For those that own or rent high-end homes or condos, a tasteful bar area is a standard amenity, however, for many aspiring bartenders, this is not feasible or desirable. But when it comes to providing top-flight drinks, a bar is not necessary.
Once you’ve got your hands on our hand-crafted copper mugs, or elegant wine glasses, you may want to add to your home bar setup. When seeking to build up your barware, good bartending tools, relatively cheap and easy to attain, can truly make or break your next cocktail party.
For those looking to get the most out of their barware, there are a number of tools that are either top-of-the-line in quality, unique in their versatility, or both. The tools that we have chosen to highlight will allow you to whip up the drink the way it is supposed to be made without pulling a construction permit.
Say goodbye to improvised cocktails made with whatever tool happens to be available in your collection of kitchen tools. These bartending tools will allow the home mixologist to forego the cost of an in-home bar while achieving the desired result: perfectly made adult beverages.
OXO SoftWorks Stainless Steel Muddler
Take one look at this muddler. This is not the wooden muddler with the smooth, rounded end that you have probably seen in your grandparents’ kitchen.
This beast is meant to get the most out of the ingredient being muddled, and it was designed with performance in mind. The rubber-coated ergonomic handle provides the grip you need to crush those mint leaves, and its flattened base means it can serve as an ice-crushing device should you need one.
The teeth on the muddling end make it more effective in releasing juices from your ingredients, and a nylon coating on the head prevents damage to glassware.
If you want a muddler that checks the boxes of practicality and sleek design, you can’t go wrong with this OXO Muddler.
Metrokane Bullet Cocktail Shaker
When we specify tools for the home bartender, affordability does not come before quality and style points.
The Metrokane Bullet cocktail shaker combines a reasonable price point ($18.50) with a compact, bullet-shaped stainless steel design that makes it easy to clean.
The design is an art-deco style, with all of the subtle class that define true art deco, without the tackiness that is often associated with the style. This is a timeless design that would fit in virtually any home or apartment.
In terms of performance, the slim design makes it easily hand-held for shaking and stirring. The Bullet is noted for its ability to quickly chill drinks, an effect of its design and surface area. It is available in 18-ounce and 28-ounce versions, depending on the size of bullet you prefer.
OXO Double Jigger
Not every jigger is made the same, and the OXO Double Jigger provides features that most producers of jiggers simply ignore.
The dual-sided design offers varying measurement ranges for different recipes, and the laser-etched measurement marks are guaranteed not to fade with use.
The most noteworthy feature may be the non-slip grip, which allows for confident pours and less spilled liquid.
For a reasonable $8.95 this will be the only jigger you ever need to buy.
Izola 4-in-1 Bar Tool
While a $36 price point may seem high relative to the other items on this list, the multi-purpose nature of this product means it is actually very reasonably priced.
This vintage-looking bartending tool includes a corkscrew for opening bottles of wine, a bottle opener for beers and other beverages, a measurement tool if you don’t feel like bringing a jigger on your outdoor excursion, and even can crush ice or serve as a crude muddler in a pinch.
This tool looks good and has enough purposes that you are guaranteed to find yourself taking it with you wherever you go.