56 Gifts for Better Cocktails (Some to Buy, Some to DIY)

December  7, 2016

Day 15 of 30 Days of Thoughtful Giving: Raise their bar.

Sprits, bar tools, mixers, glasses—the playing field is deep when it comes to giving cocktail essentials. What do you give someone who's new to shaking and stirring, who's got a beloved (but very worn) strainer, or who's very into whiskey? (And don't forget about the person who hasn't been drinking this year.)

The answer, clearly, is that it varies—and you don't want to look like an absent-minded friend or sister/brother/spouse/mom.

Photo by James Ransom

If fully stocking someone's bar may be a little out of reach (and if not, hello, I would like to meet you and be your friend), why not bundle together a few favorites or pick out an investment piece for them and include your go-to drink recipe, or give tools to a cocktail novice who will use them again and again while they learn? Here are 56 gifts, stories, and recipes to wrap up and get inspiration from for your favorite cocktail lover's holiday.

For The Newly 21-year-old

The Bar Book: Elements of Cocktail Technique

For The One Who Has The Right Glass for *Everything*

Toraysee Glass Cloth

For The Experimentalist

For The One Committed to the Classics

Deep Basket Strainer with Wooden Handle
The Waldorf Astoria Bar Book

For The One Who Really Needs a Tool Upgrade

Speedy Peeler

For The One Who Loves Throwing Theme Parties (and Parties, In General)

For The One Who's Doing Mocktails This Season

Curious Elixirs No.1

For The One Who's A Whisk(e)y Know-It-All

What are your favorite bar cart gifts? Tell us in the comments!

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