Choosing a gift for a cocktail-lover can be a bit of a minefield, so we’ve tested a selection from mixology kits to taster sets to help you spend your money wisely.


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20 best gifts to buy cocktail lovers in 2023

Ramona coupe glasses, set of four

Set of 4 Ramona Coupe Glasses £48.00

Serve cocktails in style with these dinky coupe glasses, updating a 1920s design. Available in lilac, turquoise or peach.

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Available from:
Anthropologie (£48)

NIO cocktail boxes

NIO cocktails

These classy single-serve cocktail pouches are easy to send through the post. You can buy packs in different sizes: three for £19.50, six for £39 or nine for £59. Simply rip and pour to serve. NIO's range consists of all the classics, including margaritas and manhattan. Each cocktail we tried was punchy and flavoursome in equal measure. Keep an eye out for seasonal additions, too.

Available from:
NIO (from £19.50)

BTFY Manhattan Iridescent Cocktail Set

Manhattan cocktail gift set

You can’t help but love this holographic cocktail shaker set made to be kept out on a bar cart or bookshelf instead of being tucked away. A good cocktail kit is the starting point to experimenting with cocktails at home, and this has it all: the shaker, strainer, jigger, double-ended spoon and muddler, plus a recipe guide to get started with the classics.

Available from:
Vonhaus (£17.99)

Harvey Nichols Champagne and Chambord hamper

Harvey nichols champagne and chambord

This smart gift set contains the two ingredients you need for a chic Christmas tipple. Chambord and champagne combine to make a kir imperial, a luxurious twist on a kir royale that no cocktail lover will be able to resist.

Available from:
Harvey Nichols (£50)

Claro orange margarita glasses

Oliver Bonas cocktail glasses

Pretty enough to store on a bar cart or kitchen shelf, ensure a cocktail lover is always margarita ready with these delicate glasses. They have a smart gold edge and subtle ribbed design – martini or wine glasses in the same style are also available.

Available from:
Oliver Bonas (£24.50)

Bathtub Gin Flavour Discovery tasting set

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Bathtub Gin have recently been expanding from their classic original gin into new flavoured varieties, and this set of miniatures enables the lucky recipient to try them all, all for under £20. From fragrant rose and cardamom to warming damson and bay, they’re the perfect base for creating unique drinks.

Available from:
Master of Malt (£19.95)

Fortnum’s English cassis

Bottle of English Cassis Fortnum & Mason

A bottle of prosecco turns into a speedy cocktail with a simple splash of this fruity liqueur. Made with blackcurrants grown in Herefordshire, this English cassis is the perfect ingredient for cocktail lovers to get creative.

Available from:
Fortnum & Mason (£18.50)

Final Touch bar tool set

John Lewis cocktail tools set

This sophisticated bar tool set helps a home bartender mix up cocktail bar-worthy drinks. The wooden handled jigger, strainer and mixing spoon come in a smart box ideal for gifting.

Available from:
John Lewis (£50)

Wonderland Cocktails party pack

Wonderland Cocktail cans

Even the most keen cocktail lover doesn’t always have time to make them from scratch at home. From the people behind Brewdog comes this new canned cocktail range, containing five different serves to enjoy, from passionfruit and espresso martinis to a zesty paloma. Shake and pour for cocktails in seconds.

Available from:
Brewdog (£34.95)

Uberstar silicone diamond ice tray

Uberstar Silicone Diamond Ice Tray, 6 Cube, £9

Give homemade drinks a professional look with chunky diamond ice cubes. Drinks on the rocks just got a boost, and the silicone makes it easy to release the ice.

Gin mule hamper

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Know somebody who loves a Moscow mule? This sleek hamper from Not Another Bill is the ultimate boozy hamper delivery – containing a full size bottle of Sipsmith London dry gin, plus four classic hammered steel mugs for serving up your finished drinks. As a bonus, it also has a whole cocktail set including cocktail shaker, measuring jigger, tongs and strainer.

Available from:
Not Another Bill (£90)

These Days Bucks Spritz

Bucks Spritz

Take this festive bottled cocktail to your next Christmas party to make a cocktail lover happy. In the latest of their bottled spritz creations, These Days have given a traditional bucks fizz a modern makeover. It starts with a base of orange wine and adds orange bitters and freshly squeezed orange juice for a heady orange hit, topped with soda.

