If you’ve been following us for any length of time, you know that we are big fans of unwinding over solid glass of whiskey or a good beer — whether it’s a cozy night by the fireside, or – more likely this time of year – out on the porch, kicking back as the sun goes down. And as always, if you’re into mixing your own drinks and creating your own cocktails, you’ll need to start investing in your own home bar. So, what exactly do you need, besides a few highballs, shot glasses and some ice? There’s a whole world of home bar options out there, but we’ve put together some of the best bar essentials for your enjoyment.
The Bar10der (cool name, huh?) is an all-in-one bartending multi-tool, that eliminates the need for buying an array of different bar tools. It’s got a Muddler, Knife, Reamer, Stirrer, Channel Knife, Strainer, Jigger, Corkscrew, Zester, and bottle opener – just about anything you could need or hope for when mixing drinks. It’s made of high-grade stainless steel, BPA-free plastic, with a nice rubber handle.
For the outdoor-lover who appreciates fine whiskey (or anybody who just wants some cool barware), these whiskey glasses have mini, 3d representations of some of the world’s greatest peaks molded into the bottom of the glass. Each mountain is made with real topographical data and measurements. A great collectible and an easy way to add some flair to your drink.
A jigger is an absolute essential, and while you can get away with a cheap one – why not invest in one worthwhile? This jigger from OXO is made from stainless steel, has two sizes (1-1/2 oz on one side, up to 1 ounce on the other), with the measurement increments permanently laser etched on the side. It’s convenient, durable and dishwasher safe.
If you’ve ever wanted to know anything and everything about whiskey – how it’s made, the different kinds, how to properly taste it – grab this classic of a guidebook. Tasting Whiskey will guide you through everything you need to know, whether your an experienced connoisseur or whiskey novice, and teach something new in the process. As on reviewers says, it may not be “the only whiskey book you ever need, but it probably is.”
Because whiskey isn’t the only spirit out there, and being a good bartender requires knowledge of more than just a few drinks – The Ultimate Bar Book contains over 1,000 varied and exciting cocktail recipes for you to experiment with, enjoy and entertain your friends with, from the Tasmanian Twister Cocktail to the Citron Sparkler.
Ice is perhaps the most essential element of a good drink – after the liquor of course. This silicone ice tray lets you easily make perfectly round, frozen ice balls. Why balls? They’re much larger and thicker than cubes, which means they melt much more slowly, keeping your drinks colder and less watered-down than a bunch of smaller ice cubes.
Cocktails aren’t your thing? Prefer to kick back with a nice cold beer, fresh off the tap? The uKeg has you covered. It’s the perfect mini-keg whether for your home bar, or for taking out with you to parties, campsites and beaches. Built in the classic shape and size of a growler, it’s small enough to carry with you and even stick in a mini-fridge to keep cool. It’s vacuum sealed, and runs off a single 8-gram Co2 cartridge, which provide enough for one growler full of fresh beer on tap.