Maybe it was the fear, or the lockdown itself, but liquor sales soared during the initial part of the pandemic. Now that we’re a bit more “out and about” people are gathering again. Cocktails were cool in the ’60s and they’re heavily tending again. The holidays are almost here, so I’m suggesting some ideas to make each gathering more “merry & bright” with unique tools, kits, and gifts. Most of these are also useful for “mocktails.” Which ones are your favorite?
Huge Designer Ice Cubes:
Big ice cubes are trendy and make great gifts. The TrueCubes ice cubes are not just large and square, they are clear. True Cubes give you four large perfect crystal clear cubes in one unit. The bottom is rather large (it barely fits on my freezer shelf) and it’s topped by two blue silicone molds that work together. Simply put the molds into the bottom holder and fill the four molds up to the top. Freeze for 18-22 hours (that’s the ideal time). Afterward, store them in the freezer as you make more.
It might seem like a bit of a fuss to make an ice cube, but when you see how great these are, you’ll know why it’s worth the effort. For those who like ice in their drinks, but don’t want it to melt too fast, TrueCubes are the answer. These are my actual photos — and a great gift idea. visit www.truecubes.com
Cocktails Fun How-To:
and Speaking of cocktails, the Cocktail Deck of Cards by Elouise Anders illustrated by Sarah Hankinson ($24.95) is a cute idea. The deck of colorful cards has 50 cocktails using sparkling wines, for just about every occasion. Now that we’re socializing again, I think it is a nice idea to use sparkling wine in different ways.
The illustrations are beautiful, and you can’t help but feel festive when making one of these easy-to-do cocktails. The cards are all nicely presented in a pretty hard-covered box. Great gift or enhance your mixology skills! This is a reallyh fun way to learn about creating cocktails, and it makes a great gift, Find it in many places including on amazon
Infused Cocktails area trending thing. This summer my friends and I had fun trying all sorts of DIY concoctions. Some were good and some were, ahem, fails. One way to get infused cocktails right every time is with the infused cocktails jars from In High Spirits ($20). These make fun gifts and fun to try for yourself or your holiday party. The various infusion ingredients are dried and put into a screw-top jar, You add the liquor of your choice, wait a few days, and strain into glasses.
There is enough for 2-3 glasses with ice. Drink up the perfectly infused cocktail. These are meant for infusions with alcohol. But you can still gift them to the kiddos. Fill the jar with boiling water and the water will become deliciously infused! Visit the Etsy Shop for all the varieties!
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