The steady stream of holiday guests are starting to arrive, and they not only want a cocktail or two, they expect a show.
Crosshatch Gold Decanter
Wine or spirits served out of a decanter elevates any gathering from a get together to a soiree. This elegant gold embellished specimen will serve you well for years to come. $159 to $186.
(The Heather Company, 2711 14 St. S.W., 403-474-5852, theheatherco.com)
Ice Shot Glass Mold
For a truly memorable display, serve ice-cold vodka in a shot glass made of ice. Make several ahead of time and keep them on hand in the freezer. $6.95 for a set of four.
(EQ3, 8180 11 St. S.W., 403-212-8080, eq3.com)
Bittered Sling Gift Set
Treat yourself and your guests to this variety pack of Bittered Sling extracts. Flavours range from orange and juniper to plum and root beer. Let your imagination and tastebuds lead the way. $40.
(The Silk Road Spice Merchant, 1403A 9 Ave. S.E., 403-261-1955, silkroadspices.ca)
Moscow Mule Cup
We highly recommend you serve this delicious old-fashioned concoction of lime juice, vodka, ginger beer and ice, and we also recommend you serve it in this traditional Moscow Mule cup. $20.
(Crate and Barrel, Southcentre Mall, 403-278-7020, crateandbarrel.ca)
Mikasa Cheers Glass Stirrers
When the recipe calls for the cocktail to be stirred, it’s for good reason: you don’t want to cloud the drink or overly dilute it. So, the next time you make a show-stopping Manhattan, reach for these glass stirrers for an impressive touch. $40 for set of four.
(Hudson’s Bay, Chinook Centre, 403-255-6121, and four other Calgary locations, thebay.com)
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