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Monday, December 11, 2006

Isaac's Annual Gift Giving Guide

This year for my Gift Giving Guide, "Classic" is the theme. Classics never go out of style and are sure to impress the boozehound you're buying for. OK, the truth is that this is my own Christmas wish list, so people take note!

Expensive ($50 or more)
Thomas H. Handy Rye Whiskey
Forget about throwing another log on the fire. This one is going to set fire to your log. (OK, even I don't exactly know what that means.) High proof and proud, this Rye is rich, confectionary and spicy--a great addition to the Antique Collection.

Not Cheap ($50 or less)
Monogrammed Shaker
Oh yeah, baby. Style and function. Plus it's nice to see your initials in steel. Williams Sonoma will let you preview your personalized shaker. Check it out.

Cheap($20 or less)

Waldorf Astoria Bar Book by A.S. Crockett

Classic cocktail recipes, lore and history. And you thought you had to hang around old used book stores to get your hands on a gem like this. After you give the bar book as a gift, make sure you follow up with your mixologist-in-the-making to see what he or she has been trying out. Maybe even sample a few yourself. This is the gift that keeps on giving.

Dirt Cheap ($10 or less)
Homemade Grenadine
Grenadine has multiple uses from kiddie drinks to ice cream topping. But there's no better use than in a classic cocktail like the Blinker. The problem is most people don't know the delicious tart and sugary red sap from the juice in an empty bottle of maraschino cherries. Teach through example.

Peanuts ($5 or less)
Fee Brother's Lemon Bitters
Get off easy and help people make better drinks at the same time. I collect bitters so this is a no-brainer. Lemon is my next purchase unless my Mom reads this blog and is looking for a stocking stuffer (wink, wink).


At 1:04 PM, Anonymous Jase Viennan said...

Luuuuuuuuuuuuuuurve the Handy. But it's about $60, not $100+.

At 3:15 PM, Blogger Isaac Washington said...


Repeat After Me: I Will Not Cut and Paste My Posts Without Editing the Titles.

I Will Not Cut and Paste My Posts Without Editing the Titles.

Thanks for catching that.

At 3:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is the greatest blog ever. You all are performing a public service and deserve a Medal of Freedom.

Which reminds me, why can I not find a decent scotch and or whisky bar in this town? This is DC fer cripes sake. Am I not looking hard enough.

Where can a man find a good selection of single malts and perhaps some rye?

Keep up God's Work.


PS- Good to see that you all celebrated Repeal Day at Martin's. Myself and pals spent election night there, howling and laughing and causing a racket with the barkeep and the swiss fellow. A good time all around.

At 4:24 PM, Blogger Lonnie Bruner said...


Get thyself to Bourbon. Plenty of rye and bourbon, but not too much scotch. There are plenty of scotch bars in town.

At 2:58 PM, Anonymous Jase Viennan said...

There are exactly no Scotch bars in town worth their salt (i.e., bottlings other than the usual, maybe even the odd independent bottling) in DC. (Except maybe for Shelley's--I've never been?)

At 4:14 PM, Anonymous Isaac Washington said...

As I recall, cafe St. Ex has a few interesting picks.

At 7:45 PM, Anonymous Jase Viennan said...

A bit more hectic without Mr. Adam to guide you through.

At 5:30 AM, Blogger natalie@theliquidmuse.com said...

Funny - I just bought the Waldorf Astoria Bar Book! LOVE IT! Great suggestion.

At 1:38 AM, Blogger Washington Cube said...

Happy New Year, Gentlemen. I'm starting up my "cocktail of the week" silliness again in 2007.


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