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Alcohol Gifts For The Spirited Woman

I've always been a strong advocate for equality: I believe in loving all spirits equally.

The following gift guide outlines our favourite spirits and spirited gift sets. The Cocktail Queen section has my current Wish List of additions for our cocktail cabinet (actually, while developing this guide, I've gone from Wishlist to Checkout and sorted my presents for this holiday season).

Liquor Gifts For Her

photograph of deep purple red gin

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The Four Pillars Bloody Shiraz Gin is incredibly popular in Australia (made in the Yarra Valley, right around the corner from where I grew up), and it also happens to be my Mum's favourite gin. Bloody Shiraz is fabulous neat over ice or with just a wee bit of tonic or soda. Four Pillars used to make this a seasonal/special release, but it was so popular that it is now one of their mainstays and is available worldwide.

transparent bottle of clear byron dry gin. label has a capital letter B prominent in gold metallic and Brookie's in script underneath

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Another fabulous Australian gin, Brookie's Byron Dry Gin, is made with 25 botanicals, with 17 of them being native to northern New South Wales, including Byron sunrise finger lime, cinnamon myrtle, aniseed myrtle, river mint, and macadamia. Brookie's is an Australian take on the classic London Dry style: citrus and juniper take the lead with support from refreshing green spice and a hint of red fruit. Brookie's gin came about from a collaboration between founder Eddie Brook and Master Distiller Jim McEwan (who established another fabulous gin, The Botanist).

photograph of a clear bottle with yellow reposado tequila. a black and white label with clothed skeletons and red text Espolon

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Espolon Reposado is affordable enough that you won't mind using it in cocktails but tasty enough to drink well neat over ice or with a squeeze of lime. I've been drinking this tequila for a long time, and it is one of the staples in our liquor cabinet. Espolon Reposado is matured in American oak barrels for six months before bottling. It is also worth keeping an eye out for Espolon Anejo (aged in American white oak casks for at least 12 months, then finished in heavily charred Wild Turkey bourbon barrels); however, it is hard to come by outside of the USA nowadays.

photograph of a clear bottle of white rum with green and yellow label. Rum-bar is overproof pot stilled rum from worth park distillery in jamaica

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At 60% abv, this overproof white rum pot-stilled in Jamaica by Worthy Park distillery packs a hell of a punch. I first tried this after a recommendation on Malt Review, where they compared Bacardi Superior and Rum-Bar, and Rum-Bar won, hands down. Bacardi reminds me of nail polish remover, whereas Rum-Bar is my new favourite white rum for cocktails.

Alcohol Gift Sets For Her

square box with purple house and windows and 3 samples of gin at the front door

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The Boutique-y Gin Advent calendar contains 24 x 3cl (30ml) wax-sealed Boutique-y gins, including CitroLondon Dry Gin, Estate-Foraged Gin, Louche Lemon Decadence Gin, Proper Pink Gin, Rhubarb Gin and Squeezed Yuzu Gin.

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four 25g chocolates and four 3cl samples of cognac in front of a brown gift box

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This beautiful boxed set includes four Cognacs from the Grande Champagne region, accompanied by four 25g bars of Prestat chocolates matched to best complement each cognac.

This set contains the following pairings: Frapin VSOP with Dark Chocolate and Raspberry, Hine Antique XO with Dark and Stormy, Delamain Pale & Dry XO with Roasted Almonds and Cocoa Nibs, and Merlet XO with Dark Chocolate and Raspberry. Also available as Rum and Chocolate.

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green box with intricate gold designwork containing 25 bottles of different spirits. 5 miniture bottles containing different coloured spirits are along the front right of the image

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The ultimate surprise liquor gift - 25 miniature bottles of high quality spirits - 3cl (30ml) each - fifteen (15) spirits, four (4) liqueurs and six (6) whiskies. This gift pack is a fantastic way of trying something new from a broad range of spirits, including gin, rum and calvados (brandy).

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white gift box and three 20cl bottles, from left to right, roku gin, suntory tory whisky and haku vodka

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We're very excited about this gift pack as Roku is one of our new favourite gins, and Haku is a very sippable vodka. We're looking forward to trying the Toki whiskey, which makes this gift pack the perfect way of sampling all three (3x20cl bottles). 

