The 16 Best Gifts for Anyone with a Home Bar
Whether your loved one is a whisky aficionado or an aspiring mixologist, these gifts are guaranteed to stir up some excitement.
Looking for gifts for the home bar enthusiast in your life? From must-have bar tools and chic glassware to the latest high-tech gadgets, we’ve gathered together some of the best gifts available this season for anyone who loves mastering their craft in the comfort of their own home! Whether they’re looking for something stylish or functional, there’s sure to be something on our list that will be a perfect fit. Read on for 16 bar gift ideas that are sure to delight anyone with a home bar.
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Glass Bitter Bottle
Bitters are a vital yet often overlooked component of cocktail making. Used in small amounts, they provide a balance to the overall flavor and texture of a mixed drink. This striking glass bitters bottle adds a touch of sophistication to any bar setting. Featuring a pillar-shaped design, it’s perfect for showcasing and storing bitters in your home bar. The bottle holds 4.7 ounces of liquid, allowing home mixologists to whip up a batch of bitters that will last for months.
Silicone Ice Cube Molds
The right ice cubes can completely transform a cocktail. Constructed with durable, food-grade silicone, these ice cube molds are both flexible and long-lasting. The jumbo square molds create six oversized cubes that measure just under 2 inches each, allowing them to slowly melt in order to best chill whiskey-based beverages like old fashioneds and Manhattans without losing their aroma or flavor. The spherical molds are perfect for cooling down summer cocktails like mojitos or margaritas.
Metal Citrus Squeezer
A citrus squeezer is an invaluable tool for home mixologists. By squeezing fresh lemons and limes with a metal citrus squeezer like this one, users are able to get the maximum amount of juice with minimal effort. The resulting juice is free from any seeds or pulp that can ruin the flavor and texture of your cocktails. This model has a clever design that makes it compact and easy to store.
High-Quality Citrus Peeler
A high-quality citrus peeler is a simple but useful addition to any home bar setup. By removing the thick outer skin of lemons, limes, oranges, and other citrus fruit, you can access the fragrant and flavorful oils contained in the zest. This allows you to zest into drinks without any of the bitter pith underneath. OXO’s version has a stainless steel blade and a non-slip, ergonomic handle, making for a seamless user experience.
$25 to $50
Professional Ice Bag
Many popular cocktails—like Moscow mules, mint juleps, and daiquiris—require crushed ice, but creating crushed ice at home can be messy and inefficient. Those looking for a convenient way to crush ice will appreciate this canvas ice-crushing bag from Viski. The canvas material naturally absorbs excess moisture, so users will be left with perfectly crushed ice without any water, so they can avoid diluting their drinks.
Comprehensive Bitters Set
A complete cocktail bitters set is the ultimate must-have for any aspiring mixologist. This set from Woodford reserve includes orange bitters, spiced cherry bitters, sorghum & sassafras bitters, aromatic bitters, and chocolate bitters. Each of these five unique bitters has its own distinctive flavor profile that can transform an ordinary drink into something truly special.
Cocktail Making Book
The Joy of Mixology: The Consummate Guide to the Bartender’s Craft is a comprehensive guide to crafting classic and innovative cocktails. Written by Gary Regan, an experienced bartender, this book provides step-by-step instructions on all aspects of bartending, from basic tools and techniques to more complex recipes. Featuring many recipes and variations for traditional drinks, contemporary cocktails, and specialty libations, this book is perfect for beginners as well as advanced cocktail crafters.
Whisky Chilling Set
Whisky stones are specifically designed to chill whisky without diluting its flavor. Unlike ice cubes, which melt and cause the whisky to become watered down, whisky stones remain at a constant temperature and can be reused again and again. This means that drinkers can enjoy the full flavor of their favorite whiskey without worrying about it becoming too diluted. This set includes nine stones made from upcycled granite and comes with a hardwood tray and two tumblers.
$50 to $100
Hydroponic Herb Kit
Fresh herbs like basil, mint and rosemary make an excellent addition to many cocktail recipes, but growing herbs at home can be tricky. Gift recipients can easily grow their own herbs, however, with a hydroponic herb-growing kit, like this one from iDOO. It comes with an LED grow light and a built-in fan, providing users with the perfect environment for herbs to thrive.
Cocktail Infusion Kit
More advanced home bartenders may like to try their hand at infusing their own flavored liquor. A kit like this one provides all of the supplies that users need to create flavored gin, including an alcohol base and a variety of botanicals for the infusion. While this kit is perfect for gin lovers, the brand also makes similar kits for other types of liquor.
Online Mixology Class
Gift an experience by signing your friend or loved one up for an online course with a renowned Brooklyn mixologist. In the 90-minute class, students will learn the secrets of crafting three delicious cocktails using a Flavored Simple Syrup Set, which will be sent to them in advance. The instructor will guide you through making a Cucumber Chili Margarita, a Left Hand, and a Gimlet.
Classic Coupe Glasses
Every home bartender or consummate entertainer needs a set of high-quality coupe glasses. This type of stemware is typically used for serving cocktails, such as manhattans, margaritas, and martinis. This set of four from Williams Sonoma has a classic, timeless look, so they won’t soon go out of style. They each have a capacity of 7.5 ounces and are handcrafted by master glass blowers.
$100 to $250
Traditional Cocktail Shaker Set
No bar is complete without a cocktail shaker, and while the bar lover in your life may already have one in their toolkit, odds are it isn’t quite as elegant as this model from Williams Sonoma. It was designed by Charles Joly, a world-champion bartender and the creator of Crafthouse Cocktails, in collaboration with the brand Fortessa. The set includes a Boston shaker, a Hawthorne strainer, a jigger, and a wooden muddler.
Cocktail Smoking Kit
A cocktail smoking kit is a unique way to bring an exciting, interactive element to any special event or gathering. These kits allow you to infuse your favorite cocktails with an oaky, smoky aroma and flavor. The end result is drinks that are enhanced with delightful complexity and character, creating a conversation piece that friends won’t soon forget. This model is also capable of smoking foods like meats and cheeses, making it even more versatile.
Personalized Decanter Set
A personalized whisky decanter set is not only a great gift for any whisky lover, but also provides a beautiful centerpiece that can be proudly displayed on bar tops or mantelpieces. The traditional design consists of an elegant decanter with four matching tumblers, all made from quality glass. For a special touch, you can engrave it with the recipient’s first name, last name, and initial. All of this comes in a handcrafted wooden gift box for top-notch presentation.
Retro Bar Cart
If your gift recipient doesn’t already have a dedicated bar cart, then gifting them one is sure to impress. This model from Wayfair has a cool, retro design with a curved, circular frame that’s available in either gold, silver, or black depending on the aesthetic you’re most drawn to. It features two mirrored shelves, so there’s plenty of room for storing liquor bottles, glassware, and other bar tools.