Did you skip out on Black Friday deals so you can do your holiday shopping at our local stores? If you’re like me, the answer is unequivocally yes. And if you’re really like me, you’re on the hunt for foodie gifts for many on your list. For that, there’s no better stop than Vom Fass. From wall to wall, this gourmet boutique is filled with delicious liqueurs and spirits, spices, oils and vinegars, wines and more. Here are my picks for tasty gifting this year.
Specialty Liqueur: Gifting a bottle of whatever would look fancy and beautiful on one’s bar cart is always a good idea. Ranging from $29.99 to $99.99 depending on size, these specialty bottles are a great option for that recipient who wouldn’t normally splurge on him or herself (think of your favorite hostess). The framboise (raspberry) liqueur is made in France and is delicious as a stand alone cordial or mixed with other ingredients for fun cocktails. Bonus: Vom Fass provides recipes so recipients know exactly what to make with specialty liqueur. Raspberry not your choice? With more the 40 flavors of liqueurs, you’ll certainly find something for every taste.
Trio of Liqueurs: If you can’t decide on just one flavor, then don’t. Vom Fass offers smaller bottles that easily allow you to mix and match for a trio of flavors. Simply tell the store clerks the flavors your gift recipient prefers, and they will make a mix just for him or her. The Chocolate Lovers (because who doesn’t love chocolate?) comes with cocoa, latte macchiato and nut chocolate liqueur, which combine for chocolate-coffee-hazelnut dessert drink. The Christmas Joy set is a favorite this year, with the caipirinha lime liqueur, salted caramel vodka and sour cherry vodka. Combined, this trio tastes tastes not like Christmas but a spiked sweet tart. In summer, the caipirinha lime makes a tasty slushie.
Spirits: Maybe you’re shopping for someone who isn’t necessarily into mixed cocktails and is more of a whiskey or scotch kind of guy. Then check out Vom Fass’s selection of barrel-aged whiskey, brandy, scotch and more, all made by small artisan producers from around the world. Their diverse whiskey specialties hail from Scotland, Ireland, and even America. Bonus: You can sample from their cascade of wooden casks displayed in the store.
Specialty spices, pepper or salt: With an exquisite selection of traditional and exotic spices, from sweet and savory to bright and bold, Vom Fass has gifts for everyone from the seasoned foodie to someone just starting out in the kitchen. Buy a gift set, like a selection of four types of peppercorns, to expand your friend’s spice cabinet without adding more stuff to his or her life. Or split up the set and gift each one individually (a small jar of peppercorns or spices make great gifts for office coworkers and teachers, or as stocking stuffers). The diverse salt selection is an indulgent treat that won’t break the bank and gives a gift that people will actually use.
Oils and Vinegars: The ultimate treat to give anyone, find these combos of specialty oils and vinegars in two ultra-sleek sizes. Not only is the presentation gorgeous and will jazz up any kitchen countertop, these are also functional. The Italian style offers two types of balsamic vinegars and olive oils. Or, choose a set of chili and basil oils with mango and calamansi (orange) vinegars. (The chili oil and mango balsam are favorites, and when combined create a tangy and spicy combination perfect as a grill marinade). When they all used up, your recipient can simply take the empty bottles to Vom Fass for a refill, a gift that keeps on giving.