For years, the debate about whether martinis should be made with vodka vs. gin has been as lively as a 1920s jazz club. Although we are firmly planted in the middle, fans of both London dry gin and premium Russian vodka, we decided to a round-up of our favorite vodka gifts for all cocktail lovers. You’ll find useful martini sets, impeccable glassware, and fun drinking gifts that can be enjoyed by anyone. So bring out the ice buckets, olives, and vermouth, and drink up these awesome ideas.
Vodka Decanter Set
Vodka is incredibly popular because it mixes well with just about anything: olive juice, tomato juice, sparkling water, you name it. One of the best mixed drinks I’ve ever had was made with Grey Goose, apple flavored soda, and Tabasco. This vodka decanter set is the perfect way to try out new cocktails with a friend. Keeping your vodka stores in this airtight decanter is not only aesthetically pleasing, but it will keep your favorite spirit fresher than it would in its original bottle and it is easier to pour from a decanter. The two matching lowball glasses are the perfect size for most vodka cocktails, such as a Gingered Apple Sparkler or a First Down. This handsome decanter set also makes one of the best vodka gifts you can give to any fan of the clear spirit!
Vaportini – A New Way to Drink
The Vaportini alcohol vaporizer gives new meaning to the phrase, “straight no chaser.” This simply intoxicating device lets you inhale alcohol vapors rather than drinking. You save on calories and speed up the delivery of the drunkenness. The make fun drinking gifts for friends to try together, so you might want to get two.
Stemless Martini Glasses
One of the challenges of traditional martini glasses is stability, especially when you are on your third round. The classic shape is excellent for sipping and looks majestic to be sure, but is also prone to little spills here and there. These “stemless” martini glasses mitigate the difference, giving you the timeless feel, but with a less-tipsy base. Sold in a set of four or singles, they make glorious gifts for vodka lovers who enjoy long nights solving the world’s problems drink at a time.
One-of-a-Kind Bottle of Absolut
Awhile back, Absolut rolled out a line of 4 million limited-edition unique vodka bottles. Unique, as in the real sense of the term. Every single bottle was different, with literally millions of color and pattern combinations. It’s rare to have a mass-produced commodity labeled with true distinction, but Absolut is known for being an industry leader in marketing and aesthetics. You can still find these bottles in some low volume neighborhood stores, and they make a great add-on idea for drink gift sets.
Dedicated Vodka Decanter
You wouldn’t put wine in a beer growler, so why put vodka in a whiskey decanter? Give your Russian water the respect it deserves with a dedicated etched vodka decanter. They look chic on your home bar or office shelf, and you won’t have to worry about the flavors of other alcohols getting mixed in with the crisp neutral taste of your Stolichnaya.
Vintage Inspired Gold Rim Glass
The Vodka Collins cocktail is typically made with vodka, lemon juice, simple syrup, and club soda. At my house on a Tuesday, though, you’re more likely to just get Ketel One and La Croix. But I still like to dress it up and keep presentation levels high, easily accomplished with this gold rim cocktail glass. Perfect for all sorts of mixed drinks like the pictured Bloody Mary, the real gold at the top is a simple touch that goes a long way.
Shot Glass Chess Set
In the middle of a harsh winter, it’s fun to huddle around a table with a buddy, taking shots and playing chess, just like in Siberia! This frosted glass set turns every chess piece into a shot glass, for a thinking game that’s also a drinking game. The only downside to this type of alcohol gift set is you have to be really solid on your chess rules, because after losing a few pawns you might be on the Orient Express to getting checked.
Custom Vodka Bottle
My taste in booze is relatively promiscuous: I always go for something new. But some people stick with their usual, and for those guys, one of the best drinking presents is a custom vodka bottle. Available from a variety of brands, the company will take the liquor of your choice and apply a custom label with a name, event, date, or whatever.
Polished Copper Cup for Cocktails
Metal drinkware is the newest-oldest thing. It’s been around for centuries, but only recently discovered how great it is. Shiny, durable, and easy to clean, these copper cups are the ultimate choice for Russian Mules or any cocktail. One of my favorite vodka gift ideas this year is to pair a set of these tumblers with a bottle of Absolut Elyx Single Estate, which has a matching copper-colored bottle and lid.
Personalized Cocktail Lounge Sign
One of life’s great pleasures is drinking the night away at a rooftop cocktail lounge. (Personal shout-outs to The Delancy in NYC, J. Parker in Chicago, and Three Sixty in St. Louis.) If you can’t steal away to enjoy martinis with a view, the next best thing is creating your own cocktail lounge at home, dressed up by this groovy personalized sign. It’s printed with your name, or whatever you call your home when you drink and evokes the spirit of mid-century America.
Unique Cocktail Glasses
There’s nothing like an ice cold vodka mojito on a hot summer day. Usually, you have to drink it rather quickly before the ice melts and waters down your drink, but not anymore! These unique cocktail glasses are made of stainless steel and will help insulate your favorite cocktails. Both extra durable and even personalized, they’re perfect for drinks by your backyard pool or to bring to the local lake! Seriously, have you seen a better gift for vodka lovers?
Your New Go-To Martini Glass
You’ll never have to deal with a watered-down martini ever again thanks to this revolutionary martini glass! On the outside it may look like an ordinary stemless martini glass made of stainless steel, but inside it has a special liquid freezer gel. How does it work? Simply pop it in the freezer for a couple of hours and voila! You’ve got a perfectly chilled glass, no additional ice required. Now you can enjoy the purest, most delicious martini of your life.
Make Cocktails for Everyone at Once
You love entertaining friends and family at home. Your home bar is always fully stocked so that there are plenty of drinks to go around, but making everyone’s cocktail of choice can be a pain. You don’t want to make your guests wait, after all. The Sasquatch cocktail shaker is here to rescue you! With a massive 110 ounce capacity, you can make 10 martinis all at once for everyone! Once you’ve used this monster, you’ll never want to use a regular-sized cocktail shaker ever again. It also makes one of the best vodka gifts, especially since you can use it to present a bottle of Absolut as a gift as it fits easily inside.
For some, vodka is a must-have when it comes to drinks with friends. If you’re that person, you need this funny sweatshirt! It might be simple, but it’s certainly one of the best vodka gifts. After all, Moscow Mules have been there for you from the week of finals to your most recent annual review from your boss! Vodka is your comfort on days like those, and this sweatshirt will help you relax even more with a cocktail in hand, of course!
Essential Engraved Moscow Mule Mug
Last but certainly not least, Moscow Mule drinkers will love this personalized copper mug. Moscow Mules are by far one of the most popular vodka cocktails. Traditionally served in a copper mug, this unique drink has multiple reported origins. In one article from 2007, George Sinclair claims that the Mule was born in Manhattan in 1948, in what has become “Little Moscow.” He quotes a story from the New York Herald Tribune where three friends claim to have invented it one evening out of curiosity. In another article, a man named Wes Price claims to have invented because he needed to rid his basement of Smirnoff Vodka and some ginger beer. Either way, the vodka lover in your life will enjoy drinking their favorite Mule in this personalized copper mug!