The 24 best cocktail recipe books, according to professional bartenders

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Collage of cocktail books, including Liquid Intelligence, The Bar Book, and The Science of Booze 4x3
  • We surveyed 22 bartenders, beverage directors, and cocktail pros on their favorite cocktail books.
  • These influential and visually stunning books cover technique, flavor profiles, history, and more.
  • See also: The best cocktail shakers we tested in 2021

If you’re serious about making a perfect Old Fashioned, or want to get into creating your own inventive cocktails, it’s a good idea to pick up a few of the industry’s essential books before you get behind the bar. Cocktail books teach you the basics of cocktail making while giving you an appreciation for the science, history, and artistry of the craft.

Robert Kidd, the head bartender of Wilmington, Deleware brasserie Le Cavalier at Hotel du Pont , told Insider Reviews, “I think it’s important that the public and the professionals invest more in books. I can’t tell you how many terrible recipes come from the internet. Books can be a trusted source for the industry standard when it comes to making drinks.”

“If you’re able to use books for inspiration for a foundational drink, you can always build on the experience from there,” said Wael Deek, the beverage director at Alice and Osteria 57 in New York City.

“There have always been piles of cocktail-related books on the market, but it can be difficult to know which direction to go. Sifting through the ‘1001 Martini’ messes and finding books that have well-researched info, written by professionals can be a chore,” said Charles Joly, Diageo World Class bartending champion.

So we asked the pros for their best recommendations. These are the books that helped them develop their knowledge – the ones they still reach for when they need a refresher on mixology concepts or inspiration for an original recipe.

Improve your cocktail making skills with these 24 bartender-recommended books:

‘The Dead Rabbit Mixology & Mayhem’

Book cover for "The Dead Rabbit Mixology & Mayhem" by Sean Muldoon, Jack McGarry, and Jillian Vose

“The Dead Rabbit Mixology & Mayhem” by Sean Muldoon, Jack McGarry, and Jillian Vose, $14.59, available at Amazon

[This book] pulls the curtain back and gives the reader a unique look at how one of the best bars in the world crafts some of its most innovative cocktail menus.  It’s a must-read for aspiring bartenders, but also functions as a gorgeous coffee table book that any non-bartender can enjoy!

Honestly, this book has been a massive source of inspiration for me. [It] really has been one of my favorite pick-ups. Bar goals. Deke Dunne, head bartender and beverage director at Allegory in Washington, D.C

‘Cocktail Codex’

Book cover for "Cocktail Codex" by Alex Day, Nick Fauchald, and David Kaplan

“Cocktail Codex” by Alex Day, Nick Fauchald, and David Kaplan, $21.49, available at Amazon 

It really goes a bit deeper into the theory of cocktail categories. They explain to the reader that there are essentially six categories of drinks based on six classic cocktails. They then teach the reader how to make each of these classics, and then follow up with lessons about modifying the classics. You can really learn what makes the classics great, and how to start making your own recipes. —Robert Kidd, head bartender at Le Cavalier at Hotel du Pont in Wilmington, DE

It’s very good for beginners and showcases all kinds of techniques. In addition, it helps readers think outside the box to create new drinks and explains everything clearly and logically. —Nico de Soto, master mixologist at Mace in New York City, NY

“Cocktail Codex” continues to be a resource for me. I continually go back to it and it was instrumental in helping me streamline my last two cocktails programs using practical but elevated techniques for flavor development. —Lynnette Marrero, bar director at Llama San in New York City and Llama Inn in Brooklyn, NY

Also recommended by Wael Deek, beverage director at Alice and Osteria 57 in New York City, NY

‘The Japanese Art of the Cocktail’

Book cover for "The Japanese Art of the Cocktail" by Masahiro Urushido and Michael Anstendig

“The Japanese Art of the Cocktail” by Masahiro Urushido and Michael Anstendig, $21.70, available at Amazon

Masahiro is an amazing mixologist, and Michael, who I’ve met on countless occasions, is a wealth of knowledge and an overall great guy. I’ve always been curious about the “Eastern style” of mixology and this book really opens up the door into it.

Here in the United States, mixology sort of fell behind back in the Prohibition Era, whereas in Japan it was innovated upon tremendously. And this book really lets you in on their innovation while helping you to understand the science behind cocktails a little more. —Anthony Baker, the “Cocktail Professor” and virtual cocktail teacher

‘Proof: The Science of Booze’

Book cover for "Proof: The Science of Booze" by Adam Rogers

“Proof: The Science of Booze” by Adam Rogers, $10.55, available at Amazon

I love “Proof.” It’s a super detailed script of how spirits are made. In addition to learning all about scotch production from grain to glass, you learn about fermentation, distillation, and the scientific processes and chemical reactions of aging bourbon in fresh charred oak barrels. —Drew Johnson, head bartender at Musket Room in New York City, NY

‘The Bar Book’

Book cover for "The Bar Book" by Jeffrey Morgenthaler and Martha Holmberg

“The Bar Book” by Jeffrey Morgenthaler and Martha Holmberg, $17.35, available at Amazon 

One of two revered books in Jeffrey Morgenthaler’s repertoire, this cocktail book teaches the “Morgenthaler method.” Known as the world’s first technique manual for cocktails, this book will break down the basics of building classics like an Old Fashioned and setting a foundation for inspiration from there.

An essential for any bartender, Morgenthaler’s book is also a terrific training tool for staff and a how-to for educating hospitality professionals. –Lynn House, national spirits specialist and portfolio mixologist for Heaven Hill Brands in Bardstown, KY

Jeffrey Morgenthaler’s “Bar Book” is my favorite bartender guide to recommend for professional and at-home bartenders. Jeff’s writing style and personality make the techniques and processes entertaining and approachable. Jeff Bell, managing partner at Please Don’t Tell in New York City, NY

“The Bar Book” is one of my favorite foundational resources. It is an essential beginner’s guide on how to construct a delicious and balanced cocktail using simple techniques and simple but flavorful ingredients.

You don’t get a lot of pomp and circumstance with Jeff, just an unadulterated, elemental approach to mixing tasty cocktails. Less is more! Drew Pompa, beverage director at Takoi in Detroit, MI

‘The New Craft of the Cocktail’

Book cover for "The New Craft of the Cocktail" by Dale DeGroff

“The New Craft of the Cocktail” by Dale DeGroff, $18.69, available at Amazon

One of the earlier modern books on bartending was written by King Cocktail himself, Dale DeGroff. You can’t say enough about Dale’s contribution in bridging some very dark days in adult beverages through to the modern cocktail era.

He recently released an updated version of his must-have text “The New Craft of the Cocktail.” This is a great place to get started with all of the fundamentals. —Charles Joly, Diageo World Class bartending champion, official bartender for the Oscars and Emmys, and founder of Crafthouse Cocktails

There’s no more important figure in the cocktail revival in New York. Many of us are lucky enough to have learned directly from him, or from his many pupils. For the rest, thankfully he’s documented his place in history in this book.

There’s more to cocktails than ingredients: There’s as much recollection as recipe and as much tale as technique. This volume situates modern drinks and drinking culture in personal history. Rob Krueger, master mixologist at The Loyal in New York City, NY

‘Drinking Like Ladies’

Book cover for "Drinking Like Ladies" by Misty Malkofen and Kirsten Amann

“Drinking Like Ladies” by Misty Malkofen and Kirsten Amann, $16.47, available at Amazon

[This book] features historical narratives of badass women throughout history and around the globe and pairs them with inspired bespoke cocktails created by female bartenders.

