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2020 Holiday Gift Guide: Drinks

Keep the magic alive this holiday season by gifting loved ones a jolly buzz with these presents

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The holidays are going to look a lot different this year, but you can keep the magic alive by gifting loved ones a jolly buzz.

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COCKTAIL MIXERS

Taffer's Mixologist Margarita Mix.
Taffer’s Mixologist Margarita Mix.
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Perfect for times of social distancing, Taffer’s Mixologist cocktail mixers are the brainchild of “Bar Rescue” host Jon Taffer . Mix your own cocktail creations at 比特币交易网home with this line of low-calorie mixers, including Margarita, Strawberry Margarita, Piña Colada, Mojito, Bloody Mary, Cosmopolitan and Skinny ‘Rita. Just mix with your favorite alcohol for an at-比特币交易网home treat, minus the crowded bar. Available in gift-friendly three-packs. Three-packs are $29.99. taffersmix.com.

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SLIM CHILLERS FREEZER POPS

Slim Chillers Skinny Freezer variety pack.
Slim Chillers Skinny Freezer variety pack.

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If you’re looking for a lighter way to indulge while feeling like a kid again, Slim Chillers are frozen alcohol-spiked treats in portable packs reminiscent of childhood freezer pops. Available in vodka cocktail flavors like Lemon Drop, Cosmopolitan, Appletini and Watermelon Lemonade and wine cocktails like Orangeberry Mimosa , Blackberry Pomegranate Sangria, Strawberry Grapefruit Rossini and Peach Mango Bellini, each pack is only 100 calories. Packs begin at $29.99. Available at Costco, Walmart and more, or slimchillers.com.

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LUNA BAY HARD KOMBUCHA

Luna Bay Booch.
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Launched in San Diego at the start of the pandemic, Luna Bay Booch has been making waves ever since. Luna Bay comes in three core flavors: Palo Santo Blueberry, a unique blend of berries soaked in Palo Santo sticks; staple flavor Ginger Lemon; and Hibiscus Lavender, a light floral blend that isn’t too sweet. Luna Bay brews all of its blends with yerba mate tea, an ingredient not found in other hard kombuchas. $15.99 for a four-pack; available at Lazy Acres, Whole Foods, BevMo! and more. lunabaybooch.com.

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MISADVENTURE VODKA ... AND HAND SANITIZER

Misadventure Vodka is packaged in wine bottles.
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Vista-based Misadventure & Co. distillery’s motto is, “The spirit of sustainability.” They make vodka from — get this — excess baked goods. The company also makes bottled hand sanitizer, which it began producing in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In September, Misadventure opened its tasting room, providing vodka cocktails and food from rotating providers. Vodka bottles, $21.99, hand sanitizer starts at $2.50. misadventure.co.

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YOU & YOURS VIRTUAL COCKTAIL CLASS

You & Yours Virtual Cocktail Class Kits.

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The perfect gift for the socially distant cocktail aficionado in your life: You & Yours is offering virtual cocktail classes that teach attendees how to make two classic Y&Y cocktails: Ranch Water 3.0 (with You & Yours Vodka, lime juice, honey syrup, spicy bitters and Topo Chico sparkling mineral water) and the Lavender Gimlet (with You & Yours Sunday Gin, lemon juice and lavender syrup). Each kit contains the necessary ingredients, plus a mini cocktail shaker (attendees provide their own lemon and lime). Minimum of four participants per class required. $60 per person; email cheers@youandyours.com to book or visit youandyours.com for more info.

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ALCOHOL-INFUSED COLD BREW

BOMANI Cold Buzz, alcohol-infused cold brew coffee.
BOMANI Cold Buzz, alcohol-infused cold brew coffee.

Founded by three California natives, BOMANI Cold Buzz is an alcohol-infused cold brew in a can. Best served cold, this canned hard coffee cocktail can be used as an ingredient in specialty cocktails (follow @drinkbomani on Instagram for some inspiration) or enjoyed on its own. The perfect brunch beverage, BOMANI is only 110 calories per can and available in regular or vanilla flavor. $12.99 for a four-pack. bomanicoldbuzz.com.

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