Stay Classy: Civilized Gifts for Cocktail Lovers

Show up with one of these super-chic gifts, and get invited back to every cocktail party forever.

Heading to a slew of swank holiday parties this week and next? Bring some of these fabulous booze-related finds, and help your friends toast the festivities and the new year in style.

Eli Mason Spiced Simple Syrup 

If you don’t know about Eli Mason by now, you should. They’re an amazing, Tennessee-based company making glorious syrups and elixirs guaranteed to change the way you make cocktails. This delicious Spiced Simple Syrup is the perfect gift for anyone who has a home bar and guests to warm up during the holidays.

Asprey Martini Shaker

Asprey products are the epitome of understated English luxury.  A proper cocktail shaker made by the revered brand is the quintessential bar accessory, especially for those of us who prefer our martinis like Mr. Bond likes his. Extra points if you get your hands on one of Asprey's "Thirst Extinguisher" shakers. (With a name like that, you might just be needing that license to kill this holiday season.)

Pewter Purse Flask

There are about a thousand and one festive parties to attend during the “extended holiday season”—also known as early November to mid April. These social events cannot be navigated without a big-girl beverage. But for anyone who wants to avoid the judgy gaze from so-and-so’s great-aunt, parked inconveniently in the armchair by the bar, a gift like this will surely come in handy. Extra points to you if you find time to get it monogrammed. But don't forget—the last-name initial goes in the middle, y’all.

Wooden Six-Pack Beer Caddy

 

 

Even non-beer drinkers will thrill to find this sweet little caddy under their roof. For those of you who know and love people of the beer-drinking persuasion, this tasteful caddy will be a life-changing solution for boozy outings year-round.

Baccarat "Cocktail Party in a Box"

Listen, if the name of this pretty little set doesn’t speak for itself, there’s nothing left to say.

Everyday Drinking by Kingsley Amis

This book is a treasure, and makes a timeless gift. It is by turns hilarious and informative; from its diet for committed drinkers to tips on how to avoid a hangover, Amis's classic will have you and your friends laughing out loud and taking notes.

Cocktail Mixing Pitcher

For those drinks that you just oughtn’t shake, or for the lady in your life who likes to fix a cocktail but fears vigorous shaking might be risky given the cut of her gown—a cocktail mixing pitcher (here's one to consider) is an elegant (not to mention less pricey) alternative to “The Thirst Extinguisher.

Vermouth Syringe/Pipette

These Mad Men-era treasures are intended to deposit exactly the right amount of aromatic wine into your martini glass, and then voila, the perfect cocktail. These tools can be tough to come by, but if you’ve got a true cocktail connoisseur in your life, they're worth the hunt.

On Booze by F. Scott Fitzgerald

In this book, the celebrated author discusses one of his absolute favorite activities. For the Gatsby lovers on your list, or anyone else who likes a drink or three. 

                                                          

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