Food & Drink

5 Bar Gifts for Tasteful Tipplers

The Boston Shaker's Intoxicating Finds

absinthe fountain!

Cater to partyers at The Boston Shaker, Adam Lantheaume’s Davis Square go-to for all cocktail-related accoutrements.

Bar Kit Gift Set, $45
The starter collection includes a Boston shaker, two metal jiggers, and the Museum of the American Cocktail Pocket Recipe Guide — ideal for your aspiring in-house barback (a.k.a. Hubby Dearest). Or opt for the souped-up version ($100), complete with definitive go-to tools of The Boston Shaker staff.

Lady Decorative Absinthe Fountain, $260
For your seen-it-all, drank-it-all college chum, push the envelope with an ornate chrome-plated and mouth-blown glass Green Fairy fountain, supplemented with a couple of Pontarlier glasses ($15 each) and a bag ($5) of absinthe sugar packets.

The Essential Cocktail: the Art of Mixing Perfect Drinks, $35
Your boozy bookworm of a bro will salivate over the photograph-rich compendium from Dale DeGroff, one of the country’s foremost bartenders. (The cheery cover is a decorative bonus.) For your more highfalutin in-laws, consider an autographed copy of Punch: the Delights (and Dangers) of the Flowing Bowl ($24, available after November 15), a recipe-driven record from historian David Wondrich.

Bitters Trinity, $22
The salt and pepper of the mixology world, the basic cocktail elements — Angostura, orange, and Peychaud’s — should save your Drink-happy co-worker a few bucks during after-hours tippling.

The Mocktail Recipe Starter Set, $40
Save your preggo sis from booze-free madness with a wishful-drinking kit, which includes the teetotaler tome Zero-Proof Cocktails — Lantheaume’s wife’s savior during her own recent pregnancy.

The Boston Shaker, 69 Holland Street, Somerville (617-718-2999 or thebostonshaker.com).

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