The Ultimate Drink Lover's Gift Guide Slideshow
Last year you gave your friend, the craft-ice enthusiast, a set of large-format silicone ice cube trays. They absolutely loved it, and you, in return, were rewarded with fantastic on-the-rocks drinks all year round. So how do you one-up yourself this holiday? Easy. Gift them this über-cool Japanese ice pick — the perfect addition to any serious cocktail drinker's home bar.
Have a friend or family member who needs help navigating the vast cocktail landscape? With this clever tool, all you have to do is rotate the discs to reveal the measurements for 16 of the most popular cocktail recipes.
Here's an interesting idea for the tippler who straddles the wine-whiskey line: Auchentoshan's 1999 Bordeaux Cask Matured, a single malt Scotch whisky that has been aged in French oak.
Without a doubt, Josh Bernstein's new book, Brewed Awakening, is the beer geek's new must-read manual. Visually dynamic and easy-to-read, the book takes an in-depth look at the country's growing craft beer scene — providing history, exploring trends, profiling brewers, and offering a wealth of tasting notes and recommendations.
Perfect for the burgeoning beer geek in your life, this beginner's kit is like Rosetta Stone for the serious hop head. Learn the basic brew lingo, as well as how to identify different hops' flavors and aromas.
Help ensure that you always pour wine at its ideal serving temperature by adding this tech-savvy item to your holiday wish list. When placed around a bottle of wine, the thermometer cuff will display its temperature. (Plus, as an added bonus, it also suggests the best serving temperature for most wines.)
This super-sleek wine decanter from Riedel was designed with the flawless host in mind. The deep impression at the base allows you to hold the decanter from the bottom and serve your wine in effortless style, without having to grab hold of the spout.
If you're serious about making better coffee at home, experts will tell you that it's worthwhile to invest in a good home grinder and grind as you go. The burr-style grinder (like this one from Cuisinart) is a favorite among coffee geeks, capable of producing anything from ultra-fine to coarse grind.
The pour-over brew method does not want for fans among the coffee geek set. This elegantly designed glass piece can make up to eight cups of pure, expertly brewed coffee — plus the wooden collar allows you to pour a fresh, hot morning cup without fear of burning your fingertips.
A treat for tea drinkers, this minimalist glass teapot features an "egg" attached to a silicone string in which you can place your loose leaf tea. When it's done brewing, just lift up the egg and pour.