First things first: If you don’t have a built-in or stand-alone dry bar in your home, a bar cart provides the perfect mobile party station. We love the classic double-decker design for easy access and organization.
Vintage Zeppelin Cocktail Shaker (price upon request)
The shaker is the most basic of bar must-haves. Used to shake cocktails that include mixers from juice to egg whites, the classic tool blends and aerates flavors.
The classic Hawthorne strainer is designed to fit atop the strainer, separating herbs or shards of ice for the perfect pour.
Intended for making cocktails that require smashed ingredients, like the mojito, the muddler is used to crush anything from mint to fruit.
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.
Cocktail recipes call for ingredients in units of two ounces or less. The jigger is a small measuring cup used to measure out quantities for shaken and stirred cocktails.
With its long handle, the mixing spoon reaches to the bottom of a cocktail shaker to ensure all the ingredients come together seamlessly.
As opposed to electric or manual presses, a hand-press citrus juicer will allow for greater control over the amount of juice doling out for mixed drinks.
Once you’ve outfitted the basics, invest in festive party accoutrements. Designed to hold measured spirits or liquor, a proper shot glass collection is a go-to for turning up the party. This serving paddle is sure to go over like gangbusters.
The martini glass is designed for chilled drinks that contain an aromatic element. The wide tapered bowl form allows maximized aroma while the long stem allows for the cocktail to be held without altering the temperature.
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.
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.
The highball qualifies as any mixed drink composed of a base spirit and a larger proportion of non-alcoholic mixer, the most common being the traditional scotch and soda. Invest in a set of beautiful crystal tumblers to imbibe properly.
Decanters double as beautiful décor and are designed with longevity in mind. Choose a design with an airtight seal to ensure you don’t lose booze to evaporation over time.
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.
While hosting a party, creating cocktails in bulk will cut down on prep time so you can allocate your hours to mingling (not just mixing.) Go for artful pitchers.
Never run out of club soda again thanks to this modern luxury. The ultimate DIY addition to any home bar, sparkling water makers turn tap water to carbonated mixers in a matter of seconds.
A sleek and elevated ice bucket is one artful accessory that promises to get plenty of use. This Italian pewter-and-crystal number adds a dose of handsome cool to any setup.
What is your go-to summer cocktail? Fill us in on what you’re imbibing.