The Bartender's Black Friday
Get an early (and relaxing) start on holiday shopping with the first in our series of spirited gift guides.
Thanksgiving is a day of consumption: be it rich foods, booze, or the beginning of gift-buying season. Even if you love it or hate it, Black Friday has become entrenched in the American lexicon as a day for deals — whether it's waiting in line outside a big-box store at 4am or hovering over your keyboard for an online sale to kick in, shopping on the day after Thanksgiving has become a national pastime. Forget the frenetic lines and last-minute trinkets bought at the grocery check-out aisle — every gift below can be bought online and shipped nationwide to any cocktail-lover.
We'll be rolling out a series of spirited gift guides all season long to help guide anyone who appreciates a good tipple. So whether you're working behind the stick this holiday or simply trying to bring a bit of holiday cheer to your neighborhood bartender, we've got you covered with a variety of gifts. So pour yourself a well-deserved drink and read on for some shopping inspiration.
If you've been exceptionally well-behaved this year, treat yourself to the ultimate martini gift set from the Absolut Elyx Boutique. The all-copper, eight-piece set of professional bar tools and glassware comes in a gorgeous package that needs no wrapping. This is also a gift that gives back: with every boutique item sold, Absolut's partnership with Water For People will provide access to a week of clean water to someone in need.
For the history buff, this 1974 cocktail chart hails the U.S. government archives, of all places. The painstakingly detailed 21 cocktail recipes include the classic Whiskey Sour, Gin Fizz, Old Fashioned, Martini, and Screwdriver, with sign-offs from I.P. Freely, Jim Beam, and I. Mixum. Too precious to dirty up behind the bar? Wear it as a stylish handkerchief, or better yet, frame it.
R. Murphy's Jackson Cannon Bar Knife may look weird, but it's become a staple in many bartenders' arsenals.
For those tikiphiles who find themselves cutting through citrus like it's going out of style, perhaps it's time to upgrade your knife? The Jackson Cannon bar saw is ideal for cutting through thick-skinned fruits like pineapple, cantaloupe, and grapefruit. Their bar knife (pictured above) more than pulls its own weight in pre-shift duties, too, with a unique square tip for notching citrus for garnishes, removing seeds from fruit, and slicing up citrus peels.
This reclaimed absinthe bottle-turned decanter is one-of-a-kind, with a cheeky quote from Darwin laser-etched on its side. Get the wooden stopper custom-engraved so everyone will know just whom it belongs to.
If you're more of a wordsmith, Libation Lab's second decanter features Benjamin Franklin's The Drinker's Dictionary, a list he compiled in 1737 to include every word and phrase meaning "drunk."
For the city-dwellers who only have a patio (if that) to partake in the farm-to-glass movement, this grow kit comes with six seed packets of thyme, lavender, Thai basil, mint, lemon balm, and blue borage. The recycled egg carton growing container keeps it extra-green.
Calling all home chefs and DIY mixologists: this portable tool adds natural cold smoke flavor and aroma without the heat. Wood chips, tea, herbs, spices, and even dried flowers can be smoked, taking your cocktail to the next olfactory level.