It accomplishes so many things — it’s educational, fun, political, and most importantly a joyous celebration of women. As their dedication states “If we’ve learned one thing in all our research, it’s that history rewards tenacity and persistence, and we can’t think of a better reason to raise a glass.” —Stephanie O’Neill, head bartender at Antique Bar & Bakery in Hoboken, NJ

‘Imbibe!’

Book cover for "Imbibe!" by David Wondrich

“Imbibe!” by David Wondrich, $19.47, available at Amazon

“Punch” by David Wondrich, $26, available at Amazon

[“Imbibe”] reads more like a novel and takes you back to a different time and place when cocktails were just being discovered. If you’re a history buff and love the food and beverage industry, this book paints a colorful description of vintage spirits and Prohibition classics.

As a coffee table book, “Imbibe” also has neutral colors that could also look great on a bar cart. Additionally, since our restaurant group has eateries that span to different parts of New York, including Little Italy like Gelso & Grand, we try to preserve that time period and will feature some classics on our menu featured in the book. Fee Bakhtiar, bar manager and general manager at JaJaJa Group in New York City, NY

You can’t have a conversation about spirits and cocktail books without talking about David Wondrich. Affectionately referred to as the Historical Oracle, David stays up waaaay past last call to research the nitty-gritty of cocktail and spirits history.

His seminal work, “Imbibe,” changed the world of cocktail writing in the 21st century and unraveled what is thought to be the original cocktail guide, “The Bon Vivant’s Companion” by Jerry Thomas. His follow-up to “Imbibe,” “Punch”, was just as thorough and entertaining. —Charles Joly

‘The Aviary Cocktail Book’

Book cover for "The Aviary Cocktail Book" by Nick Kokonas, Allen Hemberger, and Grant Achatz

“The Aviary Cocktail Book” by Nick Kokonas, Allen Hemberger, and Grant Achatz, $85, available at Amazon

“The Aviary Cocktail Book” is not only beautiful but from one of the most innovative chefs and creators in the industry. In general, the pages and creativity are captivating but it’s also informative for a restaurant that features wine-based cocktails when we’re always looking to push ourselves to create new techniques and presentations. Also, nice to flip through with beautiful imagery. —Gupreet Singh, co-owner and bar manager at Sunday to Sunday in New York City, NY

‘The Flavor Bible’

Book cover for "The Flavor Bible" by Andrew Dornenburg and Karen A. Page

“The Flavor Bible” by Andrew Dornenburg and Karen A. Page, $22.49, available at Amazon

Another must-have for your average home bartender, home cook, and pros alike is “The Flavor Bible.” This is one of the all-time coolest and most unbelievably useful cooking/food reference sources.

It gives you the flavor affinities of virtually every ingredient imaginable. It is my go-to tool when charged with designing a new cocktail list or anything bespoke. This one must be on your shelf if you consider yourself any sort of food and drink enthusiast. —Drew Johnson

I think this book is one of the most valuable tools a bartender can have. You can have all of the equipment and glassware you want but if you don’t have a fundamental understanding of how flavors work and interact with each other you can only go so far. It is especially helpful when coming up with original drink concepts. —Troy Ali, bartender at Trifecta at the Four Seasons Hotel in Boston, MA

Also recommended by Ivy Mix, co-owner and head bartender at Leyenda in Brooklyn, NY

‘The Ultimate Bar Book’

Book cover for "The Ultimate Bar Book" by Mittie Hellmich

“The Ultimate Bar Book” by Mittie Hellmich, $15.69, available at Amazon

It’s literally a thousand recipes. Good ones, too, with bare-bones explanations. I won’t say that this book is how I turned raiding my parents’ liquor cabinet into a semi-respectable career, but I will say it was exquisitely helpful. —Ricky Agustin, bar manager at The Mountaineering Club at Graduate Hotel in Seattle, WA

‘The Ideal Bartender’

Book cover for "The Ideal Bartender" by Tom Bullock

“The Ideal Bartender” by Tom Bullock, $15.95, available at Amazon

Written in 1917, “The Ideal Bartender” is the first-ever cocktail book published by a Black American. The son of former slaves, Mr. Bullock would eventually become a bartender at the famed Pendennis Club, as well as The St. Louis Country Club.

His hospitality and cocktails charmed the world. This book is essential for everyone who loves a great cocktail. Not only will you experience a slice of history, but you will also walk away with a great understanding of how to make a beautiful and well-balanced cocktail. Mr. Bullock is credited for teaching the world how to make the perfect Old Fashioned. Like the book, this cocktail has stood the test of time. —Lynn House

‘Liquid Intelligence’

Book cover for "Liquid Intelligence" by Dave Arnold

“Liquid Intelligence” by Dave Arnold, $26.21, available at Amazon

“Liquid Intelligence” is the opposite side of the spectrum, in that it brings a scientific approach to crafting cocktails. At Takoi, we focus mainly on draft cocktails which means we have to sous vide infuse and clarify liquids, batch all the ingredients for a cocktail together in a keg, pressurize it and then cool it down.

When it’s ready to serve, we then hook it up and dispense it from a draft tower similar to how a beer or cider is dispensed. This requires a whole different approach to technique and “Liquid Intelligence” was the perfect resource to help us make our drink-making game stronger.  —Drew Pompa

At first, “Liquid Intelligence” might feel like you just purchased a college science book; however, I pick it up over and over again when I have a question or searching for inspiration. Yes, it is dense with science facts and fancy equipment that I don’t own, but a girl can dream, right? —Tara Downs, master mixologist and bar manager at Barr Hill in Montplier, VT

‘Drink What You Want’

Book cover for "Drink What You Want" by John deBary

“Drink What You Want” by John deBary, $14.99, available at Amazon

My absolute favorite cocktail book these days is “Drink What You Want.” John is as qualified as they come to write a nerdy cocktail book, but the tone and structure of the book are laugh-out-loud funny and approachable while sharing real and practical tricks of the trade. If you’re going to buy one cocktail book for the cocktail novice or cocktail enthusiast, this is the one. —April Wachtel, mixologist and founder of Cheeky Cocktails

‘Spirits of Latin America’

Book cover for "Spirits of Latin America" by Ivy Mix

“Spirits of Latin America” by Ivy Mix, $13.63, available at Amazon

Not only are there amazing recipes in this book, but it is also layered with appreciation, love, and respect for the history and culture of so many spirits that line our bars. —Tara Downs

‘Meehan’s Bartender Manual’

Book cover for "Meehan's Bartender Manual" by Jim Meehan

“Meehan’s Bartender Manual” by Jim Meehan, $25.99, available at Amazon

The page corners of my copy of “Meehan’s Manual” are worn from turning and I have spilled more than one cocktail and coffee inside. My partner and I opened a bar and a restaurant seven weeks ago and Jim’s advice was used from the design process through creating our steps of service. It’s a vital tool for any operator. It also contains the most stunning and inspiring cocktail photography by the unparalleled, Doron Gild. —Jessica King, master mixologist at Brother Wolf and Osteria Stella in Knoxville, TN

This is a personal favorite of mine and the first book I would suggest for a new bartender. It’s incredibly meticulous and thorough while being surprisingly approachable to newcomers. It goes through everything from building out a home or commercial bar to the intricacies of how different spirits are produced and the histories of some of your favorite cocktails. —Troy Ali

‘Mezcal and Tequila Cocktails’

