From gin to wheat beer, there's a DIY kit for that.

By Bridget Hallinan
May 26, 2020
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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

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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

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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

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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

IPA Kit

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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.

To buy: Mr. Beer Long Play IPA Craft Beer Making Kit, $23.50; target.com
Mr. Beer Long Play IPA Craft Beer Making Kit, $32 (was $40); bedbathandbeyond.com

Homemade Limoncello Kit

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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

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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.

To buy: Craft A Brew Hard Cider Brewing Kit, $45; williams-sonoma.com
Mr. Beer Hard Apple Cider Kit, $39; bedbathandbeyond.com

Cabernet Sauvignon Kit

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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.

To buy: Craft A Brew Wine Making Kit, Cabernet Sauvignon, $60; houzz.com and uncommongoods.com

BrewDemon Plus Beer Kit

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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

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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

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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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