The Sharp List: Our Drinks Gift Guide for the Sophisticated Imbiber

The holiday season is finally upon us. And while our celebrations may look a little different this year and our vacations will be staycations, there’s still plenty to eat, drink and be merry about. Here, our 2020 gift guide for the sophisticated imbiber:

Goblet by Tom Dixon

Tom Dixon Goblet

Now more than ever, lavish goblets to get anyone into the party mood. Bringing a proper sense of occasion to this season’s celebrations calls for something appropriately grandiose to help distinguish holiday drinks from regular old end-of-the- workday drinks. The new Puck glassware from British design god Tom Dixon delivers the ideal solution. The modern, minimalist collection is defined by its playfully thick bases, which slide across a table with the same ease as an air-hockey puck. Our favourite of the smoky offerings is the generously portioned Coupe glass, which is ready for everything from rum and eggnog to New Year’s Eve toasts. $115 USD per pair

Manhattan champagne bowl by Georg Jensen

Maintain a much-needed sense of sparkle this New Year’s Eve by filling this steel tub with a few bags of ice and several bottles of fancy fizz. $450

For the WHISKY Lover

THE GLENLIVET CAPTAIN’S RESERVE SINGLE MALT

Selectively finished in ex- cognac casks for rich raisin notes, this single malt is uniquely intense. $70

The Glenlivet 12 Year Old single malt

A well-balanced scotch with a tropical fruit flavour, achieved through maturation in European and American Oak casks. $63

Bushmills 10 Year Old single malt whisky

From the oldest licensed whisky distillery in the world, this dram is aged for 10 years in used bourbon barrels to add to its profile. Aro- mas include ripe pear, toasted oak, caramel, citrus peel, and white pepper. On the palate, it is warming, with a light sweetness and medium body; flavours of tree fruit, caramel, citrus, and toasted almond play on a long finish. $50

For the SOPHISTICATED SCOTCH connoisseur

Bowmore 12 Year Old

Complex yet balanced: this expresses the essence of Bowmore Single Malt Scotch. Its subtle lemon and sweet heather honey complement trademark peat smoke, leaving a delicious, long, and mellow finish. $63

The Dalmore King Alexander III whisky

A total of six cask finishes — including bourbon and sherry casks, plus Cab Sauv wine barriques — combine
to create a rich caramel and almond flavour, with seasonally appropriate cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger notes. $375

Plico trolley by Alessi

First designed by Richard Sapper in 1976 and newly reissued, this collapsible mul- ti-tasker — which folds up flat for easy storage — finds new relevance during the WFH era as a laptop desk by day and cocktail table by night. $1,570 USD

Alba whisky decanter by Nude Glass

With a tartan pattern hand-engraved into its base, this crystal vessel is ready to showcase your finest Scotch in stately style. Its marble topper makes for another refined touch. $433

For the Wine whisperer

Grape Witches Liquid Advent Calendar

After over a decade in the wine industry, wine agent and buyer Nicole Campbell and sommelier Krysta Oben launched Grape Witches in 2015 to make natural wine accessible. What started as a series of parties and educational events evolved into wine importing agency, bottle shop and natural wine club house on Dundas West in Toronto. And now, in time for the holidays, Grape Witches has launched the liquid advent calendar, which includes 11 natural wines, one cider, a snack from Robinson Bread, and a $5 donation to Vinequity‘s scholarship program, empowering BIPOC wine professionals through education and mentorship. $480

Luce 2017 by Luce della Vite

Made from a blend of Sangiovese and Merlot, this Super Tuscan wine celebrates its 25th anniversary with a special release from an especially good year. Its fruity and spicy flavours pair perfectly with holiday dinners. $130

Book Your Own e-Bartender

The secret to a successful Zoom gathering? Encourage everyone to take part in a shared experience that adds some IRL overlap to an otherwise virtual experience. Toronto bartender Harry Hanson is here to help. After cutting his teeth at Gusto 501, he now hosts virtual cocktail classes that lead groups through key tricks of the bartending trade. DM @virtualcocktailclass to book him for your next get-together with the in-laws — and in the meantime, give one of his signature cocktails a try:

Blood and Sand

  • 3⁄4 oz Scotch
  • 3⁄4 oz sweet vermouth
  • 3⁄4 oz cherry brandy
  • 3⁄4 oz fresh orange juice

Shake with ice, double strain into coupe, and garnish with an orange twist.

More Mixology Musts

Add some zest

Dehydrated orange wheels by The Cocktail Emporium. $13

Serve on the rocks

Rondo ice tongs by XL Boom. $38

Ace the base

Dune terracotta coasters by Areaware. $45 USD