Stuck for a stylish present for the cocktail lover in your life? Well, if you appreciate quirky and good quality then it has to be the Tipplesworth Case packed with alcohol and bar equipment needed to make a special cocktail. The brainchild of former mixologist Frankie Snobel she’s partnered her expertise in the shaking department with her love of retro barware.
The Mince Pie Martini Case has all you need to make a classic Christmas cocktail, everything comes in a hard tartan case. The cases all have separated compartments and this one has 70cl of Skipper Rum, Frankie’s own-recipe Mince Pie Syrup 25cl (which is as Christmas as it gets); King’s Orchard Cox Apple Juice 75cl, A tin and glass Boston Shaker; a four-pronged Hawthorn Strainer; a Jigger (spirit measure); 2 unbreakable stemless Martini glasses and the all-important recipe.
Here’s Frankie with her instructional video (which are fun in themselves – in the style of Bewitched) for the Mince Pie Martini.
For the Don Draper in your life it has to be The Old Fashion Case. It has, you’ve got it, everything to make a classic Whiskey cocktail. 70cl of Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon; Tipplesworth Pure Cane Sugar Syrup 25cl; Angostura Bitters 10cl; a Barspoon; a Y-Shaped Peeler; a Jigger; 2 unbreakable old-fashioned tumbler glasses; Old Fashioned recipe card.
Here’s Frankie showing you how.
And my favourite has to be the Bramble Case a gin-based cocktail which combines sweet blackberry and lemon into a delicious drink. In a tweed case, this beautiful showpiece has been made to be flung open to start any party. It has Sipsmith London Dry Gin 35cl; Merlet Creme de Mure 20cl; Tipplesworth Pure Cane Sugar Syrup 25cl; Tipplewsorth Pure and Organic Lemon Juice 25cl; a tin and glass Boston Shaker; a four-pronged Hawthorn Strainer; a Jigger; 2 unbreakable tumbler glasses and a recipe card for the Bramble.
Frankie on the London-born Bramble.
The cases are bespoke and handmade by a suitcase factory which is almost 100 years old. Inspired by the travelling drink cases that existed in mid-century America, all the patterns are picked by Frankie to make sure her product is of an exceptionally high quality and looks as good as the cocktails taste.
I sampled both the Mince Pie and the Bramble – both were cocktails I’d not had before and would thoroughly recommend making – even if you can’t afford the kit. You can buy Frankie’s homemade Mince Pie Syrup for £9.95.
Harvey Nichols is stocking the full range of cases at £185 and a couple of the syrups.
All of the cases can be restocked on the Tipplesworth website.