Whether you’re throwing a dinner party or simply enjoy a perfectly shaken, not stirred, after dinner cocktail, you need more than a bottle of gin or tonic to play bartender. Whether you’re new at mixology or just want to upgrade your at-home bar cart tools—here’s how to pick out the essentials.
Everything You Need
This rust-proof pack includes a stirrer, muddler, strainer and more. Mixology & Craft
If you’re whipping up cocktails for multiple people (or servings), you’ll want the convenience of making at least two to three drinks at a time. The shaker is the main tool that brings all your ingredients together so you want one that’s at least 24 ounces to create and pour multiple drinks at once.
This one comes with detailed instructions. Cresimo
If you’re just getting into the art of cocktail creations, there are three essentials tools you need: a good shaker, a measuring jigger and a spoon. Those tools will set you up for classic drinks (think martinis or Manhattans) before you’re ready to move into the more complicated cocktails that need muddling, twists and other frills.
Pretty enough to be home decor, and it comes with a bonus pouch for travel. Barillio
An experienced at-home bartender may want to upgrade to tools that look as good as your drinks taste. A set that comes with its own stand and sleek tools doubles as interesting and chic home decor. The bonus? Nothing gets lost or mixed up with other kitchen tools.