If you know someone who’s just throwing a bunch of liquor into a cup and calling it a cocktail, these bar essentials will have them slinging Manhattans and margaritas in no time.
Big ice means less drink dilution. Peak’s ice trays have a sturdy steel frame that supports the flexible silicone design, and a protective lid ensures freezer smells stay out of your ice cubes.
Champagne looks great in coupe glasses, but the bubbles go flat faster. Use tall-stemmed, dishwasher-safe coupe glasses as an elegant complement to your Sidecars or Manhattans.
Seedlip makes an array of alcohol-free spirits perfect for mixing up a different kind of cock- tail. The 108 is fresh and floral on first sip with a satisfying herbal finish.
Charles Joly, a bartending champion, helped design this layman’s cocktail set, which includes a Boston shaker, jigger, Hawthorne strainer and muddler.
There are many books about cocktails. None are as authoritative or respected as Jim Meehan’s drinks manual, which incorporates cocktail history, mixing technique and recipes in a sub-500-page tome that you’ll want to keep close to your bar cart.
Hedley & Bennett aprons look too good to get dirty, yet this herringbone denim version is begging to have whiskey sour splashed on it.
Coravin’s brilliant wine preserva- tion system means you can drink a single glass of your 50-year-old vintage (or just a particularly nice grocery store red) without compro- mising the whole bottle.