Neighbor gifts are a Utah thing. Sure lots of people put together homemade goodies for their friends & family, but they are not necessarily passing them out to all their neighbors. Here, neighbor gifts are for your actual neighbors. Which for us, just happens to include some of our closest friends! Each year I look forward to the knocks on the door in the early evening, or coming home to some goodies left on our porch. The last week of December is filled with visits from neighbors. Christmas cards are exchanged, gifts are given, and everyone is full of cheer! Sometimes a cocktail may even be tossed back if everyone is feeling particularly festive!
The last two Christmases we have made a couple batches of my Grandma's fudge recipe; however, there is another neighbor who does fudge each year as well. And while my fudge is obviously best (pats self on back), I wanted to do something more unique this year. Most of the gifts given contain some type of sweet or treat, which I obviously love, but sometimes it's nice to have a little wild card thrown into the neighbor gift mix! We have been doing lots of home brewing lately, so we decided to bottle up our ginger beer! Cocktail mixers for all! Cheers!!!
Since we constantly have fresh ginger beer in our house, we have been drinking Dark & Stormys as well as Moscow Mules on the regular. I'm hoping all our neighbors enjoy some tasty libations over the holidays as well. The red & white topped glass bottles were perfect for a Christmas gift. The thought is that they just might be returned to us in hopes of some refills. Keenan's Pub may be an operating speakeasy soon, ha! I found the tags at Papersource, which added the perfect little touch! Plus, I love any reason to use some fancy baker's twine. I'm so pleased with how these turned out!