Holiday Gift Ideas for the Budding Mixologist

Give the gift of great cocktails! Here are some bar necessities under $20 that make perfect gifts for the beginning bartenders in your life. (And I’m just getting started! Keep checking back for more gift ideas.)

mrboston

For about $13, “The Mr. Boston” Platinum Edition is a great gift for budding mixologists and cocktail aficionados. Mr. Boston recipes have never steered me wrong, and the platinum edition has over 1,500 recipes as well as tips and advice from the pros.

bartools

This 7-piece bar set has the tools every bar should have, packaged together in an ice bucket. It’s a good-looking and practical gift for any home bartender.

squeezer

Fresh citrus juice is essential in many great cocktails. Fresh juice just tastes much much better! This squeezer is by far the easiest and least-messy one I’ve ever used.

vya

It’s not a bar if you can’t make a martini. Vermouth is a bar staple, and it does matter what kind you get. I like Vya extra dry vermouth. It’s made with whole dried herbs (rather than artificial flavoring or oils) … and it’s a difference you can taste.

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