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25 Best Bar Gifts and Bottles of Booze for a Polished Drinker

Whether you're shopping for the cocktail curious or a seasoned spirit slinger, these are the best bar gifts to lay on a home mixologist in 2024.

David Watsky Senior Editor / Home and Kitchen
David lives in Brooklyn where he's spent more than a decade covering all things edible, including meal kit services, food subscriptions, kitchen tools and cooking tips. Before, during and after earning his BA from Northeastern, he toiled in nearly every aspect of the food business, including as a line cook in Rhode Island where he once made a steak sandwich for Lamar Odom. Right now he's likely somewhere stress-testing a blender or the best way to cook bacon. Anything with sesame is his all-time favorite food this week.
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$17 at Amazon
fluicer juicing lemon into bowl
Lemon Fluicer
A better handheld citrus juicer
$120 at Verve Culture
citrus juicer with lemons and limes
Retro citrus juicer
Fresh margs when the craving hits
$200 at Mission Liquor
bottle of reserve rye
William H. Macy Woody Creek Reserve Rye
A 10-year rye to sip slowly
$40 at Astor Wines
doladira bottle pouring into glass
Doladira Rhubarb Liqueur
A French update to the Aperol spritz
$37 at Amazon
four spritz cocktails in wine glasses
Spiegelau Spritz Glasses (set of 4)
For all your spritzing needs
$55 at West Elm
bar tools hanging on holder on bar
Bar tool set
To measure, stir and open
$90 at Total Wine
bottle of patron tequila and two glasses
Patron El Cielo
A fine bottle of blue agave juice
$220 at Wayfair
round bar cart
Retro bar cart
To house the goods
$58 at Total Wine
bottle of kastra elion vodka
Kastra Elion
Premium Greek vodka made from olives
$17 at Wayfair
cocktails with art deco cocktail picks
Viski Art Deco cocktail picks
Stick 'em good
See at High Camp Flasks
High Camp flask and shaker
For a shaker who's on the move
$50 at Amazon
Fee Brothers bitter set
A band of bitters
$31 at Amazon
Coupe glasses (set of 4)
A classic cocktail glass
$35 at Etsy
3 bottles of rimming salt on table with margarita
Crimson & Clove rimming salts
To salt-up those sweet cocktails
$42 at Verve Culture
Moroccan handblown cone glassware (set of 6)
A versatile set of sippers
$25 at Amazon
Rosle bottle opener
A slick way to pop tops
$59 at Shaker Spoon
A Shaker Spoon food box surrounded by leaves, candles and pumpkins.
Shaker Spoon cocktail box
A Blue Apron for mixologists
$18 at Amazon
The Jam Stand
A jam good cocktail hack
$13 at Amazon
Cast-iron mortar and pestle
To get your grind on
$73 at Macy's
Metal orb ice bucket
A classy place to keep cool
$125 at Amazon
Tequila infusion and tasting kit
Handblown glass for your Mexican spirits
$29 at Amazon
Viski crystal mixing glass
For a gentler mix
$21 at Amazon
J.A. Henckels bar board and knife set
A cutting board bundle for bartenders
$133 at Amazon
Lenox retro bar kit
The whole damn cocktail party
$232 at Amazon
John Boos & Co. bar board
A classy slab for slicing citrus

Whether you're celebrating an anniversary or heading to a housewarming party, it's always good to have a gift on hand to mark the occasion. If you're not sure what to get and you've found yourself in stress knots trying to figure it out, some tried-and-true bar gifts are always an option for the alcohol-consuming adults. In a squeeze, I've found a top-shelf bottle of booze, or a unique liquor selection, along with a mixing tool, a decent flasket of bitters or a shiny barware set to be a simple yet solid present for the home mixologist -- or pretty much anyone on your list who enjoys a cocktail at home. 

But don't just pull down the first cool-looking bottle of booze you see. Consider the style of imbiber you're shopping for and cobble together a great gift accordingly. Be it for a whiskey nerd, tequila shooter or martini maven, this list covers the bases for any type of cocktail enthusiast.

Best bar and booze gifts for 2024


The Fluicer is all the rage, at least in my home. This bend-and-squeeze juicer extracts way more juice than a traditional clamshell juicer and costs less than $20. It's an ideal quick fix for getting the most out of your citrus for cocktails and cooking. 

Verve Culture

I find handheld citrus juicers to be mostly ineffective and murder on my wrists. In short, the juice just ain't worth the squeeze. Countertop juicers that you put more oomph into yield better results and fewer trips to the physical therapist. I love the look and feel of Verve Culture's retro model, especially since it catches the seeds and pulp for you.

Woody Creek

Hoards of celebs have their names tied to booze brands, but there isn't a pairing that feels more authentic than the star of gritty hits like Shameless and Fargo and a great bottle of whiskey.

Macy lives in Woody Creek, Colorado, just a stone's throw from the distillery. The decorated actor is chummy with the producers of Woody Creek whiskies, vodkas and gins and handpicked the barrels in which this nutty, spicy reserve rye was aged for 10 years. 


The Aperol spritz is one refreshing cocktail that ain't going anywhere anytime soon, but that doesn't mean we can't innovate on the sparkling summer sipper made from the bitter apéritif, Prosecco and sparkling water. Doladira is French and sports has a similar flavor profile to Italian Aperol and Campari but with less sugar and notes of rosemary and plum in addition to tart rhubarb and bitter gentian. 

