Holiday Gift Guide For Cocktail Lovers

CraftStir Mixes, photo provided by CraftStir Mixes
CraftStir Mixes, photo provided by CraftStir Mixes /

Have a cocktail lovers on your holiday shopping list, check out this holiday gift guide.

Holiday gift season is right around the corner. Looking for the perfect gift for your friends who love cocktails as much as you do? On Dasher and Dancer, and Prancer and Vixen, Comet and Cupid, and Donner, but before we get Blitzen, let’s consider some fanciful cocktail gifts:

CraftStirs are all natural cocktail mixers made by real bartenders. Perfect for the busy host/hostess who does not have time to shop for all of the elaborate ingredients needed to make fancy cocktails.

Designed for folks who enjoy entertaining at home who want to serve sophisticated cocktails for their friends and family. Only three ingredients needed: add a little water, your favorite liquor, CraftStirs mix and ice. Eight single serving packets in each box. Flavors include Pomegranate Mojito, Watermelon Cooler and Tropical Margarita. Also available in a sampler pack with all three flavors.

Adding a bottle of vodka, rum or tequila would be a thoughtful addition to this cocktail lover’s gift. Each packet of CraftStirs features a unique question designed to get the party started! Read your question, then just #Craftstirs on social media with your answer and a snap of your cocktail to join the fun!

Face masks will be a popular gift this year. Cocktail and wine mask designs  will guarantee a smile underneath that mask.

Have you ever gotten a wine cork stuck in the neck of the bottle? An AH-SO two-prong wine cork puller is the answer to this dilemia. The AH-SO prongs slip down beside the cork and gently pulls the cork out of the top of the bottle. This gift will be greatly appreciated the first time a cork gets stuck or broken in their wine bottle.

Martini lovers may be the easiest people to buy gifts for. Festive cocktail picks make fun stocking stuffers.

Yberra olives with a bottle of Beefeater Gin is a wonderful host/hostess gift.  Yberra offers high quality Manzanilla Sevillana olives stuffed with pimiento, anchovies, garlic, lemon, salmon, almonds or cheese.

Tuck a recipe for a Fresh Martini  in the holiday gift bag with a bottle of gin, Lillet Blanc and some orange bitters. The Fresh Martini swaps out the vermouth with Lillet Blanc for a softer mouth-feel and sweeter to the palate.

If your friends love bubbly, a bottle of champagne is always a very nice gift. Here’s a sparkling holiday cocktail recipe compliments of Lillet that you can include in the champagne gift bag:

Cranberry Sparkler 


  • 3oz Lillet Blanc
  •  ½ oz fresh lemon juice
  • 1-2 tbl spoon cranberry sauce
  • 3oz brut champagne


  • Combine all ingredients except the champagne in cocktail shaker, shake and fine strain into glass, top with bubbles. Garnish with candied orange peel.

How about gourmet sugar cubes to pop into your cocktails? Storied Goods makes the sweetest sugar cubes – Rose Petal Sugar Cubes for Champagne Cocktails, Orange-Cherry Sugar Cubes for Whisky and Cinnamon-Vanilla Sugar Cubes for coffee.

If the person on your guest list loves Manhattan cocktails, Fabbri Cherries will be a welcome gift. From the Italian province of Emilia-Romagna, made with wild local cherries, preserved in a luscious syrup. They are packaged in the Fabbri signature blue and white crock which makes a very pretty holiday gift.

Did you know that the original Christmas tree lights were candles? Obviously the tree candles caused some challenges for fire safety. Insurance companies breathed a sigh of relief when  in 1882, Edward Johnson, vice president of the Edison Electric Company displayed the first electrically illuminated Christmas tree in the parlor of his New York City home.  Finally in 1903, General Electric offered the first pre-wired string of electric string lights. Candles are a popular holiday gift – how about a candle that has the aroma of your favorite cocktail? Rewined Candle Cocktail Collection offers Cosmopolitan, Manhattan, Negroni ,Margarita, French 75, Moscow Mule and Mojito scents. All natural soy candles wrapped in gold foil that includes a cocktail recipe.

Do you have a friend that loves to tote wine to events? The PortoVino Wine Purse is the perfect gift for her. Fashionable and functional. These purses hold 2 bottles of wine (or 1.5L of YOUR favorite beverage) in a removable, easy to use pouch with pouring spout.  Each PortoVino has a unique,  zippered, insulated pocket that keeps your drinks chilled for hours, all while having plenty of room for your everyday purse necessities. So she will have chilled wine ready to serve wherever your holiday festivities may take her.

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Are you ready to surprise your friends with cocktail inspired gifts this year?