Booze

Ten Local Boozy Gifts for Your Very Colorado Holidays

Gift a cheery cocktail kit this year.
Gift a cheery cocktail kit this year. Abbot & Wallace
’Tis the season to toast your friends and family, even if it's over a Zoom call this year. Still, you can give the gift of good cheer in 2020 with these ten drink-focused items from local distilleries, bars, restaurants, wineries and artisans.

Abbot & Wallace Cocktail Kits, $40
This Longmont distillery, formerly called Longtucky Spirits, is putting together snappy gift sets packed in handmade wooden boxes built from old shipping pallets. But the box isn't the real star; it's what's inside that counts. There are three offerings, starting at $40, including the Tango Maureen, which comes with cinnamon whiskey, rosa de jamaica (sweet hibiscus tea) and mango nectar; the Cherry Bomb, which includes your choice of Abbot & Wallace spirit, a bottle of Colorado Cherry Co. bing cherry juice and a large silicone ice mold; and the eggnog set, a simple duo of Lusca spiced rum and a bottle of eggnog from the Longmont Dairy. Order by calling 720-545-2017 and scheduling a pick-up at the distillery, at 350 Terry Street in Longmont.

click to enlarge Relive the glory days at Vesta with a bottle of the former restaurant's wine. - SECRET SAUCE
Relive the glory days at Vesta with a bottle of the former restaurant's wine.
Secret Sauce
A Bottle of Vesta Wine, $20
Are you sad that Vesta shuttered this year? We are, too, but fans of the LoDo restaurant can still get a taste of the place with a bottle of its house wine. The Secret Sauce Restaurant Group, which ran Vesta, is selling bottles of Vesta Sauvignon Blanc (from New Zealand) or Vesta Pinot Noir (produced in Oregon's Willamette Valley) for $20 each, or buy eleven and you'll get the twelfth one free. Order by emailing emailus@aceeatserve.com or shop@steubens.com, then pick up your purchases at Ace Eat Serve, 501 East 17th Avenue.

click to enlarge Toast the holidays with sturdy, insulated Champagne flutes this year. - BRÜMATE
Toast the holidays with sturdy, insulated Champagne flutes this year.
BrüMate
BrüMate Champagne Flute, starting at $19.99
You can't have a proper toast without the proper glass, and that's where BrüMate comes in. Rather than clinking delicate glassware this year, choose something sturdy and portable. BrüMate's insulated champagne flutes are light but durable, so they can go anywhere while keeping your beverage cold, and since the champagne flute is made for bubbles, you can bet the fizz stays, too. Choose rose gold, marble, charcoal, peacock or glitter merlot.  The Denver-based company also makes cocktail kits, flasks, beer sleeves and more, all made with the same lightweight, travel-friendly materials.


click to enlarge COURTESY OF BACKYARD SODA CO.
Courtesy of Backyard Soda Co.
CBD Syrup by Backyard Soda Co., starting at $19.99
Not all drink gifts have to be boozy; Colorado makes some awesome CBD products, too. Backyard Soda Co. offers a gift kit with CBD-spiked syrups to make someone's holiday more relaxing. Each eight-ounce bottle contains 120 milligrams of full-spectrum CBD taken from Colorado-grown hemp. There are four current flavors: lavender-lemon, mango-jalapeño, ginger-lime and pomegranate-orange blossom. Buy a single bottle for a stocking or the whole set for $67.99. There are also non-CBD syrups for sale in the same flavors, plus cranberry-sage and gingerbread, each for $8.99. The syrups can be mixed with plain seltzer water or stirred into a cocktail for the ultimate holiday sipper.
click to enlarge The bitters gift set from Dry Land Distillers. - DRY LAND DISTILLERS
The bitters gift set from Dry Land Distillers.
Dry Land Distillers
Dry Land Distillers Bitters Kit, starting at $45
A bitter gift might sound like a bad choice, but not if it's a do-it-yourself bitters kit from Longmont's Dry Land Distillers. Each set contains all the raw ingredients (such as spices and dried citrus peel) you need to create your own bitters collection, with or without a base spirit. The basic kit starts at $45 and is the right choice if you're shipping it (the recipient will just need a bottle of high-quality vodka for the infusion); add on a bottle of Dry Land's base spirit for an extra $34 if you're picking up the kit at the distillery, 471 Main Street in Longmont. Order online at drylanddistillers.square.site.

click to enlarge COURTESY OF THE FAMILY JONES DISTILLERY
Courtesy of the Family Jones Distillery
The Family Jones's Restock Your Bar Set, $150
Let's be honest: Most of us have depleted our booze supply over the past few months — so giving the gift of a bottle or two will certainly be appreciated. Even better: Make it a whole bar kit with this six-item set that includes the Family Jones's gin, vodka, bourbon and rye, as well as housemade triple sec and Blanc Jones, its riff on dry vermouth. Order online at thefamilyjones.co, then pick up the gift set at the distillery, 3245 Osage Street.

