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.

1
Jigger
Cocktail recipes are just that, recipes, for a reason. They are made with the balance of flavors in mind, so measuring with a jigger is key. This one has a 1-ounce side and a 2-ounce side.
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Cocktail Shaker
A cocktail shaker is key to mixing up a ton of cocktail recipes. Fill it with ice, your ingredients and add the lid — then shake it like a polaroid picture and strain into your glass.
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Citrus Press
If you like cocktails that feature lime or lemon juice, you might want to invest in a citrus press. It makes squeezing out the juice so much easier, trust me!
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Hawthorne Strainer
When decanting from a cocktail shaker, you need a good strainer. This helps you keep the shaker ice from dropping into your cocktail, as well as any bits of herbs or fruit pulp from citrus.
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5
Fine Strainer
Sometimes you need a strainer that can keep even more stuff out, and that's when you pull out the fine-mesh strainer.
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Cocktail Muddler
When you need to mash fruits and herbs for a cocktail, you need a muddler. They are perfect for smashing and crushing.
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Bar Spoon
A bar spoon is key for the stirred drinks that you don't want to shake in a mixer. Use them in a cocktail shaker or a mixing glass.
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Mixing Glass
Mixing glasses are gorgeous additions to a bar cart, plus they're great for any cocktail you need to stir and not shake.
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Ice Cube Molds
Cocktails need ice! Use boiled water to make clear ice. This set of trays includes a set to make large cubes as well as spheres.
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Corkscrew
Sometimes you're not making cocktails, but are serving wine! It's always good to have a bottle or two on hand for those who don't like liquor. Keep a corkscrew on your bar cart for those moments.
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Bottle Opener
A bottle opener is not only for beer, but also handy for cocktail mixers like ginger beer or club soda that might come in an old-school bottle.
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12
Coasters
Coasters make a lovely addition to a bar card, plus they protect your tables from pesky drink rings!
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