9 Gift Ideas for the Cocktail Lover on Your List

A bottle of moonshine sits beside a carefully wrapped gift

Photo credit: King’s Lock Craft Distillery

Here are some gift ideas for those that appreciate the finer things in life.

Premixed Cocktails from Crosscut Distillery

With everything from classic Canadian Caesars to spiced apple, lavender lemonade and mango iced tea, the premixed cocktails pouches crafted at Crosscut Distillery in Sudbury are the perfect stocking stuffers for the drink connoisseur in your life. And to really wow, add an extra gift from the collection of classy bar tools.

Location: 1347 Kelly Lake Road, Sudbury

Artisanal Spirited Wine from Wayne Gretzky Estates

Wine, meet spirits. The innovative Vidals, Rose and Muscat by Wayne Gretzky’s No. 99 Distillery at the Wayne Gretzky Estates are crafted from both grapes and grain and aged in wine barrels to further blend the flavours. Gift it with the recipe and ingredients for a cocktail.

Location: 1219 Niagara Stone Road, Niagara-on-the-Lake

Polonée Distillery Tour & Tasting

Treat the that special someone to a small group tour of Polonee Distillery, a distillery in St. Catharines that celebrates its Polish roots. The family owned and run distillery is known for its playful use of colour – in the bright yellow Lemonka Limoncello or the firetruck red Wisniowka. In addition to these, you’ll sample their notable gins and vodkas on your tour.

Location: 380 Vansickle Road Unit 450, St. Catharines

Willibald Farm Distillery & Brewery Gift Boxes

Willibald Farm Distillery & Brewery is making more than the perfect brews and spirits. They also create thoughtful gift boxes that include spirits and other goodies from Willibald, like their tasty farm honey. You can even organize delivery if the lucky recipient lives in the Waterloo area, including Guelph, Brantford, Paris, Ayr, Elora and Fergus.

Location: 1271 Reidsville Road, Ayr

1000 Islands Moonshine from King’s Lock Craft Distillery

A three-time international and Canadian award winner, King’s Lock Craft Distillery’s 1000 Islands Moonshine is a special brew for the connoisseur on your gift list. This organic, gluten-free moonshine is made from sugar cane double distilled on oak and delivers a sweet rum-like flavour and a hint of caramel.

Location: 5 Newport Drive UNIT #1, Johnstown

L’Absinthe Sordide from North of 7

This is the gift for the aficionado with the most discriminating palate. A collaboration between Ottawa’s North of 7 Distillery and Evil Wizard Elixirs, L’Absinthe Sordide contains 14 herbs from around the world and has raked in over a dozen international awards.

Location: 1733 St. Laurent Boulevard, Ottawa

Cocktail Classes at Urban Barrel

From how to age your spirits in barrels to crafting the perfect cocktail, a voucher to an Urban Barrel class is ideal for your favourite spirit enthusiast. There are several classes to choose from and besides tastings, they’ll also receive a swag bag at the end of the experience.

Location: Ottawa

Gluten-free TAG No. 5 Vodka from Maverick Distillery

As one of the youngest craft distilleries in Ontario, this distillery entered the scene with a splash. In fact, their TAG No.5 is Canada’s number one selling craft vodka. It’s also 100% gluten free. Many vodkas can include wheat as an ingredient, but Maverick uses Ontario sweet corn, which is a major selling feature for so many people.

Location: 2140 Winston Park Drive, Oakville

Wolfhead Distillery’s Candy Cane Mini’s

If you’re looking to brighten someone’s holiday season, the Candy Cane Mini’s from Wolfhead are a four pack of sample flavours in a candy cane package, wrapped in a festive bow. Choose from a mini of four whiskies or a selection of top selling whisky, vodka and gin.

Location: 7781 Howard Ave, Amherstburg

Last updated: November 19, 2021

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