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How to Make Your Own Cocktail Gift Sets

November 24, 2023 by Anna-Bet Stemmet

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Ditch the store-bought gifts and unleash your inner creative! Homemade cocktail gift sets are the perfect way to show you care, and they’re surprisingly easy to create. In this guide, we’ll share all our expert tips on crafting delightful presents that are bursting with flavor. Get ready to elevate your gifting game and impress your foodie friends with unique, personalized gift baskets. Let’s raise a glass to happy celebrations (and delicious cocktails)!

Ingredients for DIY cocktail kit gift sets

If you’re wondering how to make a cocktail gift set for specific cocktails, step right up. The Mixer team has done a handy breakdown of the elements you’ll need for five of our favorite cocktails and five of our most clinkable mocktails. Let’s get crafty!

Moscow Mule

Virgin Moscow Mule

The Moscow Mule is a classic cocktail made with vodka, ginger beer, and lime juice, served over ice in a distinctive copper mug. The combination of smooth vodka, zesty lime, and crisp ginger beer creates a refreshing and iconic drink. The copper mug not only adds a unique presentation but also helps keep the cocktail wonderfully cold.  

To put together a cocktail mix gift set for Moscow Mule lovers, start by assembling:  

  • SKYY Vodka 
  • Ginger beer 
  • Lime juice (fresh limes or bottled juice) 
  • Copper mugs 

You can either add full bottles of spirit and mixer to the gift box, or you can decant it into smaller containers to make a portioned gift set. If you really want to put this present over the top, consider making your own ginger beer at home and labeling it with some festive cheer.  

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Old Fashioned

Top view of rich Old Fashioned Cocktails with Orange peel garnish

An Old Fashioned cocktail gift set is a suave choice for a sophisticated cocktail lover. The Old Fashioned is a straightforward, robust cocktail. Bourbon or rye whiskey, simple syrup, and bitters meld over ice. The result is a balanced harmony of smoky, sweet, and bitter notes. A twist of orange peel complements the warm depth, offering a timeless and uncomplicated sipping experience. 

To assemble a gift box, you will need:  

Making simple syrup is easier than you think, and you can also infuse it with spices or fruit. This in and of itself makes a great gift.  

Cosmopolitan

Front view of the best refreshing Cosmopolitan cocktails

A Cosmo is a balance of tart and sweet. The citrusy punch of vodka and orange liqueur harmonizes with the cranberry’s tang, creating a lively and refreshing sip. It’s a zesty dance on the palate, leaving a crisp and satisfying finish that lingers briefly, inviting another round of this classic and vibrant cocktail. 

To put together a Cosmo gift box, gather the following:  

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Mulled Wine 

Mugs of Mulled Wine

If ever there was a cocktail mixer gift set that’s tailor-made for gifting season, it’s DIY Mulled Wine. The rich warmth of the beverage carries hints of seasonal spices, creating a soothing and familiar flavor. It’s a delightful embrace of winter in every sip, offering a gentle and cozy experience for the palate. 

To make a Mulled Wine gift set, you’ll need:  

  • A bottle of red wine 
  • Cognac (small measure, so consider a decanted flask or jar) 
  • Citrus fruit of choice (fresh or dehydrated slices) 
  • Maple syrup or honey 
  • Festive spices (e.g., star anise, clove, cinnamon sticks, pink peppercorns) 

Since the spices must be strained out of the Mulled Wine at the end of the preparation period, it’s a nice touch to present the spices in a little pouch made of muslin or 100% cotton.  

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Bee’s Knees

Close-up of a zingy Pot O' Gold cocktail on a white plate with a jar of honey, fresh lemons, a pewter cocktail shaker and a silver jigger in the background

The Bee’s Knees offers a harmonious blend of citrusy brightness and floral sweetness. The zesty notes of fresh lemon intertwine with the smooth, honeyed undertones, creating a crisp and refreshing sip. The balanced combination delivers a subtly complex flavor that’s both invigorating and subtly soothing. 

The ingredients include: 

  • Bulldog Gin 
  • Lemon juice (fresh or bottled) 
  • Honey syrup 
  • Lemons to garnish (fresh or dehydrated) 

Try making your own honey syrup to add to the gift box. It’s very easy to make at home. We love using local honey to add some regional flare.  

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Ingredients for non-alcoholic cocktail-making gift sets  

You don’t have to make a cocktail gift set with alcohol; if you’re compiling a present for a teetotalling or sober-curious friend or relative, there are many fun mocktail options to consider as well. 

Mock Champagne Punch

Top view of a sumptuous Mock Champagne Punch for the holidays

This Mock Champagne Punch recipe is great for serving a festive crowd, but the quantities can easily be adjusted to a single serving. You’ll need the following for the gift box:  

  • White grape juice 
  • Ginger ale or ginger beer 
  • A selection of fresh fruit (e.g., apples, oranges, and pomegranates) 

Top tip! You could also add some sugared cranberries as a festive garnish option.  

