Holiday Gift Guide
Gifting The Perfect Cocktail Kit This Season - Shopping Guide
Seasons come and go but the memories made are cherished for long, if not forever. As the year gradually winds down, each day brings its different experiences (the good, the bad, and the not-so-good ones). It is commonplace to relax and have fun with friends and family over some ice-cold glasses of well-mixed cocktails.
It’s that time of year. Holiday Season!
A season of giving and accepting gifts with the latter being easier than the former considering the stress involved in choosing the right items to give your friends, family, or partners and the possibility of the receiver liking the gift.
So, you do not want to go wrong with this!
Don’t sweat it, we are here to help you get the perfect bar-tending tools and cocktail sets to gift your loved ones this season of giving. Stay glued to this post as we unravel the mystery behind getting your perfect mixology tools for your choicest cocktail lover.
Bartending: The home way
Remember how you’d make plans with your friends on which bar to visit every weekend and which of the bartenders could actually give the desired taste of liquor blend in a cocktail, now you have the opportunity of doing it your own way by owning a bar right in your house without even waiting for the weekend!
A home bar could be a small portion of wall space in your kitchen or living room set aside to keep different kinds of liquor, bar tools, and mixology tools. In other words, it is bringing bar activities to the comfort of your home while you serve as the chief bartender. A home bar is no different from a normal bar as long as the required tools are kept in place.
Home Bar Essential in a Good Cocktail kits
If you want a great gift idea for the cocktail enthusiast in your life, then a perfect cocktail kit must contain the following essentials:
- Cocktail Shaker
A cocktail shaker isn’t just for making cocktails—it’s also ideal for mixing margaritas, pina Coladas, and a host of other popular drinks. This is needed when you want to mix ingredients together. It’s an essential piece of equipment for making mixed drinks, like martinis and Manhattans. Cocktail shakers come in three pieces: a cup, a lid, and a strainer.
A jigger should be an essential part of any bar. It measures both volume and liquor ratio in a single convenient tool—and there’s no substitute for getting it exactly right
This cocktail strainer is made of stainless steel and is very durable. It can be used to strain a variety of liquids, including juices, cocktails, and sauces. The mesh is fine enough to strain out large pieces of liquid, but small enough to remove seeds and pulp from your juice. With this cocktail strainer, you’ll be able to turn any drink into a delicious and professional cocktail.
One of the essential tools in a home bar is the muddler. But what is it? A muddler is a short stick that looks sort of like a miniature baseball bat. It has an end shaped like a flattened sphere, and the other end is flat. The flat end is used to smash things like mint leaves or fruit. The muddler is indispensable for mixing drinks where you need to squish up ingredients like fruit. If you don’t have a muddler, you can use the back of a spoon instead, but it’s not as effective at extracting juices or dissolving flavors.
- Bar Spoon
A bar spoon is a long-handled spoon used to stir drinks without introducing air bubbles into them. Spoons are typically made of stainless steel, though some fancier models are made of silver or have gold-plated handles—though these are more commonly used in commercial bars than home bartending.
Which Mixology Kits Are the Best?
Armed with the right tools, any bartender can mix drinks like a pro. Check out this suggestion to not only get a great holiday gift for your loved ones but to get one that fits their personality.
The Multipurpose Bar Kit: Complete Bar Tool Set
Either as a beginner or professional bar-tender, the Complete Bar Tool Set is an all-in-one bartender kit (with 32 bar tools inside) that saves cost and stress while making your home-bar fun.
This bartending professional kit has everything you need to mix up delicious drinks in your home. It contains a well-crafted professional-looking shaker that looks great on any table and comes in handy when entertaining. A jigger will help you measure out the right amount of spirits, liqueurs, and juices that you need to make the perfect concoction. A citrus reamer will help you squeeze oranges and lemons swiftly without worrying about getting any seeds or pulp in your drinks.
A stocking stuffer for the cocktail enthusiast who has everything. This complete set of tools from shaker to muddler offers a fresh start for new and veteran bartenders alike. Crafted with the most appealing detail, this kit is a perfect gift for any occasion.
Make a person’s dream come true today by gifting them their first complete bar tool set.
Bartender in a Box: Mixology Bartending Kit with Stand
The bartender kit with stand is not just a pretty present for the holidays but it is a must-have in every home bar. This bar kit has everything you need to mix up delicious cocktails at your next gathering and also looks very stylish on any bar top.
If you know someone who’s always grumbling because they lost some part of their bar setup, getting them the Bartending Kit with Stand is an excellent idea. Starting a journey of mixology entails having the perfect tools well packed.
The Mixology Bartending Kit with a stand is known for its aesthetic beauty and solves every bartender’s worst nightmare of misplacing tools.
The best part about this bartender kit with stand is that it is eco-friendly due to its bamboo stand which makes it the perfect choice if you want to make sure you are doing your bit for the environment while being the best bartender in town. When you give this to a grooming home bartender, you are giving the home-bartender the relief of having all his tools well arranged and easily accessible while performing mixology duties.
On the Go Bar for Bartenders: Travel Bartender Kit with Canvas bag
The Travel Bartender Kit is the perfect gift for your loved ones that are not shy to be creative and love adventure. The kit consists of more than 15 different tools, which are not just a fun and trendy addition to every party, but also practical and useful.
