Stop everything! We found the perfect gifts for the cocktail lover in your life
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10 January 2019
What do you get a cocktail aficionado who has everything, from the right classic Boston shaker to the perfect glassware and a dizzying collection of classic and niche spirits?
Search no more, we found the perfect additions to any budding mixologist’s arsenal — and if you ask us, they’re bound to take pride of place under more than a few Christmas trees…
Edited by the brilliant David Wondrich and Noah Rothbaum, the newly released Oxford Companion to Spirits & Cocktails is a whopping 864 pages long with more than 1,000 entries. Inside, you’ll find a beautifully illustrated, in-depth exploration of the world of spirits and cocktails covering drinks, processes, and techniques around the world. It provides clear explanations of the different ways that spirits are produced, including fermentation, distillation and ageing, alongside a wealth of new detail on theemergence of cocktails and cocktails bars, including entries on key cocktails and influential mixologists and venues.
Yup, this is basically the ultimate cocktail world encyclopedia. We don’t know about you but we’re ordering our own copy right now!
Tepotztli’s stunning cocktail tools represent the finest in the art of Mexican copper work. All of their pieces are carefully handcrafted one at a time by artisans from a community located high in the Sierra Madres Occidental mountain range in Southwestern Mexico.
Per their website: “Most of our designs are inspired by Nature, but also with a special feeling and emotion of the particular artists creating them. We want our pieces to be something more than just beautiful. We want to give them a meaning and a purpose that the user can feel, relate to and embrace.”
This definitely shines through when looking at the pieces’ vibrant, mesmerizing designs.
The Cocktail Parlor is a New York City bakery and candle apothecary inspired by classic and modern cocktails, and their signature cocktail-scented candles really are something else. The Midnight Stinger, for example, features “notes of fresh mint, pine, sweet tobacco, and the delightful combination of Fernet Branca and Elijah Craig Small Batch Bourbon”, resulting in an indulgent scent reminiscent of the minty sweet refreshing cocktail. Each Cocktail Candle is hand-poured to order and comes with a branded matchbook and its own description card laying out the original cocktail recipe alongside the history of the cocktail.