We here at Spirited Miami are finally over the Art Basel hump and are deep into our holiday shopping list and found some last minute gifts for the cocktail enthusiast in your life. Here are our picks:
Boldric Mixology Bag
Boldric, started in 2010, is a custom culinary and luggage apparel company. Started by Chef Ali M. Loukzada, this bar bag was inspired by traveling and consulting bartenders who are always on the move. The former culinary professional was sous chef at the NYC’s Buddakan and now is the lead designer at Boldric and has designed the mixology bag as well as aprons, knife roll ups, all-purpose tool bags and others. All items are made with durable canvas and high quality leather. Boldric uses NDM (natural dry milled) which is the best leather found in India. Best of all, it’s all hand made.
The outside of the bag is made of a durable cotton canvas a leather trim. It is not only a great addition to your collection but also a very well thought-out piece of equipment that is very practical. The compartments inside are removable and also hold very well with the lining. We tested numerous tools in the bag and it’s not only the most organized but the one with the most room.
The bag also includes a denim roll for smaller tools. This is always a hassle when you are searching through sharp objects. The best part is that the roll is included in bag! We are already using this bag to travel with our tools.
The size of the bag: L 18″ x H 12″ x W 3.5″
Denim Roll size: H 14″ X L 18″
Available on Boldric.
The NoMad Cookbook (The Nomad Cocktail Book inside)
by Daniel Humm (Author), Will Guidara (Author), Leo Robitschek (Author), Francesco Tonelli (Photographer)
From the wonderful people who brought you Eleven Madison Park and The NoMad in New York, this cookbook will guide you into making one-of-kind dishes and experiences. While we love the cookbook, what is in the hidden compartment is what we love. A cocktail book from the award-winning bar at the NoMad Hotel.
South Florida native, Leo Robitschek, bar director for Eleven Madison Park and the NoMad Hotel, has penned a hidden cocktail book in the back of the cookbook. Leo leads the Bar at the NoMad Hotel which most recently won the James Beard Award for Outstanding Bar Program and crowned one of the world’s 50 best bars. Expect creative cocktails that will wow your guests.
If you ever pay a visit to the bar at the NoMad Hotel, ask for Dominic Venegas, one of our favorite bartenders.
Available on Amazon.
$60.68. (when we checked)
Bull in China x Proprietors LLC Mixing Glass LIMITED EDITION
The fine folks at Bull in China have teamed up with Proprietors LLC to release a limited edition charcoal mixing glass.
Bull in China was founded by three industry vets looking to craft barware that is beautiful, durable and made in the United States.
Proprietors LLC are a group of cocktail professionals looking to elevate cocktail culture. The fine men and women behind Proprietors LLC are also behind projects such as: Death & Co., Nitecap, One Fifty One, Honeycut, The Normandie Club and The Walker Inn.
Expect an expertly crafted mixing glass with beautiful aesthetics and consulted on by some of the best in the business. A great gift for a bartender or enthusiast alike.
These are extremely limited and are bound to run out pretty soon. While you’re there, check out Bull & China’s other barware which is also extremely beautiful and functional. They also offer a deal with the mixing glass and Death & Co.’s cocktail book with recipes from award winning cocktail programs that have become the new legendary cocktails. We own this book, you should own it too.
Available at Bull in China.
$75 for the mixing glass.
$105 for the mixing glass and Death & Co. Cocktail Book.
Bittercube Bitters Variety Pack
Have you experimented with bitters in your cocktail yet? This would be a great opportunity! Our friends at Bittercube have put together a variety pack that’ll let you experiment through flavors and as you test out cocktails with friends.
Bittercube is widely used around the world and are developed and created in Milwaukee, WI, by hand with naturally sourced ingredients. No extracts or oils have ever been used in Bittercube Bitters. The process is different for each style of bitters, with batches going through various phases on their way to completion, taking anywhere from two to five weeks depending on variety.
Available at Bittercube.
Cocktail Kingdom Reserve Collection
Cocktail Kingdom is at the forefront of luxury barware around the world. Their signature jiggers and mixing glasses can be recognized at any cocktail bar. Now they have released their reserve collection.
Cocktail Kingdom Reserve combines high-grade materials with detailed craftsmanship
in this exclusive line of limited edition products.
What are we looking at in this collection? This:
A one-of-a-kind barspoon with a Swarovski crystal, lined with black diamonds at 43cm length. The price you ask? $2,750!
Available at Cocktail Kingdom.
Cocktail Kingdom Reserve Collection ranges from $39.95-$2750.
Salud Toasting Flutes – Set of 6
Celebrating with friends? How about this set of Champagne flutes. What we love about them? You can’t put them down till your done because there’s no foot. Now that’s a way to celebrate!
Available at Z Gallerie.
The Pineapple Co. Pineapple Tumbler
The pineapple is the symbol of hospitality, why not drink from one! A riff off the famous Absolut Elyx pineapple that is seen in bars all over the U.S. This one is brass instead of copper. It is a 2-piece tumbler cup from The Pineapple Co. The lid can also be flipped over and used as a stand!
Available on Urban Outfitters.
Laguiole En Aubrac Champagne Saber
If you really want to impress somebody or even yourself, saber a bottle. Sabering a bottle, is the technique of opening a bottle with a saber. Which is basically done by sliding the saber up the neck of the bottle to break the top of the neck with cork attached to serve Champagne. If you are going to do this, be very careful and practice first on inexpensive bottles. But if you are going to saber, do it with this beauty.
Each saber is made by a single master cutler in France’s Laguiole region, famed for its expertly crafted knives. They begin by shaping the horn which is finely grained, water-resistant Zebu horn handle. The blade is made of a strong, corrosion-resistant Sandvick stainless steel.
Available at Williams Sonoma.
Hammered Copper Punch Bowl
Yes, in 2015, we were all on that copper train. But let’s have one more. Take a look at this beautifully made “hammered” punch bowl. A unique punch bowl that isn’t glass but surely will be the focal point of the party. It is also priced very fair.
Available at Alchemade.
Stainless Steel Alcohol / Moonshine Still
Feeling adventurous? How about you try your hand at making some of the hard stuff. Buy your loved one the gift of bootlegging with a one-of-a-kind spirits still. Most certainly not for beginners (there are lengthy manuals on this), but experiment if you dare. A great gift for the cocktail enthusiast.
Available on Amazon.
So there you have it folks, not only our wish list, but hopefully a little help for the cocktail enthusiast or bartender in your life. Hurry up, shipping gets tricky around this time! Happy holidays!