10 Ways to Help Dad Make His Own Booze at Home
From gin to wheat beer, there's a DIY kit for that.
If your dad has a favorite drink, be it a glass of Cabernet or a pint of IPA, consider going the DIY route this Father's Day. There are kits for making beer, gin, and limoncello, and even wine at home that would make fun gifts—plus, liquor infusion kits for adding flavors to tequila, vodka, and more (the latter would be a particularly good fit for cocktail enthusiasts). Read on for 10 great options, and make sure you order soon so everything arrives in time.
Homemade Gin Kit
This kit helps you turn your favorite bottle of vodka into gin, using juniper berries and a blend of spices and botanicals. You can opt for the standard kit ($50), or buy one with a refill for $68.
To buy: W&P The Homemade Gin Kit, $50-$68; food52.com
Liquor Infusion Kit
Food52 also has a few different liquor infusion kit bundles available from Teroforma—the infusion kit and bar essentials combination not only provides a bottle and infusion basket (plus, a stainless steel straw), but infusion blends meant for whiskey, vodka, tequila, and gin, too. For example, the tequila flavors include chili, smoky, and lime, while the gin includes floral, ginger, and lime.
To buy: Teroforma 1pt Liquor Infusion Set (Infusion Kit + Bar Essentials), $155; food52.com
Ultimate Homebrewer's Kit
Uncommon Goods customers gave this brewing kit a nearly perfect rating, at 4.9-stars based on 30 reviews. It makes five gallons of beer, with the option to pick either "Oktoberfest Ale" or "West Coast IPA." Brewing instructions are linked to the product page, and also outline what the kit includes along with what you'll need to supply.
To buy: Ultimate Homebrewer's Kit, $250; uncommongoods.com
For IPA fans, Mr. Beer's Long Play IPA Beer Kit received great reviews across several retailers, including Target and Bed Bath & Beyond. The kit includes a compact fermenter, one can of brewing extract, no-rinse cleaner, pre-measured carbonation drops, and instructions.
Homemade Limoncello Kit
With the addition of vodka, sugar, and lemons, this kit helps you make your own limoncello.
To buy: Homemade Limoncello Kit, $50; uncommongoods.com
Hard Cider Kit
For dads who prefer hard cider, Williams-Sonoma has an option from Craft A Brew (pictured) that makes three batches (10 12-ounce bottles per batch), and Mr. Beer has a well-reviewed kit, too.
Cabernet Sauvignon Kit
This Cabernet Sauvignon kit, which makes Napa Valley Cabernet, got great reviews from Uncommon Goods customers—although it's currently out of stock there, you can also find it at Houzz.com.
BrewDemon Plus Beer Kit
BrewDemon's kit uses a canonical fermenter, yielding two gallons of beer. The malts are handcrafted in New Zealand, per the product description.
To buy: BrewDemon 2-Gallon Plus Beer Kit, $90; bedbathandbeyond.com
Wheat Beer Kit
This kit includes tools for making one gallon (about nine to ten 12-ounce bottles) of a light-bodied wheat beer with a 6.8% ABV.
To buy: Brooklyn Brew Shop Afternoon Wheat Beer Making Kit, $48; crateandbarrel.com
Whiskey Barrel and Whiskey Kit
For DIY whiskey, this personalized whiskey barrel comes with options to add whiskey-making kits as well. The barrels are available in two liter and five liter sizes, and in addition to just Tennessee whiskey, there are whiskey and rum kit combinations, too.
To buy: Personalized Whiskey Barrel (with kits), $98-$200; uncommongoods.com
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