Great Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas + Cocktail Recipes: Woodford Reserve, Tanteo Tequila, Vale Fox Distillery’s Gin

 Valentine’s Day 2020 SPIRIT Gift ideas!
Check out these great brands  to gift or buy for your own  cocktails! 


  • The GlenDronach Single Malt Scotch Whisky 12 ($60):
    From historic Highland distillery The Glendronach, this Sherry-casked aged Scotch is the ultimate pairing for milk chocolate or cheese. With smooth vanilla and fruit notes, spice and a rich creamy-silky palate, this richly sherried whisky has a memorable and long nutty finish is the craftsmanship of Master Blender Rachel Barrie. 


Woodford Reserve Double Oaked ($54.99):



  • This ultra-premium spirit is twice barreled in White Oak and matured to perfection in handcrafted barrels created at Woodford Reserve’s own cooperage. The barrels are uniquely toasted and charred to create an expression rich in flavor and color. The second custom barreling process creates heavier notes of honey, cream and vanilla that are magnified alongside sweet aromatic notes.
    Tasting Notes​:
    ● Color: ​Deep Amber
    ● Aroma: ​Rich notes of dark fruit, caramel, sharp honey, chocolate, marzipan & toasted oak.
    ● Taste:​ A full-bodied mix of vanilla, dark caramel, hazelnut, apple fruit and spices.
    ● Finish:​ Long and creamy with hints of honeyed apple lingering on.​Full-bodied with a long, rich finish Woodford Reserve Double Oaked is meant to be savored neat, straight out of the bottle, or with an ice cube.
  • Tanteo Tequila ($39.99):


Currently available in Jalapeño, Chipotle, Habanero, and newly released Blanco expressions

  • Made in small batches in the only distillery owned by its co-op of agave farmers in the small town of Juanacatlán, Mexico, Tanteo Tequila’s production process honors every detail from the ground to glass. Ideal for the home entertainer or spicy margarita lover, Tanteo removes the guesswork and offers a perfectly balanced cocktail every time. 
  • For each spicy tequila, freshly picked peppers are infused into Tanteo’s handcrafted, overproof blanco tequila, with careful consideration for both the age and piquancy (heat intensity) of the peppers.  The resulting tequila offers vibrant, complex pepper flavors complemented by the base tequila’s subtle minerality with agave sweetness. Tanteo Tequila is ideal for the home entertainer or spicy margarita lover, taking out the guesswork and offering a  perfectly balanced cocktail every time.
    Tanteo Tequila (SRP: $39.99) is available in all 50 states in fine bars, restaurants and spirits shops, as well as online directly through their website
  • Tod & Vixen’s Dry Gin 1651 by The Vale Fox Distillery ($39.99):
  • Made in Hudson Valley, NY by Master Distiller Roselyn Thomson in collaboration with three bartending legends: the late Gaz Regan, Leo Robitschek, and Jeffery Morgenthaler. This 100% wheat neutral spirit, non-chill filtered, features botanicals including red rooibos tea and Makrut lime.
  • Specifically designed to enhance the flavors of gin cocktails, the inaugural Tod & Vixen’s Dry Gin 1651 is made by macerating botanicals — including juniper, angelica root, and rooibos tea — to extract their flavors, then non-chill filtering to retain the unearthed profile. The resulting sip is bold on the entry, giving way to a well-balanced, vibrant gin with a weighty mouthfeel.As the esteemed gaz Regan put it: “THIS GIN ROCKS.”


Cocktail Recipes

Woodford Reserve DioNYCus
Created by Leanne Kubiez, Cincinnati



3 parts Woodford Reserve Double Oaked

.5 parts Byrrh

.5 parts Antica Formula

.25 parts Punch Abruzzo

.25 parts Angostura bitters

.5 parts water

4-5 dashes Fee Brother’s Plum Bitters

All ingredients should be combined, decanted, and served at room temperature like a dessert wine or an amaro.
Serve in a sherry/cordial glass with two pieces of dark chocolate
The recipe serves 2 people as it is meant to be shared after dinner with friends as a digestif.


Tanteo Tequila Red-Pepper-Ita



13/4 oz. Tanteo® Chipotle Tequila

1/4 oz. Mezcal

3/4 oz. Red Pepper Purée

1 oz. Fresh Lime Juice

1/2 oz. Light Agave Nectar (or simple syrup)

Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice.
Shake well and strain into an ice-filled. Rocks Glass (smoky salt rim optional).
Garnish with a red pepper wedge.



Tod & Vixen’s Dry Gin Negroni 1651
Created by the late, great gaz regan (NY)


1.5 oz Tod & Vixen’s Dry Gin 1651

1 oz Cocchi Storico Vermouth di Torino

1 oz Campari

Stir with ice in an ice-filled rocks glass,
Garnish with an orange wedge, then serve.
(Finger-stirring optional.)


Thank you to  Vale Fox Distillery, Tanteo Tequila, and Woodford Reserve Whiskys for these great recipes as well as insight about their brand!

Stevie Wilson,

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