Last week I ran Professor Cocktail’s holiday gift guide for spirits. Now it’s time to share my recommendations for gifts to give that aren’t actually alcohol — although, naturally, they are still related to cocktails or spirits in some way. These all get the Professor Cocktail stamp of approval.
|If you’re serious about your spirits (whiskey, rum, whatever), you’re going to want to drink them out of a Glencairn glass. Beloved by single malt fans around the world.|
|Cocktails just taste better when accompanied by a big ole ice cube. These trays are excellent.|
|There are cocktail recipe books, and then there is Jim Meehan’s The PDT Cocktail Book. Any cocktail fan or bartender would love to have a copy. Guaranteed.|
|If you don’t know about bitters, you’re in luck. I wrote up a handy guide: Bitters 101. Read it — and then give this set as a gift.|
|A book full of wine cocktails by the amazing Jason Wilson? Yes, please!|
|You knew I was going to recommend my book, right? This is especially
good for the shopper who procastinates. The Kindle version can be gifted
in mere minutes! If you’re planning ahead — like now — the print version would sure look pretty under the tree.
|Perfect for zesting citrus, grating spices like nutmeg or cinnamon, ginger, cheeses, whatever you got.|
|Most inexpensive cocktail shakers aren’t very good. (The main problem with them is that the pieces stick together making it very hard to open.) I have several of these, though, and they work well.|
|Is it possible that your loved one doesn’t have a good jigger yet? Buy him/her one!|
|Here’s another gorgeous book. Even if you’re not that interested in cocktails, this would look awesome on your end table. As an added bonus, it’s a really interesting book!|
|If you’re looking for something a little fancier — and more expensive — then here’s what you do. Head over to Cocktail Kingdom and buy anything they have for sale. Seriously. Anything. It’s all awesome. I covet their bar tools.|