Book cover for "Mezcal and Tequila Cocktails" by Robert Simonson

“Mezcal and Tequila Cocktails” by Robert Simonson, $15.99, available at Amazon

This is a beautiful book with a catchy design that piqued my interest right away. I’ve also been drinking a lot of mezcal and tequila lately — Ramona happens to pair wonderfully with both — and this book gives me creative ideas for other ways to utilize these delicious spirits. —Jordan Salcito, sommelier and founder of Drink Ramona

‘A Spot at the Bar’

Book cover for "A Spot at the Bar" by Michael Madrusan and Zara Young

“A Spot at the Bar” by Michael Madrusan and Zara Young, $29.99, available at Amazon

I think this has to be one of the most creative and playful approaches to a bar book I’ve read in a while. The Everleigh team collected recipes from their favorite cocktail bars around the world and had them written out on napkins, dollar bills, and coasters which they then photographed and printed in the book. I think this book probably has the best recipes for classics and modern classics out there. —Troy Ali

‘Death & Co’

Book cover for "Death & Co" by David Kaplan and Nick Fauchald

“Death & Co” by David Kaplan and Nick Fauchald, $21.49, available at Amazon

This one is an obvious must-have for any new bartender. I feel like most people in the industry may know this book, but if you’re new and looking to learn, the first 100 pages or so can really set you up for success. After you get down to the basics this book has some great complex recipes to try out in the back half of the book. —Robert Kidd

Also recommended by Wael Deek

‘3-Ingredient Cocktails’

Book cover for "3-Ingredient Cocktails" by Robert Simonson

“3-Ingredient Cocktails” by Robert Simonson, $15.99, available at Amazon

Author Robert Simonson has put in the work and researched some important categories and cocktails. His dry wit and straightforward approach demystify several venerable classic cocktails in easy-to-digest books. Any of his works, from 3-Ingredient Cocktails, “The Old Fashioned,” “The Martini Cocktail,” and others, are a fine addition to your boozy library —Charles Joly

‘Market-Fresh Mixology’

Book cover for "Market-Fresh Mixology" by Bridget Albert

“Market-Fresh Mixology” by Bridget Albert, $28.97, available at Amazon

Bridget has been the teacher and mentor to many of today’s rock stars in the business. This cocktail book takes a fun and whimsical approach to making cocktails. Focused on seasonality, Bridget Albert embraces the garden-to-glass approach to making great cocktails.

In this book, you learn how to take your favorite recipes and adjust the recipes as to what is available either in your garden or at your local farmer’s market. Great for the home bartender who wants to dazzle their guests. —Lynn House

Also recommended by Ivy Mix

‘The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks’

Book cover for "The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks" by David A. Embury, Robert Hess, and Audrey Saunders

“The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks” by David A. Embury, Robert Hess, and Audrey Saunders, $39.95, available at Amazon

This book was published in 1948 and I believe it is one of the cocktail books every bartender should read at some point in their career. It is one of the true original cocktail books that you find a lot of new books trying to imitate (in a good way).

It covers a lot of common-sense material that you don’t think about until he points it out. Be warned the measurements in David’s drinks are a bit overkill in some recipes. As a side note, this book can be found easily on Amazon but keep an eye out for an older copy. Really cool book to find in secondhand book stores and thrift shops. —Robert Kidd

‘The Joy of Mixology’

Book cover for "The Joy of Mixology" by Gary Regan

“The Joy of Mixology” by Gary Regan, $24.49, available at Amazon

This book is the quintessential cocktail book that should be in every bartender’s library, whether they are a beginner, a seasoned professional, or budding home bartender. “The Joy of Mixology” walks one through the history of making cocktails, methodology, spirits categories, and finishes with classic recipes that have stood the test of time.

Gary Regan was one of the most influential characters in modern-day mixology. This book was a labor of love for him and that will be immediately apparent to the reader. While there is a great deal of technical knowledge shared within these pages, it is an easy read and approachable to everyone, no matter what level of bartending they are at. —Lynn House

‘The Drunken Botanist’

"The Drunken Botanist" by Amy Stewart

“The Drunken Botanist” by Amy Stewart, $13.89, available at Amazon

“The Drunken Botanist” is what I imagine a nerdy bartender retreat in the woods would be like (at least my version of one). Stewart opens up the world of booze and cocktails by diving deep into the botanical and horticultural nuances that make up all of the tasty things we love to imbibe.

Ever wondered what the heck gentian was? Ever wanted to impress your friends by knowing that the compound erroneously feared in Wormwood to cause hallucinations is called thujone?  Well, my friend then you are a kindred spirit and this book is for you! —Stephanie O’Neill

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The 24 best gift baskets for your favorite foodie in 2021

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  • Gift baskets are perfect for sending a nice surprise with a delivery full of goodies.
  • You can pick unique boxes to send, including a salami or ice cream basket.
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A gift basket is a common and easy gift to give to a client, host, or in-laws, but all too often, they’re filled with uninspiring, bland items.

A great gift basket includes a large quantity of high-quality items that have been curated around your giftee’s interests and tastes. Whether you’re planning to gift food, coffee, or seasoning-filled baskets, you’ll want to make sure they’ll use every item. We’ve gathered 24 unique gift baskets, including a salami bouquet, a bucket of candy, and even ice cream. Many of our picks contain perishable items, which means they ship quickly.

However, we recommend checking the estimated delivery date closely before purchasing to ensure they’ll arrive in time for your purposes. Check out our other gift guides here if you’re looking for more ideas.

Here are 24 gift baskets to treat your loved ones:

A box of lemon-flavored items

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Spoonful of Sunshine Box, available at Spoonful of Comfort, $59.99

Perfect for a hot summer day, the Spoonful of Sunshine box will light up the recipient. This lemon-filled basket comes with sparkling lemonade, lemon cookies, two mason jars with straws, and a serving tray shaped like a lemon. 

Maple bitters collection for cocktails or baking

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Maple Bitters Collection, available at Runamok Maple, $29.95

A truly unique gift for someone in your life who enjoys trying wild flavor concoctions, these bitters can be used in cooking, baking, or cocktail creations. The set of three comes in floral maple, aromatic maple, and orange maple flavors.

A box of spicy pickles

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Spicy Pickles Box, from Mouth, $80

This box of spicy pickles is perfect for someone who likes a good amount of spice added to their food. There are five jars of hot pickles included in this gift set, including chile, jalapeño, and spicy dill.

Crunchy, flavorful popcorn

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Popcornopolis Gourmet Popcorn 5-Cone Gift Basket, available at Amazon, $39.99

We love snacking on the savory and sweet popcorn from Popcornopolis. The delicious popcorn comes in five flavors (zebra, caramel, cheddar cheese, cinnamon toast, and kettle) and is wrapped up in distinctive striped cones. 

Four pints of ice cream (toppings included)

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Ice Cream Jubilee Ice Cream & Sundae Toppings – 4 Pints, available at Goldbelly, $89

It’s usually hard to gift ice cream without it showing up at the door as a melted mess. Thankfully, Goldbelly packs all its gift kits with dry ice. Your recipient can enjoy this sundae kit of four ice cream pints and four toppings including, chocolate candies, rainbow and chocolate sprinkles, and gummy bears. You can choose four flavors from the 21 types of ice cream available.

A bouquet of gourmet salami

Food52 Salami Bouquet

Olympia Provisions Salami Bouquet, available at Food52, from $50 + $11 shipping surcharge

This salami arrangement will likely be one of the most unique gifts they’ve ever received. The pork salami comes from Oregon and will help them craft extravagant charcuterie boards. Your bouquet can include three or six salamis.

