You’ve still got time to save Christmas! Lift some spirits this year with some awesome gifts for the beverage enthusiasts in your life. Options range from the simple and thoughtful to the bizarre and adventurous. Give your friends a gift you can enjoy together!
When you don’t have the time (or expertise) to make your own syrup, it helps to have some good ones handy. Built with Louisiana cane sugar and embodying the legacy of excellent Southern hospitality, Cocktail & Sons syrups are great for mixing classic cocktails or crafting your own spirited creations.
Why rim your glass with plain old salt when you can choose from an array of flavored salt? Whether you want to spice up the flavor of a classic bloody mary with chili lime sea salt or experiment with creating your own cocktail using a lavender or smoked honey salt-rimmed glass, La Luna has a tasty variety of options.
AND FOR YOUR MORE ADVENTUROUS (OR OVERLY-TRUSTING) FRIENDS…
Heat up your cocktail drop by drop with the Bird’s Eye Chili extract, made with organic, fair trade Thai chilies, by Woodward Extract Co.
Dash with caution… Scrappy’s Bitters Firewater tincture is known to set mouths on fire.
The perfect gift for that friend who has tried everything. We’re guessing an insect-based cocktail bitter is not yet on the been-there-done-that list. We’ve tried it and are already pondering potential cocktails!
“Two billion people around the world already eat insects. For those of us who don’t, the barrier is often a psychological one. Critter Bitters take ‘the ick factor’ out of entomophagy. Cocktails won’t save the world, but eating bugs might.”
Tools That Help Make Drinks (and Drinking) Better
Fresh herbs are a simple way to brighten your cocktails. Whether it’s cold outside or you don’t have a yard, this grow kit helps you set up a countertop garden of thyme, lavender, Thai basil, mint, lemon balm, and blue borage. Just be prepared to host all the happy hours for your friends when your herbs sprout.
Lifted Spirits Infusion Kits
If you have tried any of the infusions available in our tasting room, now we’ve got kits that’ll allow you to make them at home! Test your skills with the Orange Hibiscus Cardamom-infused vodka, Coffee Cherry Vanilla-infused vodka, or Cinnamon Orange Clove-infused vodka kits, and then give the gift of something handmade.
The Leopold is the jigger of choice for our Tasting Room. Inspired by the barware of the 1930s, these Cocktail Kingdom® jiggers can measure 1 oz over 2 oz, and also feature 0.25 oz, 0.5 oz, 0.75 oz, and 1.5 oz markings on the inside.
Perfect for the mischievous mixologist, this set features five essential bar tools (fruit slicer, strainer, corkscrew, double jigger, and bottle opener) that monkey about on the bars until they’re called into action. Perfect for the mixologist who takes him/herself a little too seriously.
With Alyson Thomas’ original artwork on these bright Bloody Mary glasses, you always have the cocktail formula at your fingertips.
AND FOR YOUR SCIENCE NERD FRIENDS…
Transform your home bar into a mixology lab with this experimental cocktail set. When your beakers are this clearly labeled, you’ll never accidentally take a swig of hydrochloric acid again (probably)!
A bottle stopper that can also serve as a jigger and shot glass? Now all you need is a lab coat…
We’re dreaming of the day we can pour our Lifted Spirits absinthe into this Gothic inspired bitters bottle… It won’t be long.
A set of six gold-toned cocktail picks perfect for drinking with your best mates. Harpoon a garnish and drop anchor in the calm or stormy spirit of your choice. Life jackets are optional.
Glasses for Cocktails or Sipping Spirits
In addition to our Kansas City cocktail glasses, we now have Glencairn and NEAT tasting glasses so you can sip your spirits like a pro. Stop by and ask to compare the taste and smell of a spirit out of these three very different glasses – you’ll be amazed by the difference.
Maybe you can’t squeeze water from a stone, but now you can serve spirits from rock thanks to this granite drink dispenser with its stainless steel tap.
More of a minimalist? Trying to eschew worldly possessions? Tiny house dweller? Give the gift of experiences instead. Studies have shown that experiences make people happier than possessions anyway, right? We read that somewhere.
The perfect excuse to get out and find some new favorite spots in Kansas City! For $20, get a book of 2-for-1 drink specials at 30 of the best spots in KC. Let’s face it – without an excuse to get out of the house, your next best option is hibernation.
Want to branch out beyond making the same old cocktails but too nervous to try? Or would you simply like an excuse to host a few unforgettable happy hours for your friends? Every month Shaker & Spoon focuses on a specific spirit and sends you everything you need (except the alcohol) to make three different cocktails (four servings each). Learn how to shake up an egg white cocktail and set a garnish (safely) on fire, all while developing your cocktail knowledge and enjoying an awesome experience with your friends.
Our first of many excursions into the wider world of spirits, cocktails, culture, and history. Drink your way around the world, without the pesky vaccinations or the very real probability of being asked questions about President-elect Trump.
Honorable Mention: Start the New Year With Lifted Spirits – NYE Party
Books to Enhance Your Cocktail Prowess
This book is Jason’s cocktail bible. “With chapters on the theory and philosophy of drink-making; a complete guide to the spirits, tools, and other ingredients needed to make a great bar; and recipes for nearly 500 iconic drinks, Death & Co has become a timeless reference on craft cocktails.”
An essential addition to any cocktail library, this illustrated guide to classic and new cocktails is loaded with mixing tips, as well as recipes for garnishes, rims, infusions, syrups, and even hangover remedies.
Winner of the 2015 James Beard Award for Best Beverage Book and the 2015 IACP Jane Grigson Award.
If you want to know how to make better-looking, better-tasting drinks, this book is for you.
“In Dave Arnold’s world, the shape of an ice cube, the sugars and acids in an apple, and the bubbles in a bottle of champagne are all ingredients to be measured, tested, and tweaked…Arnold and his collaborators investigate temperature, carbonation, sugar concentration, and acidity in search of ways to enhance classic cocktails and invent new ones that revolutionize your expectations about what a drink can look and taste like.”
Wow. You’ve got some difficult people to shop for…
Take a look back at our 2015 gift guide. If you’re still not finding the right gift for someone, perhaps you should just take them out for a drink.
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