Buying gifts for cocktail lovers is easy. There are hundreds of products out there that will delight any cocktail fan, whether they’re a professional mixologist or just an enthusiastic drinker. This article features the best cocktail-based gifts, from miniature cocktail kits for long-haul flights to a DVD of the film Cocktail, featuring Tom Cruise. Here are the best gifts for cocktail lovers.
The Best Gift For Cocktail Lovers
There’s always a temptation to pour your measurements at home. This is a bartending art called the ‘free-pour’, but if you’re not trained, you can end up with cocktails that are too strong and that taste like pure alcohol. Even professional bartenders have a jigger handy at all times. This OXO Steel Double Jigger is made from stainless steel, has a soft grip area in the middle, and has laser-etched measurements that won’t wear off. It measures in ¾ ounce and ⅓ ounce increments is safe to put in the dishwasher after use. You will have perfect cocktails every time with this jigger.
When you’re cruising at 30,000 feet, the last thing you want is a boring drink. But for some reason, airlines still haven’t updated their drink menus to keep up with the cocktail craze – unless you’re paying for first-class tickets, of course. The W&P MAS-CARRY KIT-MM Carry on Cocktail Kit is a travel cocktail making kit designed specifically to spice up your long-haul flight. It comes with high-quality ingredients and miniature tools, made specifically to adhere to carry-on luggage restrictions. There are six different recipes, so even frequent flyers won’t get bored of the same old drinks. And, if you don’t use it all on the flight, it’s a great tool to improve the boring minibar at your hotel.
Making a cocktail is more like making a meal than a drink. So, it makes sense that you have a recipe book to follow. Difford’s Guide To Cocktails #12 is one of the industry’s best-loved cocktail recipe books and is one of the perfect cocktail gifts. Inside, you’ll find 3,000 new recipes and 1,200 updated recipes to work through, as well as amazing images and easy-to-follow instructions. Everything from gin cocktail to vodka cocktail recipes. It’s designed for professional bartenders and enthusiasts, so even the most ‘enthusiastic’ readers will have plenty to get their hands on. If you want to make the gift great, you could include a few ingredients for their first cocktail.
Like most hobbies, making cocktails requires a lot of equipment. Throughout this list, we’ve included cocktail equipment that would make great presents for cocktail lovers and this Hiware Mixing Spoon is one of them. There aren’t many other situations where a spoon would make a good gift, but this kitchen gadget is a bit different. It’s made from polished 18/10 stainless steel and has a twisted middle for added control. Unlike a normal long spoon, this will spin around the mixer effortlessly, making mixing quick and controlled. You could even pair it with a mixer, jigger, and drainer (see products below) to make it a whole kit.
This craft cocktail syrup set is made by the same company as the carry-on cocktail kit. W&P Craft Cocktail Syrup Set features three high-quality, craft syrups that can be used to make a quick cocktail or if you don’t have the raw ingredients. In the pack, you get three syrups – Old Fashioned, Moscow Mule, and Spicy Margarita as well as instructions on how you can use them to make 48 different manly cocktails. That makes this one of the most compact and versatile cocktail ingredient kits around. We like the fact that they come nicely packaged in cardboard and glass bottles.
If you’re looking for cocktail gift ideas on a budget, this OXO SteeL Cocktail Strainer is a perfect option. It’s an essential bit of kit that every budding mixologist will need and costs less than $10. However, it’s not cheap because it’s low-quality. All OXO products are manufactured to a high standard and this strainer will be in their toolkit for a very long time. It’s used to strain ice, fruit, and other unwanted bits to create super smooth cocktails. You simply put it over the top of the glass or mixer and pour the cocktail out. We also really like the non-slip finger rest, which makes it comfortable to hold when you’re pouring. It also makes a great gift for men who love to drink.
The Savoy Cocktail Book is a bona fide piece of cocktail making history. Originally published in 1930, this book was born out of the prohibition era, when alcohol distribution was made illegal in the United States. Author Harry Craddock was one of the most famous cocktail makers in the world and left the US during prohibition to work at the Savoy Hotel in London. This book is an exact reprint of the 1930 edition, complete with illustrations, recipes, and more. It might not be the most up-to-date cocktail recipe book, but it’s a must-have on any mixologist’s bookshelf.
We’ve got to admit, there aren’t many films made about cocktail making. It just doesn’t have the same Hollywood appeal as being an astronaut or a homicide detective. But, there is the 1988 film Cocktail, which is worth a watch. Starring Tom Cruise in the lead role, it tells the story of a flair bartender who moves to Jamaica to open his bar and ends up falling in love. It was originally panned by the critics, but it’s gained a cult following, especially among mixologists and cocktail lovers. If you’re looking for an 80s feel-good movie, it’s got all the right ingredients.
The sound of glass shattering is something you hear on almost every night out. Perhaps it’s something to do with the fact that glass is extremely fragile and drinking alcohol causes us to lose our ability to hold things properly. Either way, you don’t have to worry about that anymore with these Silicone Wine Glasses. They’re unbreakable, free from BPA, easy-to-clean, and don’t change the taste of your drink. Plus, they come with a lifetime warranty, so you can put their claim to the test. They’d make the perfect gifts for cocktail lovers that can’t hold onto their glass. You may also like some of the best whiskey glasses from our list, so take a moment to check them out.
