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Stocking the Bar Cart with Southern Essentials

Searching for the perfect gift for a person who has everything? These Southern-made, adult-only sippers are an unexpected gift they’ll adore. Introduce the whiskey lover on your list to Virginia Distillery Company’s smooth Courage and Conviction or take a taste bud trip to a tropical island with Trasher’s Rum. Whether you’re looking for an easy hostess gift or knockout stocking stuffer, these boozy beverages will fit the bill. 



brown bottle with gold top and turquoise label reading Martine on the left. On the right is a coup glass filled with slightly yellow liquid with a lime wedge on the rim.


The sweet fragrance of blooming honeysuckle is one of the most nostalgic scents in all the South, and for Gary Kelleher, it was boyhood memories of sucking nectar from the blossoms that inspired this Austin, Texas, liqueur. Fresh orange blossom honey, a blend of botanicals, and a spirit derived from sugarcane make up this sublime sipper whose taste and invigorating scent took Gary, the cofounder and president of Dripping Springs Distilling, five years to perfect. Whether combined with gin or tequila, or enjoyed all on its own, this fragrant liqueur will become a favorite. Gift a bottle to your favorite mixologist this Christmas. martinehoneysuckle.com

COMMANDER’S PALACE PAPA DOBLE brown bottle with white and turquoise label that reads Commander's Palace Papa DobleCOCKTAIL MIX

The Papa Doble, also known as the Hemingway Special or Hemingway Daiquiri, was made famous by none other than acclaimed novelist Ernest Hemingway on a stay in Havana, Cuba. Now, you can make the zesty cocktail at home thanks to iconic New Orleans restaurant Commander’s Palace and this addition to their lineup of handcrafted mixers. We’re adding one into our regular rotation, but there’s enough to go around. Grab yours and get mixing. store.commanderspalace.com


Since its launch in 2020, Virginia Distillery’s flagship Courage & Conviction American Single Malt Whisky has made a name for itself in the world of whisky. Founded by the late Dr. George G. Moore, a native Irishman and single malt whisky enthusiast, who came to the United States during the 1970s, Virginia Distillery is run today by George’s wife and son who have expanded the line of offerings to include a number of wow-worthy spirits. The 100% malted barley Courage & Conviction American Single Malt Whisky is aged a minimum of 3 years at the Lovingston, Virginia, distillery and is smooth and creamy with incredible depth of flavor. Have it shipped to your front door this holiday season. vadistillery.com

small bottle with deep purple liquid and white label with floral accents that says Sweet's syrup SWEET’S SYRUP

Elderberry syrup has long been touted for its medicinal, immune-boosting properties, and thanks to Sweet’s Syrup out of Charlotte, North Carolina, you can have all that goodness plus amazing flavor in each taste of their elderberry syrup. Founder Stephanie Rickenbaker combines Carolina honey, spices, and organic elderberries to make the syrup that is delicious by the spoonful or combined with other ingredients for salad dressings, holidays cocktails, and more. Speaking of cocktails, the company also offers a shrub that makes a refreshing mixer. sweetssyrup.com

clear bottle with Cathead bitter orange vodka label


Cathead was the first legal distillery in Mississippi, and they have bottled their one-of-a-kind spirits since firing up the stills over a decade ago. With this vodka, their most citrus-filled option, they’ve packed all the natural freshness of bitter oranges and satsumas into every drop. There are also subtle hints of vanilla that will make your taste buds beg for more. catheaddistillery.com



Thanks to this Abita Springs, Louisiana, company and their 12-ounce cans of the classic Cuba Libre (also known as rum and coke), making cocktails just got easier! But this isn’t just another ready-to-drink cocktail. Their unique recipe takes things up a notch thanks to a hint of natural lime juice and cola sweetened with raw cane sugar. Look no further for the perfect ready-made refreshment. librerumcola.com


With a variety of freshly squeezed juices, a unique blend of spices, and pure cane sugar, Perfectly Cordial’s Nashville-made syrups are a surefire hit. Just mix this hibiscus- and honeycomb-flavored concoction in with your favorite spirits, teas, or tonics to create a taste your taste buds are sure to enjoy. But that’s not all this syrup can do. We also enjoy adding it to our marinades for a subtle sweetness on grilled meats. You’ll reach for this multipurpose sweetener time and time again. perfectlycordial.com


Even if you don’t have a tropical vacation planned this holiday season, you can still drink like you’re on an island with this Southern-made rum. Washington, D.C. distiller Todd Thrasher produces 6 different rums and while we love sipping on classics like his Coconut Rum, his newly released Relaxed Rum is also a treat. Crafted to rival the incredible aged rum you’ll find in the Caribbean, this smooth sipper lays dormant in New American White Oak barrels where it turns an amber color and develops a flavor somewhat similar to bourbon. Any cocktail drinker will love adding this rum to their collection. thrashersrum.com


Four Roses is a household name for bourbon fans, and their Small Batch Select may just be their best release yet. Crafted from six unique Four Roses bourbons, each aged a minimum of 6 years, this bourbon has garnered rave reviews from bourbon enthusiasts and is sure to be a well-loved gift. fourrosesbourbon.com



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