Post Meridiem and Tip Top Proper Cocktails are clever stocking stuffers for the cocktail lover on your list.
Photo: CONTRIBUTED BY ANGELA HANSBERGER
Photo: CONTRIBUTED BY ANGELA HANSBERGER

10 holiday gifts for the drinker in your life

Gift-shopping for a whiskey aficionado, an occasional tippler, or the aspiring mixologist in your life? Here’s a holiday gift guide to wrap up something spirited for family, friends, or party hosts and hostesses. 

Post Meridiem and Tip Top Proper Cocktails canned cocktails 

Good things come in small packages. These babies are stiff, simple and classic. Both of these Atlanta companies emerged on the cocktail scene this year, with bar-quality premixed cocktails that travel well and fit perfectly into a Christmas stocking. Serve them at a holiday gathering, and guests won’t know you didn’t mix up the Post Meridiem Old-Fashioned or Tip Top Manhattan yourself. Simply shake, pour over ice and — voila! — instant cocktail. 

$3.99-$4.99 per 100-milliliter can, postmeridiemspirits.comtiptoppropercocktails.com

Rosemary sage cocktail syrup from 18.21 Bitters is extra concentrated. A little goes a long way.
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18.21 Bitters rosemary sage rich simple syrup

18.21 takes its name from the amendments that enacted and repealed Prohibition. Its Ponce City Market outpost offers bottles of bitters, tinctures, shrubs and syrups to up your cocktail game. This extra-concentrated syrup takes an Old-Fashioned to savory, aromatic and herbaceous territory, like you’ve wrapped the liquids in plaid. You also can zhuzh up the gin in a French 75 with a splash.

$18.99, 1821bitters.com

Customizable holiday packs from Atlanta's first cidery make a great hostess gift.
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Urban Tree Cidery holiday gift pack

Is there a cider lover on your gift list? Atlanta’s first cidery sells holiday gift packs with your choice of two ciders (made with Georgia-grown apples) and two accompanying branded pilsner glasses. Choose from dry, crisp Original; sweet, American-style Classic; and Barrel-Aged, which is fermented slowly with Champagne yeast, then aged in Nicaraguan rum barrels.

$30, urbantreecidery.com

George Dickel Bottled in Bond was recognized as the top whiskey of 2019 by Whiskey Advocate.
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George Dickel Bottled in Bond

Founded in 1878, George Dickel is one of the oldest distilleries in Tennessee. Nicole Austin is now general manager and distiller of the 130-year-old brand. Her first release is 13-year-old Bottled in Bond whiskey, created after nosing her way through aged whiskey stocks warehoused at the Cascade Hollow distillery. With a smooth mouthfeel and notes of tropical fruit, baking spices and a little Tennessee leather, it recently was recognized as the top whiskey of 2019 by Whiskey Advocate, and took home gold at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. 

$35.99, georgedickel.com.  

Spicewalla's Everything bagel blend is good on bagels, and even better rimming a bloody mary.
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Spicewalla Everything Bagel Seasoning

Savory and garlicky, this spice blend is perfect for blood mary lovers. The Indian spice company from restaurateur Meherwan Irani was selected for Oprah Winfrey’s annual Favorite Things list. You can pick up the 3.7-ounce tins at Chai Pani or Botiwalla restaurant locations, or purchase online. If you head to Amazon, add on a glass rimmer set to make things easy. 

$7.99, spicewallabrand.com.  

This flask brings back fond memories of Hotel Clermont, its rooftop, Tiny Lou's and/or the lounge downstairs.
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Hotel Clermont silver drinking flask

Since the Hotel Clermont opened in 1924, the spaces in and below it have become institutions. The menu at the hotel’s Tiny Lou’s says the restaurant is “above where the ladies dance,” referring to the famous basement strip club. Give a gift of history to your favorite tailgating friend, and perhaps include a favorite sipper to go into the vessel. 

$18, hotelclermont.com

The flavor of bourbon seasoned in oak comes through in black tea from Cask and Leaf.
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Cask and Leaf bourbon-infused tea

For the person who might not want a nightcap, but instead a cup of whiskey-infused tea, this is your gift. This Virginia-made organic black tea is warm and earthy in flavor, with touches of cocoa and vanilla. A tea ball is included. 

$20, uncommongoods.com

This book, full of gorgeous photography and recipes inspired by wine, would be a good gift for a dinner party host or wine-loving cook.
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“Wine Food” by Dana Frank and Andreas Slonecker 

When sommeliers, chefs, and home cooks are all talking about a cookbook, you know it’s great. Wine inspires all 75 recipes in “Wine Food” (Ten Speed Press, 2018). From pimento cheese souffle to campfire cassoulet, you’ll be inspired to gather the crew, and confidently serve just the right wine. Pairing cheat sheets are included. 

$25, amazon.com.

Order online or pick up this Ticonderoga hat at the club (the price may be cheaper in-house).
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Ticonderoga Club hat

“Revelry, revelation, revolution,” this is how Atlanta’s Ticonderoga Club describes itself. It’s billed as a club that “any of striving soul and honest heart are welcome to join.” The warm welcome at the homey drinking and eating den is one of the reasons TC was a 2019 James Beard Award finalist. Gift some club spirit with a low-profile classic cap. Those who know will nod accordingly. 

$26, ticonderogaclub.com

Be among the first to try the Dinger Poitin with a prerelease holiday barrel.
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The Dinger Poitin 2-liter personal aging barrel

Before there was Irish whiskey, there was poitin (think of it as Irish moonshine). The distilled drink first was made by Irish monks in the 6th century. Using a 100-pot still, the Dinger Poitin is introducing Atlanta to the formidable distilled spirit. It will be released in March 2020, but there’s a way you can enjoy it now: a 2-liter personal aging barrel filled with prerelease Dinger Poitin. Age it, pour it now, or use the vessel when it’s empty to age other spirits. 

$75, thedingerpoitin.com

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