Slideshow: Ask A Bartender: Which Bottles Make A Great Holiday Gift?

Whiskey
Whiskey
"Best bang for your buck is single malt whiskey.  Lots of depth, character and so many regions to pick from." —Kevin Diedrich (Jasper's Corner Tap & Kitchen)
Re-Gifting
Re-Gifting
"Booze is definitely a great opportunity to re-gift someone. So I just look in my liquor cabinet and find something I haven't opened yet. MERRY CHRISTMAS." —John McCarthy
Añejo Tequila
Añejo Tequila
"I love giving aged tequila because most people don't expect it.  A great Añejo is very smooth and always a perfect holiday sipper." — Jon Gasparini ( 15 Romolo, Rosewood), Rye)
Pappy, Nolet, Banks
Pappy, Nolet, Banks
"A great spirit for gift-giving would generally be specific to the recipient. I like American whiskey, so I would be pleased as punch to get a bottle of Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve. I'm not even going to be choosy and demand that it be the 23 year; the 15 year will do just fine. Nolet's is a good choice for the gin drinker, very floral and delicate. Banks for rum, it's a blend of rums from five different islands and it's got really amazing aromatics and flavors. Del Maguey for mezcal. They also produce a crema style, which is made with agave syrup and mezcal. Delicious!"— Elizabeth Powell (ArtBar)
Grand Marnier Cherry
Grand Marnier Cherry
"Spirit of the season this year is new to the market—Grand Marnier Cherry, from the House of Lapostolle." — Emily Tracy (Leroy's Kitchen + Lounge)
DIY Cocktails
DIY Cocktails
"Champagne is always festive. It’s also fun to not just give a bottle of booze but a little cocktail kit. Instead of just a bottle of tequila, why not give a sack of limes, a lime press, some agave nectar, and a bottle of tequila with instructions for how to make a classic Margarita? Or with that bottle of Champagne, include a small orange tree—tell them someday they can make Mimosas and you better be invited." — Daniel Nelson (Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing)
What They Like, But Better
What They Like, But Better
"For gifts, I really like to think about who I am buying for.  If it's a buddy of mine who loves craft beer, maybe I will look for a local brewery's winter seasonal.  If i'm going out for my older brother, I know he likes single-malt Scotch.  My mom, a good white wine.  Just really think about what they would enjoy and maybe even something they would never buy for themselves." — Nate Howell (Cusp Dining & Drinks)
A Few Ideas...
A Few Ideas...
"Either rum that comes in a silk-lined box, or any whiskey with the word "Old" in the title. Not something you had the bright idea to infuse with who-knows-what leafy greens, then store in your basement for two months in creepy jars, eventually pouring into a 200ml bottle so your old lady could wrap a bow around it. And: put a bird on it." —Dave Shenaut (the upcoming Raven and Rose)
Irish Whiskey
Irish Whiskey
"Bias aside, try a bottle of Irish whiskey. It's smooth, sweet, and quite refined, and I do not know of one single person who wouldn't be pleased to get one." —John Cummins (The Dawson Lounge)