Articles Tagged: holiday gifts

Bar10der – Ten Bartending Tools In One

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Don’t want to haul your whole cocktail kit to your friend’s party, but want to be ready if duty calls? Then Bar10der is for you.  If MacGyver was a bartender, this would be his bar tool.  Bar10der packs 10 bartending tools into one tool that folds down to about 8 inches and weighs a little less than a pound. 

What’s included?

    Muddler
    Reamer
    Channel Knife
    Jigger
    Zester
    Knife
    Stirrer
    Strainer
    Corkscrew
    Bottle Opener

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Sipping Stones

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How to chill a fine Scotch without succumbing to tons of dilution?  A question as old as the Whisky itself.  

Sipping Stones, made of 100% soap stone, solves the problem by not being ice.  That’s right, these rocks are rocks. Simply store these dice sized cubes in the freezer and they are ready to chill when you are.  Which for me is always.

So how did they do chilling my Scotch (or beverage of your … Read more

First World Trash Wine Satchel

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If you have a wine lover on your list, this wine satchel is a great way to get them to bring wine to your house.

Each one of a kind wine satchel is hand crafted from almost entirely recycled materials.  The body is made of recycled (and cleaned) billboard vinyl and the straps come from old seat belts.   The bottom is reinforced with recycled bicycle inner tubes, which is good because this bag hold six … Read more

Mavea Elemaris XL Water Filtration Pitcher

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We recently tried out the Mavea Elemaris XL Water Filtration Pitcher for our water drinking needs.  Living in San Francisco we have great water, which is some what negated by the pipes in our 1920s era building.  This pitcher from Germany helps get rid of some that bad stuff with a state of the art filter that requires no pre-soaking and last about 90 days.  Along with it’s European design and 5 color options, the

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Bräuler

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If you like craft beer, chances are you’ve gotten a growler (half gallon) from your local brewery.

The Bräuler is a durable and stylish alternative to glass growlers.

It’s shatter- and crack-proof, with a 1.75-inch mouth, a deep-thread cap to keep your beer carbonated longer. Oh and you can have it laser etched.

Bräuler [via Uncrate]… Read more

Bodum Pavina Thermal Glasses

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These Bodum glasses are some of my favorites. I may have found the perfect glassware. These hand-blown glasses by Bodum are double walled, which keeps the hot, hot and the cold, cold. The “Pavina” I purchased style feels great in the hand, and no annoying table rings. You need to be careful as they are a bit delicate.

Bodum makes a few other styles of these double-walled wonders. They really work, and are stylish to … Read more

Holiday Gift Pick: Black Bull Blended Scotch Whisky

Normally, when I pick a scotch, it’s single malt all the way. But Black Bull 12 year blended scotch was a Whiskyfest find that I wouldn’t mind finding wrapped up for me under the tree this year!

Bottled by Duncan Taylor, which has a great stable of whiskies, this scotch is very mellow. The light vanilla and sherry nose gives way to a slightly peaty honeyed scotch that goes down smooth.

So if you have … Read more

Holiday Gift Pick: Sommelier Wine Glass

Here’s something different for the stylish wine lover in your life. These handblown wine glasses by design hotshot Maxim Velcovsky are crafted to look like a disposable cup.

Enjoy your Cabernet while enjoying the irony of an item lovingly handcrafted to mock something mass-produced. Aside from looking cool, the shape and weight of the glasses make them fun to drink from.

Sommelier Wine Glasses @ A +R Store … Read more

Holiday Gift Pick: Kai Decanter

Decanters not only let your wine and booze open up, they also look great at your bar.

This Kai Decanter from Crate and Barrel is a simple yet elegant gift find. It’s handblown glass with clean, classic lines and, then, at the stopper there’s a little effervescence in the form of tiny bubbles!

Oh, and for about $40 it won’t make your wallet cry.

Kai Decanter @ Crate and Barrel … Read more

Secret Binoculars Flask

During tough economic times, the ability to sneak booze from home when going out is crucial. And the makers of the secret binoculars flask are here to help!

With two 8 ounce chambers, you can bring two different kinds of hooch to the nose-bleed section at baseball games, the opera, Jimmy Buffet concerts — anywhere drunkenness is preferable and binoculars are not a really strange thing for you to be carrying around.

So whether you’re … Read more

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