The Best Bar Tools

Your home bar needs the absolute best bar tools! Make sure you’ve got everything you need for all your home cocktail mixing.

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Whether you already have a new bar cart set up at home, or you’re already getting by with a few basics, it’s good to have a checklist in mind so you can start shopping for the essentials and get to mixing up tons of good drinks.

I remember when I first got really into mixing cocktails at home. My first purchase was a gold jigger, AKA one of those little hourglass-shaped cups you see bartenders to measure alcohol.

Next I picked out a better juicer for citrus (which comes in so handy for my favorite Moscow mules and so many other drinks. Oh, and for cooking too!)

Then later I invested in a matching cocktail shaker, bar spoon, corkscrew and bottle opener.

Tips & Tricks

Pick a color scheme for your home bar tools so that everything matches. With a little searching, you can find bar tools in tones of silver, gold or copper — and sometimes even black or bright colors. You don’t have to buy everything in a “set,” but stick to the color scheme as you add to your collection for a uniform look.

Of course, you don’t need a ton of fancy tools to get the job done. There are many ways to hack a cocktail with what you have.

But these tools were made to do their jobs, so they’re a must if you want to get serious about mixing great drinks at home.

You will have tons of fun picking out your home bar tools! I’m honestly a little jealous you’re embarking on this new adventure, so please enjoy it for me!

Here are some more tips for building and stocking a bar at home from some bar experts around the country.

The Best Bar Tools

Stock your bar with the best bar tools around. Pick a color scheme and add on more essentials as you can. Your cocktails will thank you!

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