An interesting gift for the bartender or drink aficionado in your family might be Grand Marnier. Not only does this cognac make for a fine after-dinner drink, but with its orangey aftertaste, it’s a nice addition to any margarita. Just add 1/2 oz. to 3/4 oz. to any traditional margarita. The added wrinkle to this fine liqueur is that it’s used in many desert recipes. That makes it a great gift for the “chefs” on your gift list, too. Don’t just take a bartending tip writer’s word for it. Try some yourself today, or visit Grand Marnier’s Web site.
And if you’re out and about looking for a gift for somebody you know how loves wine, you might want to amble over to Border Bookstore in Hyannis or Barnes & Noble at the Cape Cod Mall. No, most bookstores don’t sell spirits. But there are literally hundreds of wine books that every collector — seasoned or just starting out — will appreciate. All readily available at your local bookstore or over the Internet. Authors such as Oz Clarke, Hugh Johnson, and Ron and Sharon Herbst have put together excellent and authoritative books on wines throughout the world that make excellent gifts. These texts are an excellent source for someone trying to learn more about wine.