Gin Cocktails make a Great Gift

*I was sent G’Vine Gin to use in this post.  Idea and thoughtful gift giving heart is all mine. Cocktail kit : Easy gift idea. // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comThis might be the best hostess gift idea ever.  I don’t mean to toot my own horn, but it’s kind of great.  Sure you can bring a bottle of wine, but that is so DONE.  You know what I mean?  So put a little gin cocktail kit together! 

Use mini bottles of liquor for a cocktail kit gift.  // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comAll you need is some mini bottles of gin (or other spirit – or a mix of spirits!)  and pair it with some of the cocktail mixers that go well with it.  Oh hey, there is basil again (are you SO sick of my infatuation with basil?)  And Meyer lemons are crazy yummy.  And both go really great with gin.  

Just add ice and a shaker to your cocktail kit!  // www.cupcakesandcutlery.com

If you want to give an even better gift, you can also supply the cocktail shaker with the gin cocktail ingredients.  But most people have their own already so if you just want to give a little gift, leave it out.  Consider providing a recipe so your pal knows what to put in the drink and then they are ready to mix up some cocktails.  Just add ice! Meyer Lemon and Basil Gin Cocktail.  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.com

Gin is a great base for warm weather cocktails.  It has so many herbal nuances that it is really refreshing.  I’m not one for a simple gin and tonic but I don’t like things overly sweet either so this basil and Meyer lemon number is perfection! Add a mini bottle of gin with a basil plant and Meyer lemons to create a cocktail kit gift.  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.com I’m not sure this would be appropriate for an end of the year teacher’s gift but it would probably be much appreciated.  This would be awesome for a 21 year old, or someone moving in to a new house.  And especially as a hostess gift.  Next time you are at your local beverage center, pick up some mini bottles so you can have them on hand in case you need an impromptu gift.  

Gin cocktails are perfect for summer. // www.cupcakesandcutlery.com

Gin Cocktails make a Great Gift

Gin Cocktails make a Great Gift

Ingredients

  • 2 oz. gin
  • 3/4 oz. fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 3/4 oz. simple syrup
  • 2 dashes bitters
  • 4-5 basil leaves

Instructions

  1. Add lemon juice and simple syrup to a cocktail shaker.
  2. Add basil leaves and muddle together.
  3. Add gin and ice.
  4. Shake.
  5. Strain in to a cup over fresh ice.
  6. Top with 2 dashes of bitters.
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Are you a gin cocktail fan?  I’m certainly starting to be!  Don’t forget to check out this Blood Orange Sorbet Gin Float!

G’Vine Gin is a grape-based gin (instead of the usual grain based) and utilizes it’s aromatic surroundings for creating subtle fruit and floral notes.

 

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Best Caramel Corn Ever

Pinkleton's Caramel Corn with Orange Cardamom and Scotch.  OMG Yum! // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comYou know you have good friends when they gift you the world’s best caramel corn ever.  Well I mean, I think my recipe is the best caramel corn recipe ever, but prepackaged this is the stuff.  Kristin picked this Pinkleton’s caramel corn up on her recent vacation to Portland and knowing my love of snacks, caramel corn and cardamom, she knew I needed to try it too.  The flavor is outrageous.  It is at once bitter and sweet with subtle and bold flavors.  It’s the perfect crunchy texture.  And I didn’t want to share it.  I also knew that if I wasn’t careful, I would end up eating the whole bag in one sitting.  I ate some on the beach during a family picnic.  I packed this in my suitcase for my New York trip (I never like to be snacky in a hotel with only a mini bar available) and brought the rest home with me.  This would make a great gift for the foodies and snack lovers in your life.  I’m dying to try the other flavors too!  I mean – salted vanilla, salted molasses and spicy mexican cocoa?!  Order some for you summer vacations.  You’re welcome.  And thank you, Kristin, for knowing me so well!

 

Gift Ideas for Sports Fans

Leather wallets made from recycled baseball gloves!  // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comHow cool are these Fielder’s Choice wallets?!  They are made from old baseball gloves.  Here is the super dumb thing.  This was given to my husband already, by someone else, so it is no longer on the gift giving table for me.  Boo.  But I wanted to share them with you as Father’s Day is right around the corner.  Fielder’s Choice makes great gift ideas for sports fans in your life.

