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The holidays are a time for celebration, and what better way to celebrate than with a glass or two? Here are some great drinking gifts for the alcohol lover in your life. Whether they prefer wine, whiskey, beer, or something else entirely, we have got you covered! These gifts will be sure to please any drinker on your list.
Best Cocktail Books to Give as Gifts
There are so many books about cocktails to choose from, it can be hard to pick. But not to worry! I’ve compiled this list of the best books about cocktails that might help you find the perfect drinking gift for your giftee.
The first thing you’ll want to do is think about what type of drinker you’re shopping for. Are they a novice? A mixed drink enthusiast? A cocktail historian? Next, you’ll need to figure out if your giftee drinks at home or on the go. Finally, think about their personal aesthetic—aren’t all books gorgeous these days? You can find something that matches their style no matter what!
Speakeasy: 200 Underground Cocktails
Speakeasy is a cocktail book that celebrates this exciting gin-soaked, gangster-frollicking era, with 200 cocktails for every taste and spirit. With cool 1920s-style illustrations throughout and a perfect gift format, this is the one cocktail book to relive the heady golden days.
Drinking Like Ladies: 75 Modern Cocktails from the World’s Leading Female Bartenders
Acclaimed bartenders Kirsten Amann and Misty Kalkofen have traveled the world commissioning cocktail recipes–from equally acclaimed female bartenders–to pair with 75 illustrated biographies of trailblazing ladies throughout history. Each two-page spread features an exciting new drink recipe inspired by an insightful illustrated biography of a remarkable woman like Princess Diana, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Ada Lovelace or Wilma Mankiller.
Meehan’s Bartender Manual
With chapters that mix cocktail history with professional insights from experts all over the world, this deep dive covers it all: bar design, menu development, spirits production, drink mixing technique, the craft of service and art of hospitality, and more. This makes for a great drinking gift for the professional bartender in your life!
Smuggler’s Cove Tiki Cocktail Book
Martin and Rebecca Cate, founders and owners of Smuggler’s Cove (the most acclaimed tiki bar of the modern era) take you on a colorful journey into the lore and legend of tiki in this James Beard Award-winning cocktail book.
The Drunken Botanist Book
One of my most favorite books, this one studies the biology, chemistry, history, etymology, and mixology of drinking and includes more than fifty drink recipes and growing tips for gardeners.
The Hungover Cookbook
The Hungover Cookbook includes everything you need to understand and improve your hangover. It has dozens of comforting recipes, along with tests for analyzing your state of mind, and quizzes to track your progress.
Women’s Libation! Cocktail Book
This hand-drawn book beautifully illustrates and celebrates the history of strong women through strong cocktails!
Tequila Mockingbird Cocktail Book
A cocktail book perfect for the literary obsessed.
Scratch and Sniff Whiskey Book
Help your whiskey lover learn all about the complexity of the spirit with the help of this scratch and sniff book!
Are You Afraid of Dark Rum?
It’s 90’s nostalgia in a glass with this cocktail book. Inside, you’ll find recipes for re-creating adult versions of your favorite childhood drinks, as well as original craft cocktails inspired by that iconic decade.
Cocktail Codex is a comprehensive primer on the craft of mixing drinks that will give drink-makers of every level the tools to understand, execute, and improvise both classic and original cocktails.
The Mini Bar Cocktail Book Set
I love The Mini Bar book set. 100 classic cocktail recipes are organized by spirits and divided between eight notebooks. It’s sleek, modern, and beautifully illustrated.
Where Bartenders Drink
In the footsteps of bestsellers Where Chefs Eat and Where to Eat Pizza, this book is the guide for where the best bartenders go for the best drinks around the world.
The Art of the Bar Cart
The Art of the Bar Cart features 20 different styled bar setups—from tricked-out vintage carts to a collection of bottles tucked into a cabinet—themed around favorite libations, personal style, or upcoming occasions.
Cool and Unique Drinking Gifts
No one likes to be the odd man out on the gift list. That’s why it’s important to give a gift that is different from all the others. Here are some cool and unique drinking gifts that are sure to please, no matter what your budget.
Unique Bird Cocktail Glasses
Insulated Martini Cocktail Glass (Set of 2)
DIY Gin-Making Alcohol Infusion-Kit
Skull Silicone Ice Mold Tray
On-The-Go Old Fashioned Cocktail Kit
This small but mighty, TSA-approved, cocktail kit makes six for both the short flights and the international getaways. It’s the perfect booze gift for any cocktail lover.
Yeti Lowball Rambler Insulated Cup
Everyone loves a YETI. Not just for cocktails, this insulated tumbler will keep your cocktails at the desired temperature in any weather.
Whiskey Infographic Poster
Knowledge is power, and as it turns out, pretty cool in infographic poster form as proof with this whiskey poster.
Tobacco and Whiskey Candle
Hand-poured in the US, this whiskey and tobacco spirit candle has a natural cork top and burns for 35 hours!
Holographic Glitter Flask
This liquor flask features a sexy, stylish design with a holographic glitter coating and a rhinestone cap. The round bottle is crafted from stainless steel for a classy look that’s a perfect addition to any party girl’s accessories.
Stanley Classic Flask
This Stanley flask is a must for transporting whiskey on your next camping trip.
