Alcohol Gifts

Looking for gifts to buy for those who love their booze? Give someone you care about a boozy twist with 180 Drinks’ curated and thoughtful alcohol gift baskets. Our wines and spirits make great gifts and can bring some much-needed cheer. 

But there are so many options when it comes to gifting alcohol that it can make you dizzy. You can gift sparkling wine or still wine. You may need to consider beer or spirits. Perhaps, liquors and ciders would do? How do you even match any of these with the tastes of your gift recipient?

At 180 Drinks, we make it simple. We can work with you to figure out the personal tastes of your giftee. But we can also give you some general guidelines on navigating the tricky path of alcohol gift-giving. 

The kind of alcohol gifts you give would vary with the occasion too. Is it a housewarming ceremony or a birthday party? Is it for your boss or your partner? Are they holiday alcohol gifts? Here, we make it easy for you to find the right drink for any occasion. 

The tradition of alcohol gift giving has evolved. It’s no longer about just being the favorite drink that your giftee likes. Adding something extra like chocolates or alcohol accessories such as mixology tool kits can make your gift memorable. 

Find below some great alcohol gifts for the discerning drinker in your life.

Alcohol Gift Baskets

What Kinds Of Items Can Your Alcohol Gift Baskets Include?

Gifts For Alcohol Lovers

Alcohol is a perfect gift meant for sharing. The golden rule in gifting alcohol is to remember your giftee’s tastes. 

If they like a particular spirit or wine or beer, we suggest you look for interesting or new additions of their favorites. In addition, our alcohol gift set includes background information on your drink, including:

  • Raw materials
  • Production methods
  • History 
  • Geography 

Alcohol has influenced cultures, civilizations, arts, and languages for thousands of years. 

We offer many kinds of drinking gifts. Fermented drinks you can choose for your alcohol gift baskets include:

  • Beer
  • Cider
  • Wine
  • Sparkling wine
  • Champagne

Distilled drinks also make for great gifts for alcohol lovers. You can choose gift boxes with alcohol that have drinks such as:

  • Rum
  • Brandy or Cognac
  • Whiskey
  • Gin
  • Tequila or Mezcal
  • Vodka
  • Champagne or Sparkling Wine

Fresh Fruits And Vegetables In Alcohol Gift Bags

Combining alcohol gift baskets with glassware is pretty standard. But we think you can make your alcohol gifts stand out with some seasonal food matches to go with the drink too. 

We include fresh, organic fruits and vegetables, where specified, as part of our alcohol gift baskets. 

For food pairings, we suggest you go with the season too. Lighter wines work best in the warmer months with some light, citrusy fruits and vegetables. The colder months might mean more hearty staples to go with spirits and bolder wines. 

Some of the best combinations of fruits for your alcohol gift bags include:

  • Bourbon: Pairs well with apples, figs, plums
  • Gin: Strawberries or blackberries
  • Vodka: Grapes, lemons, and blueberries

Rum: Exotic mango and passion fruit

Fresh Herbs And Spices For Your Alcohol Gift Boxes

Herbs can give your cocktail a delicious flavor that can enhance the drink. Some of our favorite herbs that go well with your gift boxes with alcohol:

Rosemary – the zest and aroma of this spice is great with citrus-based cocktails.

Basil – this a delicate spice that works very well with lighter spirits such as gin.

Cilantro – the strong flavors are best suited to bring out tropical flavors in a drink.

Black pepper – the classic for mulled wine.

Dill – a subtle spice that combines well with a tequila cocktail.

A Citrus Twist To Alcohol

Alcohol and citrus have a long history. Citrus was originally used to improve the flavor profile of spirits such as rum and gin.

But over the years, citrus made its way into alcoholic drinks for health reasons too. These days, it’s almost incomplete to think of a cocktail without citrus fruit. 

The acids in citrus fruits balance the alcohol and sugar in cocktails. The following citrus fruits work best in cocktails:

  • Lime: Best in mojito or daiquiri
  • Lemon: Best in a whiskey sour
  • Orange: A staple for an Old Fashioned
  • Grapefruit: Best in a Salty Dog
  • Bergamot oranges: These work in gin-based drinks

You can combine citrus fruits to create some of the best alcohol gifts.

Sweeteners In Alcohol Box Gift

Sweeteners in a drink help smoothen the rough edges from alcohol, while adding texture and body. Sweeteners are an essential component to a properly balanced alcohol drink. 

If a drink does not get its sweetness from an alcohol ingredient, it usually gets it from a syrup. 

For our gift boxes with alcohol, we use syrups that are free from artificial flavours, colors, preservatives, and sweeteners. 

Bitters For The Best Alcohol Gifts

Bitters are an essential part of cocktails.They are to cocktails what salt is to food – essentially bitters enhance the flavor, adding taste and texture. 

