Limoncello: Homemade Holiday Gift

As the summer is winding down, the last thing most of us are thinking about is the holiday season, right? It’s still hot outside, so why would we? While you may not want to be out and about shopping for those on your list, now is a good time to think about making a homemade gift for those special people on your shopping list. And Limoncello is a great homemade gift.

10 Lemons
1 Liter Vodka
3 Cups sugar
4 Cups water


  1. Zest the lemons, and place zest into a large glass bottle or jar. Pour in vodka. Cover loosely and let infuse for one week at room temperature.
  2. After one week, combine sugar and water in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil. DO NOT STIR. Boil for 15 minutes. Allow syrup to cool to room temperature.
  3. Stir vodka mixture into syrup. Strain into glass bottles, and seal each bottle with a cork. Let mixture age for 40 days at room temperature preferably in a dark spot.
  4. Place bottled liqueur into the freezer. When icy cold, serve in chilled vodka glasses or shot glasses.


You can buy fancy bottles for your Limoncello to impress your gift recipients. Limoncello is a terrific gift not only because it is made by you, but makes for a pretty presentation and is a unique gift that your friends and family probably wouldn’t purchase on their own.


Father’s Day Barware Gifts

Father’s Day is fast approaching and will be here before you know it. We all seem to remember to do something nice for mom, but just seem to forget that Dad needs to be remembered as well. Besides a nice tie or coffee mug here are some gifts that most dads will appreciate this Father’s Day.

Perhaps your Dad appreciates a good Beer or Spirits of some sort. Riedel has got you covered whether that is Tequila, Sherry a Martini or something in between. These selections of crystal glasses come in sets of two and are available starting at under $20.

Is your pop strictly a beer lover? Then you’ll want to get him the beer connossiueur set from Spiegelau. The beer glasses come in a set of four: Wheat, Pilsner, Lager and Tulip. Believe it or not, the shape of a glass really does play an important role in the optimum taste of each type of beer according to Spiegelau. And apparently thin glass is important as well for promoting malty sweetness and hop bitterness to it’s fullest potential.

Of course, every good bartenders needs a good barware set, right? WMF has got you all set with what may just be the cutest set of bar tools you will ever see.  Every piece has a face on it – from the bear face on the strainer to the shark (with teeth) ice tongs. All the pieces have rounded handles, and a stainless steel finish. See the full barware set here.

With pool season in full swing, Dad will no doubt want a case to carry his brews up the pool or to the beach with him. Check out this tote available from Built. It’s perfect to take to the beach, park, or party, and keeps beverages cool up to four hours. This beer tote is as slim as a thin mint when not in use, but don’t be deceived by its size—it expands to fit the canned or bottled beverage of your choice.

Show dad how thoughtful you can be and get him something he can use for years to come. Remember Father’s Day is Sunday, June 17, so don’t wait another minute putting off buying dad a terrific gift.

Barware Makes Great Gifts for Dad’s and College Grads

It’s that time of year when we start to think about Dads and Grads. Father’s Day and Graduations are upon us. One of the best gifts we can give Graduates and Fathers is a nice set of barware.

One of the things that make barware such great gifts is that you can start small and add to it as time goes on. It isn’t like fine china where it is necessary to have the entire set or it is incomplete. A couple nice wine or beer glasses, a cool decanter or liquor holder is all you need to start the collection. Here are some picks for barware and accessories that is sure to please Dads and Grads.

Wine Decanters
Wine decanters are certainly prettier than serving wine out of the bottle. >Wine decanters also serve a purpose. The transfer of the wine to the carafe and the amount of time the wine is exposed to oxygen will further develop the wines bouquet. Another reason for decanting is to separate the clear wine from the deposits at the bottom of the bottle also influencing the quality of the wine. Serving a good wine is a ritual for connoisseurs as well as new wine enthusiasts.

Basic Wine Set
Even if one only drinks wine on occasion, a good wine set is a necessity. With the WMF Basic 3 Piece Wine Set, WMF put together 3 of their best and basic wine tools that is a must for every wine bar! The Vino Foil Cutter. Vino Winged Corkscrew and the Vino “Corky” Bottle Stopper. Not just a pretty set, it is useful too!

Old Fashioned Cocktail Glasses
The Nachtmann Dancing Stars Bossa Nova Double Old Fashioned Pair is exquisitely crafted out of Lead-free Crystal. What’s so fabulous about these glasses is that they combined the classic look of cocktail glasses but incorporate the new checkered pattern in to the design. These crystal glass products do not fail to charm each time they are used, separately or paired with other items from the Bossa Nova line.

Drink / Beer Glasses
This is a terrific set to have. The glasses work well for beer but can also be used for cocktails too. So, they are dual purpose. The set is the perfect gift for a college student to start their barware collection or for a dad who enjoys a cocktail or beer on occasion.

Add a touch of class to your own collection or give a classy gift by choosing any of these barware options from Culinary Outfitters. We guarantee your Dad or Grad will be pleased that you thoughtfully purchased functional and decorative barware that can be enjoyed for years to come!