11 Alcohol Gifts for the At-Home Bartender
From must-have tools and guides to fun bitters and a pong game, these are the alcohol gifts that are sure to make the holidays extra cheery.
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Shake, stir and pour a cocktail with ease, thanks to this 10-piece bartender kit ($47). From Jillmo, this kit comes in four metallic finishes, champagne gold, silver, copper-coated and black, and has a bamboo holder so nothing gets misplaced. Here’s our ultimate cocktail round-up to help get them started.
Keep clinking to a minimum by utilizing this gorgeous lazy susan ($28). With a simple turn of a hand, little-used bottles or glasses can be found easily. Plus, it’ll look amazing on the recipient’s bar, counter or bar cart. By the way, this is how the Lazy Susan got its name.
Gin snobs, this one’s for you! Do Your Gin is a brother-owned business that allows gin connoisseurs to infuse their own spirit with the box’s 10 botanicals, funnel and glass bottles ($50). They can follow one of the three included recipes or experiment to find their custom blend. When the gin’s ready mix it into one of these tasty gin cocktails.
Give the gift of over 1,000 cocktail recipes with Mittie Hellmich’s James Beard Award-nominated The Ultimate Bar Book ($15). In addition to recipes, your loved one will learn about the importance of glassware and tools, cocktail history, variations, mixing technique and much more.
Surprise your brew-loving friend with Hydro Flask’s impeccable 64oz. growler ($65). It’ll keep their craft brew beer cold for 24 hours and the leak-proof cap will lock in carbonation for a fresh-from-the-tap pour. Hydro Flasks are one of the smart water bottles that are actually worth the money.
If you have a frequent flyer on your gift list, treat them to a premium cocktail on their next trip with a Cocktail Box Co. set ($70 for four). Available in old fashioned, champagne cocktail, Moscow mule, gin & tonic or a combo pack, these boxes provide the needed ingredients, tools and instructions for a great cocktail. All they’ll have to do is order a mini bottle of booze on the flight and they’re ready to mix. Have them pair those cocktails with some of these travel-safe snacks.
Is the mixologist in your life more of a sommelier? Let them put their collection on display with this modern metal wine rack ($40). Choose between gold, bronze, silver, black or rose gold for a finish that goes with their decor perfectly. According to a sommelier, these are the wines you should be drinking.
Add a personal touch to your gift-giving with an initialed wine decanter set ($60). Complete with four stemless wine glasses, a decanter bottle and stopper, the set is etched with the giftee’s first or last initial. By the way, here is the best winery in every state.
Handmade in Taste of Home’s hometown of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Bittercube’s bitters are made with real botanicals and slowly produced for a concentrated, rich flavor profile. This set of six 1 oz. bitters ($52) will let the mixologist in your life create cocktails like an old fashioned, Sazerac, Manhattan and more.
Encourage your giftee to nurse their holiday or birthday hangover with a hair-of-the-dog rocks glass ($14). With an option of pug, greyhound, beagle or dalmatian, these gilded glasses are made of expertly hand-blown glass. Don’t stop there: Check out our list of gorgeous vintage-inspired glassware.
Upgrade your favorite party animal with this champagne pong party game ($17). It isn’t just cups and pongs, either. The set also includes peach, raspberry and mango bellini champagne toppers for a playful flavor addition. Next, pick out something to give your host or hostess (that isn’t a bottle of wine).