Christmas gift guide: For drinks enthusiasts

While the pandemic sent many of our favourite bars for a loop, what it didn’t curb was our ability to enjoy a friendly tipple. In fact, the lockdowns have only piqued interest in cocktail-making skills for stay-at-home or hosting purposes. This Christmas season, keep the spirits alive with these booze-themed gifts for all the drinks enthusiasts in your life:

For the design-minded: Georg Jensen Sky Cocktail Set

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What to get the aesthetically inclined drinker? The cutting edge design and modern style of this stainless steel cocktail set may be just the thing. Designed by Aurélien Barbry for Georg Jensen, the shaker seamlessly blends functionality with beauty, providing an ergonomic design that is as captivating to look at as it is comfortable to use. It includes an 11” long stirring spoon and 3” measuring jigger so your recipient has everything to get mixing.

Price: HK$1,530

For the home bartenders: Tom Dixon Tank Ice Bucket Set

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For the ultimate home bar, each element must be elevated in its own way. With the stately Tom Dixon Tank Ice Bucket Set, you can deck out the entire home drinking experience, right down to the matching plum tongs. Masterfully rendered in mouth-blown clear glass and adorned with hand-painted copper embellishments, this elegant ice bucket will be a chic upgrade for any home bar.

Price: HK$2,300

For the boss: Johnnie Walker Blue Label 200th Anniversary Limited Edition Design

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Photo: Johnnie Walker

Forget Santa, get on your boss’s good list with the gift of rarity. This year, Johnnie Walker raises a toast to its 200th anniversary with four extremely rare releases. Among them, the Johnnie Walker Blue Label Legendary Eight includes rare spirits from the eight great distilleries John Walker first encountered when his journey began in 1820. The historic whisky makers pull all the stops with this small batch release featuring hand-picked single malt and grain from the eight ‘ghost’ distilleries no longer in operation: Oban, Blair Athol, Lagavulin, Teaninich, Cambus, Port Dundas and Carsebridge.

Price: HK$2,800

For the oenophiles: L’Atelier du Vin Oeno Box Connoisseur N°1 Wine Set

With travel plans on pause, touring the world through food and drink has never been more appealing. L’Atelier du Vin’s wine set has everything a wine lover needs to become an expert sommelier. The French-made kit includes a range of tools for opening, preserving, serving wines, all housed in an attractive wooden box with the world’s grape regions carved into the lid. Wine aficionados will love dignified the ‘Bilame Anniversaire’ twin-blade corkscrew design that has remained with the brand’s collections since 1949.

Price: HK$5,507

For the bar hopper: Takeaway cocktails from Hong Kong’s favorite bars

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If your drink lover is fond of curling up with a strong spirit, Hong Kong bars have got you covered. Get your hands on The Diplomat’s 30 custom takeaway cocktails, a limited edition Advent Calendar of cocktails available now through Christmas for a libacious daily treat. Fancy a little agave? COA has recently released its signature La Paloma de Oaxaca, a canned tequila and mezcal cocktail made in collaboration with Young Master Ales. If you’re searching for an alcohol-inspired gift with a personal touch, opt for Tell Camelia’s bottled cocktail gift set, which features their Christmas Negroni, a cocktail glass, and personalized note, all presented in a festive gift box. Best of all? You’re supporting local bars with each gift.

Available at The Diplomat; COA; Tell Camelia

For everyone’s favorite host: Northern Loud Mobile Bar Cabinet

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Only a bar cart with mirrored wood is good enough for the hostess with the mostest. The Northern Loud Mobile Bar Cabinet is sure to add flair to any room while it sparks conversation with its eye-catching rounded, oak exterior and mirror polished finish. Being endlessly unique was all by design, of course: Swedish designer Fredrik Färg is known for his exciting, contemporary designs that effortlessly marry fashion with furniture. This little number will enchant guests and hosts alike.

Price: HK$18,900

For the influencer: AYTM Vitta tray

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Seeing as #WFH is here to stay, investing in some pretty looking homeware is more relevant than ever. The wood build and classic design of the AYTM Vitta tray make it an inviting option for a visually appealing tablescape or #flatlay. And its rich brown and gold hues ensure it will match perfectly with most any interior while adding a touch of understated glamor. #Stayathome with this beauty? No problem.

Price: HK$1,080

See also: Christmas gift guide: Zero-waste gifts for your eco-conscious friends

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