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If you've got a cocktail-obsessed friend or family member, deciding on what gift to get them can be overwhelming. So, we've put together a list of our favorites with some help from industry experts. From mixers to bar tools, here are the best gifts for cocktail lovers.
Best Overall: Dexas Ice-ology Clear Ice Cube Tray
For the ultimate cocktail enthusiast in your life, experts recommend picking up a quality clear ice tray, such as the Dexas Ice-ology Clear Ice Cube Tray. Sure, this might seem like an investment for a single two-cube tray, but trust us—any cocktail lover would lose their mind over the prospect of making clear ice easily at home. The BPA-free, silicone molds help separate ice from any impurities, while the large cube size is excellent for keeping drinks cold without diluting them.
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Best Splurge: Flavour Blaster Cocktail Kit
“Receiving a Flavour Blaster as a gift would be a dream because it is wildly extravagant and fun but also completely impractical for my everyday use,” says Jen Sandella, a New York-based bar expert. “It reminds me of something you would see on a TV infomercial that you just have to have! I’ve not seen anything else like it.”
This highly satisfying gadget exists solely to, well, blast your cocktails with flavors in the form of bubbles, mists or clouds. “I love anything that brings theatricality into my drink making," adds Sandella. The complete kit includes everything your recipient will need to get blasting, from the gun and charging cable to five different aromas, the bubble mixture, and more.
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Best Value: Hella Cocktail Co. Bitters & Soda
Hard seltzer is great, but have you ever had a zero-sugar, zero-proof sparkling canned apéritif made with gentian tincture? It’s as awesome as it sounds, and we have Hella Cocktail Co. to thank for it. Bitters & Soda can be enjoyed on its own as a refreshing drink at any time of day, or mixed with your spirit of choice.
Available in a pack of 12, the beverages come in flavors like Dry Aromatic, Ginger Turmeric, Lemon Lime and Grapefruit. The company also offers an aromatic canned spritz, which is no-ABV (though it does contain sugar) and is perfectly bittersweet with notes of baking spices and orange peel.
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Best Appliance: Vevor Frozen Drink Making Machine
Looking for a surefire way to put a smile on someone’s face amidst the holiday blues? The answer, according to cocktail consultant and educator Amanda Whitt, is frozen cocktails. “A frozen machine is the kind of cheerful gift that someone is unlikely to buy for themselves but that could encourage them to make a fun night around it," she says. "It’s something both a cocktail nerd and their partner or roommate could have fun with, too.”
This 10-liter, single-bowl slushy machine is equipped to make frozen drinks in just 30 minutes. Although compact, it's great for both indoor and commercial use.
Best Bottle: Uncle Nearest 1856 Premium Aged Whiskey
The Nearest Green Distillery not only makes great whiskeys, but also honors an important historical figure: Nathan “Nearest” Green, the first Black master distiller in the U.S. and the man who taught Jack Daniel the craft. Uncle Nearest, which is the fastest-growing independent American whiskey brand in history, has earned countless awards for its bottles, and the 1856 is a must-have. It’s bottled at 100 proof and is a blend of 8- to 14-year-old barrels.
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Most Unique: United Sodas of America
If you think soda is boring, think again—we came across United Sodas of America earlier this season, and now it’s a staple on our bars. Not only are the cans easy on the eyes, but the sodas are organically sweetened and contain just 6 grams of sugar each, and they come in seriously fun flavors.
The United Sodas of America collection is perfect for mixing with various spirits, and you can purchase a 12-pack in any one of its flavors or as a variety or theme pack. Some of our favorites include Young Mango, Sour Blueberry, Toasted Coconut and Blackberry Jam. Best of all, every order ships for free across the country.
Best Beauty: Death & Co Death Valley Nail Polish
A bar with an expansive line of products, Death & Co is a legendary name in the cocktail world with locations in New York City, Denver and Los Angeles. For serious gifting inspiration at a variety of price points, simply visit the cult-favorite bar's online store, where you can find anything from nail polishes to one of the Death & Co experience packages, which include private cocktail classes.
Best Experience: Regarding Oysters
Georgette Moger-Petraske is perhaps the best cocktail party host of all time—it doesn’t take much more than a glance at her home bar to confirm. If you’re looking to treat your favorite cocktail enthusiast to a truly unforgettable experience, all you need to do is book a couple of seats at her NYC cocktail salon, which focuses on cocktails from her best-selling book, "Regarding Cocktails," and shucking oysters.
Each ticket includes a glass of welcome Champagne (or a mini Martini), a full-on shucking demo with six oysters, hands-on cocktail mixing (you’ll make two cocktails from the book), delightfully dainty bar bites and a copy of the book to keep. Moger-Petraske does an excellent job of keeping her space clean, and if you want in on the action but aren’t in the area, simply contact her for a custom virtual experience.
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