Whether you’re shopping for the mixologist in your life or looking to elevate your own home bar, this list of unique cocktail gifts will help you find the perfect present. From elegant barware to artisanal ingredients and the latest in cocktail tech, we’ve scoured the options to help you find a great gift for any cocktail enthusiast.
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Cocktail enthusiasts love to craft the perfect drinks for happy hour at home. If you have a drink lover in your life, you’ll know their passion for creativity, perfection and beauty is key to savoring every sip.
But there’s more to cocktail gifts than just giving them a bottle of their favorite type of alcohol. Shake things up with the perfect gift to help them mix up exceptional cocktails. Whether they’re a mixology maven or a beginner bartender, there is something for every drink-smith on this cocktail gift list.
The best cocktail gifts
Whether you’re looking for a 21st birthday present, a holiday gift or a little something just because, these cocktail gifts are a great place to start. When choosing a cocktail gift, take into consideration the recipient’s preferences and skill level when it comes to mixology.
A high-quality cocktail shaker set with various tools like a shaker, jigger, strainer and muddler is an essential upgrade for every cocktail enthusiast. I love this bar set by A Bar Above, a company founded by real bartenders.
With an aging barrel, your cocktail enthusiast can age whiskey, tequila, rum and even mixed cocktails. The barrel will impart oaky flavor into every sip.
For the drink lover who values convenience or who has a go-to drink, a premium cocktail machine like The Bartesian makes a show-stopping gift. Similar to single-serve coffee makers, these machines combine pods of drink mixers with different spirits to craft your favorite cocktails in minutes.
If your cocktail lover has a green thumb, they will love growing their own garnishes. The Aerogarden hydroponic system comes equipped with a strong grow light.
Clear ice mold
Ice might seem like a simple cocktail ingredient, but there’s a lot more to it than just freezing water. Clear ice cubes melt slower, don’t crackle and look almost invisible in a cocktail. I make mine in this directional freezer mold and it’s so easy to do.
If your recipient likes to entertain, a bar cart will be the center of attention at their next party. A bar cart looks beautiful inside, but you can also use bar carts outdoors when the weather is nice. They can stock it with glassware, garnishes and anything else they’ll need to whip up drinks quickly.
Cocktail smoking kit
Billowing smoke emerging from drinks in elegant cocktail bars garner lots of oohs and ahhs. My husband loves to show off this technique for smoked old-fashioned cocktails at dinner parties — it’s a lot of fun. This cocktail smoking kit comes complete with a butane torch, a smoke lid and several types of wood chips to infuse different flavors into your drinks.
Comes with Lavender, Cardamom, Black Lemon, and Orleans bitters.
Cocktail bitters are a great way to elevate cocktails with flavor and fragrance, and your mixologist will love having more to choose from than just the basics. I once received this bitters set from Scrappy’s Bitters as a gift, and they have been some of my most used.
Gin infusion kit
Gin fans will love the opportunity to infuse their own gin with real botanicals, fruits, herbs and spices and make their perfect bottle. This gin-infusion kit provides 12 vials of different seasonings that can be added to vodka or another grain spirit.
Travel cocktail kit
Jet-setting drinkers will love having a mini-bar on the go. These travel cocktail kits come in a range of flavors, from champagne cocktails to old-fashioneds. They’re small, which makes them ideal for packing in your carry-on or bringing on a picnic or to give as stocking stuffers. All they’ll need to add is the alcohol. You can also make your own!
Choosing the perfect cocktail gift
When choosing gifts for home bartenders, it’s all about improving their drink-making experience. Whether that’s through modern gadgets or flavorful ingredients, you can’t go wrong with these practical and enjoyable gift ideas.
Whenever I choose gifts for my fellow drink lovers, I always try to pick something inspired by their love for drinks, whether it’s a favorite spirit, flavor or type of drink. This helps to show the recipient that you really considered their gift and ensures it’s something they’ll truly enjoy.
Any cocktail lovers on your list will appreciate a thoughtful gift, especially when it helps them hone their happy hour. They’ll think of you with every sip — cheers to that.
This article originally appeared on Food Drink Life.