10 Great Gifts for Cocktail-Lovers — Shopping

There are people who enjoy a cocktail after a long day, and then there are people who are straight-up obsessed with cocktails. Chances are, you know one of these cocktail fanatics. It's your coworker who never uses fewer than 10 ingredients in a single drink. Or your BFF who just started growing her own mint because she's serious about her mojitos.

For the person in your life who collects antique cocktail glasses, lusts after expensive bottles of bourbon, and has a perfectly curated bar cart, we've rounded up 10 awesome gifts we know they'll love. Cheers.


20 Cocktail Recipes That Are Easy Enough to Know by Heart — Recipes from The Kitchn

Stirring or shaking cocktails in your own kitchen is so much fun and a whole lot easier than you might think. In fact, once you start making cocktails at home, you may never go out to that fancy bar again. (Who needs to pay $12 for a cocktail when you can make one at home for a fraction of the price?)

While the possibilities of what you can pour in your glass are nearly endless, learning how to make the most classic drinks is the best place to start. So reach for this list of 20 classics whenever you feel like being your own bartender. Make them a few times and you'll know them by heart.


18 Easy Pitcher Drinks to Celebrate Spring — Recipes from The Kitchn

Festive spring celebrations call for an equally festive cocktail. If you're hosting a group, be it for a bridal shower, brunch, or graduation party, it's time to think big when it comes to the drink options. Skip the individual drinks in favor of an easy pitcher cocktail that will serve a crowd.

From fresh and fruity sangrias to pretty sparkling cocktails, plus a couple options that skip the booze, here are 18 pretty pitcher cocktails for spring celebrations. They come together easily and are just as refreshing as they are pretty.


Recipe: Berry-Ginger Gin Cocktail — Spring Cocktails

Move over, mint julep — our money is on this refreshing sipper for the win. At the very least, we're predicting a dead heat for the old favorite and this Derby Day maiden.

Before any traditionalists get up in arms about this untried underdog, rest assured: This cocktail is Kentucky-born. It comes to us from Proof Bar at the 21C Hotel in Louisville and it's just the thing for watching the races or just celebrating the fact that spring is finally here.


This Pineapple-Vanilla Margarita Is Sunshine in a Glass — Delicious Links

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Not that you need an excuse to make margaritas, but tomorrow is Cinco de Mayo! And while the traditional recipe is always a winner, this year I'm thinking about switching things up with an extra-special twist on the classic cocktail. With pineapple, vanilla bean, and mint, this sunny margarita is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.


Recipe: The Ultimate Dessert Manhattan — Unique Cocktail Recipes

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This riff on a Manhattan isn't your run-of-the-mill cocktail. No, it's a special cocktail — one that should be made with care and sipped with some sense of occasion — and not just because of its ingredients, which (we'll say in advance) may require a trip to the liquor store. This is a cocktail with a racy (or quite literally racing) past. You see, this cocktail was named after a Kentucky bookie and a bootlegger by the name of Jack Fry.


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