15 Great Gifts for Home Mixologists
Have a special mixologist in your life who could use some help in jazzing up their homemade libations? Stocking up on specialty items to make their cocktails extra tasty is a lot easier than you think.
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Sure, you could easily buy a bottle or two of hooch from the local liquor store, but that’s just like any other weekend. For the holiday season, you want to invest in a gift that keeps on giving with gotta-have pieces to enhance bartending skills and deliver well-crafted drinks for cozy get-togethers among friends.
Forget signing up your loved one for the “rum of the month” club. We found 15 festive presents for the home mixologist that will shake up their season:
Homemade Gin Kit
Your grandparents may have made gin in their bathtubs, but fortunately for you, creating a batch of the aromatic, crisp spirit can be done with this simple kit, which features juniper berries, spices, and all the easy to store tools you’ll need. Martinis, anyone? $50, UncommonGoods.com. (We tried this one -- check out the review here).
The Bar1odr is a compact device that features 10 different pieces of cocktail equipment to help you create nearly any drink with ease. Some professional bartenders are against using an all-in-one tool, but when an emergency strikes, it’s always important to be prepared. $39.95, Cool Material.
Hammered Stainless Steel Bar Set
This sleek, silver set has all the basic tools you need to create your own bar at home, including a shaker, strainer, a double jigger for measuring, a bottle opener, stirrer, and even a cheese knife. $59.99, Bed Bath & Beyond.
Rösle Fruit Muddler
This stainless steel version gently releases the flavors of fruit, herbs, and spices into your cocktail shaker. $22, Sur La Table.
Set of 6 Absinthe Glasses with Slotted Spoon
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For the daring home mixologist looking to shake things up with a popular high-proof spirit, consider French glassware created specifically to enjoy absinthe. $59.99, Macy's.
Ice Ball Maker
Plain ice cubes? That’s just for amateurs. This golden professional ice ball easily transforms standard cubes into flawless balls, which will keep your drink cold without diluting it with excess water. $149.95, Cocktail Kingdom.
Owl’s Brew Tea Crafted for Cocktails
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These fresh-brewed tea mixers are ready to be mixed with your liquor of choice for a new take on a well-crafted cocktail. Flavors range from Darjeeling and lemon peel to coconut and chai spices. $32, Food52.com.
Bulldog Cocktail Shaker
Forget those too-plain steel shakers that do nothing but jiggle ingredients. This conversation-starter will guard the booze and mix them, too. Monogramming is also available for the dog tag. $55.20, Pottery Barn.
Picnic Time Deluxe Portable Travel Bar Set
This leatherette cocktail case with a velvet interior includes all the tools you need to make nearly any cocktail when away from your home bar, along with space for two bottles of booze. $166.50, KegWorks.
Stainless Steel Bottle Opener Cufflinks
These stylish cufflinks will easily have any man show off in style during happy hour -- and they complement nearly any suit. $50, Cufflinks.com.
Origami Wine Tote
Give the styling wine lover in your life a luxe tote bag designed to look chic and safeguard precious bottles. This wine carrier also compresses flat for compact storage. $24.99, BuiltNY.com.
This stainless steel Instagram-inspired flask, which will keep any homemade concoction fresh and air-free, also happens to be pretty photo-worthy. $21.99, ModCloth.com.
Cocktail Bitters Aromatics Set
No self-proclaimed mixologist is worth their craft cocktail without a set of bitters. This herb-fueled set is made with actual spices and plants. $22.95, Kaufmann Merchantile New York.
For the Jäger fan, this single bottle tap machine serves shots at below zero degrees F. and it can be used instantly upon receiving. $99, TapMachine.com.
FreshForce Citrus Juicer
The difference between a meh cocktail and a well-crafted drink? Using fresh fruit juice. The FreshForce is a study, well-built juicer that delivers the goods with ease. $20, Sur La Table.