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Craft cocktails started making a comeback a few years ago. We’ve been to a ton of craft cocktail bars in the last few years, and they’re all so cool. The thing is, though, craft cocktails can get pricey. There’s just so much (both care and ingredients) that go into each drink that consumers end up paying for. So that’s why a lot of people are playing mixologist at home.
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Pete actually loves making cocktails at home, so we stand by a couple of these as the best gifts for cocktail lovers, mostly because he owns a couple of the items on this list already. The others are ones that I know he would love to add to his home bar.
Okay. His home bar is a cabinet in the kitchen, filled with bottles from national and local distilleries.
But that’s better than not having a home bar at all.
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The Ultimate Bar Book: The Comprehensive Guide to Over 1,000 Cocktails
The chance of your mixologist knowing more than a handful of drink recipes is slim. A couple dozen, maybe, but not 1,000. So this book — The Ultimate Bar Book: The Comprehensive Guide to Over 1,000 Cocktails — is the perfect way to try a few new recipes.
And who knows. The book might be one of the best gifts for the mixologist in your life. It might help him or her find a new drink for to love.
Extra Large Ice Cube Trays
Certain drinks call for certain ice cubes, so that’s why we have Perfect Kitchen Big Ice Cube Trays ready to go in our freezer at all times. Pete likes the square ice cubes in cocktails, but you can choose the round version instead. They melt slowly, so they keep your cocktail cold without watering it down.
If you’d rather not water down your drinks at all, you could buy whiskey stones instead. Those come in square or round shapes too. You put them in your freezer and then in your drink. Any by drink, it doesn’t have to be whiskey. They’ll cool your drink down — no matter what spirit you’re enjoying — without watering it down.
The Cocktail Box Co. Cocktail Kits
The Cocktail Box Co. Cocktail Kits are absolutely perfect for someone who travels. You can get them as an Old Fashioned, Gin & Tonic, Moscow Mule, Champagne Cocktail, Margarita, and Mai Tai. Each kit comes with everything you need to make the cocktail (like syrups, sugar, bitters, stirrers, and more) … except the actual alcohol. You have to pick that up yourself.
They’re basically pocket sized, so they’re perfect to pack for a trip where you’re either flying on a plane and can’t pack full sized bottles or when you’re traveling with limited space. They come in a hard case, so you don’t have to worry about accidentally puncturing one of the syrup packets and it exploding all over your carry on.
Once you have the kit, you can actually buy refills (of just the perishable items; refills don’t include more stirrers) of certain cocktails, so that’s a good follow up gift idea.
Oak Aging Barrel
I remember my brother having an oak aging barrel for ages. I think my other brother bought it for him as a gift, but I may be completely making that up. What I’m not making up is that Pete’s dad got him an Oak Aging Barrel for his birthday last year.
An Oak Aging Barrel allows you to age your own spirits at home. Pete put a white whiskey (which is basically moonshine) in, and in three months it was completely aged. What’s cool is you can reuse it without washing it to make something like a whiskey-barrel aged wine.
He’s done a three month and a six month age in it, and both have come out great. Up next is a one year age.
Homemade Bitters Kit
My brother and his wife got Pete a Homemade Bitters Kit a couple years ago for his birthday, and it was a huge hit. He loved making his own bitters. It has everything you need to do so — and a few times too. It makes your drinks just a little more special.
And honestly, bitters are something that are so expensive and you only use a tiny bit of them in each drink. So you might not even have them in your home unless you actually make them yourself.
Bittermilk Cocktail Mixer Variety Gift Pack
If it’s easier to just gift the bitters instead of gifting a kit to make them, the Bittermilk Cocktail Mixer Variety Pack is a better idea. This includes Bittermilk Nos. 1 to 6.
Each Bittermilk makes a different cocktail. All of them are non-alcoholic. Your recipient will just add the liquor and some of the bitters and have the perfect at home cocktail. Super easy.
Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist
This might be my favorite gift idea on the list. Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist is the best gift for English teachers or book lovers who also love a cocktail.
There are a few additional editions as well: Gone with the Gin: Cocktails with a Hollywood Twist and Are You There God? It’s Me, Margarita: More Cocktails with a Literary Twist. Plays on words are my favorite thing, so I want to buy these just to display them in the kitchen.
Cactus Coaster Set
My great aunt loves cacti, so I always try to get her something cactus themed for Christmas. This year, it’s the Cactus Coaster Set. Your cocktail lover will like it too. Cocktails need coasters, but coasters can be boring. This is anything but boring.
The coasters stack to form a cacti when you’re not using them, so it’s actually a really cute decoration for your coffee table.
You can get similarly designed hedgehog coasters here.
Tequila Decanter and Tequila Glasses Set
Everyone knows you can decant wine, but did you know there are decanters for other spirits? I love this Tequila Decanter. But if you don’t know a tequila fiend, there are also ones for gin, mixers (bitters, vermouth, triple sec, rum, and whiskey as well.
This set is gorgeous because of the agave plant, which is used to make tequila, at the bottom of the decanter and glasses.
Mexi Craft Tequila Seltzer
Sometimes, your at home bartender wants a night off. And instead of tending “bar”, just wants to have a drink.
Enter Mexi Craft Tequila Seltzer. Each can has a shot and a half of premium blanco tequila with sparkling water and real fruit juice. It comes in eight flavors, like Spicy Mango, Aloe & Mint, Pomegranate Yerba Mate, and Pricky Pear Iced Tea, which really make them stand out compared to the other seltzers on the market.
The light and fresh seltzers are for sure going to be your craft cocktails lover’s new summer drink. (If your cocktail lover is 21+, of course). We tried the Aloe & Mint. You can definitely taste the mint, but it blends so well with the tequila. You can taste the tequila too, but it’s not overwhelming. The drink is really refreshing.
Right now, you can use the code ADVENTURE10 to save on the website. (I found the code on the brand’s Instagram, so I’m not sure how much you’ll save, so you’ll have to try the code out and see.)
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This is a list of the best gifts for cocktail lovers, according to us, but they’re not the only gifts for mixologists out there. There are more, like the DIY Whiskey Making Kit above.
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Which of these gifts for cocktail lovers are you buying first?