21 Gifts for the At-Home Bartender
From must-have tools to fun bitters, these are the gifts for home bartenders that are sure to make the holidays extra cheery.
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Shake, stir and pour a cocktail with ease, thanks to this 11-piece bartender kit. From Aloono, this kit comes in four metallic finishes, rose gold, silver, copper-coated and black, and is dishwasher-safe. Your loved one will definitely use this set to tackle our ultimate cocktail list.
What’s the key to a truly over-the-top drink experience? This smoking gun from Breville. Your giftee can delicately smoke their spirits and cocktails for a beverage that tastes just as impressive as it looks. Speaking of a little-something-extra, these are the secret cocktail ingredients bartenders swear by.
When it comes to gift-giving, you can’t go wrong with a candle (and a few candle accessories!). These beauties from the Chicago Candle Company are made of vegan soy wax which is poured in upcycled wine bottles with one or three wicks. Your loved one won’t be able to get enough of their alcohol-themed scents like Pop the Bubbly, Irish Coffee Stout and Honey Bourbon.
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 will let the mixologist in your life create cocktails like an Old-Fashioned, Sazerac, Manhattan and more.
One of the best parts of cocktail culture is trying something you’ve never had before. While Novo Fogo Cachaca is nothing new (it’s one of the most popular liquors in Brazil) we’re willing to bet your loved one hasn’t had this sugarcane-based spirit. Sweet and a little funky, cachaca can be mixed into a caipirinha, in place of rum in a tropical cocktail or on its own.
Handmade in Santa María Atzompa, Mexico, these copitas are the best way to taste mezcal. The low-set cups are made of Oaxacan clay and are adorned with some blue-green, red, yellow and natural glaze, making them a beautiful gift for the mezcal or tequila aficionado in your life.
For those who are less familiar with this spirit, this is what mezcal is.
Keep clinking to a minimum by utilizing this gorgeous lazy susan. 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.
If you’re feeling generous, give your favorite at-home bartender an actual home bar. The Ault bar set will hold all of their bar necessities thanks to the three storage shelves, hanging glass holder, drawer and a 25-bottle rack. Plus, it’s made of solid wood, so it’ll hold up through even the rowdiest of nights.
Bottle of Their Favorite Alcohol
For those who don’t stray too far from their comfort zone, gift them a nice bottle of their preferred spirit. Browse our lists of top vodka, whiskey, gin, tequila and Jamaican rum brands for some delicious bottle suggestions.
Give the gift of over 1,000 cocktail recipes with Mittie Hellmich’s James Beard Award-nominated The Ultimate Bar Book. In addition to recipes, your loved one will learn about the importance of glassware and tools, cocktail history, variations, mixing techniques and much more.
Wine glasses are simple but absolutely mandatory. These Riedel Extreme glasses are diamond cut for a dramatic shape and especially thin walls for a winery-like experience at home. If your giftee’s glass cabinet is full, take a look at these other wine gifts that aren’t just a bottle of vino.
Looking for more wine glasses? Check out some of our Test Kitchen’s favorite brands.
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. 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.
Surprise your brew-loving friend with Hydro Flask’s impeccable 64-ounce growler. 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 Flask is a trusted brand and is one of the smart water bottles that are actually worth the money.
Is the mixologist in your life more of a sommelier? Let them put their collection on display with this modern metal wine rack. 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 types of wine your loved one should fill the rack with.
Who says copper cups should be limited to Mule mugs? These coupe glasses are perfect for spirit-forward cocktails or champagne and will help keep them cold. Plus, they look great!
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. They can follow one of the three included recipes or experiment to find their custom blend. When the gin’s ready, they can mix it into one of these tasty gin cocktails.
Add a personal touch to your gift-giving with an initialed wine decanter set. Complete with two red or white wine glasses, a decanter bottle and stopper, the set is etched with the giftee’s first or last initial. Your giftee can use the set with the bottles they receive in one of these boozy advent calendars.
Your loved one will be able to kiss warm and watery drinks goodbye, thanks to these freezable whiskey glasses. All they have to do is pop the glasses in the freezer for a bit, fill with some whiskey, wine or one of these mixed drinks and start sipping. The silicone slip on the glass will also protect your giftee’s hands while it keeps their drink cold for hours.
No home bar is complete without a neon sign. Rather than a branded beer sign, go with this “cheers” sign from Hand Mading Gifts. It is fully customizable from the color to the font and size, and will make the perfect centerpiece.
Encourage your giftee to nurse their holiday or birthday hangover with these hair-of-the-dog cocktails glasses. 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 Prosecco pong party game! The set includes 12 plastic glasses and three pink ping pong balls for the most sophisticated drinking game around. Next, pick out one of these hostess gift ideas (that isn’t a bottle of wine) before your next party.
Next, take a trip to the Big Easy with this sophisticated Sazerac recipe, the official cocktail of New Orleans.