"Haku Japanese vodka is distilled from Hakumai – 100% pure Japanese white rice – to create 'Jyunpaku' – pure and brilliant vodka. 

Roku means 'six' in Japanese and refers to the six local, seasonal botanicals which complement eight traditional gin botanicals (juniper berries, coriander, lemon peel, etc) and give this spirit a distinctly Japanese character. 

Toki is a blended whisky from Suntory's three distilleries: Yamazaki, Hakushu and Chita. This is a round and sweet blend with a refreshing citrus character and a spicy finish."

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purple and blue toned box containing 70cl bottle of crystal skull vodka and two skull shaped glasses

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A full-size (700ml) bottle of Crystal Head Vodka and two 'shot' glasses (large shots!). I would use the skulls as whiskey or liqueur-tasting glasses, as they'd look rather good with a darker-coloured spirit in them.

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light green floral motif box. light green citrus fragrance candle bottom left, light green bottle of tanqueray no ten gin 70cl

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This gift set from Tanqueray includes a bottle of small-batch No.10 Tanqueray gin and a fragrant citrus blossom candle in a floral gift pack. The perfect lift for a g+t lover. Worldwide shipping is available.

Gifts For The Cocktail Queen

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This 4-piece bar tool set from Kotai includes a 13" (33cm) Barspoon, 1oz / 2oz Bell Jigger, a Julep Strainer and a Hawthorne Strainer. The Kotai Stainless Steel Copper Plated 4pc set (pictured) is perfect for displaying in a home bar or, alternately, may be kept in its box for easy storage. Also available in black steel and silver.

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Large spouted for easy pouring, this classic Japanese Yarai weave pattern is elegant and provides a secure grip on its heavy, thick-walled glass. At  600ml (20.2 oz) capacity, it can easily make two cocktails at once. This set includes a stainless steel Hawthorne strainer.

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Inspired by David Wondrich’s (see Spirits and Cocktails below and also Imbibe!) private collection and named for Evander Berry Wall, a personality from the 1890s known for his flamboyant dressing and enjoyment of fine drinks at fine bars. Rose-tinted lead-free crystal, 1-2 drink capacity, 19.7cm height by 9cm diameter.

7 packets of alcoholic candy stick drink stirrers

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WalkstonCandy's (Etsy) Alcoholic Cocktail Stirrers are individually hand-crafted hard candy filled with booze. Each pack contains eight alcohol-filled sticksand each stirrer can last up to 3 cocktails. Flavours include Raspberry Prosecco, Pink Gin, Passionfruit Martini, Parma Violet Gin, Blood Orange Gin, Cotton Candy Gin and Elderflower Gin. Made in the UK and available in the UK only.

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I've just ordered a bunch of these ceramic tiki cocktail mugs for our home bar and to gift friends for Christmas - the Geeki Tiki range is extensive, from Star Wars to Rick and Morty, DC, Marvel (including Guardians), Start Trek, LOTR and many more. Most of these Tikis are 16oz (473ml), although some of the smaller characters (e.g. Baby Groot) are only 10z, while the Iron Giant we've just ordered is a whopping 828ml / 28 oz.

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Jeffrey Morgenthaler's favourite press juicer (as per The Bar Book), the Norpro stainless steel juicer, will juice lemons and limes - he likes it for its stylishness and functionality. His other recommendation is the Amco Enamelled Aluminum Lemon Press and Orange Press - it also comes as a lime press, but the lemon one will cover that.

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David Wondrich (Esquire Magazine and Imbibe!) and Noah Rothbaum (Daily Beast's "Half Full" Editor - which one won 2018 and 2020 Tales of the Cocktail's Best Cocktail & Spirits Publication) have written the ultimate guide to everything you ever needed to know about distilled drinks, mixology theories, historical techniques, trends and recipes. With A-Z references, it is the Oxford Dictionary of spirits and cocktails.

