I don’t want to worry you, but we’re getting pretty close to the wire, shopping-wise. It’s Christmas crunch time.
If you’ve still got gifts to nail down, fear not pals, here’s an idea that can be tweaked to fit a wide range of recipients (grown up, non teetotal ones) and a wide range of budgets. And can be sourced, at a push, with a single trip to your local supermarket.
It’s a DIY Gin Bar in a Box! Sure, booze isn’t a highly unique gift idea, but it’s all about the presentation.
Step 1: Get a box.
I got one with a lid and magnetic closure from Homesense, but any box will do. Wrap a cardboard box in gift wrap. Job done.
Step 2: Put bubble wrap at the bottom of your box, then cover it with tissue paper.
Step 3: Procure booze of choice, mixers and garnish.
I bought botanicals from Etsy (here), but these are smashing G&T garnish options you can pick up at the supermarket:
- Black peppercorns and rosemary
- Orange and clove (plus festive)
- Pink grapefruit
- Strawberry and mint
- Or the classic lemon/lime
Just decant the herbs into an empty jam jar or what have you, make it look a bit artisanal.
Step 4: Procure barware.
Glasses, a cocktail strainer and spoon, corkscrew, bottle stopper, straws, ice cube tray, bottle opener, stirrers, those little 80s cocktail umbrellas.
Select according to recipient’s needs/your budget/whether you have time to go to John Lewis.
Did you know that the bar tool used to pour out single or double measures is called a jigger? Definitely chuck in a jigger.
Step 5: Place all items into the box as artfully as possible.
Tah-dah! DIY gin gift, done. Merry Christmas, everyone.
Til next time,