Gift Guide for Cocktail Lovers & Bartenders

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If you love drinking cocktails and want to start making your favorites at home check out this gift guide for cocktail lovers! Or maybe you are a professional mixologist wanting to explore your craft further. Obviously a bottle (or two) of alcohol is also a great gift add on too! I like to check out premium liquor stores and even Farmers Markets for cool bitters, syrups, shrubs, infused alcohols and garnishes. Plus there are lots of recipes for how to DIY most of those things at home too. Easy DIY bitters, shrubs, syrups, and infused alcohols can make a regular gift that little something extra!

BONUS: For some joy each month, Crafty Cocktails is a Canadian cocktail kit. It includes different recipes, syrups, shrubs, bitters, and mixes to make cool new cocktails each month. Alcohol is not included in these kits unfortunately. But the cool, rare ingredients they do include make it worth it to add the extra step of a liquor store run (or a liquor order on Skip the Dishes).

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Cocktail Shaker Kit – I like this one because it contains all the basics, plus it’s gold (my favorite color!). There are lots of different styles and colors of these cocktail shaker kits available. Shaken or Stirred? The general rule for mixing drinks is if a cocktail includes juice and/or egg whites, is typically shaken vigorously in a shaker. This will froth the drink and create a creamy smooth foam layer on top. Dry shake (without ice) to mix without dilution, and Wet shake (with ice) to dilute your drink so it’s not so strong.
Gold Cocktail Picks– Use them to stir and to add garnishes to drinks. Olives in a martini anyone?
Glass Mixer– Stirred, not shaken. Drinks such as Old Fashioned, Manhattan, and Martinis are general stirred in a glass mixer with ice to create proper dilution without ‘bruising’ the alcohol.
Craft Ice Tray – One way to really step up your drinks is to have fancy ice. Ice Sphere, Giant cubes, Mini cubes, or Diamond cubes change not only the look of your drink, but the size of the ice changes the rate of dilution in your drink. The larger the ice cube the longer it takes to melt, meaning you have more time to enjoy your drink without it tasting watered down. Enhance your ice even more by adding edible flowers, fruit, edible shimmer/food dye, a cool flavor (or champagne), or even smoking your water before you freeze it. As the ice melts it changes the flavor and look of your drink!
Smoker Gun– Smoked drinks are all the rage right now. Try adding a smoky element to drinks with Bourbon, Scotch, Whiskey, Rye, Rum, or even Tequila!
Diamond Glasses– Display your creative drinks in style with these super cute diamond shaped glasses
Dylan’s Bitters or Herbity Bitters– Bitters are to cocktails what Extracts are to baking. They’re basically made the same way. Extracts and bitters add another layer of depth to the flavor of your drink. The most classic and well known bitters are probably Angostura bitters, commonly used in Old Fashioned drinks. But there are so many unique flavors and varieties now that can be added to almost any cocktail! A few shakes here and there makes a world of difference.
Rimmer– An easy way to rim your drinks is by using this rimmer to contain your classic lime juice, sugar, salt, or celery salt. Feel free to also get creative by adding citrus zest, sprinkles, chocolate & cookie crumbs, bbq sauce & bbq spice, pop rocks or anything else you can think of!
Rim Salt– This fancy margarita salt is delicious
Shot Dispenser– Instead of mixing fancy shots one by one and making a mess as you pour, make a large batch and pour into the large middle bowl and it will automatically fill 6 shot glasses at once. Or just fill it with straight alcohol 😉
Bar Mat– Save your counter from spills, and allow your glasses/tools to drain efficiently by using this bar mat. Easy to clean by popping in the dishwasher too!
Handheld Juicer– Nothing beats fresh citrus juice in your drink. This little hand squeezer lets you easily juice lemons, limes, oranges, or grapefruits.
Peeler– Get fancy with your cocktail garnishes with this peeler that lets you peel citrus rind 3 different ways without getting any pith (the bitter white part)
Liquor Dispenser– Hook up to 6 different bottles to this rotating liquor dispenser. It easily allows you to pour your alcohol without having to do any heavy lifting.
DIY Gin Infusing Kit.– If you have a gin enthusiast in your life, allow them to customize and infuse their own gin creation! Alcohol not included, you do need a bottle of vodka to infuse with the herbs and aromatics.
Craft Cocktail Recipes– Get your creative juices flowing with this recipe book to inspire new and creative drinks!
Molecular Gastronomy Kit– If you are looking to really step up your bartending skills (and impress your friends) check out molecular cocktail techniques. Craft cocktails are really becoming huge, but why pay $10-15 for one drink when you can recreate the same effects at home?
Margarita Slush Machine– Pretend you’re on the beach with a home slushy machine. Make Margaritas, Pina Coladas, Frose, and so much more!
Cocktail Shimmer – Have you ever seen that vodka with shimmer in it? It’s hypnotizing! Recreate that same effect in your drinks to really wow your friends!
Cocktail Pitcher– This pitcher is great because it has a filter at the top. You can infuse large batches of drinks (or infuse your own alcohol) with fruit or herbs and when you pour they will stay in the pitcher. Perfect for Sangria!

SPLURGE: Automatic Cocktail Machine– It’s basically a Keurig for cocktails. You fill the cannisters with alcohol, load your mix pod and let the machine mix your drink for you! Easily make a wide variety of cocktails without having to spend major money on a variety of mixes that always expire too soon. And you don’t have to play bartender all night. The future is now.


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