It's one thing to infuse some liquor with peppers to add a little spice, but normally adding hot sauce to your drink is a surefire way to make sure it doesn't taste quite right. Which is why they make Bittermens Hellfire Habanero Shrub. Similar to bitters, this concentrated syrup is fortified with alcohol to better extract the flavors of the spices, and is perfect for adding a solid kick of heat to any cocktail. Just don't go overboard — normally just a couple of drops will do the trick.
Whether you want to liven up your family's dull holiday get-together, or be the life of the party when your high school classmates gather together over break, the Tumi Mixology Backpack ($700) will carry all the supplies you need. This backpack features coated Italian canvas construction with leather trim, and comes with all the gear you need to mix up a range of cocktails (gear like one- and two-ounce jiggers, a shaker, and a mixing spoon). It also sports plenty of additional pockets, slots, and sleeves to accommodate every bottle, mixer, and garnish you could ever need.
Visiting trendy cocktail bars can give you the opportunity to taste some impressive concoctions, but sometimes the price of one of these drinks can be tough to swallow. The Molecular Mixology Kit ($60) gives you the opportunity to recreate some of those high end cocktails in the privacy of your own home, and for a fraction of the price. The kit includes five pre-measured food additives, three specialized molecular tools as well as a 30-recipe DVD to help you keep your drink choices varied. So make room in the lab and add some intensity and new flavor to your cocktails.