Available from:
These Days (£19)

Umeshuya starter set


Of all of the cocktail gifts we tested, this was the set that really got us talking. This unassuming trio is a showcase of three sakes: shio ume (plum sake with salt water), shio yuzu (yuzu sake with salt water) and Kyoto umeshu (plum sake). We loved the logo and the set is beautifully presented. Each sake is bursting with complex flavour. Take the shio yuzu for example: we detected a deeply salty preserved lemon aroma on the nose, and enjoyed a clean, natural, sour yuzu flavour, that developed a slightly nutty rice-flavoured finish. These sophisticated sakes are an adventure on the palate and a must-buy for inquisitive cocktail lovers.

Available from:
Umeshuya (£20)

Mr Black cold brew coffee liqueur

Mr Black cold brew coffee liqueur

From Australian brand Mr Black, this cold brew coffee liqueur is sure to elevate any home bar. Straight out of the bottle this liqueur has the heady aroma of freshly brewed coffee. The drink is sweet and features a natural coffee bitterness, with notes of fragrant vanilla and dark chocolate.

Of course, this liqueur is ideal for an espresso martini. We also think it’d work brilliantly in a mudslide with vodka and cream liqueur. Read our full review of Mr Black cold brew coffee liqueur.

Kocktail old fashioned collection


This letterbox-sized kit is the perfect gift for anyone who loves an old fashioned. Included are one classic tipple and three inviting twists on the cocktail: peanut butter and jelly, salted maple, and cherry cola. Each single serve is made using Buffalo Trace bourbon and comes with a well-considered garnish that really helps elevate the drinking experience.

Each drink also comes with a recipe card detailing everything you need to know about how to recreate them. They're well-balanced and memorable – the peanut butter and jelly was a standout.

Available from:
Kocktail (£39)

M&S Marksologist range


M&S’s Marksologist range features six premixed cocktails: margarita, espresso martini, passion fruit martini, clover club, negroni and old fashioned. These bottles are a lovely gift to keep in the fridge for after-work drinks or to share with friends. Each bottle is £18, or buy the whole collection for £108.

The margarita was a standout for us. This twist on the classic features jalapeño and coriander, making it a more complex drink than a standard margarita. We loved the strong and savoury capsicum flavours and the earthiness of the coriander.

If you’re after a punchy pre-mixed cocktail, look no further.

Available from:
M&S (£108 for complete range)

Fox and Velvet cocktail prints


These vibrant cocktail prints are an ideal gift for a cocktail lover with an already fully-stocked bar. They’d look fab hung in the kitchen or above a bar cart, and bring a welcome pop of colour to any room. A range of cocktail designs are available, from amaretto sours to dirty martinis, so you’re sure to find the ideal print. They come in a good range of sizes, too.

Available from:
Etsy (from £16)

Aarke Carbonator 3

Aarke Carbonator 3

This sleek and industrial-looking sparkling water pump was named star buy in our test of the best models on the market. If you’re buying for someone who likes to make their cocktails from scratch or loves a gadget, this would be a thoughtful present. Read our full review of the best sparking water makers for more options.

Kyrö dairy cream liqueur

Kyro Dairy cream liqueur

All the way from Finland, this cream liqueur is perhaps surprisingly both lactose- and gluten-free. It has a rye whisky base and, when poured over ice, we picked up vanilla notes as well as chocolate, caramel, star anise and roasted nuts. It works beautifully in coffee cocktails, but we enjoyed it on its own. It has a luxuriously creamy mouthfeel and is undeniably moreish. We originally thought the four-week shelf-life in the fridge was a little short, but we had no problem polishing it off way before then.

Bristol Cocktails


If the person you’re buying for is a cocktail lover, but you’re not too sure what their favourite is, this trio from Bristol Cocktail Company are a generously sized selection of the classics. Buy the whole pack or select bottles of piña colada, margarita or passion fruit martini separately. The bottles are attractive and we love the dark wood cork. Each cocktail simply needs shaking up with ice. Each tasted great – we could pick out individual flavours. Whether you’re gifting all three or just one, these do not disappoint.

Available from:
Bristol Cocktail Company (from £19.95)

Cocktails by Candlelight


Cocktails by Candlelight is a unique concept providing gifts for the creative cocktail lover. These kits contain everything you need to make two delicious cocktails and coconut wax candles. We chose the spicy watermelon margarita, but there are a whole host of other cocktails to choose from, including bramble, negroni and espresso martini, as well as seasonal offerings for Halloween and Christmas.

Our margarita had a peppery kick. The watermelon flavour was authentic and very well balanced, standing up to punchy jalapeño and lime. Making the candle was great fun, too, and the instructions were clear. Ideal for a creative evening in with a date or a friend.

Available from:
Cocktails by Candlelight (from £27)

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