Build-a-Bar: The Best Bar Essentials for the Happiest of Hours
With summer entertaining around the corner, there’s no better time to stock up on home bar accessories and upgrades. Whether you’re looking to elevate your hostess game or are outfitting for the first time, we’ve rounded up a comprehensive list of staples every booze enthusiast will require to bring happy hour home. Bottoms up!
Cocktail Kingdom Seamless Paddle Mixing Glass ($40)
Cocktails composed entirely of alcohol (straight-up martinis) or very light mixers should be stirred, not shaken. Mixing glasses are traditionally made of glass rather than metal, as glass is a more effective insulator. It also allows for a bit of showmanship, as your guests can enjoy watching the cocktail come together.
CB2 Cylinder Pink Champagne Flute ($3)
Ideal for any carbonated spirit, the champagne flute’s long and slender design maintains the effervescence of the drink by reducing the surface area at the opening of the bowl. The deeper the bowl, the more dramatic the effect of the bubbles rising through the glass to the surface.
Old Dutch Solid Copper Hammered Moscow Mule Mug ( $34 ) ($12)
The copper mug is a favorite for summer cocktail hour. The signature vessel for the Moscow Mule—composed of vodka, ginger beer, and lime—adds to both the temperature and the taste. When vodka comes into contact with copper, the copper oxidizes and slightly bumps up the aroma, while the metal keeps the drink ice-cold.
Cocktail Kingdom Bitters Bottle ($16)
If you really want to step up your mixology game, consider making your own bitters. Angostura Bitters is the most well-known and popular bitter on the market. The distinctive blend of tropical herbs and plants is used in a litany of classic cocktails, from Manhattans to old fashioneds to Rob Roys.
What is your go-to summer cocktail? Fill us in on what you’re imbibing.