A liquid fix for chocolate lovers
Forget dessert—instead, sip a cup of this super-rich drinking chocolate from Vosges. The delicious “La Parisienne” cocoa makes a boldly flavored traditional hot chocolate, but for those with a more adventurous palate, we also like Vosges’s “Aztec Elixir” cocoa; it’s infused with chiles that give the drink a slightly spicy finish.
One-pound boxes of the cocoas are $20 to $22 at Vosgeschocolate.com
A teapot that tips to brew
We appreciate this elegant Russian Court Teapot for its simple but intelligent approach to brewing tea: Spoon the tea leaves onto a perforated shelf, pour in hot water, and tilt the pot back on its stand so the water comes through the shelf to brew. Then tip the teapot back onto its base; this lifts the leaves from the hot liquid.
Fancy grape juice for wine lovers
For a nonalcoholic drink that’s special enough to serve during the holidays, check out these exceptional grape juices from California’s Navarro Vineyards. These aren’t your everyday grape juices—they’re made from Pinot Noir and Gewürztraminer wine grapes, so they’re intensely floral, fruity, beautifully balanced, and mirror the true grape flavor that you taste in wine.
Gewürtztraminer and Pinot Noir grape juices, $9.75 each at NavarroWine.com.
For drinks at any temperature
These drinking glasses are made from borosilicate glass, which is used to make scientific lab glass, so it can stand up to extreme temperatures. The double-walled design allows the glasses to retain heat or cold, so go ahead and use them for both steaming-hot cappuccino and icy beer.
Double-wall glasses, from $11.95 for a set of two, at Bodumusa.com.
A new style of wine chiller
Made from neoprene and elastic, this wine chiller stretches to fit around anything from a wine bottle to a big soda bottle. We popped the chiller in the freezer for a few hours, slid it onto a bottle of Chardonnay, and it kept the wine cool for two hours, long enough for even the most leisurely meal.
Houdini neoprene wine chiller, $12.99 at Kitchenkapers.com.