A rockstar needs his guitar. A chef needs his knife. And you, a rising cocktail expert, need your home bar.
A perfect cocktail calls for the perfect tools. From the right kind of ice cubes to the must-have glasses, here are the home bar essentials every bartender needs:
King Cube Ice Tray ($8): These jumbo ice cubes reduce dilution of drinks and keep cocktails chilled longer.
10-Piece Cocktail Shaker and Bar Set ($27): This all-in-one set has just about everything you need to run a home bar, including a strainer, stirrer, and tongs.
Rocks Glasses (set of 6 for $16): This short, squat glass is extremely versatile, and can be used for everything from a margarita on the rocks to a gin and tonic to an Old Fashioned.
Zester and Stripper ($7): Don’t forget about garnishing your cocktail. This tool makes it easy to peel the zest of a lemon, orange, lime, and more.
Scrappy’s Bitters 4-Pack: ($24): This set includes all the classics, and you’ll be happy if you’re new to bitters and want to get the most learning for the buck. These also make a great gift.