Wine isn’t the only thing we love to drink. These gifts are perfect for the beer, cider and cocktail drinker in your life (or yourself, we won’t tell). Exceed the expectations of your beverage-loving friends and relatives—who, let’s face it, probably already have one of those standard mixologist tool sets—and satisfy their other thirsts with these unique, bar cart-worthy selections.
From gear that takes the guesswork out of homebrewing to multiple options for your favorite Scotch lover, here are the gifts that will really elevate your holiday “spirits.”
Norlan Whisky Glass
A hybrid, double-walled design merges with the aesthetic appeal of modern lines to create these be-all end-all whisky glasses.
Meehan’s Bartender Manual
“Manual” is not a term to be taken lightly: This is the essential guide to all things bar and cocktail.
Ancient Brews: Rediscovered and Re-created
A globetrotting journey through the long history of alcohol, this book reveals the ins and outs (and recipes) of ancient mixology, science laboratories and the fermented preferences of gods and pharaohs.
This book makes the process of getting from fresh-picked fruit to fresh-poured pint easy to understand and replicate at home.
Who wants to attempt complicated bartending at home? This book offers curated recipes for classic and contemporary drinks with, you guessed it, just three ingredients.
Bloody Mary Glasses
These pretty pint glasses are printed with the garnishes they’ll need for their morning-after beverage (i.e. this gift makes their future hangovers just a little easier).
Owl’s Brew Holiday Gift Set
Wisely combine happy hour and tea time with these three holiday-themed cocktail mixers.
Wee Laddie Gift Pack
Give a way to get toasty this season with three bottles of authentic single malt sourced straight from Scotland.
PicoBrew Model C
Are they interested in homebrewing, but not the equipment, cleanup or hassle? Say hello to PicoBrew’s newest model, a countertop appliance that’ll craft beer by the pint.
Put down that necktie(!) and order one of these, which includes all the makings of manly, alcohol-themed frivolity in one convenient masculine package that needs to be pried open (pry bar included).
A sturdy and sleek muddler to make handmade cocktail infusions much easier (and considerably more stylish).
Jackson Cannon Bar Saw
Make the cut with this one-of-a-kind knife. Its ergonomic design features a notched, straight edge, perfect for cutting through fruits that are large or thick-skinned.
Irving Penguin Cocktail Shaker
This stainless-steel shaker in the shape of the animal kingdom’s most dapper member is a fancy upgrade for any bar cart.
This editors’ pick is, well, actually a pick, one that’s infused with genuine Islay single malt. A bit larger than your average toothpick, these sticks are made from sustainably harvested wood and kiln-dried.
Seedlip Non-alcoholic Spirit
Sugar-free, sweetener-free, no calories and no artificial flavors: these copper pot-distilled, non-alcoholic spirits are perfect for your alcohol-free buddies, relatives or anyone, really. Available in herbal and aromatic varieties.
Acacia & Gold Bottle Opener
This polished wood and gold, stainless-steel bottle opener is both elegant and useful.
For when they’re “too old” for twirly straws and too cool for normal straws.
Gold Plated Flask
They’ll drink like Midas with this flask, plated in 14-karat gold.
Carolina Margarita Salt
Solar-evaporated salt sustainably harvested from Bulls Bay, South Carolina. (And not just for margaritas!)
Negroni Cocktail Pin
They can declare their Negroni love proudly with this petite pin that’s perfect for jackets, bags and other accessories.
Made with three types of Mexican agave, this mezcal is smoky and herbaceous with just a hint of citrus. It offers an easy-sipping experience with a complex finish.
Glenmorangie Pride 1974
This is a 41-year-old single malt from Highland distillery, and, well, all we can say is, wow. If its soft, rich profile isn’t distinctive enough to blow them away, the regal decanter and high-end presentation box surely will.
Believe it or not, about 20 pounds of apples went into this bottle. Made in Virginia, this traditional apple brandy has strong fruit taste with just the right amount of vanilla and caramel.
The Essential Cocktail Book: A Complete Guide to Modern Drinks with 150 Recipes
The name of this collection says it all; all the essentials are covered in this handy volume.