Hey, y’all! ‘Tis the season to shop for your loved ones — and to make your life easier, I have crafted a series of Kentucky-focused gift guides for your Holiday 2020! Next up? My 2020 guide for the Kentucky food and beverage connoisseur. Which is right up my alley (check out my sister site and food blog, JCP Eats, here)!
Food & Beverage Gift Guide 2020
Ale-8-One: Original + Cherry
Y’all know how I feel about Ale-8-One. Launched in July of 1926, Ale-8-One is the only Kentucky-invented soft drink still in existence. It was invented by G. L. Wainscott and was named via one of America’s first slogan contests at the Clark County Fair. “A Late One” – the winning entry – was a pun adopted for its witty description. From that, a Kentucky legacy transpired. The best part? The original green bottle + red cherry variety are perfectly festive and a great way to spread some Kentucky cheer! Shop here.
Rivulet: Pecan Liqueur
Rivulet® Artisan Pecan Liqueur is handcrafted in Louisville, KY and starts with a 2-year-old, barrel-aged brandy. They then use a proprietary process to obtain the exquisite pecan essence, which I know y’all will love. It’s a deep flavor and mixes perfectly in a plethora of cocktails. The perfect holiday gift! Shop here.
Hall’s Beer Cheese: Assorted Varities
As the name implies, Hall’s Beer Cheese is the combination of two of man’s most important achievements: beer and cheese. Add in savory spices and a little heat and you have The Original Hall’s Snappy Beer Cheese recipe developed in Central Kentucky more than half a century ago. I am also a huge fan of the Hot-n-Snappy variety. You can purchase Hall’s Beer Cheese in Kentucky at Kroger, Liquor Barn, and select Sam’s Club stores. Shop here.
Kern’s Kitchen: Derby Pie
There is no dessert more fit for a Kentuckian than the signature Derby Pie from Kern’s Kitchen. Created in 1954, it has been hand-crafted and enjoyed for decades. The official pie of the Kentucky Derby, the recipe is a secret – however, it is publicly known that it is downright delicious! I often pick mine up at Kroger, however you can shop online here.
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Jackson Morgan Southern Cream: Assorted Bottles
American-made and carefully curated, Jackson Morgan was born out of a need for a craft whiskey cream. Playful southern flavors like banana pudding, salted caramel, and brown cinnamon sugar are guaranteed show stoppers. Jackson Morgan Southern Cream can be sipped neat or shaken into a craft cocktail. Made in Tennessee, Jackson Morgan gets this Kentuckian’s stamp of approval! Shop here.
Ruth Hunt Candy: Assorted Candy Box
The best holiday gifts are those that are affordable, handmade, delicious, and can be enjoyed by every member of the family. The Assorted Candy Box hits the mark on all counts. The festive boxes say “Sweet Holiday Greetings” with each heavenly piece — Ruth Hunt Candy is the best, y’all! Based in Mt. Sterling, they will be celebrating their centennial next year. Shop here.
Weisenberger Mills: Assorted Gift Box
Weisenberger Mill has been “the bakers choice” since early 1865. Owned and operated for 6 generations by the Weisenberger family, the mill is nestled on banks of the South Elkhorn Creek in the heart of Central Kentucky. All of their mixes are incredible, which is why I recommend the Assorted Gift Box, as it contains 12 glorious varieties! Shop here.
Spotz Gelato: Gelato Bar To Go
Spotz Gelato serves up award-winning, handcrafted, small-batch gelato & sorbet made from local Kentucky Proud ingredients. They serve in their three Scoop Shops – Georgetown, Shelbyville, and Versailles – while also serving around Kentucky at events in vintage food trucks. Shopping virtually? You can purchase gift cards online! Shop here.
What are you planning to gift the Kentucky food and beverage lover in your life this year?
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