A well-stocked bar requires all the right tools. They may bring with them the pressure of learning how to use them, but it’s probably good to learn a new drink once in a while.
Whether you’re Jones-ing to add to your current collection, or you’re looking for that schwing Father’s Day gift, here’s your shopping list, as well as places to shop:
What You Need
Cocktail or Traditional Shaker
Grater or Zester
Sip Sticks, Stir Sticks or Cocktail Straws
Where To Go
CocktailKingdom.com is a one-stop shop for “Barware. Books. Bitters.” (their tagline). It’s elegant, selective and affordable. Check out the reprinted vintage cocktail books. They are great gifts, and wonderful conversation pieces. Did I mention they are great gifts?
MisterMojito.com is another favorite. The specialty: muddlers. …Plus an array of beauteous shakers, strainers and bitters bottles. Ogle the $550.00 silver shaker, then fill your cart with jiggers, peelers and bar spoons — all under twenty bucks.
For the faux antique collector, head to the mall where Pottery Barn (yes, Pottery Barn) offers silver-plated bar tools that make a pretty classy, not too gimmicky matched set. The collection’s name, “Thurston,” says it all.
Don’t rule out tag sales, where vintage bar tools can often be found in a box of doodads labeled “$1 each.” The older the house, the older (read: cooler) the bar tools.