November 14, 2016
With Christmas coming up sooner than we think now is the time to start thinking about gifts for your loved ones. At Mixology Group, we have the pleasure of road testing different equipment (and alcohol) from around the world. So, we decided to find and road test the best presents for the home bar enthusiast or bar professional alike.
In no particular order, we feel these gadgets and provide the best value and usability and will make the perfect addition to any home or professional bar.
Best Bar Spoon
Bonzer Bar Spoon
The guys at Bonzer (a Sussex based company) have been producing this much-copied bar spoon for years. This is the original and the best allowing you to create exquisite Martinis or lightly muddle some mint for your next Mojito. For a video on how to make a Mojito click here.
Best Travel Accessory
Bonzer Telescopic Bar Spoon
New on the market and great for the traveling Mixologist or the person who fancies mixing up a Negroni on the train home. This little beauty collapses down, taking up no more room than your average pen.
Best Citrus Juicer
Chef n Citrus Juicer
This bit of kit virtually changed the way we serve drinks overnight. It allows you to freshly juice any citrus. Meaning no more wasted or oxidised juice at the end of the night or in your cocktails
Built to last this set of strainers allows you to strain pretty much anything with style
and finesse. With copper, silver and gold finishes available. The question is, how bling do you go?
Best All In One Kit
Heritage Leather Bar Roll
Chefs have been taking their own knives to work for years and recently bartenders have begun to emulate them. This beautiful kit neatly packages everything up into a nice roll made from stunningly supple leather. Available in variety of finishes but we think gold is the best.
Best Gadget you can’t live without
Excalibur 9 Tray Dehydrator
Once only found in top end restaurants, dehydrators have come down in price and complexity and are now simple plug and play systems. This Excalibur Dehydrator has all the drying space you need. Its use is not confined to fruits as you can dry herbs, make yogurt and even make Beef jerky or Biltong.
Best tasting glass
The very clever over at Neat Glass have created a glass which is turn the tasting on its heads. It is titillating taste buds all over the world with it innovative design. Perfect for nosing that new purchase or enjoying a wee dram by the fire.
These beautifully hand-turned muddlers are the brain child of woodworker Chris Gallager. Ergonomic and a pleasure to work with. They come in a variety of styles from Maple wood to Burmese Blackwood.
Best Cocktail shaker
Cocktail Kingdom Koriko Shakers
This is the mainstay of making cocktails and a good shaker should and will last years. This is a two-piece set from the guys at Cocktail Kingdom and is very forgiving and virtually indestructible meaning no late night breakages.
Best Personalized Gifts
Personalized Ice Stamp
Looking to add that personal touch to a gift, why not look at getting your loved ones initials engraved onto an Ice Stamp. These can then be used brand ice cubes.