Ever try to get a tablespoon to fit into the top of an olive jar? Cocktail Kingdom solves the common bartender complaint thanks to Jim Meehan, author of Meehan’s Bartender Manual. Meehan’s Mixology Measuring Spoons offer a narrower, arrow-shaped motif – plus Imperial and Metric measurements – on six stainless spoons.
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Never go digging around your utensil drawer for a specific bar tool again. This kit packs in five stainless steel tools including a strainer, citrus zester, bottle opener, stirring stick, jigger, and bar knife, along with a plastic storage caddy. Makes a great gift for cocktail lovers.
These porcelain rocket decanters send you on a trip into space with every cocktail you make. Created by Jonathan Adler, they come in gin, whiskey, and vodka designs, with gloss black and 16-karat gold luster details. Available as a set of three, or individually. There’s also a tequila decanter sold separately.
Your artisanal sourdough starter? No one is impressed. To wow ‘em with a truly badass skill, pop open a champagne bottle with a sword. Award-winning bartender Jeffrey Morgenthaler – author of the The Bar Book – created Cocktail Kingdom’s machete-styled champagne sabre to help you perform the nifty trick.
This elegant contemporary drinkware set makes a great gift for any lover of spirits. The unique, faceted shape of the pieces stands out, and the angled walls of the glasses help focus aromas, making them perfect for sipping bourbon or scotch. Includes a decanter and two glasses.
Inspired by a 1960s-era relic, this playful piece of barware offers a safe a place for your spirits inside of a piece of medieval armor. The lid of the stainless steel and aluminum helmet flips up to reveal a 16oz. glass decanter and four shot glasses, along with a rich red enameled interior and red flocking to protect the bottle.
Aged & Ore’s handblown, double-walled glasses have a neat trick – the eight lines on their sides aren’t just aesthetic. Each one indicates an ounce of liquid, making them perfect for measuring cocktail ingredients. They’re great for whiskey too, thanks to their bell-shape, and each glass comes with a spherical ice mold.
Next time you offer to make drinks at a friend’s party, bring the bar with you. Jillmo’s bartender bag has padded pockets for carrying liquor bottles, a cocktail shaker, and a full set of bar tools. It’s got a shoulder strap for easy carrying, and is made from waterproof materials. Available with or without tools. Liquor not included.
What’s the most overlooked cocktail ingredient? It’s ice. Ice, baby. The key to a perfectly chilled drink is a big chunk of ice so it doesn’t melt and dilute the good stuff. This heavy-duty Anvil Ice Pick is just what the mixologist ordered. The stainless-steel anvil end scores an ice block, while the sharp bit does the breaking and carving.
“You already drink like a badass — now you can stir like one,” says Beachbum Berry, tiki cocktail historian and barkeeper at New Orleans’ Latitude 29. NOLA’s pirate past inspired Berry’s Cocktail Kingdom bar spoon topped with a skull. Just the thing to conjure up images of headhunters while you spike a classic Cannibal Grog cocktail.
“Behind the stick“ is an old-timey phrase used to refer to the person serving up cocktails at a bar. This set of seven tools helps you outfit your own bar. It includes two Boston-style shaker tins, a twisted bar spoon, a Hawthorne strainer, a citrus strainer, a Japanese style jigger, and a muddler. Save 19% in The Awesomer Shop.
Made from double-walled stainless steel, these 12 oz. cups are perfect for sipping cocktails, wine or other cool beverages while enjoying outdoor concerts or picnicking. Sold in a set of four, they include lids, reusable metal straws, and straw cleaners. Available in a variety of colors.
Sempli Designer Daniele Semeraro presents a fantastic looking set of modern, hand-blown crystal beer glasses, each designed to enhance the flavor and minimize foam. Includes 12 oz. IPA, 12 oz. pilsner, 19 oz. pint, and 12 oz. birra glasses, and packaged in a fancy gift box.
OXO’s cocktail shaker lets you make your drinks and keeps them ice cold thanks to its double-wall insulation, which also keeps your hands from freezing while shaking it. Its self-straining lid can pours only when you press the button on top, and features a leakproof seal.
Geeki Tikis’ series of officially-licensed tiki mugs includes designs based on Star Wars, Star Trek, TMNT, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Avengers, and more. There’s even a Pulp Fiction series on the way. They’re like the Funko POP! collectibles of barware, and we must have them all.
Sean Woolsey’s open-face home bar can hold 20 to 25 bottles, along with all of your barware, and up to 20 bottles of wine in the storage area. It’s made from powdercoated aluminum, with a black walnut pull out shelf for drink prep. Just be sure to mount it into wall studs!
You’re gonna need a bigger rocks glass. Brooklyn artisans Fess Wavy turn cocktails into deadly shark-infested waters their awesome laser-cut cocktail picks, made from tortoise-shell Lucite. Who knew sharks liked cherries and olives? (Lead image via The Gear Hound)
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