A coffee sampler of best-sellers and customer favorites

La Colombe Sampler Gift Box

Medium Light Roast Workshop Sampler Gift Box, Available at La Colombe, $30

East Coast coffee shop favorite La Colombe offers coffee enthusiasts unique blends of coffee in multiple grind options. If they don’t live in one of the six states with La Colombe locations or if you just want to treat them to a coffee shop experience right at home, gifting them this sampler will help them easily choose their new favorites.

A flight of wild wine flavors

Wild Child Flight

Wild Child Flight, available at In Good Taste, $65

If they choose wines based on what they’re eating and love to try new flavors, In Good Taste’s Wild Child Flight will be the perfect gift as it offers non-traditional wine flavors such as black currant, pineapple, fig, and black cherry. Each flight includes eight tasting bottles and every purchase comes with a complimentary interactive virtual wine tasting.

A variety bucket filled with sour flavored candies

Dylans Sour Lovers Gift Basket

Sour Lovers Gift Bucket, available at Dylan’s Candy Bar, $45

This giant bucket is the perfect gift for those that never grew out of their sweet tooth and includes sour belts, sour gummy bears and worms, and more. The retailer also offers other fun options such as its movie night-themed gift basket.

A basket fit for your favorite home cook

Williams Sonoma gift basket

Best of Italy Gift Basket, available at Williams Sonoma, $99.95

With three pasta varieties, Parmesan cheese, wine-infused salami, and other ingredients, this massive basket will be an appreciated addition to any kitchen.

A gift box for the cocktail expert in your life

City Bird cocktail gift box

Cocktail Connoisseur Gift Box, available at City Bird, $79

This gift box contains everything they’ll need to craft the perfect cocktail. The set includes two engraved glasses, premium cocktail cherries, metal straws, and most importantly a pair of round ice molds so your recipient can avoid watered-down, bland drinks.

A tin full of rainbow chocolate chip cookies

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Rainbow Colors Chocolate Chip Cookie Tins, available at Baked In Color, from $30

Whether you choose the rainbow colors or your own custom colors, these cookies and brownies stand out. This tin basket contains colorful rainbow cookies in quantities up to 30.

A flavorful pack of seasonings and sauces

Momofuku pantry pack

Pantry Starter Pack, available at Momofuku, $55

If they’re always looking for ways to add new flavors to their meals, this seasoning starter pack is a great place to start. This set includes unique blends of savory, tingly, and spicy seasoned salts as well as chili crunch, and restaurant-grade tamari and soy sauces. 

A box of Japanese snacks they can’t get in the US

Bokksu box

Classic Box, available at Bokksu, from $44.95

Bokksu works directly with snack makers in Japan, so your recipient won’t be able to find these unique and delicious treats here. Every month’s box has a different theme and contains 20 to 25 snacks, as well as a tea pairing. The first box is called, “Seasons of Japan” and will feature snacks from every season of the year. 

Treats for the ultimate sweet tooth

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The Sweet Spot, available at Milk Bar, $92

It’ll be hard to decide what to eat first from this trio of Milk Bar favorites — will it be the moist birthday cake truffles, buttery Milk Bar pie, or the chewy cookies in creative flavors like Blueberry & Cream? 

Unique infused olive oils

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Giusto Sapore Olive Oil Gift Set, available at Amazon, $59.99

The five-bottle set of flavored olive oil will transform their dinners — from spicy chili to make their pizza more exciting to blood orange to freshen up seafood dishes. 

A unique charcuterie assortment you can’t find at a regular grocery store

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Delicious Duck Cure Bundle, available at D’Artagnan, $87.95

Expand their charcuterie horizons with this box of dried and cured duck meats, including duck rillettes, duck prosciutto, smoked duck breast, and duck saucisson sec. There’s also a rich black truffle foie gras, which goes well with some bread. 

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The gift basket that’s perfect for a picnic

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Bella Cucina Italian Antipasti Basket Gift Set, available at Food52, $239

They’ll definitely want to reuse this spacious woven tote, which contains savory and sweet spreads (like artichoke lemon pesto), crackers and flatbread, and an olive wood knife. It’s a gourmet splurge, but a beautifully packaged one at that. 

A healthy variety of nuts and fruits

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Oh! Nuts Holiday Nut & Dried Fruit Gift Basket, available at Amazon, $29.95

There are a few out-of-the-ordinary fruits in this box: dried summer plums, papaya, and pear. Pair them with crunchy nuts, meat, and cheese, or enjoy them on their own. 

A carb-heavy box of pastries and breads

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Signature Bakery Tray, available at Harry & David, $79.99

The tray of cookies, cakes, and other pastries will be a big hit for anyone who loves lingering in bakeries. Reviewers love the lemon poppyseed cake and raspberry galettes. 

A cheesy collection from a New York City institution

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Greatest Hits, available at Murray’s Cheese, $76

If they crave a mild cheese, there’s a manchego. For a sharper edge, try the cheddar. There’s also an aged gruyere and creamy mini brie. To go along with this sampler of Murray’s Cheese’s popular varieties, there are cherry preserves, crackers, and almonds in the box as well. 

Eight servings of ‘tea drops’

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Classic Assortment set of 8, available at Tea Drops, $15

Tea Drops are tea leaves that come in fun shapes such as hearts, flowers, and stars. As the name suggests, simply drop the packed tea leaves into boiling water to create a cup of tea. The tea kit contains both caffeinated and non-caffeinated varieties. 

Nostalgia-inducing Mrs. Fields cookies

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Mrs. Fields Large Sunshine Basket, available at FTD, $80

Your favorite food stand from the mall offers a box of 48 bite-sized cookies, 30 brownie bites, and eight regular cookies that arrives right at their door. It wouldn’t be a “Sunshine” box without four frosted sun cookies. 

A snack box that travels to a different country every month

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Yum Yum Box, available at Universal Yums, $31

If you know that they’re open to treats from all over the world, gift a box from Universal Yums. They can travel the world and sample sweet and savory snacks from countries such as Greece, Indonesia, Colombia, and Italy. 

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28 Mother’s Day food gifts she’ll want to dig into immediately

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Cards and a beautiful bouquet of flowers will always make for good Mother’s Day gifts, but if you really want to make her break out into a grin this Mother’s Day, food is the not-so-secret secret to her heart.

While sweets are usually the more popular gift option, don’t be afraid to gift a little outside the box and surprise her with a meal delivery subscription, gourmet salt, or hearty steaks.

We’ve personally taste-tested most of these food and drink gifts, and our satisfied stomachs can confirm they’re as delicious and indulgent as they look.

Here are 28 food and drink gifts for Mother’s Day 2021:

Beautiful bonbons with flavors like orange creamsicle and red bean

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Gift the Vesta Mother’s Day Jewel Bonbons, $24

The Dominican and South Korean cultural backgrounds of husband-wife team Roger and Julia Choi Rodriguez shine through in this collection of carefully crafted bonbons. Flavors include Té Gengibre (Ginger Tea), Morir Soñando (Orange Creamsicle), Yuja (Yuzu), and Daanpaat (Sweet Red Bean). If your mom prefers bars to bonbons, we love the complex Vegan Matcha Oat bar. 

Healthy and sustainably made EVOO

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Gift the Pineapple Collaborative Olive Oil, $34

Pineapple Collab makes olive oil pretty enough to display. It’s 100% organic and grown in collaboration with olive miller Kathryn Tomajan. 

