Cocktail Kits to Create an At-Home Bar Experience

These cocktail kits rival that of your favorite bartender’s.

Woman holding a cocktail sitting beside a cute white and brown dog
Mix up a delicious at-home cocktail, virgin or otherwise.Unsplash/Tamara Bellis

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.

Mixology Bartender Kit: 10-Piece Black Bar Set Cocktail Shaker Set with Stylish Bamboo Stand

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.

Martini Kit with Measuring Jigger and Mixing Spoon plus Drink Recipes Booklet

Beginner Basics

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.

Copper 23-Piece Bartender Kit Cocktail Shaker Set by BARILLIO

Portable Set

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.