Best DIY Kits
Homemade Hot Sauce Kit
This make-your-own-hot sauce kit allows you to adjust the heat to your liking and play around with different combinations of dried chiles. ($44) darbysmart.com.
Easy & Oskey Bitters Kit
This Easy & Oskey Bitters kit is an ideal gift for the cocktail fanatic. Whether you decide to go for the habanero or experiment with your own flavor profile using the “naked” kit, every detail is taken care of. The kit even includes mini glass bottles with custom labels, perfect for sharing (or showing off) your final concoction. ($45) easyandoskey.com.
The Homemade Gin Kit
Turn a ho-hum bottle of vodka into fantastic homemade gin in just 36 hours. This adorable kit from DIY pros Darby Smart uses an aromatic blend of botanicals like coriander, lavender, rose hips and the essential juniper berry. ($49) darbysmart.com.
Hard Cider Kit from Brooklyn Brew Shop
Take full advantage of fall and that abundance of fresh apples in your CSA with this super-easy cider kit. To quote Brooklyn Brew Shop, “Making hard cider is even easier than making beer, and making beer is pretty easy!” ($40) brooklynbrewshop.com.
Blue Bottle Travel Coffee Kit
From the sturdy canvas Timbuk2 bag to the Falcon Enamelware mugs, this stylish and compact kit is a must for every coffee snob. Added bonus: Blue Bottle throws in their own custom wool “zarfs”—that’s the fancy koozie that fits around your cup. bluebottlecoffee.com.
Craft a Brew Oktoberfest Ale Brewing Kit
Step outside of the generic home brew kit and try this full-bodied, malty beer from Craft a Brew. All equipment, hops and spices are included—all you need is a group of thirsty friends. Prost! ($45) craftabrew.com.
Mama O's Homemade Kimchi Kit
This easy-to-use kit allows you to make fresh, crunchy kimchi in only two days. For those who like a lot of heat, definitely go for the funky, “super spicy” kimchi paste. ($45) kimchirules.com.
Global Grub DIY Jerk Chicken with Coconut Rice
A fresh and accessible introduction to cooking around the world, Global Grub kits have clear step-by-step instructions and do most of the ingredient sourcing for you. The jerk chicken kit even packages the hot habaneros separately so you can play it safe or go for that classic mouth-burning heat. ($9.99) globalgrub.com.
Kombucha Brooklyn Home Brew Kit
Kitchen Curry Master Spice Kit
An Indian pantry at your fingertips, the Curry Master sends you all of the hard-to-find spices you need to develop the complex flavors of a rich curry or an authentic aloo gobi. Also, when you run out, you can order refills right off their site. ($59.99 for the 2 lb. spice kit) kitchencurrymaster.com.