Just a few drops of bitters can enhance a drink’s flavor profile. Cocktails by themselves contain sweet and sour flavors. By adding a third flavor, bitter, into mix drinks, you give the cocktail a more complex flavor profile.

Most bitters are spirits infused with botanicals such as fruit, spices, bark, roots, and herbs.

You can complement your alcohol box gift with bitters to provide a well-rounded touch to your gift.  

Alcohol Gift Baskets With Garnishes

Citrus garnishes can provide balance to many cocktails. The strong acidity inherent in citrus fruits can tame the flavor profiles in both spirits and bitters.

For example, whisky highballs always contain a citrus garnish. This enhances the flavor of the whisky. Some of the most common garnishes for alcohol cocktails include:

  • Candied ginger
  • Cinnamon
  • Olives
  • Limes
  • Lemons
  • Cherries
  • Oranges
  • Celery

When you get good alcohol as a gift, it makes sense to complement it with some garnishes to make cocktails too.

Ice For Your Alcohol Gifts

Ice dilutes alcohol and can make it more palatable or pleasing. Fresh and clear ice cubes are a great choice for cocktails. But the wrong size ice cubes can ruin a really good cocktail. If you are thinking of good alcohol to give as a gift, you want to make sure the ice won’t take away from the flavours of that cocktail.

At 180 Drinks we supply large clear ice cube trays with our alcohol cocktail gifts. These ice cubes don’t easily melt, causing less dilution.

Alcohol Glass Gift Sets

You can pair your alcohol gifts with simple, glass tumblers for spirits or the smaller, tulip-shaped glasses for sparkling wine or champagne. 

These extras go a long way in making the gift more meaningful.

Alcohol Gift Box Tools 

At 180 Drinks, we can also provide high quality professional barware for your alcohol gifts. Our curated set of bar tools are selected for building drinks with the best practices in mind. 

Each liquor gift illustrates both the art and science of how the tools and ingredients work together to help create high quality drinks. Some of the more common bar tools are:

  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Jigger
  • Citrus Press
  • Peeler
  • Muddler
  • Strainer
professional cocktail workshop class tools

Alcohol Cocktail Recipes And Instructional Videos

No need to scour YouTube after you send our alcohol gift boxes. 

Our alcohol gift sets come with thoughtful recipe cards and an instructional video to guide you through the drink building process.

Top Alcohol Gifts with Chocolates

You can pair alcohol with chocolates quite easily. But the kind of alcohol you are having will influence the chocolate that goes with it. 

Dark chocolate works best with most whiskies such as bourbon. For a good stout, dark chocolate, again, can improve the inherent bitterness and sugars in the beer. 

Paying attention to the flavors and aromas of your favorite drinks and liquor will help you decide which chocolate to complement them. 

Adding chocolates to your alcohol gift bags will add a unique touch.

Personalized Alcohol Gifts 

At 180 Drinks, we make it easy to create personalised alcohol gift baskets. 

Let us know at the time of ordering, and we can add a personal message to your gift recipient.

Alcohol Gift Baskets FAQs

Is liquor included in my alcohol gift box?

Liquor is sometimes included in our drink gifts as an upgrade. We include liquor optionally because sometimes customers would like to pair their cocktail gift with a specific liquor that is not included, or because customers would like to ship our drink gifts to other provinces in Canada or internationally to the US.

We always endeavor to accommodate special requests. For an additional fee, we will allow substitutions for a preferred spirit, or we will coordinate liquor delivery through a local merchant. For a quote for either of these options, please contact us.

Can I change the type of liquor included in your alcohol gift sets?

Of course! We will gladly make substitutions to any alcohol gift baskets. This may be subject to additional fees. This is one of the reasons we offer the best selection of liquor gift baskets in Canada. Please contact us for a customized quote.

What are some of the best gifts for alcohol lovers?

For your boss, you can gift fortified wine such as Port or Madeira. Spirits such as cognac, bourbon, and scotch would go well too. 

 

For those celebrating milestones such as anniversaries or weddings, we suggest vintage sparkling wine. Consider pairing this as an alcohol gift basket with flutes or tulip glasses. For some of the best alcohol Christmas gifts, we suggest both Port or whiskey with a seasonal food basket to match.

 

Looking for alcohol birthday gifts for him? You can get hundreds of cute alcohol gifts for the men in your life, including dads, husbands, friends, or employers. You can personalize your booze basket with a wide variety of liquor, for starters. Some of the best alcohol birthday gifts for him include our mini liquor bottle gift sets. There are many more liquor gifts you can get for him, but we hope these above alcohol gift ideas can help you out.

Where can I have alcohol gift delivery?

For gifts without liquor, we ship anywhere in Canada and the US. 

 

For gifts that include liquor, we deliver through our local couriers in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and surrounding cities below in Ontario. 

