The Wishlist: Mixologist’s Holiday Gift Guide

Everyone knows that one person who somehow manages to take a couple of mangoes and a bottle of rum and turn it into a drink that you’re proud to put an umbrella into. Knowing a mixologist, be they an old bartender or an amateur in the field making a name for themselves one Old Fashioned at a time, is a pleasure. They’re the natural life of the party because magic comes from their fingers when they step behind a bar. Helping them to ply their trade is not just a kindness to them, it’s a service to drinkers everywhere who need a libation that’s chocolaty, yet fruity, but hides the flavor of 151.

When digging through the secret stash of trade secrets to find 20 gifts for the mixologist, we consolidated everything a drink maker needs to create all the zests, Gin Rickeys, and tinctures they could need to do that intoxicating voodoo they do so so well.

Tovolo Sphere Ice Molds

Tovolo Sphere Ice Molds

Watery whiskey is almost worse than no whiskey at all. Allow anyone who wants a drink on the rocks to avoid sipping a diluted draught with these massive ice spheres that keep beverages cold longer without wasting away.

Purchase: $9

Field Notes Drink Local Notebooks

Field Notes Drink Local Notebooks

Know someone who can’t get enough beers of the world tours? Then load them up with a way to track their favorite brews. These notebooks are made for logging and tagging every beer that’s drank in a stylish book that resists water and grime, making them pub-perfect.

Purchase: $10

Ficks Natural Cocktail Fortifier

Ficks Natural Cocktail Fortifier

Perfect for the mixologist who prefers to live life to the fullest, these cocktail backers from Ficks add in vital nutrients and minerals along with strong, impressive flavors that will enhance the taste of a drink, and make the morning after less painful.

Purchase: $13+

Jack Rudy Tonic Syrup

Jack Rudy Tonic Syrup

Quinine and real cane sugar connect in this sultry concoction. It’s ideal for a mixologist who wants to make the ideal Gin & Tonic without having to work too hard. It’s the secret weapon of more tipplers and the drink maestros who serve them.

Purchase: $15

Time & Oak Signature Whiskey Elements

Time & Oak Signature Whiskey Elements

In just moments you can turn an average whiskey into a smooth, flavorful drink ready to go neatly into a glass. With the addition of barrel-aged flavor, it works whether mixing your rotgut or downing it straight.

Purchase: $15

The PDT Cocktail Book

The PDT Cocktail Book

The worst part about reading is that it gets a lot harder the more drinks you have. That’s what makes this book perfect. You can start reading it before drinking, keep using it while you’re drinking, and by the time you’re done, you can use it as a pillow.

Purchase: $17

Merino Wool Felt Coasters

Merino Wool Felt Coasters

Soft and steady, these merino wool coasters will never mar or scratch your furniture or glasses, yet offer a kindly place to set down a drink. The coasters won’t let moisture drip through, nor soak it up for ruinous effect.

Purchase: $19

Absinthe Accessories Starter Kit

Absinthe Accessories Starter Kit

Absinthe has lost much of its popularity in recent years, but it is still a time-honored drink among those with a refined palette. Don’t let any mixologist you know serve it improperly, lest they be hung from the highest tree. This kit has everything for a simple Absinthe cocktail with class.

Purchase: $21

Scrappy's Bitters Exotic Gift Box

Scrappy’s Bitters Exotic Gift Box

Your mixologist probably already has some Orange and Orleans bitters, after all, they’re not an animal; but do they have exotic chocolate and lavender bitters for the proper island drinks for that Caribbean-themed pit-roast? Then help them out with this glorious bitter kit.

Purchase: $22

Carry On Cocktail Kit

Carry On Cocktail Kit

Flights these days can go longer than 20 minutes, which means you’re going to need to pack along a way to whip up a decent drink. With these kits approved by the TSA, everything needed for a perfect Gin & Tonic, Moscow Mule, or other favorites comes in a quaint package. Just add booze.

Purchase: $24

Mixing Glass with Stainless Steel Strainer

Mixing Glass with Stainless Steel Strainer

A stainless steel strainer that fits onto the quintessential seamless mixing glass complete with a delicate, timeless, grippable Japanese-weave pattern, this is 400mL of freedom. Easy to move, easy to pour, and with a wide beaker mouth for quick access, it’s the bar glass of note.

Purchase: $26

MIRA Beer Growler

MIRA Beer Growler

Keep all your brews ice cold without dragging an ice chest along with you wherever you go. At 64 full fluid ounces, there’s a lot of space in this sealed beer growler, along with insulating technology that is nearly unheard of outside of NASA.

Purchase: $30

SKIL iXO Vivo Power Screwdriver

SKIL iXO Vivo Power Screwdriver

Made for the refined drinker who is also the local handyman, the Vivo is both a powerful screwdriver and a bombproof wine opener. Get any bottle open quickly, and then fix up that shifting wine rack.

Purchase: $36

Japanese Stainless Steel Cocktail Shaker

Japanese Stainless Steel Cocktail Shaker

Made with new mixologist in mind, this can also be a quality upgrade for the old pro who needs an enhanced shaker with grace, style, and Japanese steel that is tough enough for the long and lonesome road a liquor jockey must walk.

Purchase: $42

The Homemade Gin Kit

The Homemade Gin Kit

Get a tasty, heart-stopping gin mix every time with The Homemade Gin Kit. It gives you all the flavors you need to mix up a tasty batch of gin that will put all but the finest off the rack spirits to shame.

Purchase: $43

Pewter Foxhead Measuring Jigger

Pewter Foxhead Measuring Jigger

A mixologist is sure to have their own two-sided jigger for everyday carry, so give them something they can use when it’s time to show off. With a wolf’s head lovingly reproduced in pewter, Kaufmann Mercantile’s jigger gives new flair to every pour.

Purchase: $65

Sempli Monti-Taste Beer Glass Set

Sempli Monti-Taste Beer Glass Set

A craft beer shouldn’t just be swilled out of a growler. It deserves to be savored properly. With glasses for the 4 most common craft beer types, the Monti-Taste set will give any hop-head the right experience when drinking Pilsners, pints, or IPAs.

Purchase: $100

Moore & Giles Waxwear Rangertan

Moore & Giles Waxwear Rangertan Bar Rollup

Put together with pure leather under the direction of mix master Jim Meehan and made to carry all the tools of the trade while still looking like a million bucks. Elasticised pockets make it possible for the mobile barman to expand as needed and keep all his mixing tools in place during transit.

Purchase: $220

Tabletop Moonshine Still

Tabletop Moonshine Still

When beer or so-called fortified wine isn’t enough, you might need a simple still to get some serious spirits right in the comfort of home. Easy to use and low-risk, this will turn anyone into a modern moonshiner, though you probably have all your teeth.

Purchase: $250

West Elm Mid-Century Bar Cart

West Elm Mid-Century Bar Cart

Never let the bartender be forced to stay in place when they are plying their craft. Let them mingle about the party or head out into the yard all while taking along this stylish mid-century cart with room for all the liquor a lush could possibly want.

Purchase: $349

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