Holiday Gift Guides

Holiday Home Bar Guide 2015

“I’ll Be At The Home Bar For Christmas…If Only In My Dreams”
…Here are a few holiday home bar gift ideas…for 2015

I’m back again this year with a few new picks for you to consider as holiday gifts for the home bartender in your life. I love a little something for the basement bar on Christmas morning and usually have broken it quite in by the time the turkey’s done that evening. Here are some nifty accessories that would make the lush in your life very happy to receive.

Horror in Clay Barware.
We discovered this truly unique collection of barware when it was launched on makes beautifully macabre high-quality Horror-themed tiki mugs, barware, art, and accessories.  Each collection includes a mug with an indepth backstory, custom recipes, and other pieces of art to create a fully immersive snapshot; they are great to explore, and new pieces continue to link in and reference the existing works.  The designer, Jonathan, even had a custom cocktail bitters formulated to compliment his creations.   Jonathan M. Chaffin, the designer, is an avid reader, and a lover of cocktail culture, themed attractions, and special effects.  Horror In Clay mugs and art are a great gift for cocktail fiends, horror fans, and tikiphiles! Horror in Clay Barware. Very cool and unique.

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Barrels for home aging manhattans. My wife bought me one about 2 Christmases ago. They make for a very tasty Manhattan on tap.


51VUf425IKL._SX333_BO1,204,203,200_Phil Greene book. We reviewed the original when it came out . This revised edition is an entertaining read that makes your mouth water. Available at  Six new Ernest Hemingway drinks, plus a bonus chapter w/recipes from some of the world’s best, all riffing on Hemingway classics. Who? How about Charlotte Voisey, Anistatia Miller,Jillian Vose, Sonja Kassebaum & Sarah McFarquhar, Chantal Tseng, Ted Haigh, Jeff Beachbum Berry, Simon Ford, Jason Kosmas, Dale DeGroff,Colin Field, Tony Abou-Ganim, Philip Duff, Julio Cabrera, Bryan Dayton, Aleš Půta, Lorenzo Antinori, David Andrle, Thobias Pettersson, Jared Brown, Jim Meehan, Dave Rum-Advocate Russell,Todd Appel, Carlton Grooms, Rocco Milano, Aaron Joseph, and Matty Gee, along with the original foreword by David Wondrich

Beer of the Month Club. Nothing beats signing for this package when it arrives from UPS.

Cocktail Kingdom. Great selection of higher end barware –

The Museum of the American Cocktail membership

Night at Billy Martin’s Tavern. Oldest bar in DC, truly a great spot filled with colorful characters. Be careful to not fall up the stairs heading to the bathroom.

Gift card for The Prime Rib, DC, Baltimore or Philly. This classic supper club has recently eliminated the coat and tie requirement. You’ll be able to order just about any cocktail here without explaining to the bartender how to make it.

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