Is it too early to talk stocking stuffers? Maybe so. OK, think of these chubby little bottles of gin from St. George Spirits in the Bay Area as emergency supplies, ready to tuck in a bag for a camping trip or a long, cold trek.
It's a great way to sample some of St. George's unique gins without committing to a full bottle. Break open that wee 200-milliliter bottle of Terroir gin or Botanivore gin to share while listening to a new record or CD. My fave, though, is the pot-distilled dry rye gin infused with juniper (twice as much as usual), caraway and black pepper. I'm saving a bottle to take the edge off the misery of the cold that I know is coming sometime, somewhere.
They're widely available at retail liquor shops including BevMo. The adorable little 200-milliliter bottles run $9 to $12, while the 750-milliliter bottles are $32 to $35. St. George Spirits, 2601 Monarch St., Alameda, CA, (510) 769-1601.