A virtual coffee tasting session, with a complete kit of coffee and equipment

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Gift the Bean & Bean Virtual Coffee Tasting + Brewing (DIY Cold Brew), $65

Go beyond a simple bag of beans and gift Mom a coffee tasting session along with it. Taught by a certified coffee cupper, the class will give her a fresh appreciation for coffee brewing. The kit comes with a bag of Bean & Bean’s Downtown Blend, a Mr. Clever Brewer, a box of filters, and a bonus steeped bag. 

The oat milk dessert loved by New Yorkers

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Gift the Whipped Urban Dessert Lab Oat Milk Ice Creme Gift Set, $99

New York City’s latest dessert craze revolves around oat milk, more specifically, oat milk ice cream. The plant-based, dairy-free desserts are now available on Goldbelly, where you can pick from flavors like Cinnamon Apple Crisp and Mint Chocolate Cookie. 

Responsibly sourced canned fish

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Gift the Scout Market Goods Bundle, $89.99

In case you haven’t heard, tinned seafood is the delicacy you shouldn’t sleep on. Scout’s delicious “Seacuterie” spread includes Atlantic Canadian lobster, PEI mussels in a smoked paprika and fennel tomato sauce, and Ontario trout with dill, a memorable departure from the usual charcuterie board. 

A library of super fresh spices

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Gift the Occo Cinnamon Sampler, $20

Occo sells tiny portions of organic, ethically sourced spices — just the right amount you need for the new recipe you want to try tonight. Depending on what your mom typically likes to cook, you can buy spices for specific recipes, like this themed collection of Caribbean-Creole dishes, or explore a particular spice family, like the cinnamon varieties above. 

The mixes to make chocolate-y Mexican drinks

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Gift the La Monarca Chocolate Beverage Combo Pack, $45

The bakery’s famous hot chocolate and Champurrado (a thick chocolate drink made with masa harina) draw visitors from all over Los Angeles. You and Mom can make both at home, with the help of a traditional Molinillo whisk. And, the bakery donates 1% of all sales to conservation efforts like butterfly habit conservation in Mexico. 

A box of mini cupcakes

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Gift the Super Mom 25-Pack, $45

It’s pretty much impossible to eat just one of these bite-sized cupcakes, especially when they come in flavors like Midnight Munchies (it’s chocolate cake stuffed with dulce de leche and topped with a potato chip and pretzel brittle) and Sugar Cookie Dough. This limited-edition gift box also comes with a card for you to add a personalized message. 

 

A box of craft beers she might not be able to find locally

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Gift the Mixed Beer Gift Set, $35

We’re big fans of the fun variety that Tavour offers, from milkshake-inspired IPAs to strong sours. She’ll need to clear some fridge space for this one. Gift cards are also available if she’d prefer to build her own box. 

An aperitif for Moms who don’t imbibe

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Gift a bottle of Ghia, $33

Made from fruits and botanicals, this light and dry aperitif can be sipped on its own or mixed to create a refreshing non-alcoholic cocktail. 

The internet’s favorite hot sauce

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Gift the Truff Hot Sauce Variety Pack, $69.99

While many hot sauces are all heat and no flavor, Truff serves up condiments that are sweet, complex, and mouthwatering. These might just be the fanciest hot sauces your mom will ever receive. 

A food delivery service that cuts down on prep work

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Gift the Daily Harvest Custom Gift Box, $75

Online healthy food startup Daily Harvest can feed her from breakfast to dinner with its bowls, bites, lattes, and smoothies. It even offers almond milk and “ice cream.” She’ll be able to fill her custom box with any nine items she wants. Prep is as easy as popping the bowl into a microwave or dumping the ingredients into a blender. 

Cereal she won’t be able to stop snacking on

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Gift the Magic Spoon Variety 4-Pack, $39

The favorite cereal flavors of childhoods past are back in less sugary, more nutritious, and just as delicious forms. The high-protein, gluten-free cereals from Magic Spoon leave healthy, boring “adult” brands in the dust and are perfect for the kid at heart who eats a big bowl of cereal for breakfast every day.

Tender, flavorful American Wagyu beef

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Gift a Snake River Farms gift card

The highly marbled, award-winning American Wagyu beef from Snake River Farms is drool-worthy. If you know anything about your mom, she’ll know exactly how to make these cuts shine. 

A trio of fancy honey

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Gift the Bushwick Kitchen Honey Trio, $49.99

This Brooklyn-based indie purveyor bestowed its gift of spicy, Meyer Lemon, and salted honeys to the world, and ice cream, cornbread, and even pizza have never tasted so good. Personally, I can’t imagine going back to regular honey after using this honey, which offers just the right amount of kick to bring out the flavors of your dish. 

A Sugarfina and vodka gift set

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Gift the Van Gogh Pineapple Vodka with Sugarfina Tropical Gift Box, $57 

Whether mom’s after a refreshing tropical cocktail or chewy gummies, you really can do no wrong here. Shop more ReserveBar x Sugarfina gift box options here.

Proof that Japan has the best snacks

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Gift the Classic Bokksu Box, $44.95

Bokksu’s curations of creative Japanese snacks has delighted food lovers in countries all over the world. The snacks are sourced directly from artisan makers in Japan and each box revolves around a different theme each month. She’ll get to enjoy 20 to 25 snacks, along with a tea pairing, and learn about each product’s origin. 

A gift box of her favorite candy

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Gift the Economy Candy Gift Box, from $35

Chocolate covered this and that, green M&Ms, gold M&Ms, a 1950s vintage collection, a ’70s one — the list is endless. You just have to choose the size: snack ($35), economy ($50), family ($75), or candy crazy ($100) and call it a day.

Decadent, chocolate-covered strawberries

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Gift the Shari’s Gourmet Dipped Full Dozen Fancy Strawberries, $49.99

Shari’s Berries doesn’t settle for simple chocolate strawberries. It dips the fruit in a layer of white or milk chocolate, then tops on additional chocolate drizzle, ground coffee, and mini chocolate chips. 

Jams and jellies to up her PB&J game

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Gift the Mouth Stand By Your Jam Set, $92

Conjuring memories of PB&J-making sessions and sunny picnics, this set of rich, gourmet jams and jellies is sure to be devoured quickly. She’ll get a whole array of flavors, from a bright apricot-orange to a multi-faceted cherry rosehip hibiscus. 

Wine handpicked by sommeliers

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Gift the SommSelect Explore 4 Gift Pack, $128

Don’t know much about wine but still want to impress your mom? SommSelect takes care of the bottle picks and curation for you, so you can simply sit back and listen to her rave about her new favorite wine. The wine varieties in this collection hail from all over the world, from the Finger Lakes in New York to Swartland, South Africa. 

A Murray’s Cheese gift box

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Gift the Murray’s Greatest Hits Cheese Box, $95

Four of Murray’s cheeses (Engish cheddar, mini brie, gruyere, and manchego) paired with cherry preserves, sea salt, and olive oil crackers, and Marcona almonds.

A coffee subscription that takes her around the world

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Gift the Atlas Coffee Club 3-Month Starter Pack Subscription, $60

Experience the unique coffee of three different countries through an Atlas Coffee Club subscription. Whether she’s a whole bean, ground, light roast, or dark roast type of gal, she’ll get a cool world tour of coffee she’s never tried before.

A salt-tasting flight

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Gift the Jacobsen Salt Co. 6 Vial Infused Salt Set, $30.23

Another underrated ingredient that can make a big difference is flavored salt. She’ll proudly display these salts — PureFlake, black pepper, black garlic, pino noir, habanero, and rosemary — in the included wooden stand and receive suggested pairings for each salt. After sampling this diverse array, she can order the full size online. 

