Cocktail making kit and limes, best gifts for cocktail lovers

8 top gifts and sets for cocktail lovers, 2021

Cocktail making is a skill that anyone can master. But if you’re keen to dabble further into the world of mixology it helps to have a quiver of cocktail tools. 

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The typical cocktail kit consists of a shaker, jigger, strainer, ice tongs, bar spoon, bar knife, bottle opener and corkscrew. It’s easy to find a cocktail kit for a relatively cheap price. They also make great gifts.

We’ve rounded-up our pick of cocktail shakers and cocktail sets, plus some extra cocktail-related gifts from brands we know and love. Find the best gifts for cocktail lovers right here.

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8 of the best gifts for cocktail lovers

Rusty Barrel Mayfair cocktail shaker set

For under £30, this cocktail shaker set combines style and functionality, featuring a stainless steel strainer, bar measure, pourer, spoon, wooden muddler and shaker large enough for multiple cocktails at a time. It also comes with a recipe book for making the classics and simple advice card for using each piece of equipment.

Available from rustybarrel.co.uk (£44.95)

VonShef 9-piece matte black Parisian cocktail set

Breaking with the tradition of cocktail kit being made from polished metal, VonShef’s matte-black shaker and accessories has a unique look and feel. It’s a modern shaker that sealed reliably and had the feel of a dependable piece of kit. This set would definitely bring individuality to cocktail-making.

Available from VonShef (£34.99)

Set Of Two Geo Glasses

The unique angular design of these contemporary glasses takes inspiration from modern terrariums, featuring hand-blown glass sides edged with metal detailing. They’re glasses for an extra special cocktail.

Available from Not on the High Street (£20.75)

Premium Bartenders’ Kit Collection

A simple set consisting of five pieces of cocktail making kit, this is a back-to-basics gift containing a 570ml shaker,  jigger, fine strainer, muddler, bar blade, spoon and canvas bag.

Available from Amazon (£69.99)

Aperol Poster Spritz Aperitivo

If you’re after a more quirky gift for cocktail lovers, this Aperol Spritz print would be a colourful addition to any wall.

Available from Red Bubble (from £10.24)

Urban Bar large ice cube silicone tray

Urban Bar silicone large ice cube tray

Perfect for a negroni or old fashioned, drop one of these large 43mm-square ice cubes into the bottom of your glass before pouring over the spirits. Your drink will stay colder and stronger for longer.

Cocktails and Dreams neon sign

This 17 x 14 inch glass neon sign is mounted onto a steel frame and can be stood or hung to give that authentic bar feel.

Drinksfusion William Curley choclates and cocktails box

DrinksFusion x William Curley chocolates and cocktails set

For those who love a twist on the classics, this set by ‘flavour forager’ Johan Svensson is a deliciously experiential cocktail treat accompanied by William Curley chocolates to pair. Featured are bottles of pre-mixed iced apple and chestnut old fashioned with chocolate bitters, Nordic negroni infused with Arctic Bramble plus a yuzu and wild rose martini. Each bottle serves two.

Available from DrinksFusion (£92.50)

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