whole egg
4 oz of whole milk (cream top)

Fill a cocktail shaker with the ingredients and ice, shake vigorously for 20 -30 seconds and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

With only three days to go until Christmas Eve, there’s not enough time to order gifts.  So, until then, we’re going to suggest some items that we’ve rated highly this year that you can find in your local liquor store (hopefully).  For Day 22, we’re focusing on the 20 spirited products that received a GSN Rating of A- (90) during 2017.

  1. Allaire Vodka
  2. Auchentoshan – The Bartender’s Malt
  3. Bache Gabrielsen Tre Kors Cognac
  4. Basil Hayden’s Dark Rye
  5. CALI California Sipping Whiskey
  6. Cannon Beach Distillery Dorymen’s Rum
  7. Cruzan Aged Dark Rum
  8. D. George Benham’s Gin Sonoma Dry Gin
  9. Don Ciccio & Figli Amaro Tonico Ferro-Kina
  10. Don Ciccio & Figli Finocchietto Fennel Liqueur
  11. Don Q 2007 Signature Release Single Barrel
  12. Highland Park Magnus Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  13. Koskenkorva Vodka
  14. Montelobos Mezcal
  15. Oamaruvian 16 Year Old Cask Strength DoubleCask
  16. Paul John Bold Whisky
  17. Savannah Spirits Amber Rum
  18. TINCUP 10 American Whiskey
  19. Van Gogh Vodka
  20. Virginia Distillery Co. Cider Barrel Matured Virginia Highland Malt

Every home bar should have one of these!  So, for Day 21 of the Annual GSN Advent Gift Guide, we present the iSi SodaMaker Classic.

Enjoy the fresh and healthy fizz of sparkling water, carbonated juice drinks, wine spritzers, and handcrafted cocktails. The stainless steel mesh design has been recreated for today’s consumers with steady stream technology, a drip-less pouring spout, and a high performance bottle. Now there is an easy, convenient, and eco-friendly way to make and store carbonated water without electricity and counter-top clutter. The Classic SodaMaker is made in Austria, uses 1 recyclable iSi Soda (CO2) charger, is BPA free, and has a 2-year warranty.

To order, go to: iSi Store

It’s Day 20 of the GSN Advent Gift Guide for 2017!  Some of our favorite Tiki mugs are today’s suggested gift item.  These are mold blown custom glass tiki mug handcrafted by Andrew Iannazzi in Cambridge, MA, USA. Each holds 13 fl. oz. and come in 5 different colors: Crystal, Lava Red, Blue Lagoon, Jungle Fog and Eclipse.

Andrew Iannazzi is interested in iconic design language and imagery. He draws from historical Italian and Scandinavian design as well as American popular imagery. Glassblowing is the perfect medium for the investigation of these issues. Iannazzi uses his objects to explore functionality, form, and iconic representations. Iannazzi uses off-hand blowing and traditional mold-blowing techniques. Iannazzi began glassblowing at Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York. He has since worked in numerous professional glassblowing facilities throughout the United States.

To order go to: Andrew Iannazzi

 

Ebeneezer Scrooge had his spirits lifted in A Christmas Carol. Lift your spirits this year with a collection of organic bitters!

The Embitterment Bitters Organic Collection by Modern Bar Cart is a premium line of craft cocktail bitters made from the best ingredients on earth. No sweeteners, no artificial colors or preservatives, just certified USDA organic herbs, spices, and citrus to transform your drink and stimulate your palate.

Made in the creole style to pay homage to all the wonderful cocktails from the city of New Orleans (Sazeracs, anyone?), Embitterment Aromatic Bitters are a fusion of dark eastern spices like star anise and cinnamon and carefully balanced citrus notes of orange peel and ginger. Use these in any cocktail that calls for “Angostura,” “Peychaud’s,” or “Aromatic” bitters.

Our bestselling flavor, Embitterment Orange Bitters are bursting with essential oils extracted straight from the peels of organic oranges. Alongside a few carefully chosen organic spice notes and our signature gentian bittering agent, these zesty bitters will take your next Martini or Manhattan to the next level.

Embitterment Lavender Bitters are a gin lover’s best friend! Made with lavender, chamomile, and tarragon to emphasize the grassy, floral essence of springtime, these bitters pair well with lemon, clear spirits, and (of course) a little sweetness.

Made with premium organic cacao shells, Embitterment Chocolate Bitters are the perfect gift for the chocoholic in your life. Instantly transform any cocktail into its chocolate doppelgänger with just a few dashes!

To order go to: Barnraiser

For Day 18 of the GSN Advent Gift Guide, we present some stunning cocktail trays featuring iconic skylines from a dozen cities around the globe!

Design company Teroforma collaborated with London-based designer Yoni Alter to create a collection of cocktail trays that bring his celebrated City Shapes artwork off the gallery wall and into the hands of stylish globe-trotters who call the world home.

Alter’s minimalist sensibility combines with a sophisticated color palette and a unique graphical perspective which proposes a new interpretation of the cityscapes that surround us. The reverse is natural wood grain.

Handcrafted from Swedish birchwood and laminated with a food-safe varnish, these durable trays are as functional as they are beautiful.

Dishwasher safe, the trays come in two sizes which nestle together for easy storage: the large tray is 17” x 13” (43x33cm) and the small tray is 13” x 8¼” (33x21cm).

  • Gently crowned rim makes picking up and holding these trays one fluid motion.
  • Made from FSC-certified laminated birchwood in Sweden – no melamine.
  • Dishwasher safe but best cared for by hand.

To order go to: Teroforma

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