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11 Brilliant Gifts for the Cocktail Enthusiast in Your Life

Cocktail Kingdom / Uncommon Goods
Cocktail Kingdom / Uncommon Goods

Cocktail aficionados are notoriously picky, so choosing a gift can be challenging. Not sure what to get? Here are a few suggestions of bar tools, bitters, books, and more.


1. SHAKEN SET; $65 OR STIRRED SET; $87

Regardless of their Martini preference, this kit will stock the bar with all the tools needed to make a great cocktail, including stainless steel tins, strainers, jiggers, molds, and more.

Find it: Cocktail Kingdom, Shaken Set and Stirred Set


2. THE CARRY ON COCKTAIL KIT—OLD FASHIONED; $20

For the traveler who demands a good drink, these kits come with everything but the booze. But if they are going to pack your own mini bottles, remind them to check the airline’s regulations—rules vary on whether it’s legal to drink your own booze in-flight. Also available in Moscow Mule, Champagne Cocktail, and Gin & Tonic.  

Find it: Amazon


3. THE ULTIMATE COCKTAIL BAR TOOL; $40

Is the the cocktail enthusiast in your life often hosting an unexpected party? Ensure they will always be prepared with this all-in-one combination of essential tools. The stainless steel-and-oak device packs in a jigger, stirrer, strainer, bottle opener, corkscrew, zester, muddler, knife, reamer, and channel knife.

Find it: Uncommon Goods


4. BEER, BOURBON, GIN, AND FIREBALL MARSHMALLOWS; $30 FOR 4 BOXES

Ordinary s'mores are for ordinary people. Spice up your giftee’s winter with handcrafted, booze-infused marshmallows.

Find it: Wondermade


5. THE BITTER TRUTH TRAVELERS SET; $30

Any cocktail aficionado worth their salt is sure to have a few bottles of bitters. To spice things up, pick up a sampler set that includes five complex flavors: celery bitters, classic old time aromatic bitters, orange bitters, creole bitters, and Jerry Thomas bitters.

Find it: Only Bitters


6. THE HOMEMADE GIN KIT; $45

Though some home bartenders have a house cocktail, few can say they make their gin in-house. Help your loved one mix it up and make 750 ml of homemade gin with this collection that includes one tin of juniper berries, one tin of the company's secret botanical blend, one stainless steel funnel, one fine stainless steel strainer, and two 375 ml glass bottles. All that’s missing is your giftee's label—time for them to brush up on those Photoshop skills.

Find it: Amazon


7. THE COCKTAIL CHRONICLES: NAVIGATING THE COCKTAIL RENAISSANCE WITH JIGGER, SHAKER & GLASS; $17

Whether the recipient is a seasoned bartender or a cocktail newcomer, Imbibe editor Paul Clarke’s book has something for everyone. From modern cocktails to obscure classics, the snapshots in this 200-page book show how far the cocktail scene has come—and where it’s going.

Find it: Amazon


8. WHISKEY GLASSES; $24 AND UP

Even amateur bartenders need a night off. In winter, there’s nothing like a splash of whiskey to cut the chill. To ensure proper drinking form, pick up a set of Glencairn ($23.47 for 4) or NEAT glasses ($24.95 for 2). The Glencairn was developed from glasses used to taste test Scotch, and the NEAT glass is shaped to let alcohol vapor disperse so your giftee will only get the good stuff.

Find it: Amazon (Glencairn) and Amazon (NEAT)


9. FANCY PAPER STRAWS; $7 AND UP

Almost any drink looks fancier with the addition of a patterned paper straw. Gussy up your loved ones' bars with a box of these beauties. The stocking stuffers are biodegradable, compostable, printed with food safe soy-based ink, and available in a variety of colors and patterns.

