I’ve got a new DIY holiday gift idea for you. And for those of you who think you aren’t crafty or don’t feel confident in your cooking abilities, fear not – this one requires little to no DIY skills to pull off!
Can you buy alcohol, bottles and a container to fit them? If so, you’re 90% of the way to a successful DIY Cocktail Kit gift. Pick your recipient’s favorite cocktail, or one you think they’d like to try, and pack up a box of most or all of the makings for said cocktail. OR, gift your cocktail aficionado friend a basket of fun mixers, garnishes and infused liquors. Either will bring a smile to your giftee’s face!
I put together two sample boxes to give you a jumping off point for both the gift items themselves, as well as how to package them.
First up, the Moscow Mule/Dark and Stormy box:
In the box: Strawberry-infused vodka (for Moscow Mules), spiced rum (for a good Dark & Stormy), a lime and a jigger. Not pictured: a 6-pack of ginger beer!
I packed the ingredients in a deep box that was originally meant to hold CD cases…but who has a ton of CDs in individual cases anymore? If you don’t have infused-vodka, you can just use a good quality plain vodka…or make an infusion! You could also replace the spiced rum with a cranberry-infused rum for a little extra spice.
If you want to include a recipe with your gift box, try this recipe for a Dark and Stormy – and note that if they sub in vodka for the rum, they will have a Moscow Mule!
Next up, the Manhattan/Old Fashioned Gift Box:
In the box: Whiskey/bourbon, Angostura bitters, maraschino cherries, jigger, pink peppercorn-infused simple syrup.
You might want to include a bottle of sweet vermouth for the Manhattan fans in your life, or replace the syrup with some sugar cubes for a good Old Fashioned. But even without those subs, this combo box would be a great gift – there are so many cocktails you can make with bitters, cherries and simple syrup! For instance, in addition to the Manhattan/Old Fashioned base recipes, you could make a Grown-Up Cherry Cola with just a few extra ingredients.
A few last-minute tips:
1. This gift, while awesome, would be challenging to ship (the USPS doesn’t typically like the glass bottles + liquid one-two punch).
2. Don’t forget to wrap the glass bottles in some tissue paper or even bubble wrap to give them some cushioning.
What DIY gifts are you making this year?
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