4 Days of Gifts: The Non-Drinker

by Rebecca Rhoades
( December 20th, 2014 )

Buying gifts for the home bartender is fun and easy, but what if the recipient of your generosity doesn’t drink alcohol? Day 3 of Wanderlush’s four-day holiday gift guide features some delicious booze-free beverage gifts that are sure to please everyone from Grandma to your boss to your best friend (and holiday party designated driver). Enjoy!

 

Big T NYC Couture Collection


Big T NYC tea setNothing warms you up more on a cold winter day than a hot cup of tea. And with Big T NYC, you aren’t getting just any old tea. Big T NYC combines the highest quality, 100 percent organic, single-origin whole-leaf teas into deliciously sophisticated one-of-a-kind blends. Give the gift of flavor and luxury with this exclusive Couture Collection tea gift pack. It includes three loose-leaf teas—Tell-Tale Glow white tea, Unexpected Fling green tea, and Baby It’s Cold Outside black tea—an infuser, and a guide for making the perfect cup of tea.
$65.00
bigtnyc.com


 

Mocktails Non-Alcoholic Cocktails


Mocktailsby Mocktail Beverages, Inc.
With Mocktails Brand’s line of non-alcoholic cocktails, you don’t have to sacrifice taste by sacrificing the alcohol. Made with the health-conscious consumer in mind, Mocktails contain no high-fructose corn syrup, preservatives or artificial flavors or colors, and they’re allergen-, gluten-, and BPA-free. Best of all, they come in a variety of fun flavors, including Karma Sucra Cosmopolitan, The Vida Loca Margarita, Sevilla Red Sangria, and Scottish Lemonade Whiskey Sour. Serve them chilled straight from their own shaker bottles or add your favorite spirit for a more traditional boozy drink.
$39.95/4 pack (serves 16 drinks)
mocktails.com


 

Slingshot Cold Brew Coffee


Slingshot Coffeesby Slingshot Coffee Co.
Mr. Wanderlush is a huge fan of cold-brewed coffee, and Slingshot offers one of the best. Hand-brewed and bottled in small batches using only two ingredients—quality, in-season, single-origin, organic coffee beans roasted by North Carolina roasters Counter Culture Coffee, and filtered tap water—Slingshot’s cold-brewed coffee is available in a 16-ounce concentrate (four servings) and a 16-ounce ready-to-drink version (two servings). Savor alone or add whiskey, vodka, or chocolate liqueur for a festive coffee tipple.
$17/1 ready-to-drink + 1 concentrate
slingshotcoffeecompany.com


 

V/No


V/NoDoes someone on your gift list love wine but not the alcohol? Give them V/No premium alcohol-removed wines. These aren’t just wine-flavored beverages. Made like traditional wines, with pressed and fermented fruit, V/No removes the alcohol prior to bottling through a process known as cold filtration. Less than 0.5 percent alcohol remains. Individually packaged in single-serve bottles (that open to create a serving flute), V/No de-alcoholized wines are available in Red, White, and Rose.
$299/bottle; $29.99/12 pack
vinobev.com


 

Thé N°25 Cannelle & Orange Tea


Palais des Thes No25by Palais des Thes
Parisian tea company, Palais des Thes, known for its premium all-natural teas, offers its 2014 holiday limited edition flavor: Thé N°25 Cannelle & Orange. This delicious brew, which combines green tea with cinnamon, orange peel, almond, ginger, lemon zest and vanilla pods, is the perfect pairing for those scrumptious holiday desserts. The N°25 Cannelle & Orange, along with the other N°25 holiday teas (black, green, white, and rooibos blend), is packaged in a gift-ready metal canister (3.5 ounces of whole-leaf loose tea).
$21
us.palaisdesthes.com


 

Ritual Juice


Ritual Juiceby Ritual Wellness
Enhance your diet with the pure goodness of nature’s best fruits and vegetables. Each 16-ounce bottle of raw organic Ritual Juice is bursting with flavor and vitamins. Meant to be enjoyed on their own, Ritual Juices can also be paired with alcohol for unique, premium organic cocktails (special “mixer labels” are attached to the bottles). Try such bold flavors as Spicy Cucumber (with cucumber, lime, raw agave, and jalapeno), Pineapple Mint (with pineapple, young coconut, mint, and apple), Spicy Lemonade (with raw agave, lemon, and cayenne), or Almond Mylk (with almond, cinnamon, vanilla, and raw agave). Then there’s the Greens: Green Lemon, Sweet Green, and Green Ginger, featuring such healthy ingredients as kale, spinach, romaine, celery, cucumber, and parsley. Greens pack the equivalent of up to four pounds of veggies in each bottle.
$12/bottle
ritualwellness.com


 

Veni, Vidi, Bibi!


