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Sip on this! Gift guide for drink lovers

Dec. 14, 2011 at 8:25 AM ET

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Know a classic cocktail enthusiast? A bitters bottle might be a great gift.

In order to help you play holiday hero this season, we've compiled a collection of our favorite items for every variety of drink enthusiast. From oenophiles to hopheads and stocking-stuffers to splurge items, this has it all covered. Plus, just think: If you're the generous gifter who buys them that pricey bottle of tawny port or great bottle of scotch, chances are you'll get to enjoy it with them, too.

Bitters bottle

Know someone who's been bit by the bitters bug? Who looks beyond Angostura to stock their bar with an array of original, homemade varieties? If so, consider giving them this sleek glass bitters bottle to hold a batch of their unique creations.

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Japanese ice pick

Last year you gave your friend, the craft-ice enthusiast, a set of large-format silicone ice cube trays. They absolutely loved it, and you, in return, were rewarded with fantastic on-the-rocks drinks all year round. So how do you one-up yourself this holiday? Easy. Gift them this über-cool Japanese ice pick — the perfect addition to any serious cocktail drinker's home bar.

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Bar compass

Have a friend or family member who needs help navigating the vast cocktail landscape? With this clever tool, all you have to do is rotate the discs to reveal the measurements for 16 of the most popular cocktail recipes.

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Auchentoshan 1999 Bordeaux Cask Matured

Here's an interesting idea for the tippler who straddles the wine-whiskey line: Auchentoshan's 1999 Bordeaux Cask Matured, a single malt Scotch whisky that has been aged in French oak.

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'Brewed Awakening'

Without a doubt, Josh Bernstein's new book, “Brewed Awakening,” is the beer geek's new must-read manual. Visually dynamic and easy-to-read, the book takes an in-depth look at the country's growing craft beer scene — providing history, exploring trends, profiling brewers, and offering a wealth of tasting notes and recommendations.

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Beer tasting and hops appreciation kit

Perfect for the burgeoning beer geek in your life, this beginner's kit is like Rosetta Stone for the serious hop head. Learn the basic brew lingo, as well as how to identify different hops' flavors and aromas.

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Wine bottle thermometer

Help ensure that you always pour wine at its ideal serving temperature by adding this tech-savvy item to your holiday wish list. When placed around a bottle of wine, the thermometer cuff will display its temperature. (Plus, as an added bonus, it also suggests the best serving temperature for most wines.)

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