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.
Infused Vodka Maker
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 infused vodka maker is great for people who like to experiment with different and exciting flavors. Just pop sliced fruit into the bottom well, pour in the booze, and twist. It also works with fresh herbs and countless other edibles. Now you can finally try that taro fruit/red bean/wasabi cosmopolitan you’ve been dreaming about.
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 pairs, 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.
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Vintage Inspired Gold Rim Collins 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 these gold rim Collins glasses. Perfect for all sorts of mixed drinks, 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.
2-in-1 Wine & Martini Glass
People don’t normally drink wine and martinis at the same sitting, however, I’ve done it. Sometimes you think it’s a one-bottle-of-Cabernet kind of night, but at 11 pm, you’re ready for something with a bit more punch. I get it. For those occasions, this 2-in-1 wine & martini glass is your best friend. The design is modern and cool, and surprisingly, an upside down wine glass is much easier to manage than a skinny glass stem. Just make sure you’ve finished the last drop from one side before you switch to the other.