Holiday gifts for cocktail geeks

Next to a nice bottle of hooch, few things do more to raise the spirits of a cocktail geek quite like nifty tools and recipe books.

Some last-minute holiday gifts for the cocktail lover:

  • Few things sound and taste as lovely in the glass as big-ass ice cubes. Tovolo King Cube Extra Large Silicone Ice Cube Trays (around $15) make six perfect, 2-inch-cubes.
  • Forget those Day-Glo abominations masquerading as true maraschino cherries. Here’s the real deal, from Italy’s Luxardo ($18). No bar should be without.
  • Jiggers look nice, but making good cocktails takes precise measuring. If there’s one piece of bar gear I can’t do without, it’s my OXO Good Grips Baking Mini Measuring Cup (1/4 cup). What’s especially neat-o about these (apart from the puny $5 price) is that you can see how much you have in the cup from above. In other words, no more bobbing up and down and craning your neck to see what’s what. Makes for an ideal stocking stuffer.

Like love and rainbows and unicorns, you can never have enough cocktail books. Seriously.