2015 Gift Guide: Cocktail Aficionado

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Have you started your holiday shopping yet? Yeah…we haven’t either. But never fear. Our 2015 Gift Guide series will help you nail every single gift on your list.

If you ask us, cocktail loving friends are some of the best friends to have. They know how to have fun, always offer you refreshments and they seem to be able to MacGyver a fantastic drink out of whatever ingredients are on hand. This holiday season, celebrate the cocktail aficionado in your life by gifting them some delicious inspiration!

Bittermilk No. 7 Gingerbread Old Fashioned Cocktail Mixer

Bittermilk No. 7 Gingerbread Old Fashioned Cocktail Mixer ($15) – What could scream holiday more than a gingerbread flavored cocktail? (And what quells the urge to scream during the holidays better than a cocktail, feel me?) This limited edition flavor of Bittermilk’s hand-crafted cocktail mixer is perfect for rum, and we suspect would be delicious with bourbon as well. This is a limited edition flavor, so grab one while you still can!

Carats Drinkware

Carats Drinkware ($19.96 for four, available individually in store) – Ask any entertainer who has slowly lost their favorite glasses to party mishaps; you can never go wrong with pretty drinkware. These faceted glasses have a vintage feel and come in four lovely shades that make it so hard to choose that you might just have to mix and match. Best of all, despite looking posh, they fall right into the perfectly affordable ‘great bang for your buck’ category. You might even be able to throw in a bottle of booze on the side!

Dash Bitters Kit

Dash Bitters Kit ($39.99 for full kits, $24.99 for refills) – Sweet versatility! This kit contains the tools and all of the botanicals, herbs and spices to craft the ‘spice of cocktails’ yourself. Do you know how tough it is to track down some of those obscure roots? Trust us. And if you have a drinker of the ambitious nature on your list they’ll surely appreciate having all of the supplies handily rounded up so they can concoct some cocktail magic of their very own. Since the kits make two bottles, play your cards right and maybe that gift will come full circle.

Wondermade Boozy Marshmallow Set

Wondermade Boozy Marshmallow Set ($30) – Put a little whimsy into winter drinking! Hot cocoa and boozy marshmallows are a match made in heaven. The Boozy set includes four boxes of 16 marshmallows flavored with Bourbon, Gin, Beer and Fireball. These are perfect for that person whose cocoa isn’t complete without a little splash of somethin’ somethin. Throw in some chocolate and graham crackers for boozy s’mores kit. Forget sugarplums, suddenly we’re seeing visions of bourbon s’mores by the fireplace.

Wild Drinks & Cocktails: Handcrafted Squashes, Shrubs, Switchels, Tonics, and Infusions to Mix at Home

Wild Drinks & Cocktails: Handcrafted Squashes, Shrubs, Switchels, Tonics, and Infusions to Mix at Home ($15.76 on Amazon) – Do you know a cocktail aficionado who has seen everything and tasted it all? They’re ready for the next level of cocktail crafting. This book is full of delicious natural mixer and cocktail recipes to make from scratch. Foraging is encouraged, but are recipes are fresh and easily accessible for the non-nature inclined set as well.

Cocktail drinkers, see anything you like?


  • heather

    Heather is a midwesterner living in Los Angeles and enjoys concocting weird flavor combinations and exploring delicious ethnic foods. She also knows her way around the spice cabinet like nobody's business.


  1. This is a great gift list–I know someone who would love a set of Carats drinkware. I might have to get that Gingerbread Bitters for myself…is that wrong?

    1. Never!

  2. Love the gift idea! Nothing better than a lofty beverage! Make us MERRI at heart!

  3. The Carats Drinkware is so appealing! I’m sorry to be greedy, but that’s another thing that’s going on my Christmas list.

    1. Not greedy at all! Here’s hoping you find them under the tree…

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