Sure, you can say 'I love you' with roses, but around these parts, we think it's better to say it with rosé...or a great cocktail, wine, or beer-related gift. Here are a few ideas to touch the heart of your favorite drinks aficionado when February 14th rolls around.
Vintage Cocktail Books
If your favorite booze nerd already has all the modern classic cocktail manuals—they've got Gary Regan's Joy of Mixology, Dale DeGroff's Craft of the Cocktail, and Robert Hess's Essential Bartender's Guide, and they already own The PDT Cocktail Book and the works of David Wondrich, plus Ted Haigh's excellent Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails, chances are they'd be interested in the original source material, too.
Your Own Cocktail-Making Kit
This week, take your lover to a bar and get 'em a little tipsy on a cocktail or three. Find out which drink was their favorite, and get the recipe from the bartender (or if it's a classic, look it up here on Serious Eats!) Then seek out all the ingredients at your local liquor store and package them up nice and pretty, complete with a shaker and strainer if they need those tools.
A Fancy Mixing Glass
Even though you can stir a cocktail in a normal pint glass, it's much more fun to do it in a gorgeous mixing glass like this one from Japan. This one is heavy and durable, and we love the woven pattern in the glass.
Awesome Cocktail Cherries
We're a little obsessed with these delicious Luxardo cherries, whether they're in the bottom of a Manhattan or perched on a scoop of ice cream. They're a little expensive, though, so they make the perfect gift, especially if you pair it with a bottle of rye.
Sexy Wine Glasses
These sturdy Schott Zwiesel glasses are the perfect everyday wine glass, but Valentine's Day is about indulgence. Treat your favorite wine lover to these gorgeous handblown Gabriel-Glas stems—I promise they'll be impressed.
This Austrian-made wine glass just comes in one shape, and so far, it's enhanced every wine I've tried in it, from Champagne to Rioja. It works well to expose a small pour of wine to the air, and its sharp curve seems to funnel aroma directly to your nose, focusing it in a way that seems to make scents more vivid. It's a delicate, elegant, beautiful glass, with a super-fine tall stem and very slim rim, which makes it a joy to drink from (though I wouldn't necessarily bring them outside for a backyard barbecue.) These are pricey glasses, but a little cheaper than Zaltos, which are another excellent choice. The Gabriel Glas stems are $45 for one, $86 for two, and available on Amazon for about $38 per glass if you buy a set of six.
Hydro Flask Insulated Growler
These BPA-free double-wall vacuum insulated growlers really work to keep your cool drinks cool, so you can bring 64 ounces of refreshing beer with you for a day in the park come spring.