Create a well-crafted gift for grown-ups, even when “crafting” isn’t your thing.
|Photo © AA World Travel Library/Alamy, from Tasting Whiskey|
I’m great when motivated, though. The next time you have a holiday party to attend and need a gift for your host, here’s how to design a “Drink Up!” Tricky Tray that could also revolutionize school fund-raising.
You don’t know what whiskey they like, so get an assortment. You can’t go wrong with a bourbon (Maker’s Mark is milder; or try the gutsier Evan Williams Single Barrel), a Scotch (Johnnie Walker Black’s is a standard; or upgrade to single malt with Glenlivet 12 or a lightly smoky Highland Park 12), and an Irish (Bushmills Black Bush, or the sweet, friendly Green Spot). It’s not cheap, but neither are you, sport.
My battle cry is “Don’t let anyone tell you how to drink your whiskey!” (a bit long for an actual battle cry, but I’m sticking with it), so include two types of glasses: two Glencairn whisky glasses for “serious” nosing and tasting, and two squat, solid Old-Fashioned glasses that you can wrap your hand around for drinking whiskey. Add a cocktail shaker, a solid wooden muddler, and some silicone molds for those big ice cubes that chill the whiskey without diluting it as quickly (they look cool, too).
Now that’s a Tricky Tray. All you need yet is a copy of Tasting Whiskey as a final flourish so your host will know what to do with all this stuff!