Holiday Cocktail Box, $69.99
American Elm, at 4132 West 32nd Avenue, teamed up with Argonaut Wine and Spirits and Estate Brands, a local spirit and wine distributor, to create the ultimate booze box. Curated by American Elm's bar manager, Jesse Torres, this kit comes with Wilderness Trail Bourbon and Dolin Génépy liqueur to make a Swiss Alps-inspired hot chocolate. Torres tells us there will be plenty of other spirits in the box, too, but the full lineup is still to be determined. What we know for sure is that each bottle of booze, syrup and bitters you get is full-sized, and there will be enough to make dozens of bar-quality cocktails. Choose from a standard size or upgrade for $30 more. As a bonus, Torres will offer a video talking about each ingredient and how to use it. Kits are available starting in early December at Argonaut, 760 East Colfax Avenue, or online at argonautliquor.com.

The Infinite Monkey Theorem's Red, White and Bubbles Box, $75
Give three bottles of wine to that wine-sipping locavore best friend of yours. This box contains a bottle each of syrah, sauvignon blanc and Bubble Universe, the winery's sparkling wine. The set also comes with tasting notes, so pick one up for yourself, too, and meet online for a Zoom or FaceTime toast and festive mini wine tasting with the lucky recipient. You can swing by Infinite Monkey Theorem's winery at 3200 Larimer Street, or purchase the set online if you plan on having it shipped.
click to enlarge The party pack from Mile High Spirits. - MILE HIGH SPIRIT
The party pack from Mile High Spirits.
Mile High Spirit
Mile High Spirits Booze Packs, $100
Send the party to your socially distancing friends or family this year with a complete kit of boozy goodness, all made by Mile High Spirits, 2201 Lawrence Street. The Moscow Mule set comes with two bottles of Elevate vodka, ginger beer and two of the copper mugs that helped make the cocktail famous. The distillery is also selling a party starter pack that includes so much booze you'll be able to celebrate through to New Year's Day. This set comes with two bottles of Elevate vodka, one bottle of Fireside Bourbon, one bottle of Denver Dry Gin, a bottle of Cuidado tequila and a bottle of Fireside Old Fashioned, all for $100. Order online at drizly.com, or call 303-296-2226.
click to enlarge COURTESY OF ROOM FOR MILLY
Courtesy of Room for Milly
Room for Milly Cocktail Set, $75
Many of us miss having a cocktail with a friend at a bar, but with this elegant gift set from Room for Milly, at 1615 Platte Street, you can re-create a lovely experience at home. Each package comes with a two-serving bottled cocktail, the bar's special popcorn, and two sexy glasses so you can reminisce on nights at the bar (you'll only be missing its art collection and classic decor). Choose from Boulevardier, Manhattan or White Negroni kits; order online and have the gift shipped directly to its lucky recipient.

Cocktail Gift Boxes From Ballmer Peak Distillery, starting at $62
Cheers to Lakewood's Ballmer Peak for putting together everything you need to send your loved one a stiff drink. The kits from this Lakewood distillery offer a complete set of locally made goods to create martinis, tiki drinks and Old Fashioned cocktails. All come with a recipe booklet, and Old Fashioned kit includes Ballmer Peak's single malt white whiskey, golden rum, bitters and a branded rocks glass, all for $68. The $62 martini box has vodka, Australian-style gin, garnish skewers and a jar of gourmet olives. Or send tropical cheer with the tiki set, $72, which features two kinds of rum, branded tiki glasses and bright red cherries for garnish.  Order by calling 720-316-5824, then pick up your gift set at the distillery, at 12347 West Alameda Parkway in Lakewood.
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Linnea Covington moved back to Denver after spending thirteen years in New York City and couldn't be happier to be home, exploring the Mile High and eating as much as possible, especially when it involves pizza or ice cream.
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