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Hottest Trends in Spirits and Cocktails

Tastes are always changing when it comes to alcoholic spirits and cocktails. One thing is certain, recently there has been a greater appreciation for hard liquor and classic cocktails. If you have someone on your gift list that enjoys quality spirits, then here are a few things to consider when selecting a gift for them.

Quality is King

Today people who drink hard liquor, tend to like the good stuff. Handcrafted spirits are all the rage. Whether it’s limited-edition small-batch Bourbon, Single Malt Scotch, aged Tequila, cask-finished Whiskey, or lightly Infused Gins, consumed straight up, on the rocks or in a mixed cocktail, spirit lovers are looking for superior taste and smooth finish.

The Top Cocktails

A recent industry survey has shown the top drinks around the country are:

1. Old Fashioned (bourbon, sugars, bitters and a twist of citrus rind)

2. Negroni (gin, vermouth rosso, Italian aperitif, garnished with orange peel)

3. Daiquiri (white rum, lime juice and simple syrup, shaken with ice)

4. Dry Martini (gin, dry vermouth, orange bitters garnish with lemon twist)

5. Margarita (Blanco tequila, Cointreau, lime juice, lime wedge, salt for rim)

6. Espresso Martini (vodka, coffee liqueur, espresso coffee, simple syrup)

7. Whiskey Sour (bourbon, lemon juice, simple syrup, egg whites, bitters garnish)

8. Manhattan (bourbon, sweet vermouth, angostura bitters, orange bitters, brandied cherry)

9. Aperol Spritz (prosecco sparkling wine, Aperol, club soda, garnish orange slice)

10. Mojito (white rum, lime juice, sugar, mint leaves and soda water)

Great Gifts for Spirit Lovers

If you want to give top shelf spirits to special people on your gift list, the easy way to deliver quality right to their door, is to purchase a membership to a Sprit Club. There are a variety to choose from. We have reviewed them all and highly recommend the following choices:

Mash & Grape

The folks at Mash & Grape, team up with top distillers to offer six different themed gift packages. Choose between Bourbon, Whiskey, Scotch, Gin, Tequila, and Rum. Each shipment includes curated bottles from big names and independent distilleries and they ship out one bottle a month. Their partnerships with distilleries and distributors gives them the capability to bring exclusive products to you from time to time. Choose, 3, 6, 12 month, or monthly ongoing subscriptions. Includes: 1 full-size 750 ml bottle of small-batch, hard-to-find Spirits each month. $44 to $79 monthly + $15 Shipping Order Now >

For lovers of exceptional whisky, you can’t go wrong with the Whiskey Exchange. This club has won a string of industry awards, including Independent Spirits Retailer of the Year and the Whisky Magazine’s Online Retailer of the Year! They have a 4.9 Star Rating. Amazing!

This is a family business founded in 1999, and has since grown to be the Internet's number-one specialist retailer of whiskey and other spirits, serving thousands of satisfied customers every week. In all, something in the region of 9,500 products are active on the site and available to order online at any given time; this number increases as they stock the best of the thousands of new products released each year. Take a look at the inventory. It’s crazy good! Visit Whisky Exchange on our website>

FLAVIAR - Premier Whiskey & Spirits Club

It’s a big world out there, with new whiskey distillers popping up all the time. There are also storied distillers who have been practicing their art for generations. Sorting through all the offerings and presenting you with the best, is a skill this club has perfected. So, when you give a Flaviar gift membership to someone, you know they will be in for an amazing experience.

Flaviar membership lets you, or your gift recipient claim a Premium bottle and a themed Tasting Box of choice each quarter, plus access to rare, exclusive and private bottlings. You or they, get a guided journey through the world of Spirits with tailored recommendations, and invitations to unique members-only events. Members get unlimited free shipping on qualifying orders, Flaviar Originals & quarterly spirits deliveries. 50% off Shipping for all other orders $95 per quarter - $300 - 4 quarters - Free Shipping | Quarterly / 4 quarterly Shipments

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Spirit Enjoyment by The Book

If you have someone on your gift list that loves to entertain and likes to bring something new to the party, then this book is a must.

The Home Bartender: 175 Cocktails Made with Four Ingredients or Less

This is one of amazon's most popular cocktail books—now fully updated and expanded, with new variations on classics and originals alike!

You don't need a thousand-dollar liquor cabinet to impress company at your next party! Author, Shane Carley, has curated a collection of 175 creative and delicious drink recipes that require only four ingredients or less. Become a master mixologist with everything from simplified classics to innovative new libations, all with just a handful of ingredients required. Complete with beautiful, full-color photography throughout, and virgin variations on most drinks, there's something for everyone in this new cocktail book!

Smoking Hot Gifts


This Cigar Club has delivered limited production, hand-rolled Cigars for over 25 years and has earned the reputation for exceptional quality at outstanding values.

Each shipment includes: Five hand-rolled, premium cigars with retail values between $6-$12 per cigar. One will enjoy a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and tobacco blends, hand-crafted by boutique manufacturers as well as from highly-rated, super-premium brands. Cigars are from the world’s most respected, top producing regions in Nicaragua, Honduras and the Dominican Republic. Tasting notes, cigar specifications, cigar maker profiles, and suggested drink pairings are included as well. As a club member, you’ll also be able to reorder your favorite cigars at significant discounts . Newsletters & your personalized Gift card.

$27.95 per month + $5 Shipping | Ongoing Monthly or 2-12 shipments: Order Now> Finds the Best

Whether it’s top shelf spirits, fine wines and craft beer or a whole host of premier resources for charcuterie, cheeses, cutting boards and more, you can count on the team at to present you with the best of the best. Tell a friend about us.


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