Beautiful Bottles Make Welcome Gifts: Part 2

Act fast, this bottle is available only through December. Belvedere Silver, the holiday edition, is clad in an eye-catching mirrored silver. Your host will be delighted to place this on the bar—front and center. For 600 years, Belvedere has produced their vodka using a special rye only found in Poland’s Mazovia region, mixed with purified artesian water, without any additives. Four-times distilling creates the smooth, creamy, peppery taste. The 750 ml size goes for $35. For an interesting champagne toast, mix 1 oz of Belvedere Silver, with 1 oz of cooled Earl Grey Tea, transfer to champagne flute and fill with champagne. ••• Be the first to show up with this in your party bag. Debuting in New York this month, Excellia makes it’s tequila by aging it in cognac and sauternes casks to marry the tastes with 100% Blue Agave. Reposado, AƱejo and Blanco feature sophisticated flavor profiles ranging from wood and spices, to honey and fruit. I have been mixing the reposado with Peller Estates Vidal Ice Wine from Canada. One third tequila, two-thirds ice wine and lots of ice makes for a sweet, appealing after dinner drink. Would be especially great paired with cheese. 750 ml - $55-75 ••• Even beer is getting into the barrel-aging act. Bringing this along to your next gathering will definitely get a conversation started. Innis & Gunn ages their mulitple award-winning beer for a minimum of 30 days, then monitors each batch before allowing it to be blended, adding hints of vanilla, citrus and toffee. Available at Trader Joes, select Food Emporiums, Met Food, and Gristedes. See the website for bars that are carrying the brand, so you can preview the taste. Available in 750ml and 11.2oz., and 4-packs.

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