It is December! Summer holiday time. Time to relax, kick back, and invite friends round. What better time to build up your own cocktail trolley and impress your friends. Cocktail accessories are also a perfect gift to give over the festive period. To help, I have compiled a list of some things you need. As the budget might be a bit tight, I have done both a SPLURGE Cocktail gift list and a SAVE cocktail gift list. Lets dive straight into the Cocktail gift SPLURGE list.
Cocktail Gift Ideas: SPLURGE
How beautiful is this Kent square Crystal decanter in the Da Vinci Cut. It is available from Exciting Things for R 1 625.
2. Hope on Hopkins Gin
The Cape Town based Hope on Hopkins Distillery’s take on a classic: made using the London Dry one-shot method, with their Single Malt Vodka as its base. Available from Aficionados for R 336.
3. Riedel Martini glasses
The Riedel Vinum glass is made from leaded crystal, which gives the glasses unprecedented clarity, both of light and flavour. Taste every nuance of your martini in the Vinum. It is the ferfect shape and size to hold a martini, either shaken or stirred. Available from Yuppiechef for R690 for a set of 2.
4. Bar Craft Deluxe Cocktail Set
This Bar Craft Deluxe Cocktail Set containing everything you need to get started making cocktails. Available from Yuppiechef at around R 730.
5. Monkey Shoulder Blended Malt
The Monkey Shoulder is a light-hearted, easy drinking blended malt is composed of the three single malts in the William Grant & Sons stable of distilleries: Glenfiddich, Balvenie and the lesser known Kininvie. Available from Whiskybrother Shop in Hydepark or your local liquor shop.
6. Morgenster Green Olives
Morgenster Green Olives are cured using a natural fermentation process; leaving a crisp olive full of natural flavours. Available at Tapenade Olive Shop for R 52.
7. Gold Mirror Tray
Serve your drinks on this beautiful gold mirrored tray from Boardmans. Available for around R500 online here .
8. Bling cocktail stirrers
Bling up your cocktails with these pretty stirrers from @Home. No cocktail or drink is complete without a chic cocktail stirrer and this set of 6 certainly adds an elegant finishing touch for your guests. Around R190 for 6 here.
Cocktail Gift Ideas: SAVE
1. Bohemia – Crystal Futura Bottle
No bar is complete without a beautiful decanter. Decanters are not only very trendy at the moment, it also fulfils an important functions. This version is only R425 on Takealot.
2. Black Bottle blended whisky.
My favourite dram to use for cocktails. Black Bottle whisky is a nice big dram to complement a variety of cocktails perfectly. Available from Whisky Brother in Hydepark, from Takealot or your favourite liqour store.
3. Martini Cocktail glasses.
It does not matter if you like it shaken or stirred, these glasses are perfect for a variety of cocktails. Pack of 4 will only cost you R180 at Mr Price Home.
4. Koziol Cocktail stirrers
How cute are these colourful long tailed birds to stir even the longest of drinks! Available from Takealot for around R140.
5. Mirror Tray
Serve drinks from this beautiful tray. From @home for only R280.
6. Cocktail Shaker
Find a great embossed cocktail shaker made of stainless steel at Mr Price Home for only R100.
Who can make a Martini without them? These Karoo Olives are produced on the farm Rhenosterkop, just outside Beaufort West. Their Green Olives stuffed with garlic is preserved in brine. Available from Tapenade Olive Shop Online here.
8. Gordon’s Dry Gin
After whisky, for me, the most versatile cocktail alcohol is gin. Gordon’s Dry Gin is the largest selling gin in the world. The recipe has charmed the palates of discerning gin drinkers everywhere. Available at your local liquor store or online from Bottleshop for around R115.
Also Read: Top 5 Single Malts – 2016 Edition