Holidays

Ten Colorado-Made Food and Drink Gift Ideas

Il Porcellino Salumi does a meaty gift set.
Il Porcellino Salumi does a meaty gift set. Linnea Covington
The time has come to start thinking about stocking stuffers and colorful wrapping paper, and there's no better way to please than with the gift of deliciousness. We're talking fancy condiments, gourmet coffee, cured meats and boxes overflowing with tasty treats. Whether you're looking for a present for the food-focused teacher, hard-to-shop-for relative or hungry best friend, all ten of these Colorado-made goodies prove perfect under the tree and on the table.

click to enlarge The limited-edition eggnog gift set from Dry Land Distillers. - DRY LAND DISTILLERS
The limited-edition eggnog gift set from Dry Land Distillers.
Dry Land Distillers
You're Nog Going to Believe This
Have your eggnog and make it local, too, with the $110 kit from Dry Land Distillers (471 Main Street, Longmont) and Longmont Dairy. This limited-edition set includes everything you need to make an uber-rich, boozy and season-appropriate batch of eggnog: the distillery's special recipe, a half bottle each of Dry Land Heirloom Wheat Whiskey and Limited Release Holiday Cane Rum, Longmont Dairy heavy whipping cream and whole milk, farm-fresh eggs, raw sugar, organic vanilla beans and whole nutmeg. The only caveat is that you must pick it up from the distillery in Longmont, but once you do, you have a basket full of goodness that will serve the festive tipple for about fifteen people.

click to enlarge The trio of salumi is available as a gift set from Il Porcellino Salumi. - IL PORCELLINO SALUMI
The trio of salumi is available as a gift set from Il Porcellino Salumi.
Il Porcellino Salumi
Meat the Best Gift Ever
There's sure to be a meat-loving person in your life who would salivate over chef Bill Miner's wonderful sausages, cured meats and salumi from Il Porcellino Salumi (4324 West 41st Avenue) in the Berkeley neighborhood. The holiday gift box comes with a mini charcuterie board, three full-sized salumi and serving tips. Choose from themed sets including the heat seeker, with spiced juniper, Diablo and Spanish chorizo; the signature pack, which has finocchiona, saucisson sec and queso salumi; or build your own. Each runs $60, and you can upgrade to four salumi for $20 more. Call the shop at 303-477-3206 or visit in person. Shipping is also available for an additional $20 per box.

click to enlarge Chipotle Joe hot sauce by Merfs Condiments and Pablo's Coffee. - LINNEA COVINGTON
Chipotle Joe hot sauce by Merfs Condiments and Pablo's Coffee.
Linnea Covington
May Your Holidays Be Chile
Two beloved Denver institutions have teamed up this year to make a smoky, sweet and tasty hot sauce. Enter Chipotle Joe, a condiment created by Pablo's Coffee and Merfs Condiments using chipotle peppers, cold brew coffee and cherries. It's the perfect size to stick in a stocking or as a casual gift for all those spice-loving co-workers at your office. Make sure to grab a bottle for your house, as well; the sauce is something you will want to treat yourself to whether you've been naughty or nice. Pick it up for $5.25 a bottle at Farm Girl Foods, Marczyk Fine Foods, Cheese and Provisions, Jelly Cafe and all three of Pablo's Coffee shops and online at pabloscoffee.com.

click to enlarge The Denver Passport, winter edition. - LINNEA COVINGTON
The Denver Passport, winter edition.
Linnea Covington
A Passport to Good Times
Anyone would love to get the winter-edition Denver Passport, a handy booklet filled with two-for-one drink "coupons" you can use at 64 bars, coffee shops, distilleries and restaurants. Venues and specials include whiskey flights at Laws Whiskey House, New Saigon cocktails at Linger, tropical drinks at Ste Ellie and the spicy Cardi B. Hot cocktail at Smok. There's also a fun section dubbed "fika break," that Swedish tradition of having a coffee and sweet in the afternoon, which includes places like Rebel Bread, Method Collective and Sapor Coffee & Concepts. Aside from the obvious perks, what makes this such a great gift is that you look good handing it out and then your grateful friend takes you along to try everything. There are also Boulder and Colorado Springs editions, which you can order online for $25, or get a pack of the three covering Fort Collins and Mountains for $50. It's good now through April 15, so there's plenty of time to collect all the stamps.

click to enlarge Sugar High cookbook by Nicole Hampton. - LINNEA COVINGTON
Sugar High cookbook by Nicole Hampton.
Linnea Covington
Bake With Altitude
Local author Nicole Hampton has just released her first cookbook, Sugar High: Sweet and Savory Baking In Your High-Altitude Kitchen. Hampton, who lives in Denver and runs the popular cooking blog Dough-Eyed, has compiled more than 100 recipes for items such as honey-rosemary shortbread, brownie cheesecake, gingerbread, flaky pie crust, pizza dough, pumpkin-spice muffins and so much more. It's a great option for that new-to-Colorado baker who just can't figure out how to get the brownies to come out well, or for someone who just loves working in the kitchen and wants solid recipes to try out. The book retails for $24.99 and can be found at most bookstores.

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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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