Box of chocolates are so 1994.
Box of cocktails, very 2016.
We recently celebrated Ally’s birthday at Barcelona Wine Bar and I wanted to gift her something that she would really enjoy – enter Box of Cocktails. She is one of my only friends who appreciates a spicy marg, so I started there. 😉 After locking down the cocktail, I picked up some accompaniments that paired well with margaritas but were also dual purpose.
Start with the basics – liquor, mixer, glassware – and build from there. You can tailor the box to the recipient’s liking while easily controlling the price point. Infusing simple syrup or making sugar and salt mixtures for garnishing is an easy way to add flavor and not cost, leaving more to spend on the glassware and trinkets.
For Ally’s box, I included 2 fun glasses, fresh citrus, homemade margarita salt, infused-tequila*, a festive bottle opener and gold foil straws.
Glasses | Gold Straws | Bottle Opener
*When you’re at the liquor store look behind the counter at the more affordable, smaller (not airplane size) options of your favorite booze. What’s cuter than a baby Patron?
| Fresh jalapeno slices in a bottle of Patron – a match made in heaven |
| Add a little lime zest and cayenne for an added kick in the margarita salt |
For some extra inspiration, I’ve compiled a few more ideas centered around some classic cocktails.
Gin & Elderflower Tonic
Glasses | Elderflower Cordial | Small Batch Sugar | Cocktail Napkins
Flutes | Rhubarb Hops Syrup | Champagne Bottle Stopper | Bottle Bag
Highball Glasses | Cocktail Picks | Spicy Creole Bitters
Cheers, Ally! xx