Have a few cocktail/wine lovers on your Christmas list too? There are plenty of Middle Tennessee wineries and/or Nashville distilleries you might source your gifts from, but if you feel like augmenting those picks with a little something extra, here are my suggestions (many of them made by/sold at small Nashville businesses):
I heard about this company initially from local magazine The East Nashvillian — WithCo opened a “storefront bottle shop” in 37206 (1006 Fatherland St. Number 205) a few months ago, where they’re sharing locally made, freshness-focused cocktail mixers. I like that they’re made here in Nashville, take the guesswork out of cocktailing, and come in creative/familiar flavors, like a twist on the Old Fashioned and a “Bouquet,” with floral hints.
One thing I’ve noticed across budding mixologists: Once people start getting really into it, a collection of unique bitters develops, and grows, and grows. Nashville’s own PourTaste produced a particularly unique blend — they say it’s “world's first magnolia bitters seen since the 19th century.” If you like a floral hint in your cocktails, good chance you’ll fall in love with these.
A proper Nashville home bar is only more proper with fancy cocktail-stirring spoons. These long-handled, hand-forged brass spoons from Facture Goods are the kind you’d definitely be inclined to display. The creators are going to be at Porter Flea here in Nashville at the Fairgrounds this Friday and Saturday — not sure what they’ll have in their booth for certain, but I’d bet a few serious spoons will be onsite.
A cocktail aficionado spends his or her share of time with limes/lemons/herbs/etc. that need cutting, and anyone who works in a kitchen will tell you that an end-grain cutting board is the best, most durable tool for the job, on the non-knife end. Among the Nashville woodworkers making beautiful ones: Ferrell & Co., who have boards like this one, made from salvaged Ash.
Have clumsy friends? The BPA-free polymer barware symGLASS makes (right here in Tennessee) lets you avoid broken glass without slumming with Solo cups, and they have everything from Old Fashioned glasses to Champagne flutes. Most can be personalized, and all are unbreakable (but still have the heft and weight of glass). I like these stemless white wine glasses in particular — reminds me of milk glass.
The new Project 62 line launched at Target this fall is really impressive — I try not to nod to too many big boxes, but this Rose Gold barware set with Acacia handles/base is really nice, and really well-priced (at under $30), if you have a loved one who leans toward the glamorous side of the style spectrum.
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