In need of the perfect present for your booze-loving friends & family? Whether you’re buying for a craft beer nerd, casual imbiber or cocktail enthusiast, turn to those who live and breathe (and post about) all things drink-related for guidance.
Three local Instagrammers — Garnish Girl, Nail the Cocktail & Pork and Pints — shared their go-to gifts this holiday season, from local liquor to a gold-plated cocktail kit to soap made from homebrewed beer. Take a peek at the goodies they’ve rounded up below to see how you can drink like a tastemaker.
Editor’s note: Curious what other influencers are drinking (and eating) around town? Check out the Meet the Tastemakers series to hear the stories of those contributing to the conversation on Boston’s food scene.
Garnish Girl: Katie Stryjewski
Bottled Old Fashioned from Bully Boy Distillers. This is a great gift for someone who loves cocktails but isn’t confident making their own. It’s a ready-to-drink Old Fashioned with flavors that are perfect for the holidays.” Find it at Bully Boy Distillers or most local liquor stores.
Home Bar Kit from The Boston Shaker. This kit has everything your giftee needs to start making craft cocktails at home (except the booze). Find it at The Boston Shaker (69 Holland St., Somerville) or on their website.
Wintersmiths Phantom Ice Maker. For your friends and family who already consider themselves home mixologists, clear ice is the ultimate cocktail upgrade. Wintersmiths’ system is easy to use and makes beautiful, crystal-clear spheres and cubes every time. Get it online here.
Nail the Cocktail: Claudiane Philippe
Barware sets from Cocktail Kingdom. They come in either stainless steel (silver), copper plated (rose gold) or gold plated (gold). I personally have the gold set and a set is a must for anyone looking to make their own cocktails at home! Purchase online here.
Morgenthaler Champagne Sabre. Everyone knows the classic way to celebrate any event is with Champagne. This saber will make you never want to open a bottle of bubbles any other way. Get your pourin’ on.
The Spirit Infusion Kit. A lot of the world’s best bars infuse their spirits to make unique flavors that take drinks to another level. This kit helps you do that at home with any of your favorite ingredients — it’s the best way to personalize your drinks and impress your guests! Start making homemade, small-batch, flavored booze here.
Pork and Pints: Lisa Nichols
Teku Glassware. Proper glassware is key, especially for certain styles of beer, to bring out more flavors. I’m a huge fan of Teku style glasses because of my love for so many IPAs. Find them here.
Shower Beer Holder. Enough said. We all have those days when we need a shower beer. This way for your sudsy pick-me-up.
Beer Soap. Handbrewed on Etsy is amazing and I love their products. They’re a unique gift for a beer lover. All the details here.