Love tequila... or know someone who does? We're not talking about the friend who takes one-too-many shots every Christmas and passes out before the gift exchange. We're talking about the friend who cherishes the taste, smell, and history of tequila.
This year, give your tequila-loving friends a gift they can use to indulge in their passion. Whether they like their drink of choice blanco or añejo, served neat or with limón y sal, or poured in a margarita or a tequila sunrise, we guarantee they'll love these 13 tequila-inspired presents:
1. Tequila Gift Guide: Casa Noble
The music fan in your life will love a bottle of Casa Noble Tequila. The company, owned in part by Carlos Santana, packages their tequila with a signed message from the famed Latin guitarist. The Casa Noble Anejo 2 year also boasts the Double Gold Medal from the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, so even the most discriminatory tequila lover will be impressed.
Casa Noble Anejo 2 Yr 750 ML, $64.95, For Tequila Lovers!
2. Tequila Gift Guide: Viva Tequila
For your friend or family members who has an active interest in the history and culinary uses of tequila... not just the alcohol properties. Viva Tequila by Lucinda Hutson offers readers a lively tour through the cultural, history and myth of tequila in Mexico. The author then offers advice on throwing a tequila tasting and utilizing the liquor in your cooking.
Viva Tequila!, $26.24, Amazon
3. Tequila Gift Guide: Himalayan Salt Tequila Glasses
We all know the classic salt-tequila-lime trick, but what if you could make taking a shot a much more sensual experience? These unique shot glasses, designed by chef Tim Love for one of his favorite spirits, are hand carved from pink Himalayan salt. They're the perfect pairing to your favorite premium tequila, since they add that subtle salty note without the table salt. Just don't leave your drink in there too long!
Himalayan Salt Tequila Shot Glasses, $25 - $30, Amazon
4. Tequila Gift Guide: Sea Stones
These sea stones perfectly compliment a glass of your finest sippin' tequila. I mean, no one wants a watered down glass of their favorite alcohol, right? Use these granite stones to perfectly chill fine spirits — then rinse and reuse.
Sea Stones On The Rocks, $26.99, Amazon
5. Tequila Gift Guide: Margaritaville Mixed Drink Maker
For the serious tequila cocktail lover and perpetual hostess, no gift can be better than this stupendous 3-in-1 drink maker. The 4 tanks are perfectly designed to fit 1 type of alcohol (tequila, duh!) and 3 drink mixers that party guests can make themselves or even try the "I feel lucky" button for a special surprise cocktail. There's even recipes for those that shy away from making their own special concoctions.
Margaritavilla Mixed Drink Maker, $235, Amazon
6. Tequila Gift Guide: Margarita Molecular Mixology Kit
Have that special someone in your life who is just dying to try something new? Then this mixology kit is for them. Combining food, liquor, chemistry and art in one set, the molecular gastronomy kit will allow one to deconstruct this favorite drink and create a contemporary take on the zesty margarita to bring it to a whole new level. The unexpected drinks that this mix creates (lime juice in "caviar" bubbles!) will wow even the most jaded guests.
Margarita Molecular Mixology Kit, $24.49, Amazon
7. Tequila Gift Guide: Patron David Yurman Bottle Stopper
This gorgeous bottle accessory was crafted exclusively for the Patron Anejo bottle by Evan Yurman, the design director for David Yurman timepiece collections. The beautiful two-toned sword in gun metal and 24k gold features elaborate carvings inspired by 18th century Japanese Samurai swords. We can't get over the amazing detail in this piece. It's enough to make us want to get this beauty for ourselves.
David Yurman Limited Edition Bottle Stopper, $56, Crown Wine & Spirits
8. Tequila Gift Guide: Mexican Beehive Hand Juicer
Mexican Beehive Hand Juicer
No tequila bar can be complete without the much-needed hand juicer for all of your cocktail needs. Whether you're squeezing a lime for that perfect margarita recipe or flavoring the tequila with a little maraschino cherry, this classic hand juicer is made to last. It's heavy duty with 100% aluminum body and nickle plated steel bolt and hanging ring. This juicer means business, the business of cocktails.
Mexican Beehive Hand Juicer, $18, Amazon
9. Tequila Gift Guide: Day of the Dead Corkscrew
Okay, we admit it: this one might be a better gift for the wine connoiseur in your life, but we just couldn't pass this one up. The adorable steel corkscrew, inspired by Dia de los Muertos and designed by Stephanie Suárez as part of the Mexico Design Challenge, is topped with textured motifs along the head and is the perfect fun, playful addition to any kitchen or bar.
Day of the Dead Corkscrew, $20, Amazon
10. Tequila Gift Guide: Talavera Coasters
No home is complete without a little protection. These beautiful, handmade Talavera tile coasters have been painted so that each has a unique, slightly different pattern. Plus, each coaster is equipped with felt material on the bottom to protect your furniture from scratches and condensation!
11. Tequila Gift Guide: Bitters Travel Set
Tequila + bitters = the perfect cocktail. If your loved ones love to experiment with crafting their own cocktails (um, who doesn't?), try this mini bitters set that includes 20 ML each of Old Time Aromatic, Creole, Jerry Thomas' Own Decanter Bitters, Celery and Orange. For the dedicated host (or hostess), this set has everything they could want to experiment with their own concoctions for the holidays and well into the new year.
Cocktail Bitters Travel Set, $20, Astor Wines
12. Tequila Gift Guide: Bloody Maria Spice Blend
Bloody Maria Spice Blend
Some tequila lovers can't get enough margaritas and other tequila lovers enjoy drinking it straight. And then there's the very special tequila lover, the one that loves the breakfast cocktail. For your friend or family member who looks forward to their Sunday brunch Bloody Maria since Monday morning, this spice blend may be the perfect gift. Drink up!
Bloody Maria Spice Blend, $15, The Ingredient Finder