—Rebecca

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4 Days of Gifts: Home and Travel

by Rebecca Rhoades
( December 19th, 2014 )

Yesterday, Wanderlush Diary offered you a selection of stocking stuffers perfect for drink-lover in your life. Part 2 of our four-day holiday gift guide features some suggestions for gifts for under the tree, as well as some great accessories for those who are heading home for the holidays or who are simply heading across town for that fabulous party. These gifts will bring a smile to even the most grouchy of Grinches.

 

The Homemade Gin Kit


Homemade Gin KitStep away from the bathtub! Now you can make gin safely and legally at home in just 36 hours with The Homemade Gin Kit. The kit provides you with just about everything you need to make a fresh, delicious gin. All you need to add is the vodka. Each kit comes with two 375-ml glass bottles, “gin-gredients” (juniper berries and a special botanical blend), stainless steel funnel, strainer, and instructions.
$49.95
homemadegin.com


Upcycled Spirit Decanters


Upcycled Decantersby Reclamation Etchworks
Once destined for a landfill or recycling center, these upcycled decanters add a touch of old-time sophistication to any home bar. Salvaged from restaurants in San Francisco, each bottle is cleaned and sanitized before being permanently etched with Deco/Nouveau-inspired artwork. Beautiful and eco-friendly! The Variance Set with its uniquely shaped bottles features Bourbon, Genievre (Gin), Agave, and Rhum, while the Constance Decanter offers a consistent shape and includes such spirit titles as Rye, Scotch, Whiskey, Cognac, Absinthe, and Vodka.
Variance Set: $199; Constance Decanter: $39/single bottle, $99/set of 4
reclamationetchworks.com


Shake, Stir, Pour


Shake, Stir, Pourby Katie Loeb
Do you love creative, flavorful cocktails but hate using all of the overly sweet, artificially flavored spirits and mixers available in your local store? Well then, this book is for you (or any home bartender on your list). Created by one of Philadelphia’s top mixologists, you’ll learn how make farm-fresh versions of your favorite drinks. You’ll also learn how to make your own syrups, infusions, and bar basics. Once you’ve tasted fresh, you’ll never go back.
$24.99
amazon.com


Bloody Mary Crate


Bloody Mary crateby Olive & Cocoa
Everything you need to make this classic cocktail: two eight ounce bottles of sour pickle brine Bloody Mary concentrate, plus ghost pepper hot sauce, key lime juice, and sweet corn rimming salts. Simply add your own tomato juice and spirits, and stir! Fixings for about eight drinks plus recipe cards all come gift wrapped together in a hand-crafted wood crate with ribbon.
$68
oliveandcocoa.com


Wine Caddy


Wine Caddyby Ame & Lulu
For the discerning wine drinker, accessories brand Ame & Lulu now offers the stylish Wine Caddy. This sturdy canvas tote features a top zip closure, padded liner, and interior zip pocket. It comfortably fits two wine or spirit bottles with room for personal items or even cheese or fruit. Carrying beverages has never been this chic.
$56.00; embroidery available for an additional $30
ameandlulu.com


Cocktail Bitters Traveler’s Set


Bitter Truth travelers setby The Bitter Truth
Travel, especially air travel, can challenge even the most dedicated professional or at-home bartender, especially when it comes to transporting key ingredients. The Bitter Truth Traveler’s Set fits perfectly in carry-on luggage, ensuring that you’ll never again miss creating your favorite drink in-flight or at your destination. The set includes five 20-ml bottles in five flavors: Celery, Old Time Aromatic, Orange, Creole, and Jerry Thomas bitters
$19.99
Available in fine liquor stores nationwide
the-bitter-truth.com


Hammered Copper Moscow Mule Mugs


Moscow Mule Mugsby Olive & Cocoa
Moscow Mules are the in drink this season, and there’s no better way to enjoy the refreshing cocktail classic than with these chic copper mugs. Made from beautiful tarnish-free copper with hammered detailing, the mugs feature brass handles and nickel linings to keep beverages perfectly chilled. Each mug holds 16 ounces and sets of two or four mugs plus unique recipe cards come beautifully gift wrapped in a hand-crafted wood crate with ribbon.
$118/set of 2; $188/set of 4
oliveandcocoa.com