The Best Bar Cart Accessories
The bar cart accessory industry is booming. This means that there are tons of unique drinking gifts to buy for the people in your life who love alcohol and cocktails. Whether you’re looking for stocking stuffers or want to treat someone special, here are some of the best bar cart accessories to give as alcohol gifts.
Pink Highball Cocktail Glasses
Insulated Stainless Steel Cocktail Shaker
Cocktail Recipe Glass (Available in Nearly Every Spirit!)
Marble Coasters with Gold Edges (Set of 4)
“Booze” Spirits Decanter
Lift your spirits with a distinctly different decanter. Crafted from hand-blown Laboratory glass with mirror-finish gold lettering.
These stones are designed for whiskey, wine, and bourbon and provide the perfect temperature without watering down the spirit.
Corkcicle Wedge Silicon Ice Form
An ice wedge glass to keep their drink perfectly chilled while they slowly sip and take in all of the wonderful aromatics. No watered-down whiskey, here.
10-Piece Bar Tool Set
A beautiful and high-end cocktail set is a must for any self-respecting bar cart. This set fills that need and comes with everything you need to make and serve cocktails.
Crystal Glencairn Whiskey Glasses
Serve your whiskey the way it’s meant to be served with these crystal Glencairn whiskey glasses.
Woodford Reserve Bourbon Cherries
These Woodford Reserve Bourbon cherries are our favorite for Old Fashioneds.
Bourbon Bitters Bundle Set
To go with the Bourbon Cherries listed earlier, this set of four bitters from Woodford Reserve will be a delight to any lover of Old Fashioneds.
Funny Alcohol Gifts
We all know that the holidays can be a bit stressful, so why not give a gift to take a little of the stress away? Gift-giving is a great way to show your loved ones how much you care, and it’s an excellent way to have a little fun. These funny drinking gifts are sure to put a smile on your loved ones’ faces!
“Drinking Buddies” Glass Markers (Set of 6)
Bonny Boy Liquor Gag Gift
Alcohol Shot Gun
Discrete Seltzer Can Covers (2 Pack)
Tabletop Golf Shot Drinking Game
Laboratory Beaker Rocks Glasses
Beaker Shot Glasses Set
Barbuzzo “Spin the Shot” Party Game
Portable Bracelet Flask
Fashionable and boozy, this bracelet flask is for the party girl on your holiday shopping list!
“May Contain Alcohol” Enamel Coffee Mug
These campfire-style enamel mugs are sure to make someone smile wherever they’re used.
Corkcicle Cigar Glass
This glass from Corkcicle is a cigar lover’s dream. Part rocks glass, part cigar rest, the Cigar Glass lets you hold your drink and cigar in the same hand at the same time without all the awkward finger fumbling.
Drunk, Stoned, or Stupid Party Game
Drunk, Stoned, or Stupid is a hilarious party game with 250 cards to decide who in the group is most likely to… (for example) “#1 Wake up with half a burrito in bed”, “#27 Have a 20-minute conversation with Siri” and “#147 Shame people for going to bed”.
Coffee/Cocktails Desk Bell
Classic concierge-bell design communicates your needs, whether it’s morning or night, without saying a word.
High-End Drinking Gifts
Do you know that person who seems to have a never-ending supply of alcohol in their home? We all do… Finding the perfect high-end drinking gift for someone who likes their alcohol can be difficult. Here are some ideas for great gifts that are sure to please any serious drinker.
Tequila Decanter Set with 6 Agave Shot Glasses
Bartesian Premium Cocktail and Margarita Machine
Glass Whiskey Water Dropper
Just one drop of water can change the composition of your whisky… This (hand-blown in Scotland) dropper is designed to release one drop at a time. Boxed beautifully, it’s the perfect accessory to your whiskey collection.
Locally Handmade Cocktail Tumbler Glass
These hand-blown, made in Austin, soda-lime cocktails glasses are an absolute work of art. They’re too gorgeous to keep hidden away in the cabinets. No, these are the kind of glasses that you keep out on your bar cart as your ‘go-to’ beauties.
Corkcicle Ice Bucket
Sleek, stainless steel, and insulated, Corkcicle’s signature triple insulated ice bucket will keep your ice-cold for up to 48 hours. NO JOKE. With a 128 oz capacity and a matching lid, this ice bucket is sweat-free and easy to grip.
Jonathan Adler Rocket Decanter
White porcelain with black, gold, and silver decal and 24-karat gold detailing. Embellished with bold Suggestions of what to stash in each-even bottom shelf booze becomes out-of-this-world.
Premium Titanium Bartender Set
Six tools are stored safely in a traditional, waxed canvas roll bag; Keeping your tools organized and ready to transport to any event. The titanium finish gives this bartender kit a unique and professional look combining high quality with a distinct style.
Yeti Hopper Backpack Cooler
Part cooler, part backpack, the Hopper BackFlip 24 is the perfect reason to extend your trek. It’s sizable enough to fit a day’s worth of drinks and food for you and your crew.
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Lots of people drink alcohol, and some people really love alcohol. We hope this post has given you some ideas for the alcohol lovers in your life. Whether they prefer wine, whiskey, beer, or something else entirely, we have got you covered!
If you don’t want to drink alcohol, you should still get one of these gifts for your favorite booze lover. They’ll appreciate your thoughtfulness and effort to find the perfect gift! And if you are an alcohol lover yourself, consider giving these gifts to someone else. You’ll make their day with some tasty alcohol.