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This Editor-Favorite, Hangover-Proof Aperitif Now Comes as a Festive Set — and It Makes the Most Perfect Hostess Gift

published Dec 14, 2021
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I’ve been a big fan of Haus’s tasty lower-ABV apéritifs for quite some time, sampling my way through their seasonal sips including Grapefruit Jalapeño, Citrus Flower, Lemon Lavender, and most recently, Pomegranate Rosemary. So, when I heard the brand was launching a new Fireside Duo ahead of the holidays featuring bright and herbaceous Pomegranate Rosemary and their smooth, perfectly spiced New Fashioned, I knew I had to get my hands on this tasty two-pack ASAP. This duo truly makes the most perfect hostess gift for upcoming holiday gatherings.

This tasty set is made for seasonal drinks, whether you’re serving festive cocktails at a holiday soiree or enjoying a warm nightcap curled up by the fireplace. I’ve tried both flavors included in this duo and think they complement each other perfectly. Bright, herbaceous, and woodsy, I already raved about the new Pomegranate Rosemary flavor, as it’s one of my favorite apéritifs from the brand so far. It’s an interesting blend of juicy pomegranate and berry flavor contrasted with earthy juniper notes, thanks to the addition of rosemary. If you’re already a gin lover, this one is for you. I topped mine with a hefty splash of club soda over ice and a fresh rosemary sprig, and I was instantly transplanted to winter vacation mode. Try it with sparkling water, your favorite bubbly, or as the base to a warm cocktail.

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In contrast to Pomegranate Rosemary, New Fashioned (formerly called Bitter Clove) is slightly bitter, spiced, and smooth — reminiscent of a classic bourbon-based Old Fashioned but with more pronounced notes of ginger, cinnamon, and clove. I’ve used a splash of New Fashioned in place of whiskey in a Hot Toddy or hot cider, and it adds just the right amount of spice and warmth. It can also be easily sipped on the rocks with a splash of club soda or prosecco, or in whiskey-based cocktails to mellow out the booziness. Any way you serve it, it’s the perfect drink to have on-hand for cozy winter nights.

The Fireside Duo comes beautifully packaged with two 750mL bottles, each making 8 to 10 drinks. At a more mellow 18 percent ABV, these lower-alcohol apéritifs make a thoughtful hostess gift for that friend who loves to try experimental new spirits, without the gnarly hangover that often follows. Side note: Save the pretty bottles after you enjoy them. They make stunning vases for your favorite flowers or dried herbs.

For delivery by Christmas, the brands recommends ordering with express shipping by Thursday, December 16 by 11:59 p.m. PT. My advice? Add this festive duo to your cart ASAP.