Jelly Shots


Jelly Shotsby Ludlow Cocktails
Remember how much fun jello shots were when you were younger? But then you grew up and developed a more sophisticated palate. Well now jello shots have grown up, too. Ludlow’s 30-proof, all-natural, prepackaged Jelly Shots are made with premium spirits—like 2-year barrel-aged straight Indiana bourbon whisky, 100 percent agave blanco tequila, and 2-year barrel-aged dark Trinidad rum—and real juices. Five flavors are available: Old Fashioned, Moscow Mule, Meyer Lemon Drop, Planter’s Punch, and Fresh Lime Margarita. Serve a selection at your next holiday gathering or give some as hostess gifts or stocking stuffers.
$12.95/5 pack
ludlowscocktails.com/products/


“Travel Around” Wine Gift Set


Millesima Bordeaux gift setby Millesima
A vacation to may be out of your gift-giving budget, but now you can send your loved one’s taste buds on a memorable journey with French wine merchant Millesima’s Wine Gift Sets. Send wine lovers on a liquid escape to such wine regions as Bordeaux, Burgandy, Champagne, and Italy. Each gift package is available in either three- or six-bottle sets and includes an informational leaflet and gift-wrapping. The six-packs also include a resuable grey linen wine travel tote.
Prices vary from $90/three-bottle Bordeaux Discovery set to $660/six-bottle Bordeaux Connoisseur set
millesima-usa.com


Faces Bar Set


Funny Face Bar toolsby WMF
Bar tools are a must-have item for any home bar, but who says that they have to be boring. This cute set is not only functional, but the fun characters will bring a smile to all of your guests. Made out of polished Cromargan stainless steel and designed by Mattheo Thun, this unique seven-piece set includes a stirrer, bar knife, bottle stopper, strainer, ice tongs, and measure, as well as an attractive holder.
$149
MoreThanKitchen.com


Stubby Strip Vino


Stubby StripThe hottest product in Australia has now made its way stateside. The Stubby Strip Vino offers an easy, comfortable way to carry up to four bottles of wine—or for the cocktail enthusiast, a shaker, two bottles of liquor, and a mixer—while the high-quality neoprene keeps bottles cool. Best of all, bottles won’t accidentally fall out. Perfect for parties, picnics, camping, travel, tailgating, the beach, boating, or just about any occasion you can think of. Stubby Strips are also available in 7-drink sizes (shown), perfect for beer, soft drinks, and water bottles.
$29.95
stubbystrip.com


LIQS Cocktail Shots


LIQSYou’ll be the life of the party when you bring along LIQS super-premium, ready-made cocktail shots. These individually packaged drinks are perfect for gatherings where there is no bartender, like beach parties, tailgating, camping, BBQs, and much more. Simply chill on ice and serve. Four signature flavors are available: Tequila-Cinnamon-Orange, Vodka-Cucumber-Lime, Vodka Kamikaze, Vodka-Lychee-Grapefruit.
Currently available in stores in Massachusetts, Florida, and Texas, or online.
$9.99/1 pack of three; $17.95/2 packs of three; $35.95/12 shots
liqsshot.com


Genesis Champagne & Wine Preserver


Genesis Wine preserverby Napa Technology
Have you ever opened a bottle of wine, had a glass, and then decided that you don’t want to finish the entire bottle? Now you don’t have to worry about letting any of that leftover wine go to waste. The Genesis wine preservation system will preserve opened bottles of wine for up to two months. Open bottles of champagne or sparkling wine will last for five to seven days. It’s the perfect gift for the oenophile who has everything.
$499; additional IntelliCorks and WineGas capsules sold separately
genesispreserve.com


 

 

Veni, Vidi, Bibi!


—Rebecca

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4 Days of Gifts: Stocking Stuffers

by Rebecca Rhoades
( December 18th, 2014 )

There are only a few days left until Christmas, but if you haven’t yet gotten gifts for everyone on your list, there’s no need to panic. For the next four days, Wanderlush Diary will be offering a selection of gift ideas that are ideal for the home bartender, the professional mixologist, and the perfect party hostess. There will even be some great gifts for the non-drinker. So grab that credit card and get ready to make someone you love very happy.

First up: stocking stuffers that will add fun and flavor to any holiday gathering.

