5. Colorado Gin by Woody Creek Distillers
While Woody Creek Distillers in Basalt is known for its potato vodka, the company also makes a mean gin that is sure to win Christmas. Dubbed Colorado gin, this spirit uses the aforementioned potato vodka as a base and then spikes it with locally harvested juniper berries, fresh lemongrass, coriander, cinnamon, angelica, hibiscus, lavender, cranberries, grains of paradise, fresh orange and lemon peel and a hint of lime. Sound like a lot? Don't worry: The spirit comes together in an oh-so-smooth-you-can-sip-it way. Purchase it for around $40 a bottle at most quality liquor stores in your area.
6. Citrus Clove Liqueur from Distillery 291
Something about the cold weather and holidays makes us want to sip a warming, spiced drink, and the Decc by Distillery 291
proves a perfect option. This 70-proof liqueur gets its flavor from clove simple syrup and citrus peels, a technique that gives the beverage a slight sticky, sweet and after-dinner-treat sort of appeal. Buy a bottle for your grandpa, that friend who loves to throw back a dram of spirits after skiing, or for any bartender in your life, professional or not. Let them have some fun with this unique Colorado Springs tipple.
7. Maryland-Style Rye Whiskey by Leopold Bros.
You can't go the season without a little whiskey, and this fruity and floral batch by the Denver-based distillery works winter wonders. Gift a bottle of Maryland-style rye and have your booze aficionado swoon. It's not a commonly found spirit, so this mild and flavorful whiskey will surely be appreciated. You can find it in most quality liquor stores, or head to the distillery for a $44.99 bottle as well as a tasting of all the other unique spirits Leopold Bros.
makes. Just think of that latter part as a holiday gift for yourself. Just go get it soon: The whiskey is released each November, and it always sells out.
8. Mountain Bike Print Pint Glasses by Vital Industries
Three things Colorado is known for are mountains, beer and biking. If this describes the life of anyone you know, then the mountain-bike printed pint glasses by Vital Industries are a great gift option. The image proves simple and clean, but what you choose to pour into these charming $12 glasses is up to you. Choose from various colors such as moss, charcoal, navy blue or red clay, to name a few. Each vessel gets screenprinted by hand right in Denver, and the goods ship from the Vital studio. Order a set from vitalindustries.com
, and when you give the present, think about throwing in a six-pack of seasonal suds from one of our local breweries, too.
9. Honey Vodka by Spring 44
This vodka is made with water that's literally pure as the driven snow — the snow that melts in Colorado’s Buckhorn Canyon, that is. You can taste the quality, too, and the honey vodka gets a lovely kick of sweetness, perfect for adding to a cup of hot tea, sipping straight or, once the weather starts to warm up again, sprucing up a lemonade. Hopefully the person you give it to will savor it that long, but we wouldn't be surprised if it's gone by February. Made in Loveland, the honey vodka also has notes of fragrant vanilla, lavender and toasted nuts. You can find Spring 44 all over the state, including Argonaut Wine and Liquor
, Gunbarrel Liquor in Boulder and Highlands Wine and Liquor
; it retails for around $23.
10. Wooden Martini Glasses by David Rasmussen Design
Why drink out of boring old glasses when you can sport a crafty wooden martini goblet instead? Of all the glassware you can get your honey this holiday season, these sleek, wood-grained beauties really stand out. Each sharp-looking martini vessel runs $61 and comes with your choice of a white, black, green, blue or orange glass stem. Because David Rasmussen works out of Carbondale, the easiest way for a metro-area resident to get the goods is to order them online at davidrasmussendesign.com