Cookies and pie from Milk Bar

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Gift the Milk Bar Cheerleader Box, $82

For the biggest cheerleader in your life, this combo pack features two of Milk Bar’s greatest hits: chewy cookies and the famously rich and gooey Milk Bar pie. 

A matcha-ceremony set

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Gift the Jade Leaf Matcha Ceremony Set, $59.95

Matcha is about the ritual of preparation as much as it is about the flavor and antioxidant benefits. This set contains all the tools and instructions she needs to make a cup of matcha at home — no more overpaying at the trendy shop in the city. 

The healthy-eating program she’s been wanting to try

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Gift the Sakara Life 5-Day Program, $350

The Sakara Life clean eating program is all the buzz in the health and fitness worlds, but does it really live up to the hype? Give Mom an opportunity to see for herself by gifting a one-week trial. It’s not cheap, but the meals are made from fresh and organic ingredients, taste great, and will be delivered right to her door.

Baked goods that are hard to get right

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Gift the Seven Sisters Scones Dozen Sampler, $56

Pastries like muffins and brownies usually get all the glory. Seven Sisters Scones, however, focuses exclusively on the humble scone, and does it justice. Often maligned for being dry and crumbly, the scones from this Georgia-based bakery come in a variety of sweet and savory flavors to enjoy for breakfast or with a warm beverage. 

 

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21 gift baskets for your favorite foodie

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A gift basket is a common and easy gift to give to a client, host, or in-laws, but all too often, they’re filled with uninspiring, bland items.

A great gift basket includes a large quantity of high-quality items that have been curated around your giftee’s interests and tastes. Whether you’re planning to gift food, coffee, or seasoning-filled baskets you’ll want to make sure each item will be used. We’ve gathered 21 unique gift baskets that include everything from a salami bouquet, a bucket of candy, and even ice cream. Many of our picks contain perishable items, which means they ship quickly.

However, we recommend checking the estimated delivery date closely before purchasing to ensure they’ll arrive in time for your intended arrival date. Check out our other gift guides here if you’re looking for more gift ideas.

Here are 21 gift baskets to treat your loved ones:

A bouquet of gourmet salami

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Olympia Provisions Salami Bouquet, available at Food52, from $50 + $11 shipping surcharge

This salami arrangement will likely be the most unique gift they’ve ever received. The salami comes straight from Oregon and is created from all-natural northwest pork and will help them craft extravagant charcuterie boards. Choose from three or six salami arrangement options.

A coffee sampler of best-sellers and customer favorites

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Medium Light Roast Workshop Sampler Gift Box, Available at La Colombe, $30

East coast coffee shop favorite, La Colombe offers coffee enthusiasts unique blends of coffee in multiple grind options. If they’re not lucky enough to live in one of the six states with La Colombe locations or if you just want to treat them to a coffee shop experience right at home, gifting them this sampler will help them easily choose their new favorites.

A flight of wild wine flavors

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Wild Child Flight, available at In Good Taste, $65

If they choose wines based on what they’re eating and love to try new flavors, In Good Taste’s Wild Child Flight will be the perfect gift as it offers non-traditional wine flavors such as black currant, pineapple, fig, and black cherry. Each flight includes eight tasting bottles and every purchase comes with a complimentary interactive virtual wine tasting.

A variety bucket filled with sour flavored candies

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Sour Lovers Gift Bucket, available at Dylan’s Candy Bar, $45

This giant bucket is the perfect gift for those that never grew out of their sweet tooth and includes sour belts, sour gummy bears and worms, and more. The retailer also offers other fun options such as its movie night-themed gift basket.

A basket fit for your favorite home cook

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Best of Italy Gift Basket, available at Williams Sonoma, $99.95

With three pasta varieties, Parmesan cheese, wine-infused salami, and other ingredients, this massive basket will be an appreciated addition to any kitchen.

A gift box for the cocktail expert in your life

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Cocktail Connoisseur Gift Box, available at City Bird, $79

This gift box contains everything they’ll need to craft the perfect cocktail. The set includes two engraved glasses, premium cocktail cherries, metal straws, and most importantly a pair of round ice molds so your recipient can avoid watered down, bland drinks.

A tin full of rainbow chocolate chip cookies

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Rainbow Colors Chocolate Chip Cookie Tins, available at Baked In Color, from $30

Whether you choose the rainbow colors, or choose your own custom colors, these cookies and brownies stand out. This tin basket contains colorful rainbow cookies in quantities up to 30.

A flavorful pack of seasonings and sauces

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Pantry Starter Pack, available at Momofuku, $55

If they’re always looking for ways to add new flavors to their meals, this seasoning starter pack is a great place to start. This set includes unique blends of savory, tingly, and spicy seasoned salts as well as chili crunch, and restaurant-grade tamari and soy sauces. 

A box of Japanese snacks they can’t get in the US

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Classic Box, available at Bokksu, $44.95

Bokksu works directly with snack makers in Japan, so your recipient won’t be able to find these unique and delicious treats here. Every month’s box has a different theme and contains 20 to 25 snacks, as well as a tea pairing. The February Bokksu, “Sweet Love,” celebrates Valentine’s Day with an emphasis on sharing “whole hearted feelings” with the special people in our lives.

Treats for the ultimate sweet tooth

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The Sweet Spot, available at Milk Bar, $90

It’ll be hard to decide what to eat first from this trio of Milk Bar favorites — will it be the moist birthday cake truffles, buttery Milk Bar pie, or the chewy cookies in creative flavors like Blueberry & Cream? 

Unique infused olive oils

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Giusto Sapore Olive Oil Gift Set, available at Amazon, $59.99

The five-bottle set of flavored olive oil will transform their dinners — from spicy chili to make their pizza more exciting to blood orange to freshen up seafood dishes. 

Six pints of ice cream (toppings included) to get them through the winter

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Oddfellows Classics Ice Cream Sundae Kit, available at Goldbelly, $119

It’s usually hard to gift ice cream without showing up at the door with a melted mess. Thankfully, Goldbelly packs all its gift kits with dry ice so your recipient can enjoy this huge sundae kit of six ice cream pints and four toppings. Along with classic toppings like rainbow sprinkles and Oreo cookies, there’s miso butterscotch and salted caramel. 

A unique charcuterie assortment you can’t find at a regular grocery store

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Delicious Duck Cure Bundle, available at D’Artagnan, $87.95

Expand their charcuterie horizons with this box of dried and cured duck meats, including duck rillettes, duck prosciutto, smoked duck breast, and duck saucisson sec. There’s also a rich black truffle foie gras, which goes well with some bread. 

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The gift basket that’s perfect for a picnic

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Bella Cucina Italian Antipasti Basket Gift Set, available at Food52, $239

They’ll definitely want to reuse this spacious woven tote, which contains savory and sweet spreads (like artichoke lemon pesto), crackers and flatbread, and an olive wood knife. It’s a gourmet splurge, but a beautifully packaged one at that. 

A healthy variety of nuts and fruits

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Oh! Nuts Holiday Nut & Dried Fruit Gift Basket, available at Amazon, $29.95

There are a few out-of-the-ordinary fruits in this box: dried summer plums, papaya, and pear. Pair them with crunchy nuts, meat, and cheese, or enjoy them on their own. 

