That time has come, again. You said you would be more prepared this year, but let’s be honest, no one was prepared for anything this year. Now, we are less than two weeks from Christmas and time for shopping is running out. Don’t panic. We are here to help. The perfect gift to impress your loved one is a Meltdown Ice Press. But let’s say your loved one is ahead of the trend and already has a Meltdown, here are some gifts that go great with our ice press for the bourbon lover in your life.
Impress him or her with a unique bottle that is out of the ordinary. Here are some to try:
Down Home – Try the Toasted Barrel. It has sweet notes of honey, vanilla and caramel on the palate and finishes with a nice char smoke that fades into an oak flavor.
Lux Row – We recommend the Blood Oath. With a light caramel aroma and hints of dark berried on the palate, this blend of three well-bred rye bourbons will have you savoring every sip.
Willett – Willett Pot Still Reserve is like dessert! Enjoy the smell of vanilla lemon cake before it even hits your lips. Then you’ll get notes of caramel, spices and citrus on the palate.
Balcones – The Brimstone has sugar and spice and everything nice! You’ll get rich aromas of sugar, butter and graham crackers mixed with chili peppers and that familiar smell of a BBQ pit. Those chili peppers will give your palate a kick too, as well as butter, sweet tea and smokey tobacco.
Here are some labels you may have heard of, but might not know about their special little secrets:
Knob Creek has small batched bourbons that are selected by your local retailers through their Barrel Select Program. The retailer selects the single barrel they like and then sells it.
Maker’s Mark partnered with The LEE Initiative led by Edward Lee, a James Beard Award Winner, author, restauranteur, and chef, and Program Director, Lindsey Ofcacek to support the food, beverage and hospitality industry as a whole with freshly cooked meals served in 19 relief kitchens across the country, and provided supplies, resources and more during the COVID-19 crisis. Together, they released a limited, special bourbon with a unique expression created from the equally unique expressions of 37 of their special partners’ Private Selections.
Perhaps your loved one enjoys his or her Bourbon in an Old Fashioned. You could build a nice little kit for making drinks at home, including bitters, cherries, sugar cubes. You could also build, or purchase, a larger kit which also includes tools to make the cocktail.
Some other gift ideas include a nice set of glasses, a unique bitters and cigars. Give the gift of knowledge with a book that explains the history or teaches how to taste properly.
Here are some winter cocktails for you to try:
Bourbon Candy Cane
– 2oz Bourbon
– 1oz simple syrup
Muddle a handful of mint in a shaker, add simple syrup and Bourbon, shake with ice, double strain over a Meltdown Ice Ball
Maple Old Fashioned
– 2oz Bourbon or Whiskey
– 1/4oz Maple Syrup
– 2 dashes of Angostura Bitters
Add ingredients in a mixing glass with ice, stir, strain over a Meltdown Ice Ball, garnish with cherries on a pick
From all of us here at Meltdown, we hope you enjoy the holiday season with your loved ones and we look forward to many celebrations in 2021! Cheers!
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