Bar Star Scott Baird on What to Get the Cocktail Geek in Your Life

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Bartender-Scott-BairdCocktail accessories are some of our favorite gifts to give during the holiday season. But what if the home bar enthusiast in your life already has the perfect shaker, a tasteful set of glassware and a curated collection of spirits?


To answer this tough question, we asked bartender Scott Baird, founding partner of cocktail firm The Bon Vivants, creator of the San Francisco bar Trick Dog and Williams-Sonoma Chefs’ Collective member, for insider gifting advice on what he calls the “super bar nerd.”


From an electric juicer to a dehydrator that’s perfect for making memorable drink garnishes, keep reading for five ideas tailored to that cocktail geek who thinks he already has everything.





1. A Food Scale

Scott says: “You can’t be consistent without one of these—and, of course, the Moleskin next to it that holds all the secrets to all the delicious recipes in exact weights and measures.” 

His pick: OXO Food Scale with 11-lb Capacity

2. An Electric Juicer

Scott says: “You can’t make great drinks without great juice. This machine can juice anything. Save your leftovers (especially the pineapple ones!) and use them in the dehydrator.”

His pickBreville Juice Fountain Duo Juicer


3. A Dehydrator

Scott says: “A dehydrator is invaluable. Concentrate flavors for infusions. Dry out the leftovers from the Breville juicer to make a powder. Make gossamer-thin citrus chips to garnish your drinks. Have endless fun making things that will not spoil.”

His pick: Excalibur 9-Tray Digital Controller Dehydrator

4. A Vacuum Sealer

Scott says: “This is serious, we know, but it is the real deal.  If you want to play like the pros, Polyscience is the way to do it.  This machine makes infusions amazing, adds lifespan to everything, and is just really, really cool.”

His pick: Polyscience 300 Series Chamber Vacuum Sealer

5. Smart Thermometer

Scott says: “Precision means consistency, and that is everything. This is a must have for the techie and the purist alike.”

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