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The mixologist is someone to treasure in life. Whether they’re merely the confidant you turn to for great conversation while taking the edge off, or the life of the party, your glass no doubt benefits from their generosity. From useful tools and accessories to spirits not found on your typical bar shelf, these are the gifts to surprise the man who already knows his way around the liquor store. Or, at the very least, impress him.
W&P Design The Bartender’s Knife
Crafting more advanced cocktails often feels more like cooking than “mixing.” That’s why this specialized knife is designed to pull triple duty as a slicer, picker and peeler.
This pressured growler makes it easy to enjoy draft beer anywhere you damn please. Its durable, double-wall vacuum insulated stainless steel body can keep 64 ounces of craft beer cold for extended periods away from the fridge, while an adjustable CO2 pressure system helps maintain freshness long after your brewery visit is over.
Makr Wood Factory Stool
Makr’s handsome 18-inch wood factory stool is a great option to have on hand during bigger parties when your couch and chairs are occupied. It’s made in the USA from solid white oak and sits low enough to make anyone using it feel like they’re part of the group. It can also double as a nightstand or side table.
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This over-engineered ice bucket is the ultimate accessory for outdoor shindigs. It’s “no sweat” exterior is designed to stay dry, while the rotomolded construction means its virtually indestructible.
Alessi Splugen Bottle Opener
Originally designed in 1960 for the Splugen Brau Bar in Milan, Italy, this mid-century bottle opener is as functional as it is cool.
Gin Mare Mediterranean Gin
Martini fans will immediately understand the appeal of this Spanish gin. Rather than follow in the juniper-heavy footsteps of the London Dry style that defines the category, this “Mediterranean gin” leans heavily on olive notes for a distinct flavor profile with tremendous cocktail potential.
Remy Martin 1738 Accord Royal Fine Champagne Cognac
Cognnac is often overlooked by those unversed in the grape-based liquor — a shame given its incredible versatility. Not only is it a fine experience when sipped neat, it can also used to form the base of many popular cocktails that normally contain whiskey today, such as punches and sours. Remy’s Accord Royal is comprised of a blend of 240 “eau de vies” cognacs that range from 4 to 20 years in age.
‘Amaro: The Spirited World of Bittersweet, Herbal Liqueurs, with Cocktails, Recipes, and Formulas’
Bittersweet liqueurs known as amari in Italian (like Fernet-Branca) are one of the hottest trends in American mixology. This book, written by the James Beard award-winning author of Bitters, is the ultimate guide to the quirky range of spirits, including 100 recipes, advice on making it at home and where to find it at bars and restaurants.