12 Excellent Gifts for Those Who Indulge
Does the Wolf Judge the Lion?
Got a Game of Thrones fan on your list? Who doesn’t? Earlier this year, HBO partnered with Brewery Ommegang to create a series of beers inspired by the hit television series, and the first of the collaboration, Iron Throne Blonde Ale, was such an instant best-seller, they’ve done it again with Take the Black Stout. Inspired by members of the Night's Watch, who have vowed to protect the Seven Kingdoms from enemies in the north, Take the Black Stout is a deep, dark ABV stout with hints of chocolate, caramel malt, coffee, and hops. $8.50 per bottle, Ommegang.com
Drinking and Donating
Driving = bad, donating = good. With (Belvedere) Red Special Edition Vodka, 50 percent of the profits goes to the Global Fund, among the world’s leading financier of programs to fight HIV and AIDS. The bottle is gorgeous semitransparent metallic, the booze is great (is vodka ever bad, though?), and since its inception in 2011, proceeds from (Belvedere) Red have produced funding for more than 4.5 million days of lifesaving HIV meds, enough to help 8,300 HIV-positive women prevent transmission during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Feels good to drink now. $29, ReserveBar.com
Best. Cookies. Ever.
I like fresh-baked cookies as much as the next guy, but I had no idea you could get wondrous fresh-baked cookie taste from a tin delivered via mail. But indeed, the Christie Cookie, a Nashville institution, will deliver to your door a gift tin for any occasion packed with its signature chocolate chip, white chocolate macadamia nut, and oatmeal raisin cookies (the latter being, hands-down, the best oatmeal cookie I have ever eaten). Not baked until you order, the cookies are trans fat-free and kosher-certified, while the company is LGBT-supportive. Yum. $53.99 for a gift tin with 36 cookies, ChristieCookies.com
Still Avoiding Russian Vodka?
Then get a load of Reyka Vodka, the first and original vodka from Iceland that is distilled using glacial water and volcano rocks. It’s a green vodka too (the distillery runs on thermal heat) and you can’t beat the crisp, clean taste. $29.99, Wines4Today.com
A Puff for Your Daddy
Game of Thrones isn’t the only TV show with an indulgence available. Sons of Anarchy has released its official cigar, which is made with extra-fermented Ecuadorian Oscuro wrappers filled with an aged, medium- to full-bodied Cuban-seed blend from Nicaragua that is “loaded with notes of wood, leather, sweetness, spice, and hearty tobacco notes, each silky-smooth puff coats the palate perfectly and finishes clean.” I don’t understand any of that, but I have a tobacco-loving, motorcycle riding, SOA-watching uncle who will. $27 and up, CigarsInternational.com
I Effen Love This Stuff
My colleague gave me a salted caramel Rice Krispie treat this morning, and it took all my energy not to pull out a bottle of the Effen Salted Caramel Vodka to go with it (it was only 9:30 a.m. and I was at work, hence my hesitation). But still it could be perfect, because Effen Salted Caramel Vodka is delish, mixologists love this Holland import, and it makes for a great addition to recipes that are part of that sweet and savory food moment we’re in. The recipe for the Salted Caramel Rocky Road cocktail is TDF (find more at EffenVodka.com). $17.99, Binnys.com