Gifts for the Cocktail-Loving Grad

Send your loved ones out into the real world with the tools they actually need to survive.

Becoming an adult means trading in the kegs and red plastic cups for a better class of cocktail. Help the grad in your life raise his or her cocktail game with these elegantly boozy gifts at all price points, from cute drink stirrers to an elegant bar cart.

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    Spritz, by Talia Baiocchi and Leslie Pariseau (Ten Speed Press, 2016), $19

    Ever since its March debut, this book has made us pine for warm weather. The authors, who run the online drinks magazine, Punch, traveled throughout Italy to learn about its signature bubbly beverages. The Aperol Spritz, a combination of Aperol, Prosecco and soda, is the most famous example, but Baiocchi and Pariseau found 50 more aperitivo cocktail recipes to keep home bartenders occupied.

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    Modern Cocktail Shaker, $20

    This updated rubber-and-plastic shaker with a patented “Oxiloc system” improves on the original with a built-in strainer and spout for easy pouring. Easy-to-read measurements on the side that list milliliters and fluid ounces make it easy to master the perfect pour.

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    Safari-Themed Cocktail Stirrers, $22 for 10

    These quirky stirrers from the always fabulous Food 52 add a playful element to a cocktail party. They are both cute and useful—for stirring, of course, and to mark people’s drinks.

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    The Bloody Mary Carry-On Cocktail Kit, $24

    The world has suffered through enough mediocre airline Bloody Marys. The latest in W&P’s line of in-flight cocktail kits (other editions include Old-Fashioned and Moscow Mule varieties), this comes with small-batch, horseradish-spiced Bloody Mary mix, Cajun-spiced rimming salt, mini pickles, a travel-sized bar spoon and linen coaster.

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    Hand-Dyed Linen Cocktail Napkins, $38 for two

    Jennifer Parry Dodge, of Los Angeles-based textile design and clothing company Ermie, used indigo and cochineal to hand-dye these limited-edition cocktail napkins. Pair them with a beautiful bottle of rosé for a lovely gift.

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    Ultimate Cocktail Tool, $40

    This 10-in-1 multi-tool allows cocktail lovers to measure, muddle and zest anywhere. Though it might seem a novelty item, it’s quite handy for travel, especially at a house rental.

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    Make Your Own Bitters Kit, $45

    Easy & Oskey, a small craft-cocktail business out of the Twin Cities, has put together this easy DIY bitters kit. Start with ready-to-make flavors like grapefruit, orange or cherry vanilla, or embrace your experimental side with its “naked” kit and provide your own spices. Just add a 100-proof spirit, and sugar or honey.

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    Bittercube Bitters Variety Pack, $54

    Milwaukee-based Bittercube calls its gift set a “bartender’s spice rack.” A cocktail lover can make a Manhattan or an Old-Fashioned six ways by altering its bitters. All ingredients are naturally sourced—for example, wild cherry bark and Syrian cherry pits—with no extracts or oils.

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    “Stirred” Cocktail-Making Kit $89

    Cocktail Kingdom is the go-to store for industry professionals. This kit has everything a budding bartender needs to stir the perfect drink: a heavy mixing glass, julep strainer, stainless steel bar spoon and jigger, and the perfect ice cube tray.

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    Chrome Bar Cart, $199

    There’s no shortage of stylish bar carts in the world, but they can cost an arm and a leg. This elegant option is a comparative steal. The chrome, zinc, glass and mirror design is by Los Angeles-based MASHstudios, known for creating trendy, modern office workspaces.

Published on May 6, 2016
Topics: Bar Tools, Gear, Gift Guide

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