 

  • Ajax
  • Aurora
  • Barrie
  • Brampton 
  • Brant 
  • Brantford 
  • Burlington
  • Caledon
  • Cambridge 
  • Fort Erie
  • Grimsby 
  • Guelph
  • Halton Hills 
  • Hamilton 
  • Ingersoll 
  • King City 
  • Kitchener 
  • Lincoln 
  • London 
  • Markham 
  • Milton 
  • Mississauga 
  • Newmarket 
  • Niagara Falls 
  • Niagara-on-the-Lake
  • Oakville
  • Oshawa
  • Pelham
  • Pickering
  • Port Colborne
  • Richmond Hill
  • Schomberg
  • St. Catharines
  • Stratford
  • Thorold
  • Toronto (Downtown Core, East End, East York, Etobicoke, North York, North End, Old Toronto, Scarborough, West End, York)
  • Vaughan
  • Waterloo
  • Stratford
  • Welland
  • Whitby
  • Woodbridge
  • Woodstock

Do you ship drink gifts with liquor outside Ontario?

If you would like to ship our drink gifts including liquor to cities, provinces, or countries not listed in the “Where do you ship or deliver to” FAQ, for an additional fee we can coordinate liquor delivery through a local merchant. 

With this option, your drink gift would be sent in two shipments. You would receive the liquor from our partner merchant, while the non-alcohol drink ingredients would be sent directly from 180 Drinks. For this option, please contact us for a quote.

How many drinks come in each alcohol gift set?

The number of drinks in each drink gift varies by size. For the number of drinks in each gift, please check the information in the specific product description.

Do I need any specific bar tools and glassware for an alcohol gift set with glasses?

We believe that you can enhance the drink experience with the kind of bar tools that our mixologists use. For each drink gift in the product description, we will recommend the best practice tools and glassware to build the drink if required. This equipment is optionally available for purchase as an upgrade, as we understand that the giftee may already have the correct glassware and bar equipment. 

 

If the bar tool upgrade is not selected with the gift, we will include at no additional cost a measured disposable plastic shot glass and drink stirrer.

What are the delivery or shipping costs for alcohol gifts?

All shipping costs are calculated at the checkout for each order.

I placed my alcohol cocktail gift set order. When will my order be delivered or shipped?

Order by 5pm for next day delivery via our local couriers in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and select cities below in Ontario (See FAQ:  “Where can I have alcohol delivery”).

 

For shipped orders via post, orders will be processed for delivery the next business day. The shipping time depends on the shipping method and carrier selected. 

 

Our subscription boxes are prepared for shipment or delivery by the first week of each month. We will send you an email with a tracking number for shipments sent via post.

I don’t want to wait for you to deliver. Can I pick up my alcohol gifts?

Of course! You can pick up from 9am to 8pm every day at our office at 400 Matheson Blvd E, Unit 20, Mississauga ON L4Z 1N8

Can you deliver my drink gift to my giftee on a specific date?

Absolutely! When you purchase a drink gift, you can select your preferred delivery date. We will then schedule your gift for the delivery or ship date desired.

What is the difference between a one-time drink gift and an alcohol subscription box for Canada?

A one-time drink gift is delivered once, whereas a drink gift subscription delivers a new unique drink each month for a selected duration. You can purchase a drink gift for 3 months, 6 months, 12 months, or Infinity (Billed Monthly).

Can you suggest a gift for my client?

Why not? Whether you are looking for alcohol gifts for Dad or alcohol gifts for a special client, we are here to help you. We can help you choose the best alcohol as a gift. We can work with you to choose a gift that suits the occasion, budget, and the recipient’s personal tastes. 

For customized requests, please get in touch with us so that we can help you.

What are my options for customizing my gift?

We can personalize it in different ways depending on the recipient’s tastes and preferences. We will ask you a few questions to get to know them a little. We can then create personalized, handwritten notes or maybe add chocolates? Or we can customize the entire basket for you depending on what you’re looking for! We will work with you to figure out the best items we can include to make it very personalized.

Do you do same day delivery for your liquor baskets?

We may be able to accommodate same day delivery depending on the time and location of the order. For this type of request please get in touch with us before placing your order.

What happens if I made a mistake in the address?

Please contact us immediately and we will get it rectified provided the order has not yet been processed. We cannot make any changes if order has been processed and the package is en route for delivery. 

Do you offer shipping insurance?

All our products are insured at no additional cost to protect you against any losses.

Do you get your liquor for your gifts from the LCBO?

The LCBO offers a great selection of alcohol for residents of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and Ontario. We do source our liquor for our gifts from the LCBO.

Do you sell your Alcohol Gifts on Amazon or Etsy?

Currently we only sell our alcohol gifts through our website. Amazon and Etsy currently does not allow for the sale of gifts with alcohol on their platform. 

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