 

Caviarcube and Caviar Powder


Petrossian Caviarby Petrossian
Olives and rim salt are so last year. Spice up your cocktails with two new products from Petrossian, the world’s largest supplier of Caviar. First up, the Carviarcube. These delicate cubes of fresh caviar come in glass jars containing about 16-18 pieces, packed in oil for freshness. Use them on a cocktail pick to decorate your favorite martini or add them to your favorite hors d’oeuvre. The one-of-a-kind caviar powder is a dried caviar that comes in a special mill. Sprinkle full beads on top of your favorite drink, grind the pearls and use them to rim a glass, or use to season eggs, potatoes, seafood, and more.
$45/Caviarcube, $88/Caviar powder
petrossian.com


GlassDharma Glass Straws


GlassDharma glass strawsSay “no thanks” to plastic straws with GlassDharma glass straws, the more sustainable choice for stylish sipping. Produced in Fort Bragg, California, GlassDharma straws are made of borosilicate glass, the safest and strongest commercially available glass, so they’re dishwasher- and microwave-safe. Sold individually or in sets, GlassDharma straws are available in three styles—Simple Elegance, Beautiful Bend, and Decorative Dots—and in various lengths and widths.
$6–$72
glassdharma.com/


Incognito Flexible Flask


Flexible Flaskby Vapur
Plastic bottles can be wasteful, while metal flasks are bulky. Vapor’s “anti-bottle” Incognito Flexible Flask transports your adult beverages in an environmentally friendly, space-saving manner. With a capacity of 10 ounces, you can now make your own cocktails wherever you go. Proudly manufactured in the U.S., the Incognito flask is freezable, dishwasher-safe, and reusable. A 25-ounce flexible wine carrier is also available.
$6.99
vapur.us/shop/incognito-flexible-flask/incognito-flexible-flask


Personalized Bottle Koozies


Bottle insulatorsby Riverstone Gallery
Surprise your friends and loved ones with personalized bottle insulators featuring your own photos, business logos, children’s portraits, drawings, or just about any design you can imagine. Perfect for wedding receptions, corporate events, or promo products, these non-slip covers fit 12-ounce bottles. Custom wine-bottle sleeves, water-bottle koozies, and can koozies are also available.
$6/each, $33/6, or $125/25
riverstonegallery.net


Conversation Starting Napkins


Conversation napkinsby The Hostess
These ice-breaking napkins are the perfect gift for the home-entertainer in your crowd. Packaged in sets of 25, each napkin is individually stamped with a conversation-starting question, such as “Who is the most interesting person you’ve ever met?” and “When you were a little kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?” Your guests will never be at a loss for words when serve drinks with these napkins. And for each set sold, The Hostess will donate 10 percent of the proceeds to the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America.
$12.99
the-hostess.com/product/conversation-starting-napkins/


Party Cup Koolers


Party Cup KoolersNothing’s worse than drinking warm beer or other beverages from plastic cups. Now you can keep those drinks insulated with the first beverage holders designed to fit tapered cups, including SOLO cups, stadium cups, and even pint glasses. Made from neoprene, Party Cup Koolers ensure that drinks stay at an optimum temperature for as long as possible. And just in time for the holidays and championship sport season, Wanderlush readers will receive 20 percent off their order using the promo code “wander.”
$4.99/each
partycupkooler.com/


 

Wine Condoms


Wine CondomsPrevent “unplanned wine spillage” with these black rubber stoppers. Unlike traditional stoppers, the wine condom slips snuggly over any bottle, creating a seal so water-tight that open bottles can be stored on their sides. And because they’re packaged like traditional condoms, they fit easily into a pocket or wallet for “emergency” leftovers.
$10/box of 10
winecondoms.com/


 

Maraschino Cherries


Luxardo Maraschino Cherriesby Luxardo
The same cherries used to produce Luxardo’s renowned Maraschino Liqueur are available on their own. They’re the perfect garnish in cocktails, or dip them in chocolate for an intense sweet treat. This bar cart must-have, available in liquor and gourmet stores nationwide, comes in both tins and glass jars in a variety of sizes, making them the ideal stocking stuffer for the home mixologist or chef.
Less than $20
anchordistilling.com


 

Chocolate Chip Whiskey Bombs


Whiskey Bomb Cookiesby Yellow Rose Distilling
Don’t leave Santa just any old cookie this year. Leave him a Bomb. A Chocolate Chip Whiskey Bomb, that is. A joint creation by Yellow Rose, the first legal whiskey distillery in Houston, Texas, and Kingwood, Texas, cookie shop, Stacey’s Sweets, the taste-tempting treats take the signature goodness of Stacey’s homemade, melt-in-your-mouth cookies and add a little naughtiness with Yellow Rose’s award-winning Blended Whiskey.
$6.50/6; $13/dozen
yellowrosedistilling.com; staceyssweets.net

Veni, Vidi, Bibi!


—Rebecca

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