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7 Early-Bird Holiday Gift Ideas for Keeping the Home Bar Stocked

If you know someone who’s just throwing a bunch of liquor into a cup and calling it a cocktail, these bar essentials will have them slinging Manhattans and margaritas in no time.

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If you know someone who’s just throwing a bunch of liquor into a cup and calling it a cocktail, these bar essentials will have them slinging Manhattans and margaritas in no time.

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1 W&P Design Extra Large Ice Cube Tray
Henry Phillips
W&P amazon.com
$14.00

Big ice means less drink dilution. Peak’s ice trays have a sturdy steel frame that supports the flexible silicone design, and a protective lid ensures freezer smells stay out of your ice cubes.

2 Coupe Cocktail Glasses, Set of 4
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crate and barrel crateandbarrel.com
$34.95

Champagne looks great in coupe glasses, but the bubbles go flat faster. Use tall-stemmed, dishwasher-safe coupe glasses as an elegant complement to your Sidecars or Manhattans.

3 SEEDLIP Garden 108 Non-Alcoholic Spirit, 23.7 fl oz
Henry Phillips
SEEDLIP amazon.com
$37.49

Seedlip makes an array of alcohol-free spirits perfect for mixing up a different kind of cock- tail. The 108 is fresh and floral on first sip with a satisfying herbal finish.

4 Crafthouse by Fortessa Professional Barware/Bar Tools by Charles Joly, Boston Shaker Gift Set, Silver
Henry Phillips
Crafthouse by Fortessa amazon.com
$99.95

Charles Joly, a bartending champion, helped design this layman’s cocktail set, which includes a Boston shaker, jigger, Hawthorne strainer and muddler.

5 Meehan's Bartender Manual
Henry Phillips
Ten Speed Press amazon.com
$40.00
$27.91 (30% off)

There are many books about cocktails. None are as authoritative or respected as Jim Meehan’s drinks manual, which incorporates cocktail history, mixing technique and recipes in a sub-500-page tome that you’ll want to keep close to your bar cart.

6 Hedley and Bennett Abalone 3.0 Apron
Henry Phillips
Hedley & Bennett Hedley & Bennett
$87.00

Hedley & Bennett aprons look too good to get dirty, yet this herringbone denim version is begging to have whiskey sour splashed on it.

7 Coravin Model Three Advanced Wine Bottle Opener and Preservation System
Henry Phillips
Coravin amazon.com
$199.95

Coravin’s brilliant wine preserva- tion system means you can drink a single glass of your 50-year-old vintage (or just a particularly nice grocery store red) without compro- mising the whole bottle.

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