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Bar Tools You’ll Actually Use

Become a pro-bartender for your next cocktail party—these are the tools that make all the difference.

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October 19, 2021
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A home bar setup.

Do you take your cocktails seriously? Good! Then you need serious bar tools. Unsplashed

There’s nothing quite like visiting a high-end cocktail bar where the bartenders mix outstanding drinks with confidence, the lights are low, and the playlist is always just right. But even with perfect ambience, a solid cocktail experience isn’t complete without an expertly prepared drink. Regardless of your prowess, you too can recreate the classics at home using only a few key tools that will make all the difference. Every single one of these tools sits upon my bar at home, making a weekday happy hour even better knowing that I’ll be sipping a top-notch cocktail from the comforts of my couch.


MOFADO Crystal Cocktail Mixing Glass - 18oz 550ml - Thick Weighted Bottom

With its heavy weighted bottom, this cocktail glass is guaranteed to remain sturdy while stirring up your next old-fashioned or negroni. Mofado

Handcrafted from lead-free crystal, accidentally cracking or breaking the glass is no longer a concern. Not only will you be able to focus on mixing up a cocktail like your favorite bartender, the crystal-cut design of the glass itself makes for a classy addition to any home bar.


Hiware LZS13B 12 Inches Stainless Steel Mixing Spoon

A cocktail mixing glass is nothing without its companion—a good bar spoon. Hiware

The twisted center of this spoon ensures a controlled grip when swiftly swirling. At 12 inches long, there’s enough length to mix your next cocktail sans sticky splashes. Better still, the spoon is dishwasher safe.

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OXO SteeL Cocktail Strainer

The rubber finger rest for better handling to keep the strainer on tight while serving your guests. OXO

Easily fitting into most basic shakers, the clogging of fruit and herbs can be a big issue with many strainers but the springy circumference of this one has just the right amount of spacing between the coils to limit that, offering up a clean pour every time.


Premium Cocktail Shaker Set

In a world where hundreds of cocktail shakers exist, this is the only one you need. Top Shelf Bar Supply

The extremely basic two-cup pairing are both made of 100% stainless steel and prioritize functionality over flash. It’s built with a water-tight seal that allows you to shake with assurance and you won’t ever need to worry about it freezing shut, a frustrating flaw with a lot of shakers.


8" Long Stainless Steel Cocktail Muddlers by HQY, Muddler

You can’t make a successful mojito or whiskey smash without a muddler. HQY

Dishwasher safe and durable, there isn’t a recipe out there this muddler cannot handle. Unlike its wooden counterparts, this tool won’t breakdown or peel away after a few cocktail parties.

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The Original Vacu Vin Wine Saver with 2 Vacuum Stoppers

An open bottle of wine has a very short shelf life before turning rancid but it’s possible to extend your next bottle with this wine saver. Vacu Vin

Simply pump one of the stoppers in until you hear the signature “click” and voilà…you’ve just bought yourself some extra time to sip and savor without sacrificing quality.


Marquis by Waterford 165118 Markham Double Old Fashioned Glasses

Part of the enjoyment of imbibing fine spirits is the vessel itself. Marquis by Waterford

If you went to the best cocktail bar in the world and they served a gin and tonic in a plastic glass that would surely destroy the moment. Serving a high-quality drink in a crystal glass instantly brings that sophisticated cocktail bar feel to your home. The Waterford Markham Collection, made in Italy, comes with 4 Old-Fashioned style glasses suitable for most traditional cocktails. Other style options such as the hiball, goblet, and flute are also available.

Omishome Complete Bartender Mixology Kit

This collection includes everything you need to hold happy hour at home. Omishome

Having trouble finding that corkscrew or cocktail spoon? What drawer did you put those straws in? Stop stressing about lost tools and consider a mixology set like this one. The items all match and they’re conveniently stored in this attractive bamboo stand. It’s sophisticated enough to place on your bar cart or bookshelf. We love how all the tools fit snuggly in the stand – no chance they’ll slide out and fall to the floor. The only thing you’re missing is the booze and the house guests.

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Michellina Jones is a contributing writer to Florida Travel & Life, an online brand that inspires active, affluent travelers, providing them with insider information on discovering the best of Florida. Informative and engaging, the website showcases travel destinations, arts and cultural venues, vibrant dining scenes, recreational activities, the great outdoors and the revitalized real-estate market. Michellina enjoys traveling to great food destinations worldwide and loves exploring boutique hotels.

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