A carb-heavy box of pastries and breads

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Signature Bakery Tray, available at Harry & David, $79.99

The tray of cookies, cakes, and other pastries will be a big hit for anyone who loves lingering in bakeries. Reviewers love the lemon poppyseed cake and raspberry galettes. 

A cheesy collection from a New York City institution

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Greatest Hits, available at Murray’s Cheese, $95

If they crave a mild cheese, there’s a manchego. For a sharper edge, try the cheddar. There’s also an aged gruyere and creamy mini brie. To go along with this sampler of Murray’s Cheese’s popular varieties, there are cherry preserves, crackers, and almonds in the box as well. 

Eight servings of ‘tea drops’

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Best Tea Gift Set, available at Tea Drops, $14

Tea Drops are tea leaves that come in fun shapes such as hearts, flowers, and stars. As the name suggests, they simply drop the packed tea leaves into boiling water to create their cup. The tea kit contains both caffeinated and non-caffeinated varieties. 

Nostalgia-inducing Mrs. Fields cookies

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Mrs. Fields Large Sunshine Basket, available at FTD, $80

Your favorite food stand from the mall offers a box of 48 bite-sized cookies, 30 brownie bites, and eight regular cookies that arrives right at their door. It wouldn’t be a “Sunshine” box without four frosted sun cookies. 

A snack box that travels to a different country every month

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Yum Yum Box, available at Universal Yums, $29

If you know that they’re open to treats from all over the world, gift a box from Universal Yums. They can travel the world and sample the sweet and savory snacks from countries such as Greece, Indonesia, Colombia, and Italy. 

Crunchy, flavorful popcorn

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Popcornopolis Gourmet Popcorn Mini 5-Cone Gift Basket, available at Amazon, $22.20

We love snacking on the savory and sweet popcorn from Popcornopolis, and your recipient will, too. The delicious non-GMO popcorn comes in five flavors (zebra, kettle, cheddar cheese, caramel, and cinnamon toast) and is wrapped up in distinctive striped cones. 

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18 places to buy alcohol online – from general online liquor stores to monthly wine delivery services

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For something that’s supposed to make your night more fun or relaxing, shopping for alcohol isn’t exactly easy. 

Even if you go into a liquor store knowing what type of alcohol you’re looking for, there are countless brands to consider. And, after you make your purchase, you have to keep those glass bottles safe and secure through a bumpy car ride (or worse – a long walk home). 

 

Luckily, online delivery services are making the ordeal of buying alcohol much more convenient and enjoyable, as they do for most things (see: buying mattresses, gourmet foods, and even large house plants). You won’t have to figure out how to lug five bottles of wine home or make a mad dash to the store 15 minutes before your virtual happy hour starts. 

Companies that sell alcohol online also help you discover new varieties. With the help of personalization algorithms, their recommendations are often scarily accurate. You’ll waste less time and money by taking advantage of these online guides. 

If you want to buy your alcohol online, we’ve rounded up our favorite retailers below and divided them into these categories:

  1. General online shop: For when you know exactly what you’re looking for
  2. Discovery-based: For when you’re not sure what you like
  3. Kits and mixers: For cocktail cravings

Most places have implemented contactless delivery and ID scanning, and the elimination of customer signatures to minimize contact with its delivery people, so be sure to pay attention to delivery methods.

Here are the 18 best places to buy alcohol online: 

General online shop: For when you know exactly what you’re looking for

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1. NakedWines.com

Indie purveyors are brought to the forefront at NakedWines.com, where “Angel” customers act as investors to support small winemakers around the world. To become an Angel, you deposit $40 to your account every month to spend at any time on more wine. This membership gives you access to exclusive wines, discounts (40%-60% off), and tasting events. 

Shop wine at NakedWines.com | Read our review of NakedWines.com


2. ReserveBar

ReserveBar is the perfect place to shop for yourself and pick up gifts because it offers premium brands like Johnnie Walker and Ciroc. It’s also where you’ll find cool limited-edition products such as the Game of Thrones collection and rare beauties like a $3,650 Louis XIII cognac. To make it shine on your bar cart, add a custom engraving to a spirit of your choice. 

Shop premium, limited-edition spirits, wine, and beer at ReserveBar [Spend $100 and get $20 off your next order with the code “BUYANDSAVE”]| Read our review of ReserveBar


3. Thrive Market

Thrive Market is a marketplace focusing on natural, non-toxic, and healthy brands, so its wine selection is narrowed down to varieties that are pesticide-free, have no added sugar, and are even biodynamic. They come in variety bundles or 6-bottle cases. 

Shop wine at Thrive Market | Read our review of Thrive Market


4. Drizly

Drizly has your alcohol needs covered by delivering whatever you’re in the mood for in under an hour. Search the exact liquor, wine, or beer you need on Drizly. The prices aren’t marked up, and the delivery fee is only $5. 

Shop spirits, wine, and beer at Drizly [Use the code “INSIDER5” at checkout to receive $5 off a purchase of $20 or more] 


5. Saucey

Saucey isn’t available in as many cities as Drizly, but it promises even faster delivery (30 minutes) and it’s free, with no minimum purchase required. Get your Bud Light alongside your Ballast Point, then pick up some snacks to pair with those icy cold beverages.

Shop spirits, wine, and beer at Saucey [Use the code “INSIDER10” at checkout to receive $10 off your first order]


6. Minibar

Minibar is available in more markets than Saucey and is great for people who want the option of in-store pickup or exclusive wines. Delivery fees can depend on your local store, but you’ll still get your order within the hour. 

Shop spirits, wine, and beer at Minibar | Read our comparison of the best on-demand alcohol delivery services


7. FreshDirect

FreshDirect offers the full grocery-shopping experience, with none of the inconveniences. The New York-based delivery service carries both local and name-brand alcohol and runs deals every week, just like your local grocery store. It has a whole section of organic wine, plus a category called Select Sips, which features wine and spirits sourced from around the world. 

Shop beer and wine and spirits at FreshDirect | Read our review of FreshDirect


8. Wine.com

It’s exactly what it sounds like. Wine.com is the world’s largest wine store, where you can shop wine from regions as different as Africa, China, and Greece. Though the options are vast, they become a little easier to navigate with a filtering system, professional ratings, and a recommendation engine. Become a member for $49 annually to receive free standard shipping with no minimum orders.  

Shop wine at Wine.com [Use the code “PSCASE10” to get 10% off 12 bottles or “DECNEW100” for $20 off orders $100+ for new customers] | Read our review of Wine.com

Discovery-based: For when you’re not sure what you like

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1. Winc

California-based winery Winc, which was co-founded by sommelier Brian Smith, uses an online Palate Profile, along with your own ratings, to recommend and ship wines tailored to your tastes. The wines, which come from winemakers all over the world as well as Winc’s own vineyard, start at $13 a bottle. There’s no fee or commitment to join, and you can skip a month’s shipment any time you want. 

Discover wine at Winc [New members receive $20 off their first box] | Read our review of Winc 


2. Firstleaf

Note: Firstleaf is providing contact-less delivery by eliminating customer signatures.  

The barriers of entry to Firstleaf are low: it has a great introductory offer where you get your first six bottles for just $39.95, plus free shipping. Afterward, you’ll receive six bottles at a time, at a frequency convenient for you. The company prides itself on its custom algorithm that predicts which one of its many award-winning wine options you’ll like, and if you don’t like a bottle, you’ll get a refund. 

