We asked Jessie Votary of Red Rabbit Resto in Stratford, Ontario to help us put together the a gift guide of the best and coolest items for the bar for both Christmas and New Years' entertaining. Here are Jessie's top picks...
1. Lemonaid 4-in-1 Citrus Tool $16.95. This handy, compact multi-tool is an essential
at the bar. It slices, juices, zests and garnishes!
2. Final Touch Chill Ice Balls $14.95. With these silicone molds you can make jumbo ice spheres that melt slowly, but the best part is being creative and adding ingredients like colouring, fruit and edible flowers to really impress your friends! Set of 4.
3. OXO Good Grips Covered Silicone Ice Cube Tray $16.95. Once you've used a silicone ice cube tray, you will never want go back! Jessie loves this OXO tray because it makes jumbo cubes (melts slower), has a lid to keep ice fresh AND a stackable frame. Brilliant!
4.Trudeau Champagne Sealer $10.95. If you ever find yourself in the presence of a bottle of champagne that can't be finished (we rarely do), this handy sealer will seal in the
freshness. The wing design ensures a secure grip on bottle and releases slowly for contents under pressure.
5. Dillon's DSB Bitters $16.95. No bar is complete without bitters, especially locally crafted, small batch bitters made from all natural ingredients like Dillon's!
6. Stainless Steel Bar Spoon $3.95. Because every serious bar just needs one. The twisted handle makes stirring easy!
7. RSVP Bamboo Cocktail Picks $4.95. Eco-friendly and just so handy. Use them at the bar or appetizer table. Makes a great little stocking stuffer or host gift!
8. Zwilling J.A. Henckels Sommelier Waiter's Knife ON SALE $35.00 (reg. $49.95). This beautiful 3-in-1 corkscrew will make a beautiful gift for the wine connoisseur on your list. Includes foil cuttter, bottle opener and has an exquisite ergonomic ebony look handle.
9. Epicurean Wood Fibre Muddler $32.95. Not only beautiful, but this double ended muddler made from recycled wood fibre is eco-friendly AND dishwasher safe!
10. Trudeau Stainless Steel Cocktail Shaker $26.95. We have a wide range of cocktail shakers to suit every bartender out there. Jessie likes this one from Trudeau because it is easy to hold and has a subtle, pretty detail on the outside.
11. Final Touch Set of 3 Metallic Jiggers $34.95. This contemporary set of mixed metal stainless steel double jiggers looks super sleek and is marked for a variety of measures. Makes a beautiful host gift!
12. Fever-Tree Premium Ginger Beer $3.95. Whether you are mixing cocktails or want a refreshing non-alcoholic beverage, it really is the best all-natural
ginger beer out there! 500 mL.