There might not be a better time of year to play bartender at home than the holiday season. From family reunions to New Year’s Eve parties, honing your skills as a mixologist will come in handy when whipping up a gin fizz, Manhattan rye, or something of your own invention. For those of you shopping for the cocktail lover in your life, whether newbie or seasoned veteran, this handy guide to the best gifts for the mixologist will help you tick off your list.
Whiskey Peaks American Mountains Whiskey Glasses
Never stray too far from the outdoors with the ever-popular range of whiskey glasses from Whiskey Peaks, each featuring a glass version of a world famous mountain at the bottom. The set of 4 American mountains is perfect for those longing to return to Half Dome, Mt. Rainier, Denali, or Mt. Whitney.
THIS! Inventions cold beer glass
If you’re tired of your beer getting warm the second it leaves the fridge, get a 16 oz Chill beer glass! inventions. Freezing liquid is sandwiched between two unbreakable borosilicate glass walls and a cork sleeve ensures your hand won’t go numb holding it. Just store one or two of them in the freezer for a few hours and they’ll be ready for you when you want to drink them.
For mixing spirits into cocktails, you don’t want to go for the top shelf, but you might also want to steer clear of fine bottles. For gin lovers, Fords has been reverse-engineered by its creators to find the perfect gin that can pair with everything from martinis to Negronis. Likewise, the bottle was designed to be ergonomic and easy to grip and pour into a bartender’s hand. Tequila fans will appreciate Espolòn Blanco, which is proof that budget tequilas can still taste amazing. And then there’s WhistlePig’s PiggyBack, a fantastic mid-level 100% rye whiskey aged for 6 years that will go perfectly in an old fashioned or Manhattan.
Viski Lewis ice bag and mallet
For all the tiki drink lovers out there, shaved ice can get expensive and your fridge won’t necessarily give you the right size or dispense. Made by in-house mixologists, this Lewis Ice Bag and Mallet from Viski features a beech wood mallet for crushing ice exactly the way you want it.
ClearlyFrozen transparent ice cube tray
Clear ice is an underrated addition to any fine cocktail. Avoiding unwanted flavors caused by cloudy ice, these crystalline cubes also thaw at a slower rate, slowing the dilution rate of your drink. Where most clear ice cube trays can only make 2-4 large ice cubes at a time, this tray from ClearlyFrozen can hold up to 10.
Jack Rudy Cocktail Co. Dark & Rich Bitters Trio
Get ready to make any drink with Jack Rudy’s Dark & Rich Bitters Trio, featuring cherry, orange and aromatic bitters that will help bring versatility to your mixology repertoire. These premium digestives are the perfect addition to any old fashioned or rose gin recipe.
Elevated Craft Cocktail Shaker
Possibly the best shaker on the market, the Elevated Cocktail Shaker takes age-old design and has the nerve to change it, with double-walled stainless steel construction that won’t freeze your hand while shaking, silicone seals to avoid leaks. , and measurement markers on top ranging from 0.25 oz to 6 oz. Likewise, this container can also be used as a thermal flask that can hold an entire 750ml bottle of alcohol.
The essential cocktail book
For those just beginning to scratch the surface of the art of mixology, Graphic Image’s The Essential Cocktail Book will provide beginners with techniques and recipes for over 150 different cocktails with beautiful photography. This leather-bound edition also looks fantastic on any shelf or bar cart.
The Crafty Cocktail Medium Dome Smoking Kit
Smoky cocktails are all the rage right now. This home kit lets you create your own old fashioned smoke using a deluxe butane gun and a pack of 3 oz oak barrel chips.
LSA International Ash Paddle and Board Shot Set
There’s more to mixology than standard highball glasses. Shooters are a fun way to entertain larger groups without burning whole bottles at once. LSA International is known for its premium mouth-blown glassware and this new serving set comes with 12 tall shot glasses set in a serrated ash wood board with a thumb hole for carrying.
Nambé Mikko ice bucket with tongs
Nambé’s Mikko is an ice bucket that your guests will talk about. Crafted from stainless steel and an acacia wood lid that fits the tongs inside, this sleek piece is essential for cocktail parties where you’ll need ready-made cubes.
Verve Culture Artisan Juicer
A good manual juicer is essential for getting the last drop of juice out of a lime or lemon, and quickly. Sustainably handcrafted from 100% recycled aluminum, this larger model from Verve Culture features a lever for easy and efficient squeezing compared to a small hand-held juicer.
TRNK Hand Blown Diamond Whiskey Decanter Low by Decicio
Impress your guests with this beautiful decanter from TRNK, featuring mouth-blown smoked glass by Seattle-based DeCicio Artisan Glass and a 24-karat gold leaf top. The container can hold an entire 750ml bottle of alcohol.
Legacy Madison Table Bar Set in Acacia
There are bar tool sets and then there is the Madison Acacia Hinged Tabletop Bar Set from Legacy. This incredible mid-century inspired piece in cherry stained acacia wood includes 19 essential tools for any home bartender, whether they’re a newcomer or a master mixologist.
CB2 Drysdale Wood Bar Cabinet
Standing just over 3 feet tall, this new avant-garde bar cabinet from CB2 draws inspiration from Brazilian modernism furniture. Using Indonesian trembesi wood, the Drysdale sports sleek paneled doors with large knobs and adjustable shelves inside.