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Home Bar Bare Necessities: Tools

Home Bar Bare Necessities Basic Tools

The dizzying array of bar products on the shelves make it hard to know where to start building your home bar. Our new blog series is here to clear the way by focusing on the basics. We'll lay out the basic tools and accessories you'll likely need to make almost any drink you fancy. 

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What You Already Have

  • Spoon - Or a stirring stick, something to stir your cocktails.
  • Knife & Cutting Board - To cut and prepare garnishes.
  • Bottle Opener & Corkscrew - Maybe not for cocktails, but a bar necessity for sure.

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What You Need

Cocktail Shaker

Cobbler Cocktail Shaker Varieties

A must have for shaking up cocktails. We recommend a Cobbler shaker to start. They come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and price points. Silver, gold, glass, metal, pineapple, pick the one that suits you best!

Shakers Shown from World Market, Crate & Barrel, and Williams Sonoma.

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Hawthorne Strainer

Williams Sonoma Hawthorne Strainer

For that extra strain on your cocktail keep a hawthorne strainer on hand. Perfect for keeping muddled bits out of your drink.

Strainer Shown from Williams Sonoma.

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Jigger

Jigger and Cocktail Measuring Varieties

You'll need something to measure the ingredients by volume. Real talk. A jigger looks nice, but measuring cups work just as well.

Jiggers shown from Bed Bath & Beyond and Target. Measuring Glass from Bed Bath & Beyond.

Muddler

Williams Sonoma Muddler

It seems extra, but many of your favorite cocktails call for muddling. The back of spoon doesn't quite cut it (we've tried).

Muddler shown from Williams Sonoma.

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Glassware

To start, stock your home bar with two basic types of glasses.

Rocks Glass

World Market Rocks Glass

For spirit forward cocktails like Old Fashioneds and a modern vessel for Martininis.

Glass shown from World Market.

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Highball Glass

World Market Highball Glass

For mixed drinks, highballs, Collinses, spritzs, fizzes etc.

Glass shown from World Market.

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Forget about your worries and your strife... and build your bar how you like! You choose which items to upgrade for looks and which to go for practicality. Check out my basic tool set below which is used to make all our brilliant Instagram posts, built with just one upgrade the Shard Artisanal Clear Ice Kit

Shard Home Bar Basic Tools