10 LAST MINUTE DIY GIFTS YOU CAN MAKE FOR CHEAP
#1 - PREMADE CLASSIC COCKTAILS FOR TWO
"Pre-batched and aged cocktails have been a big trend in cocktail bars and restaurants this past year,” says Mark Addison, designer, entertaining expert and author of “Cocktail Chameleon”. “The pros typically make large batches of cocktails and store and even age them in small casks. Now, home bartending enthusiasts are getting in on the trend and can easily pre-batch (or pre-make) classic cocktails at home using their favorite spirits, a few empty bottles and good well balanced all-spirit based cocktail recipes. This holiday I am downsizing the trend making two person serving-sized cocktails in small 6 oz. bottles and giving them as holiday gifts. The small size makes perfect stocking stuffers for the cocktail lovers on your holiday list. One can use any price level spirit they’d like and who’s to know if you used high-priced whisky over a bargain brand?”
Manhattans, classic Martinis and negronis are ideal for this project, Addison says. Just add a gift tag with the name of the drink and you’re set.