The 12 oz Waxed canvas bag has the perfect combination of beauty and durability, and besides the extra layer of protection, it develops a beautiful, weathered patina with time.
Not only this, but this bag has an adjusted ccompartments to each and every tool, with marked illustrations on it, to keep your tools organized and provides real-time guidance which saves you time when you need it the most.
The kit contains everything you need to mix up your favourite cocktails and serve them in style. Use the recipes on the side of the bag to mix up classic drinks like the Old Fashioned, Mojito, Margarita, or any other cocktail you can think of. The cocktail shaker is made from stainless steel, making it easy to clean and rust-proof.
If you are in the market for a gift that will make your friends’ jaw drop, the travel bartender kit is the perfect present! It’s the gift that will help them to be the life of the party wherever they go!
Other Bartending Accessories and Kits
The Perfect Gift For an Organized Bartender: Bartending Wall Organizer
An organized home bar may seem like an oxymoron, but not if you use the Bartending wall organizer. This gift idea is a perfect choice for someone who loves organization and has a passion for cleanliness.
The wall organizer comes with over 16 pieces of high-quality bar tools. This is more than what you need to create the most exquisite cocktails ever. The tools are manufactured with great quality stainless steel and are corrosion resistant. They also have a lifetime guarantee against any defects.
Additionally, the wall organizer has an ergonomic design that is easy to mount on any surface. It offers a portable option to keep your home bar organized without spending much time on cleaning up afterward.
The organizer helps keep items in place; getting yourself a bar toolset for your home bar is the first step after setting up but remember that those tools need to be kept in a safe place to avoid cluttering up your space. This product is the best investment if you want to get organized in your home bar area.
The Bartending Wall Organizer comes with
- 3 inner specially designed compartments
- double secured by magnetic straps
- Bar tools illustration to guide you in proper storage of tools
- multiple mounting options(metal loops or rope)
- and is easily detachable to be carried around
The Mix-like-a-pro Kit: Mixing Glass Set
Having a durable mixing glass that will not fail a home bartender is a step towards making a perfect cocktail. It is where the main magic of mixing begins. The mixing glass is essential for every home bar as a way to mix drinks without making a mess and allows the home bartender to enjoy the same quality as a professional bartender.
It is also considered by many bartenders that mixing in a mixing glass tastes better than shaking because it creates ice shards which enhances the flavour of the drink.
The set also has some really nice features that make it stand out from other mixing glasses. There is an integrated bamboo stand that allows you to store all the different tools in one place. There are specific indentations for each tool so you don’t have to worry about them falling over or stacking in an awkward way.
Each tool has its own designated spot so they won’t knock into each other and get mixed up. This item makes a great gift idea for bartenders, party hosts or anyone who likes to entertain friends at home.
The Perfect Gift For Beginners: Cocktail Shaker Set
The key to making a great cocktail is in the preparation. This Cocktail Shaker Set is the perfect bar tool for beginners since it includes the most essential bar tools to make all the famous basic cocktails. It has a velvet pouch included as well so you can make cocktails on the go.
The quality of the bar tools included in the cocktail shaker kit is very important since they will determine how good your cocktails will be. You don’t want to start bartending with ordinary tools since they will be rusted after only a few uses and you won’t be able to serve your customers the best drinks possible. The cocktail shaker set has been designed to keep all its tools rustproof for many years of use.
The cocktail shaker set also includes everything you need to start making cocktails on the go, like the velvet pouch which will help you have everything handy while serving drinks at parties or while bartending. It is perfect for beginners since it contains all the essential bar tools you need to make all the famous basic drinks like Vodka Tonic, Mojito, Caipirinha, Long Island Iced Tea and many other great tasting classic cocktails.
Bonus: Choosing the Best Liquor for your Mixologist
Buying a friend a bottle of liquor is a bit like buying them a sweater. You can’t go wrong with cashmere, and you can’t go wrong with Scotch. But if you want to stand out — or avoid the risk of standing out in the wrong way — you need to know something about their tastes.
What kind of liquor does your friend drink? How do they like it served? What’s their favorite cocktail? Are they secretly fond of sweet drinks like the Harvey Wallbanger?
The answers will tell you more about what to buy than the price tag. We’ve got some recommendations for holiday gifts in each category.
So which liquor should you buy? Here are our recommendations:
- Whiskey: The lovers of this liquor boast of the warm feeling it gives. A gift to a whiskey lover this season could be a cocktail of any of these beautifully shaped bottles:
- Lagavulin 16-Year-Old-Scotch
- Glenfarclas 17 Year Old Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
- George Washington’s Rye Whiskey
- Power John’s Lane 12-year-old single pot
- Talisker 10-year-old Single Malt Scotch Whisky
- Vodka: Some prefer vodka, you could also give them one or more of the best Vodkas for 2021, such as:
- Black Cow
- Ciroc Vodka
- Absolut Vodka
- Grey Goose
Cheers to the newest bartender in town
You started this journey some four-five minutes ago with little to no clue on what gift to give the serious sippers in your life (or however long it took you to read this piece) and now you are here with all the knowledge to become a Gifting God. Now, don’t be afraid to take the bull by the horn and get to some serious gifting for your friends and family.