Have a gin lover in your life? Cross off your list with these 13 splendid Christmas gifts for cocktail lovers.
From cocktail books to stylish shakers, designer glassware to, yes, bottles of gin, these Christmas gifts for cocktail lovers are bound to please the tipplers on your list. Get a head start on this year’s shopping (and don’t feel too guilty for picking up something for yourself).
1. The Sipsmith Quarterly Sipping Service
By now, you’ve likely heard the news: just in time for Christmas, we’ve launched The Sipsmith Quarterly Sipping Service that sends you four bottles of the most extraordinary gins to come out of our Distillery Lab, straight to your door. Past experiments have included the expertly crafted Smoked Venison Gin, Mince Pie Gin and Truffle Gin, and when it comes to Christmas gifts for cocktail lovers, this is sure to be the highlight of the year.
2. Shake, Rattle and Stir’s Gin Journey
If you know anyone who’d leap at the chance to spend an entire day tasting and learning about gin (we certainly do), then tickets to Shake, Rattle and Stir’s Gin Journey are sure to please. Attendees will visit five bars and distilleries across London (including yours truly), will enjoy samples and cocktails, and will be schooled in London gin lore.
3. The Life Negroni by Leigh and Nargess Banks
There are many reasons why the Negroni has become an era-defining cocktail. This excellent new read explores virtually all of them, with coffee table-worthy photos and expert interviews besides. A must for lovers of the bitter tipple.
4. Gleaming Feather Cocktail Shaker
5. Biscuiteers’ Christmas Biscuits
Gin and gingerbread? If you were a Londoner back during the days of the Gin Craze and Frost Fairs, you likely would’ve enjoyed this seasonal pairing. This year, pick up some treats from Biscuiteers…and swap the cocoa for London Dry Gin.
6. ENO: Opera Undressed Tickets
We’ve long extolled the virtues of pairing gin and the arts. For the culture-loving Sipsmith, pick up tickets for the ENO’s Opera Undressed series, which invites attendees to a special showing of each new production (with a G&T on the side).
7. Heal’s Glassware
Cocktail connoisseurs are likely to swoon over the diverse and decadent glassware available at Heal’s. From gilded pieces designed by Tom Dixon to this set of four classic cocktail glasses, these beauties are nearly too beautiful to use. Nearly.
8. Gusbourne English Sparkling Wine
A bottle of bubbly is a sure-fire gift for most. We certainly agree, provided that it’s used for a round of seasonal sloe gin fizzes. We find Gusbourne English Sparkling Wine goes smashingly with our London-made sloe gin.
9. Gin Palace Extravaganza Tickets
Raise a glass (or several) like the Victorians at our Gin Palace Extravaganza, a recurring event held every second Tuesday at the elegant Princess Victoria in Shepherds Bush (tickets available here). Attendees are treated to a special distillery tour before enjoying cocktails, nibbles, and other indulgences.
10. The Marshmallowist’s Blueberry and Gin Marshmallows
Whether you’re enjoying them in a toasty beverage or simply nibbling after dinner, the Marshmallowist’s Blueberry and Gin Marshmallows are absolutely delicious (they are made with Sipsmith, after all).
11. The Oak and Rope Company’s Mini Chopping Block
Slicing up a lemon to make the perfect twist? You’ll want a sturdy chopping block to help. This model – which comes engraved with G&T on the side – is, naturally, one of our favourites.
12. Raffles 1915 Gin
When it comes to Christmas gifts for cocktail lovers, surprising your loved ones with a limited-edition bottle of gin is always a wise choice. Released just last month, our Raffles 1915 Gin was created by our Head Distiller Jared Brown to honour the 100th anniversary of the invention of the Singapore Sling. Expect notes of kaffir lime, nutmeg, jasmine, and other exotic ingredients.
13. Tipplesworth Negroni Case
Our dear friends at Tipplesworth have designed the perfect cocktail-making gift set for making the must-drink cocktail of the moment, the Negroni. Including a bottle of our London Dry Gin, Campari and Antica Formula Carpano Vermouth, alongside all the cocktail equipment you could need, the gin lover in your life can be stirring you down a Negroni just in time for the Queens speech.
Looking for more Christmas gifts for cocktail lovers? These are our favourite home bartending supplies.