Home Bar Essentials: Tools of the Trade

By Bill Lindsey
Bill Lindsey
Bill Lindsey
Bill Lindsey is an award-winning writer based in South Florida. He covers real estate, automobiles, timepieces, boats, and travel topics.
October 29, 2021 Updated: October 29, 2021

The ultimate home office upgrade is a home bar to celebrate victories, or the end of a long, hard day. Beyond stocking your favorite wine, liquor, and mixers, you’ll need the following essential accessories to become an expert mixologist at home.

Measure It Carefully

Fifth & Vermouth Multi-Level Jigger, Stainless Steel. MSRP: $13.95

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The trick to consistently delicious drinks is the correct amount of ingredients. Fifth & Vermouth’s multi-level jigger provides easy-to-read measurements from 1/2 to 2 1/2 ounces, as well as milliliter and tablespoon measurements. Crafted of stainless steel, it features a wide, no-spill base.

Shaken Not Stirred

Elevated Craft Hybrid Cocktail Shaker. MSRP: $69.99

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Accomplished mixologists use a shaker to thoroughly mix and chill drink ingredients, with the ice also diluting the mixture for the proper taste. The sleek cobbler-style shaker with an integrated strainer from Elevated Craft is great for home use.

Stir Things Up

A Bar Above Copper Smooth Bar Spoons. MSRP: $14.98

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Cocktails combining spirits are best served stirred. Stirred drinks are less diluted and less chilled with more “texture” than those shaken. A set of copper spoons from A Bar Above works in all glasses to ensure thorough mixtures without splashing.

Never Run Out of Ice

Newair Countertop Clear Ice Maker. MSRP: $299.99

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A drink can’t clink without ice, making a steady supply a must. The countertop-sized Newair ice maker utilizes a supercooled ice tray to make a fresh batch of perfectly shaped, crystal-clear cubes every 7 minutes, for up to 40 pounds per day.

An Effortless Pop

Le Creuset Original Lever and Foil Cutter. MSRP: $100

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In searching for a wine opener, look for one that removes the cork in one smooth motion to prevent it from crumbling or breaking. The iconic Le Creuset Lever and Foil Cutter is an ideal choice for home mixologists.

Serve in Style

Match Rocks Glass. MSRP: $84.00

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Presentation is an often-overlooked aspect of mixology; using the correct glass for the drink is critical to perfecting the art. The artisans at Match offer a wide selection of unique, pewter-accented glassware, such as this rocks glass.

Bill Lindsey
Bill Lindsey is an award-winning writer based in South Florida. He covers real estate, automobiles, timepieces, boats, and travel topics.