The perfect gift ideas for… The home mixologist LCBO cashiers know by name

Quench this friend's never-ending thirst with bozzy bottles and accessories


On him: Rusty Leopard jean jacket ($290), Rusty Leopard jeans ($250, both Hayley Elsaesser, 2901 Bayview, 416-223-4400, and other, hayleyelsaesser.com), short-sleeve piqué polo ($98, Lacoste, 220 Yonge, 416-593-0001, and other, lacoste.com), Chuck Taylor All Star II ($75, converse.com) 

Bar: Carlyle gold bar ($1,899), Waffle adjustable stool ($299, both Mobilia, 1425 Dundas East, Mississauga, 905-625-9106, mobilia.ca) Booze: J.P. Wiser’s Hopped Whisky ($28.95), J.P. Wiser’s Double Still Rye ($29.95), Absolut Electrik in blue and silver ($26.95), Jacob’s Creek Double Barrel Shiraz ($19.95), Stoneleigh Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc ($15.45), Buried Hope 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon ($19.95), Powers Gold Irish Whiskey ($39.95), Aberlour 12YO Single Malt Scotch Whiskey ($59.95), The Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve ($57.95), Gooderham & Worts Canadian Whiskey ($44.90), Criollo Bourbon Dark Chocolate Liquor ($19.95, all LCBO, 10 Scrivener, 416-922-0403, and others, lcbo.com)

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Take your mixology to the next level with this Molecular Mixology kit that creates delicacies like a Cosmopolitan bubble on a spoon, citrus caviar and cranberry foam ($32.95, BYOB Cocktail Emporium) 

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There’s no way around it: travelling during the holidays sucks. Take the edge off with this carry-on cocktail kit ($26, BYOB Cocktail Emporium, 972 Queen West, 647-727-3600, cocktailemporium.ca). 

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Recover from a long night at the bar with these Kat Burki KB5 eye recovery masks ($116.42, katburki.com). 

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Pretend you’re on an island somewhere and not stuck in your mom’s house in the suburbs with these brass pineapple shot glasses ($48 for two, Spruce, 455 Parliament, 647-748-4060, spruceonparliament.com). 

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These special-edition Perrier cans feature mini works of art and mix well with just about any alcohol ($6.99 for six, Shoppers Drug Mart, 69 Yonge, 416-364-1948, and others, shoppersdrugmart.ca).

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Turn a watermelon into a wild party with this easy-to-use watermelon keg tapping kit. Just fill with your favourite beverage ($24.95, Blue Banana Market, 250 Augusta, 416-594-6600, bluebananamarket.com). 

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This local Dillon’s Rose Gin is infused with rose hips and rose petals, then lightly sweetened – the perfect way to turn a plain old gin and tonic into something more festive ($24.90, LCBO, 10 Scrivener, 416-922-0403, and others, lcbo.com). A special edition of The Kraken Black Spiced Rum is a must-have for any spirited bar cart ($41.95-$46.95, LCBO). Every good family gathering needs a healthy dose of tequila. Pick up a bottle of George Clooney’s Casamigos Tequila Reposado to make sure the night goes smoothly ($69.95, LCBO). Mix up something sweet with this Criollo Bourbon Dark Chocolate Liquor ($19.95, LCBO).

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