For some, mixing a beverage and tending a bar goes beyond just making a drink. It’s about finding the perfect balance of flavor to pair with a spirit or wine. Finding a gift to please the amateur bartender or expert mixologist in your life can be tough. So, we have gathered a curated list of some of our favorite barware gift ideas, from mixers and tools to books perfect for the passionate bartender in your life.
RIDING BOOT BOTTLE OPENER
A fun equestrian detail to add to your bar or steeplechase tailgate, this riding boot-shaped bottle opener is the perfect gift for the equestrian or beer enthusiast. Made from luxury pewter, the detailed boot design is not only beautiful, but long-lasting and easy-to-use. Exquisitely detailed and unique, this can also be paired with matching equestrian-themed napkin weights or salt and pepper shakers. Shop here.
SPHERE ICE MOLD
This mold creates four large spherical ice cubes, perfect for keeping drinks cold without compromising flavor by watering them down. An excellent gift for the whisky or liquor connoisseur, these spherical ice cubes are aesthetically pleasing and preserve the integrity of taste in a cocktail. Made in an easy-to-clean silicone mold, these cubes are sure to please even the pickiest enthusiasts. Shop here.
MOTHER SHRUB CRANBERRY
A refreshing and tangy cranberry mixer, the unique flavor of this concoction makes an excellent addition to the bar of any amateur mixologist. Delicious in vodka, Prosecco or even sparkling cider, this Virginia apple cider vinegar and cranberry blend adds a little extra touch to a drink. Also perfect for adding a tart twist to any cocktail, Mother Shrub Cranberry can be used outside of the bar in desserts, making it an extremely versatile gift. Shop here.
Focusing on the four main components that make up a drink—spirit, sweet, sour and bitter—this book explores what each brings to the flavor and balance of a cocktail. Starting with the basic fundamentals of classic drinks, expert Charlottesville Mixologist Micah LeMon explores the ways cocktails can be creatively changed using substitutes and techniques. A great read for those passionate about drinks, this book discusses the flavors, tools and techniques needed to make a truly exceptional cocktail. Shop here.
BAR TOOLS ROLL-UP SET
This roll-up, portable set includes all of the staple bartending tools one would need, making it a great gift for the on-the-go bartender or as a beginning set for a novice. Made from durable waxed canvas, the roll-up organizer itself is waterproof and easy-to-clean, while the tools within are made from brushed stainless steel for a timeless and beautiful look. Perfect for picnics or just around the home, this roll-up bar set makes a great gift. Shop here.
UVA LEATHER FLASK
This stylish flask is wrapped in durable, hand-stitched leather in UVA colors, making it a unique gift. Great for toting spirits on-the-go, this flask is gently curved to fit in a pocket, purse, picnic basket or other on-the-go container to help make traveling easy. Durable and stylish, this flask is handmade by a Charlottesville-area artisan and is an excellent gift for the frequently traveling mixologist. Shop here.
THE BARTENDER’S KNIFE
The multi-purpose blade of this knife is perfect for cutting cocktail ingredients. From getting the perfect lemon peel twist to pitting cherries to be dropped into a drink, this knife—designed by UVA grads—is the perfect tool to accomplish any bartending cutting, peeling and slicing needs. It even comes with its own sharpening stone to ensure years of use to come. Shop here.
NATURAL EDGE WOODEN BOTTLE STOPPER
Great for keeping wine fresh after opening, these wooden bottle stoppers are handcrafted by a Virginia master wood craftsman using wood sourced from historic properties. The natural edge and unique design of each stopper gives a rustic yet timeless look to any bar. A great gift for the wine lover, these bottle stoppers bring a small piece of Virginia into the home. Shop here.
So, no matter whether you are looking to step up your at-home mixology game or want to find a gift for a drink enthusiast in your life, the Wine & Country Shop’s Barware Collection will help you appreciate both crafting and enjoying craft beverages from Virginia makers. For even more barware gift ideas, visit our Shop here. And, for other gift ideas for a special someone in your life, see our Style & Culture section. ~
Lead image by Robert Radifera.
is a recent graduate of the University of Virginia and interned at Ivy Life & Style Media. In her free time, she enjoys reading, spending time with friends and exploring Charlottesville.
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