One of my favorite things—and this is not just because it’s almost my birthday—is a present. This is true of most people, but I love the element of surprise that is so perfectly embodied in a wrapped package. I have never been one to sneak around and try to discover gifts before they’re due, since I really love not knowing what I’m going to find inside. This also extends to packages in the mail; even when I know what something is going to be because I’m the one who ordered it, it’s still fun to tear into a package. You never know—it may be something completely different.
In that spirit, I’ve been taking stock of the stacks of cocktail related books and ephemera that I have around the house. Were there some sort of cocktail Armageddon, I have a feeling we’d be well provided for for a very long time. I don’t really think we need to keep all of this stuff to ourselves (and in fact we really shouldn’t) so I’ve decided to host a giveaway in honor of summer…and a love of presents.
The winner will receive two books—Kathy Casey’s Sips & Apps: Classic and Contemporary Recipes for Coctktails and Appetizers and Food & Wine Cocktails 2011—plus an assortment of tools and ingredients to motivate your cocktailing impulses.
To enter, simply leave a comment below describing the best present you’ve ever received. The winner will be selected randomly, and all entries must be submitted by midnight, Friday July 1, 2011. Happy drinking!