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Tools for Your Home Bar

Tools for Your Home Bar

My go-to cocktails are a Manhattan, Negroni or Paloma. No matter your drink of choice, we've put together a selection of useful—and stylish–tools every home bartender should have.

Person making cocktail pouring from jigger into cocktail shaker

First, you'll want a jigger to measure the exact amount of alcohol the recipe calls for. And if you’re like James Bond, you’ll also need a shaker. Whether you shake or stir, it helps to have a strainer for pouring drinks.

 Hammered Steel Shaker from Viski and Boston Shaker from Blomus

If you like an herbaceous or fruity essence, you’ll also want a muddler for crushing the herbs and fruits. I like a refreshing squeeze of a lemon or lime so I prefer a citrus press to keep seeds out of my drink. Large ice cubes add a great look and melt slower so there's less dilution of your tasty cocktail.

 Beechwood Muddler in glass and Black Citrus Press

Large Ice cube going into rocks glass

4-pc Cocktail Tools Kit from Viski

If you're stocking a new home bar, there are multi-piece barware sets and others for taking your mixology skills on the road. Foster & Rye Canvas Roll-Up Cocktail Kit and W&P Cocktail Canteen

In addition to the bar tools, you’ll also want a selection of glassware—starting with rocks and highball glasses. Although, my new favorite is the coupe. They make any cocktail sexier. Other glassware to consider is shot, beer and wine glasses.

Modern Home Bar Breezeway Rocks Glass Blue and LSA Borough Coupe and Wine Glass

Finally, don’t forget coasters for protecting the furniture.

Tramake Cement Coasters and Graf Lantz Felted Wool Coasters

Who's ready for a Manhattan?

2 oz. Bourbon (or Rye)
1 oz. Sweet Vermouth
2 dashes Angostura Bitters

Add all ingredients to a mixing glass. 
Add ice and stir well. 
Strain into a chilled coupe (or a rocks glass with ice).
Garnish with brandied cherries
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