November 19, 2014 Slideshows » Food & Drink

10 Gifts for Night Owls 

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by Jessica Elizarraras

Boozehounds, winos and spirit aficionados need gifts, too.  Keep them happy with these suggestions.

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1. Mezcal Vago Elote

The Esquire Tavern bar manager Houston Eaves believes in keeping mezcal production and traditions intact. He’s partnered with Mezcal Vago to help preserve the artisanal spirit. The Elote is infused midway through the extra third distillation with roasted Mexican corn grown on the family farm in Oaxaca. $50.34, Spec’s, multiple locations, specsonline.com.
2. Yamazaki single malt whisky

You won’t find Suntory Whisky’s single malt sherry cask 2013 bottle in the States, this year’s highest ranked whiskey in the World Whiskey Bible, but you can source their award-winning 12-year fairly easily. $54, Pig Liquors, 712 S St. Mary’s, (210) 226-6465, pigliquors.wordpress.com.
3. Ranger Creek Texas Whiskey gift box

For the whiskey lover in your life, two bottles of locally distilled, multiple award-winning spirits with bonus low-ball whiskey glass. $60 at the distillery, $70-$80 retail, 4834 Whirlwind, (210) 775-2099, drinkrangercreek.com.
4. Rare Bitters

This Anthropologie for Dudes shop will keep your favorite cocktail-lover equipped with mole and hopped grapefruit bitters along with a neat and accessible tool set for when they’re on the go. $22, Sporting District, 302 Pearl Parkway, Suite 108, (210) 223-1889,
6. Bottle of Kinsman Rakia

We want booze to keep us warm. Try the versatile Serbian brandy out of Southtown. $60, Dorcol Distilling Company, 1902 S Flores, (210) 229-0607, dorcoldistilling.com.
7. Canvas Cocktail tool set

Lumbersexuals surely love cocktails. Mix those strong 'tails using this neat and accessible tool set that features a swizzle spoon, strainer, muddler and picks for those Luxardo cherries. $64, Sporting District, 302 Pearl Parkway, Suite 108, (210) 223-1889, sportingdistrict.com.
8. Ice from H&C Ice Co.

Stop using janky ice and support the local cube providers at H&C Ice Co. Each bags contains more than a dozen crystal clear cubes. $10.99, Pig Liquors, 712 S St. Mary’s, (210) 226-6465, pigliquors.wordpress.com.
9. Paramour’s NYE Party

Admittedly SA’s first downtown rooftop bar isn’t open…yet, but when they do, the view of this year’s New Year’s Eve Hemisfair Celebration will be awesome. Keep a look out for reservation opportunities. Price to be announced, facebook.com/paramourbar.
10. Vacu Vin Wine Saver
Help your favorite wino with this vacuum pump that keeps air out and wine tasting great. $9.99, Bed, Bath & Beyond, bedbathandbeyond.com.
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1. Mezcal Vago Elote

The Esquire Tavern bar manager Houston Eaves believes in keeping mezcal production and traditions intact. He’s partnered with Mezcal Vago to help preserve the artisanal spirit. The Elote is infused midway through the extra third distillation with roasted Mexican corn grown on the family farm in Oaxaca. $50.34, Spec’s, multiple locations, specsonline.com.

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