Everything you need to make cocktails at home (minus the booze). Making and mixing cocktails is actually more involved than you might think. I have spent about 2 years compiling my tool kit from experimentation, talking to experts from LA to Austin and of course, shopping on Amazon.
This is a complete list of EVERYTHING I have found and use. Enjoy!
he New Cocktail Hour: The Essential Guide to Hand-Crafted Drinks
This is a fantastic book to help you find and discover new drinks as well as fun history behind them. Currently $12-15. Purchase HERE.
Stainless Steel Boston Shaker: 2-piece Set: 18oz Unweighted & 28oz Weighted Professional Bartender Cocktail Shaker
These are the ONLY way to shake. I bought mine in LA on a recent visit and am so happy I bought them. You will feel like a pro and love using them. Currently $19.99. Purchase HERE.
Winco Stainless Steel 4-Prong Bar Strainer
After you shake or stir, you will need to strain your drink out into the glass. This is the best. Currently $3.98. Purchase HERE.
NEW, Update International 11-Inch Stainless Steel Bar Spoon, Bar Spoons, Twist-Neck, Barware Mixing Spoon – set of 2
Perfect for stirring. Period. Currently $5.00. Purchase HERE.
Samuelworld Ice Cube Tray Large Size Silicone Flexible 8 Cavity Ice Maker for Whiskey and Cocktails, Keep Drinks Chilled
Treat yourself or your guests to awesome ice cubes with this square ice cube set. Currently $12.78. Purchase HERE.
Barfly M37005CP Japanese Jigger, 1 oz x 2 oz, Copper
My favorite jigger when mixing cocktails. And it looks great! Currently $13.00. Purchase HERE
OXO SteeL Muddler with Non-Scratch Nylon Head and Soft Non-Slip Grip
For this times when you need to crush a fruit or a mint. Currently $13.95. Purchase HERE.
Victorinox 47600 3.25 Inch Paring Knife with Straight Edge, Spear Point, Black, 3.25″
A great little knife for cutting zest peels or bits depending on your drink. Currently $7.63. Purchase HERE.
1Easylife Stainless Steel Lemon Zester Grater with Channel Knife and Hanging Loop
A little more help if you like to zest correctly. Currently $6.99. Purchase HERE.
Algonquin Cocktail Glass (“Entertaining Set” of 4)
While these aren’t cheap, a “Coupe” glass is a must. The main reason is that many cocktails call for them and (fun fact!) holding the stem keeps the drink from getting warm from your hand if its a cold drink. Currently $44.00. Purchase HERE.
Taylor’d Milestones Whiskey Glass, Premium 10 oz Scotch Glasses, Set of 2 Rocks Style Glassware for Bourbon and Old Fashioned Cocktails
Another staple cocktail glass or for pairing a spirit neat if the order should arise. Currently $21.95. Purchase HERE.
Anchor Hocking 5 Ounce Measuring Glass
If you need to mix up more than what a jigger can hold. Moscow Mules are a great example of needing one of these. Currently $7.70. Purchase HERE.
Pyrex Prepware 2-Cup Measuring Cup
If you want to scale up a recipe you might need to measure even more. Use this, it’s perfect. Currently $17.99. Purchase HERE.
Amaro: The Spirited World of Bittersweet, Herbal Liqueurs, with Cocktails, Recipes, and Formulas
A DEEP dive into the world of Amaro. If you want to get into cocktails, this is a must read, since amaro is such a big part. Currently $13.99 – $17.68. Purchase HERE.
Thirsty Rhino Karan, Round 1.5 oz Shot Glass with Heavy Base, Clear Glass, Set of 4
Not a need, but helpful if someone wants to “try” something. This way you don’t dirty up a big glass. Currently $7.99. Purchase HERE.
Moscow Mule Copper Mugs Set of 4 – Solid Copper Handcrafted Copper Mugs for Moscow Mule Cocktail – 16 Ounce
Make the Moscow Mules look pretty. Or other drinks! Currently $29.99. Purchase HERE.
Lenox Tuscany Classics Martini Glasses, Set of 4
You don’t need these but if you want to make a Martini, you just sorta kinda NEED to have these. Currently $29.99. Purchase HERE.
Corkcicle Whiskey Wedge – (Double Old Fashioned Glass + Silicone Ice Form)
An amazing gift idea or to use if its you and a friend. They are a bit gimmicky but actually fun to use. Currently $17.95. Purchase HERE.
Utopia Towels Kitchen Bar Mop Cleaning Towels – (16 by 19 inches) Pure Cotton White
Clean up your mess. PLEASE! Currently $16.99. Purchase HERE.
Whiskey Stones – Yukiss Set of 8 with Plastic Storage Box Tongs, Stainless Steel
Another fun novelty item. If you want to keep a drink cool but don’t want it to water down. (Perfect with a whiskey or bourbon if you like it chill.) Currently $26.00. Purchase HERE.
Tovolo Perfect Cube Ice Trays, Sturdy Silicone
If you are like me and make all your own ice, you might want to make smaller cubes. Enjoy! Currently $12.95. Purchase HERE.
OXO 3105000 Steel Double Jigger, 3-Inch
Another great jigger. Currently $8.95. Purchase HERE.
Tovolo King Cube – Spring Green
Another great silicone ice maker! Currently $9.00. Purchase HERE.