Find it: Paper Source


10. LIQUID INTELLIGENCE: THE ART AND SCIENCE OF THE PERFECT COCKTAIL; $22

This 416-page book should be a prerequisite for all science nerds who want to make better cocktails. Dave Arnold of Booker & Dax breaks down the facts and recipes to make any bar more interesting.

Find it: Amazon


11. COCKTAIL DIAGRAM GLASS SETS; $25 AND UP

Give your cocktail aficionado something to really pour over with these bright glasses. The dishwasher safe vessels feature hand-drawn illustrations of classic cocktail recipes like Gin & Tonic, Bloody Mary, and Hot Toddy. Guarantee that they'll never have to eyeball those portions again.

Find it: Uncommon Goods


BONUS: VINTAGE FERNET POSTER; $60

Bartenders call a shot of Fernet a "handshake." The bitter, minty liqueur is an acquired taste, but there's much to appreciate. Deck out the wall of the Fernet fan in your life with this reproduction vintage ad.

Find it: All Posters

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The Real Bay of Pigs: Big Major Cay in the Bahamas
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When most people visit the Bahamas, they’re thinking about a vacation filled with sun, sand, and swimming—not swine. But you can get all four of those things if you visit Big Major Cay.

Big Major Cay, also now known as “Pig Island” for obvious reasons, is part of the Exuma Cays in the Bahamas. Exuma includes private islands owned by Johnny Depp, Tyler Perry, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, and David Copperfield. Despite all of the local star power, the real attraction seems to be the family of feral pigs that has established Big Major Cay as their own. It’s hard to say how many are there—some reports say it’s a family of eight, while others say the numbers are up to 40. However big the band of roaming pigs is, none of them are shy: Their chief means of survival seems to be to swim right up to boats and beg for food, which the charmed tourists are happy to provide (although there are guidelines about the best way of feeding the pigs).

No one knows exactly how the pigs got there, but there are plenty of theories. Among them: 1) A nearby resort purposely released them more than a decade ago, hoping to attract tourists. 2) Sailors dropped them off on the island, intending to dine on pork once they were able to dock for a longer of period of time. For one reason or another, the sailors never returned. 3) They’re descendants of domesticated pigs from a nearby island. When residents complained about the original domesticated pigs, their owners solved the problem by dropping them off at Big Major Cay, which was uninhabited. 4) The pigs survived a shipwreck. The ship’s passengers did not.

The purposeful tourist trap theory is probably the least likely—VICE reports that the James Bond movie Thunderball was shot on a neighboring island in the 1960s, and the swimming swine were there then.

Though multiple articles reference how “adorable” the pigs are, don’t be fooled. One captain warns, “They’ll eat anything and everything—including fingers.”

Here they are in action in a video from National Geographic:

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The House From The Money Pit Is For Sale

Looking for star-studded new digs? For a cool $5.9 million, Top10RealEstateDeals.com reports, you can own the Long Island country home featured in the 1986 comedy The Money Pit—no renovations required.

For the uninitiated, the film features Tom Hanks and Shelley Long as hapless first-time homeowners who purchase a rundown mansion for cheap. The savings they score end up being paltry compared to the debt they incur while trying to fix up the house.

The Money Pit featured exterior shots of "Northway," an eight-bedroom estate located in the village of Lattingtown in Nassau County, New York. Luckily for potential buyers, its insides are far nicer than the fictional ones portrayed in the movie, thanks in part to extensive renovations performed by the property’s current owners.

Amenities include a giant master suite with a French-style dressing room, eight fireplaces, a "wine wall," and a heated outdoor saltwater pool. Check out some photos below, or view the entire listing here.

The real-life Long Island home featured in “The Money Pit”
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The real-life Long Island home featured in “The Money Pit”
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The real-life Long Island home featured in “The Money Pit”
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The real-life Long Island home featured in “The Money Pit”
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The real-life Long Island home featured in “The Money Pit”
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The real-life Long Island home featured in 1986's “The Money Pit”
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The real-life Long Island home featured in 1986's “The Money Pit”
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