Holiday Gift Guide: American Whiskey

The ideal accompaniment to your holiday festivities is, naturally, a glass of delicious whiskey made right here in the United States.

The liquor is also the perfect gift if you aren't hosting the big meal, and it makes a welcome holiday present in general. No matter what occasion you're shopping for, check out our American Whiskey Holiday Gift Guide featuring picks from Keith Biesack, beverage director at Brooklyn's acclaimed Char No. 4. He knows a thing or two about the category, since his bar stocks more than 100 bourbons — and that's not to mention the dozens of ryes, corn whiskies, and other American bottlings on its menu.

While we enjoy the spirit on the rocks or with a bit of water, it, of course, works just as well in a range of cocktails. Kick it old-school and mix up a round of classics, like master mixologist and advisory board member Dale DeGroff's Bourbon Manhattan or Bourbon Old Fashioned.

Or serve your friends and family some modern classics, including top bartender and advisory board member Willy Shine's seasonally appropriate Bowery Orchard that combines Gentleman Jack Tennessee Whiskey with fall all-star apple juice.

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