The 2021 Cocktail-Lovers Essential Gift Guide

by Mama Loves A Drink

Cool cocktail glasses and barware are a big part of the cocktail ritual and a fun and easy way to upgrade your cocktail sipping experience at home during a quiet night with a friend or a house party.

If you are buying for yourself or a cocktail loving friend, we are sure you will love these cocktails essentials and cocktail inspired gifts for cocktail lovers.

You may also be interested in our complete guide to essential tools for your home cocktail bar, as well as our extensive collection of classic and crafted cocktail recipes you can try at home.

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Cocktail lovers gift guide

Best gifts for preparing cocktails

Mixology Bartender Kit – we simply had to start with this kit that has seen us through many months of quarantine at home this year.

Sick of sifting through the utensils draw looking for the right pieces? This all-in-one cocktail kit by Mixology & Craft has all the most essential tools any amateur mixologist will need to concoct their own cocktails at home – and looks exceptionally nice as a display piece you’re proud to keep on the shelf. A beautiful and memorable gift for your cocktail-lover, it also comes in a smart presentation box.

Hammer Stahl Bar Knife – one item that we usually find amiss in a prepackaged cocktail set is a premium bartenders knife. What makes it different from your regular kitchen knife I hear you say? Specially crafted in Germany for bartender use, the uniquely shaped blade is ideal for creating garnishes through to spearing olives so there’s less handling involved.

Zulay Premium Quality Metal Citrus Press – another frequently used bartender tool all too often missing from a cocktail kit is a good quality citrus squeezer. Freshly squeezed lemon and lime juice are always going to be far superior to reconstituted juices off the shelf, and these citrus squeezing tools will save you a lot of time and hassle.

Happy Hour Somewhere Wooden Chopping Board a beautiful and classy addition to your home cocktail bar, we love this handcrafted chopping board made from sustainable maple wood.

Happy Hour somewhere wooden chopping board
  • Dimensions 9 1/2” x 12 1/2” x 1 1/8″
  • Made in the US – ships Internationally
  • Image by Kim Strassner and Mike Pararas

Camp Cocktails – who says you need a whole cocktail bar on hand to enjoy your favourite drop? We love this collection of recipes by Emily Vikre, a drink enthusiasts guide to cocktail making outside. From backpacking to luxury glamping, the author takes you on a journey through resourcefully packing and transporting your spirits to heartwarming recipes perfect to wow your friends around the campfire.

Gather Around Holiday Cocktail Recipesremember cocktails are for the whole year, not just for Christmas! This delightful collection of holiday recipes will see you through a full year of celebrations from around the world. Written by Aaron Goldfarb, there is something to suit every celebration, big and small! Fabulous recipe ideas and makes a great talking piece on the coffee table too.

  • 135 Pages
  • Ships internationally
  • Image by Uncommon Goods

The Spirit Infusion Kit – fancy trying some infusions? Amateurs to connoisseurs alike will enjoy experimenting with this beautifully presented kit.  As well as a 1L infusion jar, 750ml liquor bottle, funnel & strainer, the kit includes a recipe and instruction book to get you started creating your own colourful and tasty infusions, perfect for creative cocktail making.

Best gifts for serving cocktails

Libbey Mixologist 18-Piece Bar in a Box Cocktail Set – the perfect gift for someone just starting out with their home bar, this assorted glassware set includes 4 x 13.5 oz cooler glasses, 4 x 12oz margarita glasses, 4 x 10.5oz footed poco glasses, 4 x 2oz shot glasses and a 16 oz mixing glass.

Bloody Mary Cocktail Branches – sure to not only wake you up but these Bloody Mary garnish sticks are also sure to be a talking point at brunch. Made from dishwasher-safe stainless steel they bound to add a beautiful and elegant touch to not only your Bloody Mary cocktails but other cocktails commanding of beautiful garnish.

  • Dimensions 8.25″ H x 3″ W
  • Made in the US – ship internationally
  • Image by Martha Cornwell

Tiki Cocktail Glasses – a fun and colourful addition to your home cocktail bar, these Tiki glasses are the perfect serving idea for your Mai Tais and tropical concoctions. Handcrafted, each will be slightly unique.

  • Between 13 to 20 fl Oz each
  • Made in the US – ships internationally
  • Image by Andrew Innazzi

Telescoping Reusable Straw – perfect for our cocktail makers on the move – many bars have still not quite caught on to the reusable straw deal so no harm if you BYO. This extendable, stainless steel straw with pocket-sized carry case easily slips into your handbag so no excuse not to be environmentally friendly wherever you’re out and about sipping your cocktails!

  • Dimensions: Carry Case: 4.5″; straw extended: 9.5″
  • Ships internationally
  • Image by Uncommon Goods

Long Island Iced Tea Glass – no more scuttling about looking for recipes, make the perfect Long Island Iced Tea every time with your measures all marked out ready. Particularly handy for slightly more complicated recipes like the Long Island Iced Tea – you’ll find similar glassware from Drinking Modern for Moscow Mules, Daiquiri’s Mai Tai & more!

Large Cocktail Stirrers – Perfect for your tall drinks such as mojitos, these cocktail stirrers are all class in your home bar. All hand crafted by the artist Juliane Guillermin, each unique multicolored stirrer has touches of dichroic glass and iridescent. Discounts for buying in bulk.

  • Dimensions 18cm
  • Made in France – ships internationally
  • Image by Deverreetdecouleurs

Best cocktail gifts for your home bar

Vintage Cocktail Recipes Signboard – a perfect addition to any home bar – this will have our amateur mixologist raging with the most popular cocktails all clearly set out. These vintage signs come in three different sizes to suit your available space.

  • Dimensions: Small 20x15cm, Medium 30x20cm & Large 40x30cm
  • Made in the UK
  • Image by RoadKnightsOnline

Cocktail Engraved Coasters – a fun and attractive addition to any home bar, these engraved slate cocktail coasters will make a great gift for your cocktail-lover.

  • Dimensions 10cm x 10cm
  • Made in – ships internationally
  • Image by PersonalisedFor

Personalised Bar Runner – that finishing touch to a home bar – make it your own with a personalised runner mat. This machine-washable cocktail mat really finished off your cocktail maker’s special space in the home.

  • Dimensions 45cm x 25cm
  • Made in the UK – ships internationally
  • Image by BangTidyClothes

We hope you’ve found something here to inspire your gift hunt for that incredible cocktail-loving lady in your life.

Looking for more unique drink-related gifts? Hop on over to our Christmas gift guides, we’ve got plenty more ideas for enjoying your favourite sips in a fun & unique way!

Mama Loves A Drink advocates quality over quantity. Always drink responsibly!

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