Christmas Gift Guide 2015: 15 gadgets and presents for binary bartenders

Titillating thirst-quenchers for fans of all tipples

Christmas Gift Guide 2015: 15 gadgets and presents for binary bartenders

Like mistletoe and wine, sometimes a glass of the good stuff just feels like the perfect choice on a Christmas evening. Or a Spring evening. Or Summer, or any other occasion, really.

Become friends with beverages with this list of the best boozy gifts - to be enjoyed responsibly, of course.

Molecular Mixology kit (£45)

Time was when adding a nip of Ribena to your can of Red Stripe was enough to get you a reputation as a bit of a classy one, but those times have now gone, and no-one's happy unless each sip of their Manhattan contains a sphere of perfect flavour that bursts lightly upon their tongue. Fortunately, this kit bestows the power to create such marvels; two snakebite foams, please.

Buy the Molecular Mixology Kit here

The Perfect Drink (£38)

Best Christmas gift ideas for wine lovers, cocktail fans and drinks aficionados

There are two types of people who will appreciate an app-controlled bartending system. The first hides the smart scale away in a dark corner of the kitchen and starts preparing the most precise cocktails known to humankind while shooting furtive glances at the front door. Only the stainless steel shaker is left out in the open.

The second sets up an iPad (running the free app) on the bundled stand next to an array of colourful bottles for everyone to have a go. Both benefit from gadget guidance in pouring proportioned drinks and the in app Cabinet displaying only cocktails that can be made with the ingredients available. Both owe the legendary success of the party to you.

Buy The Perfect Drink here

American White Oak Toasted Barrel (£42)

Best Christmas gift ideas for wine lovers, cocktail fans and drinks aficionados

You probably thought the effect of surface area on rate of reaction was just another thing you had trouble remembering in chemistry GCSE. But it's just become relevant, because now you know that a small barrel will 'age' spirits - give them deeper, softer flavour - more quickly than a big one.

So give a whisky fan this little cask and some fairly pedestrian booze to put into it, and it'll emerge delicious a couple of weeks later.

Buy the American White Oak Toasted Barrel here

Wine Bottle Cork Robots (£8)

Best Christmas gift ideas for wine lovers, cocktail fans and drinks aficionados

Once you've finished with your wine, the accumulated corks are good for nothing but reminding you of the shameful extent of your boozing.

That is, unless you pick up some of these cute little robot kits – then you can turn them into adorable automatons and display them with pride. A real corker of a gift.

Buy Wine Bottle Cork Robots here

Pats Backcountry Beverages Carbonator Bottle Starter Kit (US$50)

Best Christmas gift ideas for wine lovers, cocktail fans and drinks aficionados

The most important additions to this on the go carbonation kit are the brew concentrates, Pale Rail and Black Hops. Your beer bellied friend simply adds water and carbonates the concentrates by adding the Activator packet of citric acid and potassium bicarbonate to the bottle's blue reaction cup. Just as tasty as micro brews thanks to Pat's Hybrid Brewing Technology.

Buy the Pats Backcountry Beverages Carbonator Bottle Starter Kit here

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