You may not have the crafting skills or time to create a gift from scratch, much less for everyone on your list. But you can still put together a gift that feels just as thoughtful, creative, and appreciated: a DIY cocktail kit. We’ll guide you through assembling your own gift boxes with packaging, goodies, and cocktail ingredients — plus a few homemade alternatives so you can choose how hands-on you want your kits to be.
The perfect gift for the cocktail lover on your list: Cocktails in a jar, made easily with a variety of dried fruits, spices, and other ingredients.
Moscow Mule Cocktail Kit
If a Moscow mule is your tipple of choice, this kit will make the entire mixing process a million times easier. Ready to make 8 cocktails, this Moscow mule craft kit takes the traditional recipe and gives it a modern twist! Simply add the vodka and follow the instructions.
To make your cocktail kit extra special, include a tumbler or mug. If you plan to gift multiple kits, you can buy these in sets to save money. For an old-fashioned, include a rocks glass (aka a lowball) with an eye-catching design. For a hot toddy, a stylish but sturdy glass mug. For a Moscow mule, a copper mug.
You can also personalize your homemade cocktail kits with a couple of accessories, such as a jigger, a stirrer spoon, and reusable straws. Divide sets of items like coasters, cocktail napkins (these have holiday flair), or bar towels between your kits.
Other cocktails in-a-jar
The first thing you need to know about making your own cocktails in a jar is that there are SO MANY options for what to fill your jars with. A variety of fruits, spices, and seasonings will work (with the addition of sweeteners, in many cases).
You can play mixologist in include a variety of different ingredients:
- Dehydrated fruit (orange, lemon, grapefruit, pineapple, apples, cherries, raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, cranberries, pears, apricots, etc.)
- Spices (cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg – don’t go overboard!)
- Other ingredients (rosemary, lemon thyme, lavender, rose petals, dehydrated ginger)
- Sugar cubes (look for turbinado/Sugar In The raw sugar cubes)
Homemade Gin Kit
DIY has never been so much fun…and tasty. If you’re a sucker for a delightful gin, this amazing kit is the perfect way to bring you closer to your favorite drink. With the information and ingredients included, you will be able to turn an ordinary bottle of vodka into a delicious, aromatic sloe gin.
Choose your cocktail, then build the rest of your kit around it. Let your gift recipient know if their kit contains ingredients that need to be refrigerated, like homemade simple syrup, maraschino cherries, or ginger beer.