It’s been a while since it was a good idea to hang out at a bar. If you’ve been missing the experience, there’s been plenty of time to start creating the bar of your dreams at home. All you need is some cool bartender supplies. If you’re also looking to beef up your own home bar, here’s the gear you should look at.
You’re going to need something to drink out of, and this is one of the most fun areas to collect a variety of glasses that are just right for the drink you’re making. Some common glasses include the collins glass, coupe glasses, and the double rocks glass, but you can add a variety of glasses to your collection. You might even want a few shot glasses.
Best Whiskey Glasses: Whiskey Peaks
You can also turn your glasses into a conversation piece if you want to get fancy. For example, these whiskey glasses from Huckberry are molded in the shape of various mountain ranges, including American mountain tops, the Grand Tetons, and a collection of international peaks. Glasses like these not only look great while drinking, but can also be decorative in your home bar when you’re not using them. Huckberry also includes sets with a decanter, which leads us to the next thing you might need.
Best Decanter: Whiskey Peaks Mountain + Set of Four Glasses
Enjoy this Huckberry-exclusive spirits decanter at the end of another long day working from home. This gorgeous handblown piece of glassware has a hefty 34 oz. capacity for your favorite whiskey. This set also comes with four American Mountain whiskey glasses. Note that due to the nature of glass blowing, each glass has different variations. Additionally, hand washing is recommended for this set to last as long as possible.
Best Ice Molds: Glacio Ice Cube Trays
Ice is a key part of many cocktails, but it’s not just to keep drinks cool. For many drinks, the ice is as much part of the aesthetic as the taste. Simple molds can give you those large cube or sphere pieces of ice that full bars always seem to have. Of course, if you really want to get fancy, you can get a crystal clear ice maker, particularly designed to make ice that’s not cloudy like the kind you get from your normal freezer.
Best Cocktail Kit: Bournis Cocktail Shaker Set
If you want to mix a variety of cocktails, you’ll at least want a shaker with a built-in strainer. But for just a little bit more money you can get a whole kit that comes with a jigger, ice tongs, liquor pourers, a muddler, and other assorted small tools you might need for a variety of cocktails.
Best Wine Aerator: Vinturi® Essential With Stand and Cleaning Kit
I know what you’re thinking, “Why do I need an aerator?” Well, it infuses oxygen into wine as it is poured through its chamber, thus immediately releasing the wine’s aroma and enhance the overall flavor. This product was specifically made for red wine, so be sure not to use it with white. It also comes with a no-drip stand, a filter screen, and a bonus cleaning kit. As a bonus, it’s BPA-free, dishwasher safe, and comes with a one-year manufacturer’s warranty.
Best Wine Fridge: Ivation 12-Bottle Wine Cooler
A wine fridge is also a handy upgrade if you drink a lot of wine. It keeps wine at a constant temperature and shields your bottles from UV rays, which can negatively impact the flavor of your wine if stored in direct light for too long. If you want to have a selection of wine available, ready to drink, but don’t want to fill your regular fridge with nothing but wine, a standalone wine fridge is a great option.
Best Beer Tap: Luckeg Draft Beer Tower
If you drink beer on the regular and really want to get fancy with it, you can install your own beer tap. This is much more of a DIY project than most of the other items on this list, but with a beer tap kit and an old mini-fridge, you can build a kegerator of your own, or even install a tap into your home bar.
This story was originally published by Eric Ravenscroft on 02/04/2021 and updated with new information by Juliana Clark on 03/01/2021.