28 Things That'll Help You Make (Really Good) Cocktails For Your Home Happy Hour
We've all got that one tool that unleashes our inner bartender.
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1. A set of 12 heavy-base (no treble here) rocks glasses. Also known as tumblers, these will make a nice home for your Old Fashioneds, margaritas, and even a glass of wine.
2. An ice mold for making four spherical ice cubes to cool down and fancify your favorite drinks. Wait: How can spheres also be cubes?
3. A citrus peeler and zester that keeps the pith to a minimum, ensuring that none of that citrus detritus lands in your cocktail.
4. A stainless-steel ice bucket with tongs guaranteed to look super classy on your bar cart. But hey, it's not just a pretty face. The double-wall design works hard to keep minimize melting so you don't have to.
5. A pair of shiny, hammered copper mugs that, while often reserved for Moscow Mules, can honestly keep any cocktail chilled and at a healthy 20 oz (that's 2 and a half cups), should keep you pretty chill as well.
6. A set of geometrically-designed coasters for keeping tabletops free from liquid stains that can be arranged into any number of modern art designs (even when you're sober).
8. A cocktail rimmer sure to enhance the taste of your alcoholic concoction — and make your cocktail glasses look super Insta-worthy at the same time. These rimmers combine coarse sea salt with other unique flavors so you can get *super* creative with your drinks. Red chile on a Bloody Mary, anyone???
10. A variety pack of bitters because they're like the salt and pepper of the bar cart for adding some extra flavor to your cocktails. No home bar should be without them.
12. A stainless-steel ice tapper for easily breaking ice by hand (no more murder weapon-looking ice picks for you) before stirring smashed frozen shards into your cocktail.
15. A cocktail mixer caddy filled with 6.8 oz each of Blood Orange Mandarin, Jalapeño Lime, and Pomegranate Blueberry juices that make cocktail making as simple as two parts of one to these to one part (or maybe more) of your favorite spirit.
16. A dishwasher-safe cocktail shaker with silicone seals designed to help you safely *shake off* the week's stresses without making a mess all over your living room floor. Or a pretty pineapple shaker (with a built-in strainer) that'll chill your drink without diluting the flavor. Either way, the only thing you need to worry about now is whether you'll mix yourself a chocolate martini or a Manhattan next.
17. A mini measuring cup with markings to indicate how many ounces of your desired liquid you're about to add to your glass. Admit it. We've all accidentally ruined what would have been a perfectly balanced LIT by adding just a *smidge* too much tequila.
18. A set of books on 100 Essential Cocktail Recipes to turn you into the personal bartender you (and your S.O.) have always hoped you'd become. This collection of eight different recipe books will have you churning out Mai Tais and martinis like you've been mixing drinks for years.
19. A long, twisty bar spoon designed for perfectly swirling cocktails in extra-tall mixing cups since you've accidentally lost your normal mixing spoon in your glass pitcher while making bulk drinks at least five times too many.
20. A set of stainless-steel or multi-colored reusable straws so you can slowly savor your drink while you relax on the couch. And unlike plastic straws, metallic straws have a chilling effect on the liquid. So even if the ice has melted because you were taking your sweet time flipping through your novel, your Moscow mule will still feel cold when it reaches your lips.
21. A steel muddler that's tough on those mint leaves and lime juice but gentle on the insides of your delicate glasses — psst! The head is actually made from nylon so you can crush your way to a refreshing, minty mojito without leaving unsightly scratch marks on the bottom of your glass. *Sideyes other muddlers*
22. A zester and spice grater set sharp enough to quickly shave the peels of as many lemons as your cocktails desire — who doesn't love a more ~aromatic~ sidecar, anyway? And because this is a two-piece set, you can use the other one to grate some nutmeg and spices for a hassle-free bourbon flip.
24. A bottle of Fire-Roasted Bloody Mary mix that's the best reason (next to hot wings of course) to stock up on celery (and vodka).
25. A handy dandy shot pourer that easily caps the opening of your liquor bottle to — first and foremost — make you look hella cool when you smoothly pour a shot, and to give you a more controlled and precise pour, thus preventing you from spilling and wasting yet another bottle of vodka.
27. A set of super-colorful fused-glass swizzle sticks to stir things up, while also giving you every opportunity to work the word "swizzle" into conversation.
28. And a Drinkworks Drinkmaker for a literal cocktail at the press of a button — minus the liquor bottles, juices, and muddled fruit. So if it's been a long damn day and you haven't the energy to shake a White Russian (or clean all your tools afterward), you'll delight at the sight of this machine doing all the hard work for you.
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