10 Great Gifts for Cocktail-Lovers

updated May 1, 2019
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There are people who enjoy a cocktail after a long day, and then there are people who are straight-up obsessed with cocktails. Chances are, you know one of these cocktail fanatics. It’s your coworker who never uses fewer than 10 ingredients in a single drink. Or your BFF who just started growing her own mint because she’s serious about her mojitos.

For the person in your life who collects antique cocktail glasses, lusts after expensive bottles of bourbon, and has a perfectly curated bar cart, we’ve rounded up 10 awesome gifts we know they’ll love. Cheers.

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  1. Where Bartenders Drink, $30: Cocktail-lovers have an ever-growing mental list of the best cocktail bars, so they’ll love to add to it with advice from this massive tome. It includes recommendations from 300 expert bartenders for 750 watering holes in 60 countries.
  2. Tovolo King Cube Ice Tray, $8: You may have noticed that fancy cocktail bars serve up drinks with just one giant ice cube. Why? They melt more slowly, preventing your expensive drink from getting diluted. Any home bartender will want this in their arsenal.
  3. Bottled Up Decanter, $20 at Fred & Friends: For the person who’s constantly rearranging her bar cart; this gorgeous decanter is sure to snag a prime spot as soon as you gift it.
  4. Wooden Muddler, $11 at Pigment: Cocktail aficionados want to have a stable of tools at the ready for their at-home mixology exploits, and a muddler is a key piece to have on hand when crafting a cocktail with fresh herbs.
  5. Iris Copper Ice Bucket, $15 at CB2: Perfect for entertaining, this handsome copper ice bucket will be a focal point at any future soirées the cocktail-lover throws.
  6. The Bartender’s Knife, $35 at W&P Design: One of the biggest keys to crafting a killer cocktail is using fresh ingredients. Fresh ingredients, of course, require some prep work. This knife is perfect for slicing, dicing, and peeling accoutrements for at-home libations.
  7. Homemade Gin Making Kit, $55 at Williams-Sonoma: Anyone who covets high-end spirits might enjoy the opportunity to craft their own. This small-batch kit makes two bottles of handcrafted, unfiltered gin — one to keep and one to gift, perhaps?
  8. Bronze 4-in-1 Bar Tool, $30 at Izola: Handsome and multi-functional, this four-in-one bar tool crushes ice, measures shots, pops corks, and cracks open bottles. And it looks good while doing all those things.
  9. Bourbon Pop Candle, $42 at Jonathan Adler: This bourbon-scented candle can stand in for booze on non-drinking nights. (Or weekday mornings when it’s too early to mix up a cocktail.)
  10. Cocktail Shaker, $50 at RBT: Have you ever seen a prettier cocktail shaker? It’s also super functional because it’s double-insulated to keep drinks nice and cold.