Whisky presents and other great gift ideas for Whiskey lovers

Whisky presents and other great gift ideas for Whiskey lovers

Are you looking for a gift to give the boss, a colleague or a connoisseur friend at Christmas? Something which will go down a treat (instead of just money poured down the drain)? A tipple is always a winning idea – perhaps the recipient doesn’t drink much but does enjoy entertaining. The gift will be particularly welcome if we opt for a quality bottle of Whiskey (the Irish and American spelling, Whisky without the ‘e’ being its Scottish name). How about trying something with a touch of originality? Choose NIO Cocktails’ take on Whisky presents!

Give the gift of the very finest Whiskey cocktails, made to recipes created by Patrick Pistolesi using only the very finest ingredients. Practical to serve, they can be enjoyed anywhere, even for an on-the-go aperitif. What could be better? An original touch, premium quality and practicality, all in one eye-catching gift.

So which cocktails should you choose? We are here to help: just create your box by adding each cocktail to the cart, then tell us where to send them. We’ll take care of the delivery! 

Manhattan cocktail

Which whiskey cocktail?

NIO Cocktails Manhattan

One of the best-loved cocktails in the world perfectly sums up the wonderful complexity of the Big Apple, the city that first inspired it. Created around 1870 at New York’s “Manhattan Club” by Iain Marshall – in honour of the reception organised by Jennie Jerome (Lady Randolph Churchill, mother of Winston Churchill) for presidential candidate Samuel J. Tilden – it soon became a hit all over the globe. The warmth of Bulleit Whiskey and the sweetness of Cocchi Vermouth make for the perfect cocktail to warm heart and palate alike. Here is the recipe for the NIO Cocktails Manhattan:

  • Bulleit Bourbon 
  • Cocchi Vermouth 
  • Angostura Bitters

NIO Cocktails Whiskey Sour 

A timeless classic for enjoying all year round, the sweet-and-sour, refreshing flavour features a warming key ingredient. The Whiskey Sour was first invented by Englishman Elliott Stubb who, on arriving in the port of Iquique (which at the time was in Peru) in 1872, decided to open a bar. He set about experimenting with different aperitifs before coming up with the locally-sourced "limon de pica" with Whisky and sugar. The result was a cocktail that never goes out of fashion. The NIO Cocktails Whiskey Sour is made with:

  • Bulleit Bourbon 
  • citric acid 
  • sugar syrup

Whiskey Sour

NIO Cocktails Boulevardier

A sophisticated sweet-and-sour cocktail with a warm flavour, affording unbridled relaxation in wintertime. Originally devised in the Paris Harry’s Bar, when legendary barman Harry McElhone first dedicated it to Erskine Gwynne, it made history when it was included in the “Barflies and Cocktails” book published in 1927. The NIO Cocktails Boulevardier is made with: 

  • Bulleit Bourbon
  • Cocchi Vermouth
  • Campari Bitter
  • Angostura Bitters

NIO Cocktails Brown Gold

Elegant and delightful, made with Whiskey, coffee and vanilla, the Brown Gold is perfect for sipping at Christmastime, and indeed all winter long. The elegant, intense, spicy flavour of the Bourbon makes the perfect match for sweet vanilla and aromatic coffee in this soft twist on a classic, in perfect NIO style. Our Brown Gold is made with:

  • Bulleit Bourbon 
  • Bols Vanilla Liqueur
  • Fair Coffee Liqueur
  • Organic citric acid
  • Sugar syrup

NIO Cocktails Old Fashioned

Another deliciously traditional cocktail for an aperitif in the cold-weather months is the Old Fashioned, with its intense, bitter, citrusy and aromatic flavour. Its origins are unclear: it was once called the Whiskey Cocktail because it was created to a traditional formula established in 1806, with the distillate, sugar, water and bitters. In 1870, with the advent of new liqueurs, different “improved” Whiskey Cocktails came about, but the time-honoured recipe – much loved by aficionados – was renamed the Old Fashioned. Ours contains:

  • Bulleit Bourbon
  • Toschi sugar syrup
  • Aromatic Angostura Bitters 
  • Angostura Orange Bitters

Old Fashioned

Give the gift of the NIO Cocktails Barrel-Aged Box at Christmas

More than just classic Whiskeys, the NIO Cocktails Barrel-Aged Box is the perfect opportunity for a top-flight tasting session: the perfect gift for winning over connoisseurs, it is also the ideal present for a budding cocktail enthusiast. In addition to the wonderful limited-edition Barrel-Aged Negroni crafted with Tanqueray Gin, we also have three time-honoured Whiskey-based cocktails with an extra special touch: the flavour of cask-aged spirits. 

Barrel-aged Old Fashioned 

A barrel-aged Old Fashioned is THE unsurpassed masterpiece for all Whiskey lovers: balsamic hints of Angostura, the spicy notes of Bulleit Bourbon and the sweetness of Toschi’s sugar syrup make for a cocktail which is refined and intense. 

The NIO Cocktails recipe for a Barrel-aged Old Fashioned:

  • Bourbon Bulleit
  • Toschi sugar syrup
  • Aromatic Angostura Bitters 
  • Angostura Orange Bitters.

Barrel-Aged Boulevardier 

A truly enticing Boulevardier: this Barrel-Aged Boulevadier features the distinct flavour of bitters, which balance out the sweet notes of Cocchi Vermouth. Bulleit Bourbon is a rocky, peaty whiskey, making it the perfect ingredient for rounding off this unique mix. A flavour experience which hits the palate before enveloping the sense of smell. 

Our Barrel-Aged Boulevardier recipe:

  • Bulleit Bourbon,
  • Cocchi Storico Vermouth di Torino
  • Campari 
  • Aromatic Angostura Bitters.

Barrel-aged cocktail box

Barrel-Aged Manhattan 

The Barrel-Aged Manhattan is a luxurious drink made to be savoured slowly. The intense flavour of the seamlessly blended mix of barrel-aged Bulleit Bourbon and Cocchi Vermouth makes for an intense flavour experience. Full-bodied and enveloping, it can be enjoyed any time. 

The NIO Cocktails recipe for the Barrel-Aged Manhattan is as follows:

  • Bulleit Bourbon 
  • Cocchi Storico Vermouth di Torino 
  • Aromatic Angostura Bitters.

Give the gift of the finest mixology: surprise everyone with Christmas gifts for Whiskey lovers by NIO Cocktails. 

Select the cocktails for your NIO Box and place your order for your Barrel-Aged Cocktails Box!