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The Bar Book by Jeffrey Morgenthaler is the quintessential guide to bartending and cocktail making. Not only is The Bar Book full of recipes, but each section breaks down all the essential techniques and tools involved in making a good cocktail, along with the history and rationale for each of the different methods. The Bar Book is the bartenders' how-to handbook and would be a welcome addition to any cocktail enthusiast's home.

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In Mezcal, 2022 James Beard Award-winning author Emma Janzen explores what sets this cousin of tequila apart from the rest of the pack. I'm amazed at how many peated whisky fans have never tried Mezcal! The flavour profile reminds me so much of a Caol Ila, or Bunnahabhain. This book is a fabulous introduction to the craft of Mezcal, from growing and harvesting the agave to roasting and grinding it to distilling and ageing.

For more suggestions on cocktail-related gifts see our Guide to Gifts for Old Fashioned Lovers.

Gifts For Women Who Whiskey

For help on finding the perfect present, see our Gift Guide For A Woman Who Whiskies (written by one!).

Glassware Gifts

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Inspired by the original design of the Mexican Copitas, these elegant glasses are carefully made to maximize the drinking pleasure of any Tequila or Mezcal drinker. The glasses would also work nicely for Sake or Whisky. Each glass is 4” in diameter (10 cm), 2.5” (6.3cm) tall and holds approximately 4.5 oz (133ml) of spirits, allowing enough room to add some ice cubes if desired. Weighing in at 300g per glass and featuring a shallow bowl design, this sturdy yet elegant spirit glass allows the unique aromas of your chosen spirit to be closer to your nose for a rich flavoured sip every single time.

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Fabulously designed classic coupe cocktail glasses (love these for a Manhattan) 6oz (180ml). Elegant, durable, and designed for commercial use. Coupes are also a lovely old way of serving champagne - fashionable in France from their introduction in the 18th century and in the United States from the 1930s (think Great Gatsby).

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With an etched floral design inspired by English floral hedgerows, these crystal glasses are perfect for a gin + tonic, sangria or Aperol spritz. Large 16oz capacity, so you can get a lot of ice and cocktail in there to keep your drink super cool.

Alcohol-Related Gifts

four pink tins upcycled to house hand made gin scented candles. the tins are edinburgh gin raspberry gin fizz, gordons pink distilled gin, manchester gin raspberry infused and edinburgh gin rhubarb and ginger

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LUMOSupcycle (Etsy) handmakes soy candles using upcycled cans of gin cocktails, with the candle scent matched to the can. Available options include Gordon's Pink Gin, Edinburgh Gin Rhubarb and Ginger, Manchester Gin and Tonic, Koppaberg Gin and Lemonade, and Edinburgh Gin Raspberry Fizz. These gin candles are made in the UK, and worldwide shipping is available.

round wooden coaster with text work now gin later

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These personalised drink coasters by DUSTandTHINGS (Etsy) would make a great stocking filler or Kris Kringle/Secret Santa. Handmade engraved Beech wood coasters with your choice of 'alcohol' - Work Now [gin] [whiskey] [wine] [cocktails] Later. Nine options to engrave (including 'alcohol') are available in various colours. Made in the UK with shipping available to USA, Canada and Australia.

photograph of a framed watercolour print of an range cocktail in a spritz glass

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WallArtCoUK's beautiful explosions of bright watercolours are a unique gift that will look fabulous on the walls of any home. There's a vast selection available in multiple sizes, framed or unframed, to suit any budget. Made in the UK, worldwide shipping is available. Pictured is the Aperol Spritz Glass.

four white square coasters with different amusing gin related words and definitions on them. The key words are Gintellectual, Ginvincible, Gin wag, & Gincident

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Gintellectual, Ginvincible, Gin wag, & Gincident - a collection of four gin gift set coasters by Blucatandco (Etsy). These coasters are 9.7 cm x 9.7 cm by 3.2 mm thick with rounded corners, made from a high quality, durable melamine satin finish, and a cork back. They are made in the UK, and worldwide shipping is available.

About the author

Amanda

Amanda is an Australian-born photographer, digital nomad and whisky lover. Her passion for travel and whisky lead her to Islay, where she fell in love with an Ileach (an Islay native). Amanda and Roddy now share their Spirited Adventures.

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