Shirley Temple

Two Shirley Temple Mocktails with cherry, lemon and mint garnish

A Shirley Temple is a delightful fusion of sweet and fruity flavors. It’s a playful, non-alcoholic dance of bubbles and a hint of nostalgia—a light, fizzy sip that’s both refreshing and reminiscent of the golden era of Hollywood. To assemble a gift box, gather the following:  

  • Ginger ale 
  • Grenadine 
  • Lime juice (fresh limes or bottled juice) 
  • Maraschino cherries to garnish 

Apple Cider Float

Two Apple Cider Floats in mason jar glasses on a table in a light, bright home kitchen

Made with warm, spiced apple cider and topped with vanilla ice cream, the Apple Cider Float is the ideal non-alcoholic dessert drink to enjoy before tucking into that slice of pumpkin pie. The ingredients that will need to go in your gift box include:  

  • Apple cider 
  • Caramel sauce 
  • Cinnamon sugar 
  • Vanilla ice cream 
  • Whipped cream 
  • Apples (fresh or dehydrated slices) 
  • Cinnamon sticks to garnish 

IMPORTANT! Since two of the elements of this cocktail kit can melt or spoil, it’s best to present it in an insulated container and assemble it just before gifting. 

Pumpkin Spice Latte

Two decadent Pumpkin Spice Lattes

A Pumpkin Spice Latte offers a comforting blend of warm spices and rich coffee. The earthiness of pumpkin seamlessly integrates with the aromatic cinnamon and nutmeg, creating a cozy, seasonal embrace. To make up a gift set, gather the following:  

  • Coffee beans or espresso powder 
  • Vanilla extract 
  • Pumpkin purée 
  • Pumpkin spice (store-bought or homemade) 
  • Maple syrup 
  • Milk of choice 

IMPORTANT! If you’re presenting the gift with fresh milk, it’s best to do so in an insulated container.  

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Strawberry Mojito Mocktail

Two Strawberry Mojito mocktails with fresh strawberry and mint garnish

A Strawberry Mojito Mocktail is a refreshing burst of fruity sweetness and minty coolness. To share it as a gift, compile the following ingredients: 

  • Fresh strawberries 
  • Lime juice (fresh limes, or bottled juice) 
  • Fresh mint leaves 
  • Simple syrup 
  • Club soda 

IMPORTANT! Since many of the ingredients are fresh and can either wilt or spoil, it’s best to present it in an insulated container and assemble it right before gifting. 

Cocktail-making gift set accessories

Close up of a cocktail gift set packed up in a pretty basket and decorated for the holidays

Tailoring the perfect holiday gift involves a little more than just assembling ingredients. Elevate your DIY cocktail-making kit with thoughtful packaging, added components, and charming details. 

Cocktail gift set packaging

Selecting the right packaging sets the tone for your DIY cocktail gift. Thrift stores often have unique boxes or baskets that add a personal touch. Opt for sturdy containers to protect delicate items. Consider eco-friendly options like reusable fabric bags or repurposed wooden crates. 

Ingredient packaging

We love using unique glass jars or vintage tins for a charming touch. While you can present the cocktail-making ingredients in their original bottles, it’s also fun to utilize small, airtight containers for garnishes like dehydrated fruits or artisanal cocktail cherries. Label each package clearly, ensuring recipients can easily identify and appreciate the curated ingredients. 

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Recipe cards

Craft visually appealing recipe cards that showcase the selected cocktails. Personalize the cards with handwritten notes or anecdotes. Include serving suggestions, variations, and the history behind each cocktail. Enhance the aesthetic with themed illustrations or use found objects like pressed flowers to add a touch of nature. 

Glasses

Adding new or thrifted glassware to your cocktail compilation will really elevate your gift set. Ensure each glass complements the selected cocktail, or include a variety to cater to different preferences. Clean and polish the glasses thoroughly before gifting. Add personalized touches, such as hand-painted designs or custom tags tied with rustic twine. 

Bar tools

Include a sturdy mixing glass or cocktail shaker, a jigger, and/or a stylish bar spoon. Arrange the tools neatly for an aesthetically pleasing presentation. Thrift shops often carry vintage shakers, strainers, and muddlers. Ensure the tools are clean and in good condition before adding it to your gift box.  

Decorative elements

Elevate the visual appeal of your cocktail gift set with thoughtful decorative elements. Add-ons like vintage coasters, ornate napkin rings, or retro stir sticks can add a touch of nostalgia. Incorporate natural elements like pinecones, cinnamon sticks, or dried herbs for a festive and aromatic ambiance. Personalize the decorations to match the recipient’s style, creating a visually stunning and memorable gift ensemble. 

There you have it—a short and sweet guide to assembling cocktail gift sets. Happy gift assembling! Also, remember to sign up for our newsletter when you have a moment—that way we can send more awesome how-to guides like this straight to your inbox.  

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

For a thoughtful DIY gift, consider crafting personalized cocktail syrups, infusions, or homemade bitters. Create a stylish cocktail recipe book, complete with unique mixed drinks. Alternatively, assemble a DIY cocktail kit with premium spirits, garnishes, and a shaker. These handmade gifts add a personal touch, letting cocktail enthusiasts explore new flavors and enjoy the art of mixology at home.

To create a memorable cocktail gift box, start with a sturdy and stylish box. Include high-quality spirits, such as a favorite whiskey or artisanal gin. Add essential tools like a shaker, muddler, and jigger. Enhance the experience with unique glassware and garnishes. Include a personalized recipe card or a curated cocktail book. Finally, wrap it all up with a bow, ensuring a delightful and complete gift for any cocktail lover's enjoyment.

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