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The Drunk Uncle’s Guide to Gifting: Mini Bottle Stocking Stuffers

Featured Story / December 19, 2015 / No Comments.

giphyNothing brings the family together like the holidays and a gulp or two of liquor. Still stumped on what to get someone on your list? We’ve got a few ideas for you based solely on what they prefer in their glass:

Have you ever walked into a liquor store feeling like a kid in a candy shop who’s only allowed to buy one candy bar out of all the delicious delicacies? So have we, and we admit, choosing just one bottle of booze out of many is a difficult fate—especially when you’re looking to purchase a present. Sometimes, you just don’t know the person well enough to buy an expensive bottle, or you’re just plain broke. Either way, save yourself the trouble by putting together a simple mini liquor bottle stocking stuffer; they will be the saviors of your holiday gifting season.

Mason Jar Cocktail Kits – Grab a mason jar, some ribbon, a 7.5 oz. can of soda and a mini bottle of whatever liquor pairs well and voila! You’re all set.

Mini Bottle Bouquet – Forget the flowers; make this DIY mini liquor bottle bouquet instead. It looks great and it gives the gift receiver an opportunity to taste a variety of spirits.

Carry on Cocktail Case – Know someone who travels a lot? Save them from spending $10 on an airplane cocktail with this retro (and incredibly useful) carry on gift.

Grown up Hot Cocoa – The ideal winter gift. What says “I care” more than hot chocolate mix, a mini Baileys Irish Cream bottle, and marshmallows all packed into a mug? Pretty much nothing.

Hangover Helper – This kit is perfect for the partier in your life. Help them ease their hangover with a perfectly portioned Bloody Mary.


Infused Booze for Father’s Day

Cocktails / June 10, 2014 / 12 Comments.


With Father’s day right around the corner, it’s time to pick out a present for your old man. But what says love more than something homemade? Following only a few simple steps, you can easily create your own infused whiskey or bourbon that will be the ideal gift for dear old dad. All you’ll need is alcohol, time, and anything that will add your father’s favorite flavor to the mix.

Habanero Honey Whiskey Recipe
• 1/4 cup of honey
• 1 cinnamon stick
• 1 habanero pepper
• lemon zest (1/3 to 1/2 of the lemon)
• 1 ½ oz. water
• 1 cup bourbon or whiskey

Cut the pepper into fourths while keeping the seeds intact. For less spice, remove some seeds. In a small saucepan on low heat, mix together the honey, cinnamon stick, pepper, lemon zest and water. Let simmer for 5-7 minutes but stir frequently. Remove the pepper and turn off heat. When the remainder of the mixture has cooled completely, strain and pour into a large container. Add the bourbon/whiskey and shake. Close the jar tightly.

After 1 to 2 days, strain the infusion through a coffee filter. Let sit another day or two before serving.

Grilled Peach Infused Bourbon
• 2 peaches, halved
• 2 cups bourbon

Grill peaches until slightly charred, approximately 4 minutes on each side. Put peaches in large container and pour in bourbon. Cover and let sit for 2 to 3 days.

Strain into another container and discard the peaches. Then cover, chill and enjoy.

Bourbon-Bacon Infusion
• 3 or 4 slices of bacon (enough for 1 oz. of bacon fat)
• 1 750-ml bottle of bourbon

Cook the bacon and set aside the fat from the pan. When the fat has cooled, reserve 1 oz. for the infusion. Pour the bourbon into a large container and strain the bacon fat into it. Then let sit for 4 to 6 hours.

Place the mixture in the freezer until the fat has solidified. Using a spoon, remove fat and strain the rest of the mixture back into the container. Finally, drink up.

So what are you waiting for – initiate the infusing.