Find Healthy Gift Baskets and Ideas For Your Foodie Friends This Holiday!

Healthy Gift Ideas for Your Foodie Friends

by Linda Baldwin
December 11, 2017

Are you searching for the perfect gift for your friends who love to try new healthy food options? Come into Intelligent Gourmet in Tampa, FL to check out our healthy gift baskets, new syrups and shrubs recipes and of course gift cards! Reach out to us today or stop in the store to find just the right gifts at a juice bar nearby.

Healthy gift baskets and more for you to choose from this holiday season!


Vegetable spiralizer : this basket is a collection of your favorite tried and true recipes, a gift card to Intelligent Gourmet, and Community supported Agriculture membership for a co-op near you. Sign them up for our IG blog so they can stay informed about healthy food recipes. Along with our products, you’ll receive a Rosemary plant. We have one out front of the restaurant that is 6 years old and the size of a shrub. We can attest how well they do in Florida, unlike other herbs and can really liven up your home recipes.


Give a gift card as a gift: give the gift of healthy food and a promotion of $50 that expires in a year and receive $15 for yourself to use within 60 days. Our offer is much like the Outback promotion when you pay $100. You’ll receive $25 for your free use within 60 days.

Find new Syrups and Shrubs recipes at a juice bar nearby


Some other neat gifts this season include our new homemade bitters syrups and shrubs. We make them in stevia bottles, with our own printed labels and often experiment with different flavors to give you original products. We find ourselves using combinations of whiskey and bourbon that your friends will surely enjoy.

Now maybe you have noticed the word shrub sprouting up around town on cocktail menus? This is because a shrub is a tart syrup made from fruit, sugar and vinegar and they are quickly becoming a favorite of foodies everywhere. Come try some at our store in Tampa!

A few of our favorite mixology recipes include:


Pear with me by Nate Smith

Ingredients –

1.75 oz Tanqueray No. Ten Gin

  • .25 oz Clear Creek Douglas Fir Eau de Vie
  • 1 tsp St. Elizabeth Allspice Dram
  • 1 oz Pear Shrub*
  • .5 oz Lemon juice
  • .5 oz Demerara syrup (one part Demerara sugar, one part water)
  • Glass: Rocks

Preparation – Add all ingredients into a shaker and fill with ice. Shake, and strain into a rocks glass filled with fresh ice.

*Pear Shrub


  • 8 oz Cider vinegar
  • 4 oz Water
  • .5 cup Sugar
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 lb Pears, cut into cubes


Add the vinegar, water, sugar and salt to small saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Pour the mixture over the pears in a bowl. Let cool completely and refrigerate for up to 4 days. (The longer it infuses, the more pear flavor the shrub will have.) Strain before using.



  • 1.5 oz Gin
  • 1 oz Tangerine Shrub*
  • .75 oz Lemon juice
  • Club Soda
  • Glass: Collins
  • Garnish: Lemon wheel and candied orange or tangerine


Fill a Collins glass with ice and add the gin, shrub and lemon juice. Top with club soda and stir briefly.

*Tangerine Shrub


  • Peels of 6 tangerines
  • 1 bunch Fresh thyme
  • 2 cups Sugar
  • 5 oz Apple cider vinegar


Combine the tangerine peels, thyme and sugar in a small saucepan and let stand for 48 hours. Add the vinegar and heat over medium-low heat, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Add additional vinegar or sugar to taste. (The finished shrub should be on the sweeter side.)



  • 32 oz (1 qt) Apple cider vinegar
  • 1 lb (just over 2 cups) Sugar
  • 2 lb Tomatillos
  • 2 Jalapeño peppers, seeded


Combine the vinegar and sugar in a saucepan and heat, stirring, until the sugar dissolves. Add the tomatillos and jalapeños, and let stand for 24 hours. Pour into a blender and blend on high for 30 seconds. Strain through a chinois or fine strainer and serve with shots of tequila.”

Come out to our juice bar nearby Tampa, FL and we have many options for you to try. You will not be disappointed with these new shrubs!

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Get your holiday healthy gift baskets and more from Intelligent Gourmet in Tampa, FL! Come in today to grab a meal and get the perfect gift for your friends and family.  

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