Fielder's Choice leather wallets.  Great gift idea for men and sports lovers! // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comThis is not an intricate wallet with slots to hold 15 cards, etc.  This is a simple pouch design with a flap closure.  It’s pretty straight forward and simple and would totally appeal to the unfussy guy in your life.  And the story is cool.  These are hand cut and sewn and made in the USA.  To my family, nothing is more American than baseball.  And while I am not a fan of the sport itself (I like to call it, The Devil’s Game), I totally get the nostalgia, the history and the spirit of it.  

Leather wallets made from old baseball gloves!  Great gift idea! //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comRepurposing the old gloves not only makes use of vintage materials but also adds a new chapter to the story of where that glove has been.  How cool to be using something that held many memories for someone else at one time.  And Fielder’s Choice doesn’t only sell wallets.  They sell really great hats, keychains and simple tees with their freaking awesome logo.  I love supporting cool companies like this who are passionate about what they do AND put out a cool product.  So go do some Father’s Day shopping and remember them come birthday and Christmas time.

Fielder's Choice Goods makes some cool gifts for the sports lover in your family.  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comBuy from Fielder’s Choice Goods here.  And follow them on Facebook, twitter, and instagram (well, have your husband follow them on instagram – our girly eyes probably won’t love their pictures.  There aren’t any peonies or other pretty flowers, but their aesthetic is really cool).

 

Great Gift for Men and Foodies : Mantry

*I was sent a Mantry box to review.  Well, I kind of let my husband review this one because he’s a man.  But I am telling you my thoughts on the Mantry box as a gift idea. Themed artisinal food boxes for monthly subscription.  Great way to try out new products.  Makes a great gift! //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comI am always on the look out for great gift ideas.  I love to give gifts that are unique or super personal to the person I am buying for.  My husband is super hard to shop for.  So when I came across Mantry I was REALLY hoping it would be something I could get for my husband.  And it totally was.  Mantry is the “Modern Man’s Pantry” and is an artisinal, food-focused gift subscription aimed at men.  And I think this idea is amazing.  Each month is themed and the hand picked, American made items go together in some way.  The box we received was Thai themed.  This is totally something my husband would be in to.  He likes spice, he likes snacks and it’s always cool to try new things.  Sometimes it is hard to tell if a gift box subscription is going to be worth it.  I think this one totally is.  The amount and type of products received was great and I would happily gift this to our men friends.   

Mantry Gift Box Subscriptions for Men and Food Lovers  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comI was going to hold this for his Father’s Day gift but decided that wasn’t really fair since he saw me shooting these photos.  And was asking a lot of questions.  I couldn’t really hide the part of the box that said “Mantry” so I guess his questioning was justified.  I had to do some traveling a few weeks ago and while away my husband made sure to tell me how delicious this jerky was.  I was hoping there was some left for me when I got home.  There was not.  We have not tried all the products yet but we are super excited to.  There are some really unique things in there.  Things we probably wouldn’t have picked out on a grocery store shelf but since they were sent to us, we are totally excited to try.  

Cool label design on this hot sauce.  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comWhat I love about this idea is that it is a great way to feature small companies that people might now know about.  And some of the product design was fantastic like this hot sauce right here.  And the site also features recipes of how to use the products included.  For example, they show you how to use the sauce above for Thai Chili Chicken Wings.  And I think I might like to test out the Thai Basil Margarita this weekend.

Great gift idea for men! //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comEven better, each box contains a guide that tells you all about the products included and also a map showing where they came from.  This is a really well thought out gift box and I think Mantry is a great gift for men and foodies.

*Thank you for supporting the companies and brands that allow me to do what I do.  While some posts are paid and some are not, I strive to bring you the things that truly stand out to me that I think you will love too.  If there is a product you think I would love, shoot me and email! cupcakesandcutlery at gmail dot com.

 

Things I Love – May

skateboarding oranges are the cutest //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comWhere the heck did May go?  For real.  How can it almost be summer?  Nothing says summer like little skateboarding oranges, right? 

Voluspa candles make my nose happy.  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comLauren got me totally addicted to these Voluspa candles.  This Ambre Lumiere flavor is SO good!  I want these all over my house. [Read more...]