Everyone has that friend, the cocktail obsessive who collects bitters and has not one, but two Hatch bar mixing glasses. You could easily just gift him or her a bottle of really good rye and call it a day. But instead of taking the easy route this holiday, put a little more Martha Stewart into it, and arrange a cocktail gift basket or bag, which is much easier to put together than it sounds. Below, some tipple-themed ideas.
For a baseline shopping list, take a look at our Old Fashioned recipe. Pick a nice rye or bourbon (make sure you know how he or she likes it), pick up some angostura bitters, and then add a few quintessential bar tools:
Throw this in for the orange twist.See It
To make things easy squeezy.See It
So they can sip in style (you can even have it monogrammed).See It
If you want to add a little something extra.See It
You know exactly which friend needs a “margarita night!” Include the aforementioned lime juicer tool so he or she can use real lime juice, like in our Perfect Margarita. Add a bottle of tequila, maybe a bottle of Cointreau, and a couple other items, and you have a gift basket that encourages a weeknight get together, just because, you know, margaritas are delicious.
Cocktail Rimmer, $6.99 at Williams-Sonoma (originally $12.95)
This helps portion out the right amount of salt.See It
It’s a party on a glass.See It
This is for your friend who’s a total Carrie. For a classic Cosmo gift basket, along with a bottle of vodka, you can also include the lime juicer and citrus zester (for the lime twist) we mentioned above.
Add a pretty-in-pink cocktail shaker.See It
And channel the squad’s penchant for flashy accessories with these hand-painted glasses.See It
For the classic (and arguably, “right”) way to make a martini, use our Perfect Gin Martini recipe. In addition to a bottle of gin and orange bitters, think about adding some seriously cool barware.
This has everything you need except the alcohol.See It
Gold Bar Tool Set, $22.99 at Williams-Sonoma (originally $68)
Alternatively, choose luxury-on-a-budget with this set.See It
If you’d rather add glassware, you can’t go wrong with these diamond quilted coupes, pink depression glasses, or iridescent blue Fostoria numbers. Just be sure to wrap the glasses carefully, especially if you go the bag route.
If you’re looking for specific alcohol suggestions, check out our Chowhound Gift Guide 2018: Best Alcohol to Give as Gifts. And for even more great gift ideas, see our Gourmet Food and Drink Gift Guide and our Kitchen Gadgets, Tools, and Appliances Gift Guide.
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