Working out what to get for your friends and family at Christmas isn’t always easy. Fortunately, if you know a cocktail lover, then things just got simpler! We’ve put together some of our favourite ideas for treating the mixologists in your life, placing plenty of thoughtful presents under their Christmas tree. You may also get to try a few of the tipples they mix up, making these gifts that keep on giving.
Cocktail books are a must-have for both beginners and advanced mixologists. Not only do they look beautiful on the coffee table or sitting by a home bar, they're also packed with useful information to take your loved one’s craftsmanship to the next level. For those who are new to mixology, we recommend The Complete Home Bartender’s Guide, a classic in the world of cocktail literature. Alternatively, opt for something a little more unique that’s unlikely to be on their bookshelf with Pickle Juice, a beautifully presented book filled with inventive cocktails all containing a splash of pickle juice!
If you know someone who’s just starting out on their mixology journey, treat them to the exquisitely designed Calabrese Cocktail Set for an extra special Christmas gift. Made from high-quality 18/8 Japanese steel, the set contains:
- Two-piece cocktail shaker
- Cocktail strainer
- Bar spoon
- Julep spoon
This is a present that will last a lifetime, so save it for someone special in your life.
Everybody should have at least one high-quality tumbler in their glassware collection. The Koto Crystal Glass is inspired by an old-school design for a sophisticated, elegant look and has plenty of weight to it, resting comfortably in the hand. It’s also a versatile glass, ideal for cocktails like Gin and Tonics and Old Fashioneds, as well as a simple whisky on the rocks.
For a Christmas present certain to impress, consider the Soba Kiri Knife. Premium Japanese craftsmanship and high-grade steel combine to create a beautiful knife that’s ideal for cutting ice. To use, your recipient will simply place the knife against an ice block and use a mallet to hammer it through for a quirky, traditional ice-picking method! If that’s not a way to spice up mixology, we don’t know what is.
Not every cocktail fanatic wants to mix a drink every night. Give your loved ones the gift of delicious tiples and plenty of relaxation with our Ready to Drink Cocktails, blended by expert mixologist Giancarlo Mancino in Italy. Simply add to a cocktail shaker with plenty of ice, shake, and pour with a perfectly chilled cocktail every time.
If none of these has hit the mark, be sure to take a peek at our entire range of Gift Sets for plenty more inspiration. Or, make sure you get it right this year with an Urban Bar gift card, which is thoughtful and leaves the choice up to your loved one.
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