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Gift Guide: Gifts for the mixologist from barware to glassware, gadgets and beyond

We all have at least one special friend or family member who's always willing to be our personal bartender when called upon, who is always up to the challenge of creating surprisingly pro-level cocktails, or at least helping drink them with you. How do you reward them for another year of stellar adult beverage alchemy? Buy one of these mixology gifts from Shop at Southern Kitchen from barware to glassware, gadgets and beyond. Oh, and don't forget to tip. Click through the arrows above to see each of the gifts.

Gift Guide: Gifts for the Mixologist

We all have at least one special friend or family member who's always willing to be our personal bartender when called upon, who is always up to the challenge of creating surprisingly pro-level cocktails, or at least helping drink them with you. How do you reward them for another year of stellar adult beverage alchemy? Buy one of these mixology gifts from the Shoppe at Southern Kitchen from barware to glassware, gadgets and beyond. Oh, and don't forget to tip.

Crafthouse By Fortessa® Glass Smoke Box

Crafthouse By Fortessa® Glass Smoke Box ($250)

A smoked cocktail is a masterstroke of mixology, yet you don't have to go back and study chemistry or pyrology in order to add smoky dimension to your preferred beverage. It's easy to experiment with various types of wood, spices, and herbs, and of course it looks awesome in action.

Get the Crafthouse smoke box here

Crafthouse By Fortessa® Mixing Set

Crafthouse By Fortessa® Mixing Set ($100)

You never know how much more fun it is to make a great cocktail at home until you have premium tools. Be the good person who bestows upon your favorite tippler this bartending set, which includes a spouted mixing container and two cocktail glasses, all made from exquisite crystal, and both a julep strainer and a weighted bar spoon that doubles as a muddler. Hey, it's one way to make sure you'll always get a great drink whenever you pay them a visit!

Get the Crafthouse cocktail mixing kit here

El Guapo Essential Bitters pack

El Guapo Essential Bitters Pack ($59.99)

If someone you know loves New Orleans but can't get away for a taste of Creole and Cajun flavors as much as they'd like, order this set of four Big-Easy-inspired bitters. A Southern Kitchen exclusive, the set includes Gumbo, Chicory-Pecan, Cucumber-Lavendar and Spiced Cocoa Tea, taking your giftee on a sweet and savory journey through one of America's favorite food and drink destinations.

Get the El Guapo bitters set here

Nachtmann 2-piece Punk Cocktail Glass Set in Clear

Nachtmann 2-piece Punk Cocktail Glass Set in Clear ($29.90)

All cocktail glasses are not created equal, and as Nachtmann proves with this studded-and-spiked set of sipping vessels, you can be posh and punk at the same time with the right equipment. With a design inspired by punk culture, yet brilliantly elegant and unmistakably luxurious, these coupe glasses are great for drinks with friends or family who were with you since the college days but with whom you can now talk about much more mature matters as you listen to Billy Idol cassettes together.

Get the Nachtmann cocktail glasses here

UncommonGreen 18th & 21st Amendment rocks glass set

UncommonGreen 18th & 21st Amendment Rocks Glass Set ($28)

December 2017 marks 100 years since Congress approved the first resolution to establish a nationwide prohibition of alcohol sales. That makes this holiday season a perfect opportunity to gift this set of two 11-ounce cocktail glasses with printed constitutional amendments — one celebrating the passage of the 18th Amendment, which banned booze sales, and the other touting the 21st Amendment, which repealed Prohibition. By purchasing this set of two rocks glasses, that special drinking buddy will always be ready to celebrate being legally free to consume their favorite adult beverages, and may even invite you over for a pour.

Get the UncommonGreen cocktail glasses here


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Mike Jordan is Southern Kitchen's former associate editor. He was also the host of our podcast, Sunday Supper. His work has appeared in a variety of publications including The Huntsville Times, American Way, Upscale, Time Out, NewsOne, Fatherly and Thrillist, where he served as the founding Atlanta editor. He lives in East Point, Ga., with his amazing wife and daughter, and loves writing, playing alto saxophone, cooking, craft beer, and cocktails. He is admittedly much better at these things than basketball, so never choose him for your pickup team.