It may be a little harder to track down than the others, but that -- plus a really cool bottle -- is what makes it a great gift.


Any bottle of an Italian Apertivo must be accompanied by proper spritz barware. I don't make the rules.

West Elm

Good bar tools go a long way in crafting the perfect cocktail. This art deco set of four tools will look good both while in use but also when hanging idly on your giftee's stylish bar.


Patron's first foray into the super-premium tequila category has been a smooth one. And I mean super smooth. El Cielo (which means "heaven" in Spanish) isn't cheap, but it is full-bodied, clean and wildly sippable, making it the perfect four-times-aged silver tequila to gift to a serious sipper this season.


A proper home bar setup starts with a study bar cart to house all the fixings. This round, rolling cart fits more glassware and bottles than it may appear, and mirrored shelves give off a fun '70s vibe.

Kastra Elion

You don't have to spend $50 on a bottle of vodka to get something sippable. But if you do, it should be this one. This creamy, slightly briny Greek vodka is distilled from olives and makes the best martini we've had in years -- maybe ever. 


What good is a vodka martini without a few skewered olives? These art deco-inspired picks have just the right amount of razzle-dazzle. 

High Camp

A cocktail rarely shaker excites me anymore, but the High Camp shaker is special. It's loosely designed with camping or outdoor drinking in mind since you can either shake and pour or leave it and the shaker transforms into an easy-drinking highball. 

It also looks great available in copper, stainless steel or gunmetal and it all fits together securely and compactly. You can (and should) get it engraved for $25 more. 

Fee Brothers

As the spice of the mixology world, there's probably no more fun ingredient for a home bartender to experiment with than bitters. Fee Brothers makes a five-pack with some unique cocktail bitters like mint and peach in addition to the more traditional recipes. 


One thing a home bartender will always appreciate is good glassware. These Libbey coups are sturdy enough to slide them down the bar but delicate enough to make your Sidecar or Brandy Alexander really pop. 


Good rimming salts can take a cocktail from a 7 to a 10 with a few swirls of the glass. This set includes both spicy and citrus margarita salt and one for Bloody Marys.

Verve Culture

These handblown Moroccan glasses come in four color choices and two sizes. The smaller glasses are incredibly versatile and perfect for an old fashioned, margarita or even just some scotch on the rocks. They're also durable and the inward cone prevents spillage making them great for parties.


A bottle opener may seem like old hat and not all that giftable. Rosle's shiny and sturdy stainless steel model would like you to reconsider. Pair this with a nice tall bottle of 4-pack of La Fin Du Monde and you've got a very nice gift.

Shaker Spoon

What I like about Shaker Spoon is that not only are all the ingredients (minus the booze) packaged for you to make interesting cocktails, but what is included would be really tricky to find anywhere locally. We're talking artisan cherry-vanilla bitters, pineapple shrub and a spritz bottle of white sage hydrosol. 

There are recipes for each themed box like Fall for Mezcal or All Eyes on Rye but you can have fun experimenting with the ingredients too. A single box is $59 or $50 if you subscribe. Either way, it'll lend plenty of cocktail inspiration to the budding bartender on your list.

Bonne Maman

A good jam or jelly is my all-time favorite cocktail hack: High-quality fruit preserves, like these from the Jam Stand, are fun and underrated mixology ingredients. A little apricot jam in a whiskey old-fashioned or raspberry jalapeño in a margarita will give sweetness and some distinct fruit flavor so you can forgo that laborious squeezing and simple syrup-making.

Pair these jams with a nice bottle of rye or bourbon, and you've got a very excellent gift for the budding mixologist on your hands.


Spice things up with this small yet sturdy cast-iron mortar and pestle set. This bar tool will eliminate the need for ground spices, pulverizing whole peppercorns and fennel seeds to ensure fresher flavor and stronger aromatics in your drink. In the process, you'll also get a fun workout and stress relief. There's a reason this ancient food processor has withstood the test of time.


The bar ice bucket is a simple concept but one that presents a chance to add flare to your setup. Look no further than this stylish midcentury, orb ice bucket with contrasting copper and stainless steel. 

Verve Culture

This is essentially a tequila tasting set disguised as an infusion kit, but it's a damn nice tequila tasting set. The handblown glasses are just large enough to hold a small margarita or tequila cocktail.

Sur la Table

A beautiful solution for the cocktail enthusiast who prefers drinks stirred and not shaken. Wondering why you'd need one of these at all? If you ask an expert, they'll tell you most cocktails made with brown liquors like bourbon, cognac and aged dark rum should be stirred -- not shaken.

J.A. Henckels

I think a nice bar board makes an excellent gift for the home mixologist. All cutting boards are not created equally and if you're slicing a lot of juicy lemons and limes, you'll want one with a reservoir to catch the juice. If you're nimble enough, you can even slant the board and pour it into a shaker.

This Henckel's board is fairly priced at $16 and comes with two utility knives -- one paring, one serrated -- for cutting fruit and making delicate garnishes. 


This kit is tres chic and has all the bar essentials (except for the shaker) including a really retro-looking ice bucket. It's not cheap but the stylish home mixologist on your list will do flips for this collection.


For a pricier pick, this small Boos board is perfect for slicing limes, other citrus or small garnishes. Think of this as the Cadillac of bar boards with an actual drip tray to collect precious citrus juice to reuse for the next margarita. Brilliant, right? Plus, it's a John Boos so you can rest assured it's top-quality wood.