Discover wine at Firstleaf | Read our review of Firstleaf


3. Vinebox

Every three months, Vinebox sends you a box of nine glasses of wine packaged in individual vials. Vinebox’s unique bottling technology ensures they maintain their full flavor and mouthfeel as they make their way to your doorstep. Each quarter’s box contains seasonal varieties, wines you should be drinking right now, and other fun picks. With each box, you’ll also receive up to $30 in credits to buy the full-size versions. Vinebox also has holiday boxes in festive packaging (currently unavailable), which are great as gifts or a treat to yourself.

Discover wine at Vinebox | Read our review of Vinebox


4. Bright Cellars

Two MIT grads are behind the monthly wine club Bright Cellars, which sends four new wines each month for $80. The company has a competitive curation process — it says it only picks one out of every 12 wines it tries for the monthly collections and promises to show you hidden gems from vineyards in Italy, Spain, Portugal, and South America. 

Discover wine at Bright Cellars [New members receive $50 off their first box]


5. Tavour

The only drawback of loving craft beers is that you can’t always buy all the ones you want to try. Every day, Tavour gives you access to two beers you can’t normally get in your area (say, Anchorage Brewing’s IPA) and you claim the ones you want. It delivers to your door, so you get an international craft brewery tour without ever leaving your house. The experience also connects you to a community of fellow beer lovers. 

Discover beer at Tavour


6. Flaviar

Flaviar is a club for those who love fine spirits and have a desire to explore beyond the usual names (e.g. Jack Daniels, Johnnie Walker). With a membership, you get a complimentary full-size bottle, plus a Tasting Box every quarter, free distillery tours, and access to detailed bottle profiles. It prides itself on sharing rare and previously unattainable whiskey, rum, cognac, and more. 

Discover spirits at Flaviar

Kits and mixers: For cocktail cravings

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1. SaloonBox

Recipe cards, top-shelf spirits, and all the ingredients you need for two different cocktails are included in each month’s SaloonBox. It sends you only what you need to make the drinks, which means nothing ever goes to waste and you don’t have to search high and low for obscure ingredients. Each box is meant for two people, so pick your favorite person to try delicious cocktails like Blueberry Bourbon Collins and Kentucky Rosaritas. 

Shop cocktail kits at SaloonBox 


2. Shaker & Spoon

Shaker & Spoon doesn’t send you the liquor, but it will send you everything else — syrups, bitters, mixers, garnishes — to make 12 drinks. The three recipes in each box are designed and recommended by actual bartenders, who will be sad to miss you at the bar but understand the desire to simply stay in tonight. 

Shop cocktail kits at Shaker & Spoon [Use the code “FIRST5” to get $5 off your first order] 


3. Cocktail Courier

You don’t have to wait each month to shop for a variety of delicious cocktails at Cocktail Courier. They usually come in multiple serving sizes, so you can serve up drinks to your entire friend group, and come with the alcohol. The site also sells barware and party supplies.

Shop cocktail kits at Cocktail Courier


4. Mouth

For gourmet gifts like fancy chocolate, creatively flavored popcorn, and picnic-worthy charcuterie boards, we love shopping at Mouth. It’s also where you can shop the drinks to go along with these delicious snacks. The mixed drink kits, unfortunately, don’t contain the liquor. However, you’ll be more than happy with the artisanal mixers, seasonal specials, and quality barware offered by the site.  

Shop cocktail kits at Mouth

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We tried the beautiful bottles of Brightland olive oil you’ve seen everywhere and recommend it to everyone who loves to cook

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Extra virgin olive oil is the liquid gold of the food world. A quick drizzle of this rich and healthy oil over a slice of crusty bread or bowl of ice cream? *Chef’s kiss.* 

It’s easy to pick up some olive oil at your local grocery store, but as Brightland founder Aishwarya Iyer learned, not every bottle of EVOO is created equal. The industry is rife with rancid or adulterated olive oil, meaning it’s blended with cheap, lower-grade oils, and most of us don’t even realize it. 

She created Brightland, a direct-to-consumer olive oil company, to give home cooks the honest, high-quality olive oil they deserve. Though it only launched in 2018, it’s seeing huge success as a must-own food product that tastes as elevated as it looks. 

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How Brightland’s olive oil is different 

Brightland olive oil is made in California with hand-picked, organic heirloom olives. They’re harvested early in the process, giving them a slightly bitter, grassy taste, and milled in a certified organic mill. 

Extra virgin olive oil contains polyphenols, which are high in antioxidants and linked to health benefits like lowering cholesterol and blood pressure. Brightland’s contain more polyphenols than the average EVOO (307-381 milligrams per kilogram, compared to 100-250 mg/kg). As a result, it’s healthy and also tastes extra sharp and peppery in the back of your throat. 

Brightland olive oil comes in UV-powder coated glass bottles that protect the contents from light damage. The all-white bottle, adorned with sleek and simple labeling, immediately differentiates it from the tall ochre and green bottles you’d normally hide away in your kitchen cabinet. 

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Review of Brightland olive oil

The brand’s two flagship products are the Awake ($37) and the Alive ($37). The Awake, with its herbaceous and grassy taste, is meant for hearty entrees and sides like pasta, bread, chicken, roasted vegetables, and fried eggs. Meanwhile, the Alive is smoother and nuttier, best enjoyed in salad dressings, baked goods, and desserts. 

Here are our thoughts on each. 

The Awake: Here are the only supplies you’ll need for a perfect breakfast: Brightland’s Awake olive oil, two large eggs, Made In’s nonstick pan, and a spatula from Material Kitchen or Potluck. With the exception of the eggs, it’s a D2C dream-kitchen set-up. Since olive oil has a higher smoke point than butter (Brightland’s is 410°F), the eggs get super crispy and turn a beautiful golden-brown. It’s my favorite way to enjoy eggs now that I have Awake on hand. The olive oil also brings out the flavors of proteins like a simply spiced steak, and it’s easier to attain a crisp exterior and soft interior for my roasted carrots and potatoes.

The olive oil makes every dish and meal feel like a treat. So, too, does the price, which is more than I’m ordinarily willing to pay for, but it does make Brightland a great treat-yourself, housewarming, or hostess gift. -Connie Chen, senior reporter

The Alive: Ina Garten, my personal goddess, taught me about the merits of using “good” olive oil for dressings and drizzles. For any and all uncooked or room temperature dishes that require a gentle coating of olive oil, I prefer a bright, crisp, just-shy-of-bitter flavor with a peppery finish, and that’s just what The Alive gave me. 

I used it most recently to dress a salad of thinly sliced celery, chopped dried apricots, toasted pecans, and crunchy Maldon salt, and splashed on a bit of white wine vinegar at the end for some acid. The oil coated everything so nicely and made a salad that had really just been a way to use up bits and pieces from the fridge and pantry feel like something truly special. -Sally Kaplan, senior editor 

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You can buy Awake and Alive separately, or together as The Duo for $74. According to the brand, three-quarters of Brightland’s customers go for The Duo to try out both varieties. If you want to save a bit of money, you can also subscribe to a delivery ($65) every one, two, or three months. Twenty percent of customers choose the subscription option, which includes an exclusive Text Concierge service for recipe advice and dinner party inspiration. 

Be on the lookout for limited-edition olive oils, too. There’s Ardor, a bold and spicy olive oil blended with a variety of peppers, and Lucid, the brand’s first flavored EVOO blended with lemons. Both cost slightly more than the usual at $40. 

Clearly, Brightland is a beautifully packaged olive oil, but it goes beyond it. It’s healthier and carefully made so you can taste the difference between dishes finished with Brightland and what you’re currently using. 

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