Because many of our colleagues are caffeinated enough during these stressful months, why not gift them a gentler, kinder holiday beverage? The Warming Joy 2021 holiday collections from Tea Forté, a company offering handcrafted luxury tea blends that are served at some of the  finest hotels across the country and sold at retailers like Paddington Station in Ashland, OR, and Knack in Seattle, features a combination of black, green and herbal teas. The gift sets include seasonal favorites like raspberry ganache, sweet orange spice, cherry marzipan, harvest apple spice and winter chai. Holiday gifts range from a $10 stocking stuffer that includes four pyramid tea infusers to the Warming Joy Tea Chest with 40 infusers of 30 different blends ($66). teaforte.com/

The perfect holiday gift is beautiful, unique and filled with wonder. Gastro Obscura: A Food Adventurer's Guide is all of these things and more: a travel-lover’s delight with enough offbeat facts about food to spark countless conversations at the next cocktail party or event.

 

Through the Looking Glass

 

When life hands you lemons (or lemon juice), make a Northwest Huckleberry Lemon Drop.

> 1.5 oz. Wild Roots Huck Vodka
> .75 oz. Cointreau
> .75 oz. lemon juice

Build like a lemon drop in a shaker. Shake and strain, serve neat in a martini glass with sugar rim.

Courtesy of Semiahmoo Resort, Golf and Spa in Blaine, Washington.