Gift baskets can be a fun way to give the gift of cocktails this holiday season. The idea is simple: Pick a cocktail your recipient will love, then get the ingredients and package them in a gift box or basket … along with copy of DIY Cocktails, of course.
The level of DIY-ness is up to you. You can create your own recipe and print it on a decorative card, include a bottle of your own homemade liqueur or jar of DIY cocktail cherries. The price range is also up to you. For a big gift, include glassware and bar tools. And for a smaller gift, just stick to the basics and include some homemade items.
Here are some kits that I would be thrilled to get as a gift. Admittedly, they’re a bit fancy-pants. (What can I say? My pants, they are fancy.) Hopefully they inspire your gift giving!
- Black Maple Hill bourbon
- Carpana Antica sweet vermouth
- The Bitter Truth Orange Bitters
- Luxardo Gourmet Maraschino Cherries
- Rocks Glasses
- Roederer Estate Brut
- Demerara Sugar Cubes
- Hennessy VSOP Cognac
- Angostura Bitters
- Riedel Champagne Flute
I got this idea from the fabulous baskets by Bar Keeper in Silverlake. Seeing these was definitely a “Why didn’t I think of this?” moment.
Photo by Andrea Nguyen