20 best gifts to buy cocktail lovers in 2023
Ramona coupe glasses, set of four
Serve cocktails in style with these dinky coupe glasses, updating a 1920s design. Available in lilac, turquoise or peach.
NIO cocktail boxes
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.
NIO (from £19.50)
BTFY Manhattan Iridescent Cocktail 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.
Harvey Nichols Champagne and Chambord hamper
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.
Harvey Nichols (£50)
Claro orange margarita 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.
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Oliver Bonas (£24.50)
Bathtub Gin Flavour Discovery tasting set
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.
Master of Malt (£19.95)
Fortnum’s English cassis
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.
Fortnum & Mason (£18.50)
Final Touch bar tool 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.
John Lewis (£50)
Wonderland Cocktails party pack
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.
Uberstar silicone diamond ice tray
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
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.
Not Another Bill (£90)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Etsy (from £16)
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
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.
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.
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.
Cocktails by Candlelight (from £27)
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