If you’re buying a gift for someone who’s just getting started in mixology, this complete Mixology Bartender Kit is the perfect present. It has everything you need to get started (except for the ingredients) and will save them a lot of time and money collecting all the equipment separately. Included is a 25 oz cocktail shaker, 2 two-sided jiggers, hawthorne strainer, mixing spoon, muddler, 2 liquor pourers, corkscrew, ice tongs, wine aerator, and wine stopper. Over time, they might want to replace a few of the items with really high-quality versions, but this set is perfect for anyone new to cocktail making. If you have friends who prefer whiskey to cocktails, we have prepared our selection of the best gifts for whiskey lovers, so check them out and find the perfect one.
Once you’ve mastered the basics of mixology, there’s a whole world of mad-science that opens up. If you’ve ever been to a dedicated cocktail bar, you’ve probably seen pink bubbles, flaming drinks, and even weirder creations on show. The Molecule-R 100967 Gin & Tonic R-EVOLUTION kit is the perfect entry into this world. It has all the ingredients, tools, and instructions to create caviar bubbles, make sugar foam, or even turn a gin and tonic into one big bubble. We wouldn’t recommend this gift for a newbie mixologist, but if they’re already skilled, it’s a great way to get experimental. Our guide to the best gifts for beer lovers features more amazing ideas like this, so if you have friends who prefer a cold beer to cocktails, be sure to check it out.
The Bloody Mary is a one-of-a-kind cocktail, combining tomato juice and vodka. It’s an acquired taste, but if you like it, there are all sorts of different ingredients you can play with. The Hella Cocktail Bloody Mary DIY Cocktail Kit is the perfect tool to create your own unique Bloody Mary. It has the tools and ingredients required to create your bitters, which can then be used as an ingredient in your drink. It’s a little on the expensive side, but it’s the perfect cocktail Christmas gift for Bloody Mary lovers.
When everyone knows you’re a talented cocktail maker, you could be asked to make one at any time. But you can’t carry around a full cocktail kit wherever you go. That’s where the Bartender’s Cocktail Garnish Multitool comes in. It has 7 tools hidden in the small plastic casing, which are designed to peel and prepare fruit, make zest, extract juice, and more. This multi tool will come in handy in making pretty much any cocktail and it saves a whole lot of space in the kitchen drawer.
If you’re looking for a fancy cocktail-based gift, this Gin and Tonic Premium Gift Set is perfect. Over the last decade, there’s been a huge boom in the gin industry. It’s become one of the most popular cocktails on the planet and mixologists are coming up with countless ways of modifying and accessorizing the classic drink. This premium gift set includes vanilla pods, pink pepper, quilling Ceylon cinnamon, cardamom, juniper berries, ginger cut, and star anise, which have all been selected by expert botanists. There’s also a beautifully designed instruction card with information about all the ingredients. Be sure to also check out our guide to the best Margarita machines for more amazing products for cocktail lovers.
Great ingredients are the key to the success of a cocktail. That’s why we’ve included this set of six cocktail bitters from Fee Brothers. The bottles contain highly-concentrated liquid from different plants that can be used to create interesting and delicious cocktails. The Fee Brothers set includes Peach, West Indian Orange, Grapefruit, Lemon, Mint, and Old-Fashioned Aromatic bitters. Fee Brothers have been in the cocktail game since 1863, so you can be sure that these bitters have been perfected over many years of experimenting. For those of you also searching gifts for wine lovers, we have prepared the selection of the best ones on the market, so check them out.
The Bormioli Rocco Dedalo Whiskey Gift Set is the perfect gift for a whiskey cocktail lover. The thing we love about this gift set is that it’s so affordable for the quality. It’s made to look like crystal whiskey decanter and glasses, but it will cost you a fraction of the price. For less than $20, you get a glass decanter with 6 beautiful cut glasses. They’re made in Italy and etched using a diamond laser cutter. Of course, the quality of the glass isn’t the same as a crystal set, but they cost a fraction of the cost. If you’re looking for the perfect gift for a whiskey lover, this is it.
You might recognize this bottle from the shelves of a cool coffee shop, but they also make a great gift for a cocktail lover. Monin Vanilla Flavored Syrup is an easy and powerful way to add a vanilla flavor to any drink. All Monin syrups are gluten and alcohol-free and don’t contain high fructose corn syrup, which means their less fatty. You can make all sorts of unique and interesting cocktail with vanilla syrup, including an Orange Creamside and a Vanilla Martini, which means it’s the perfect gift for martini lovers as well.
The last product on our list is the ARAWAK BRAVE Denim Apron. It’s technically an apron designed for chefs, so it’s not the most obvious gift for a cocktail lover, but hear us out. There are two main reasons we think this apron is perfect for mixologists. First, it’s covered in pockets to keep all the equipment you need – it’s got two large pockets in the front, a breast pocket to keep smaller items, and a towel loop. And second, it stops the wearer from getting any mess on their clothes. Making cocktails can get messy because you’re working with liquids, so this is the perfect item to throw on over nice clothes and start making delicious cocktails.