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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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W&P Design Extra Large Ice Cube Tray
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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.

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.

SEEDLIP Garden 108 Non-Alcoholic Spirit, 23.7 fl oz
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SEEDLIP amazon.com
$34.99

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.

Crafthouse by Fortessa Professional Barware/Bar Tools by Charles Joly, Boston Shaker Gift Set, Silver
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Crafthouse by Fortessa amazon.com
$95.20

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

Meehan's Bartender Manual
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Ten Speed Press amazon.com
$40.00
$25.23 (37% 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.

Hedley and Bennett Abalone 3.0 Apron
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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.

Coravin Model Three Advanced Wine Bottle Opener and Preservation System
Henry Phillips
Coravin amazon.com
$149.95

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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