Stock your home bar with pro-level cocktail wares.
Cocktails take practice, precise measurements, and lots of tasting to make sure you're getting it right. So pull up a barstool and start experimenting. Cocktail Kingdom helped us put together this mix of great barware, and if you're a serious mixologist, you should know that these are the same instruments behind the counter at the classiest bar on your block. These guys have made it their mission to create tools that will last as long as you keep mixing up your signature drink.
Though the origin of the name is unknown, this type of shaker has been around since the printing of the first known cocktail book in 1862. One part mixing glass and one part stainless steel tin, the Boston Shaker lets you see what you’re shaking up. The two parts fit over each other perfectly and are ready to be "shaken, not stirred" ... unless, of course, you're making a drink that requires stirring. In that case, set the tin aside and use the mixing glass to swirl your ingredients together.
Pro Tip: Stir drinks that are mostly booze, and shake anything with juice or dairy. For the full guide, head here.
A barspoon that’s both functional and great looking is hard to find. Perfectly balanced with a flat top, it slides effortlessly around the side of the glass, and the bottom can also be used to muddle drinks. Made from stainless steel, the swirled handle helps you grip the tool so it won’t slip when you're making up even your most delicate drinks.
An essential tool for any cocktail creator, whether you're behind a speakeasy bar or just crafting something at home. The measured pours from this stainless steel jigger let you build your drink with extra precision, so that all of your flavors come together just so. If you're looking to add less than a whole ounce, the inside of the jigger has extra markings to note smaller increments.
This piece of barware sports a classic design that easily catches ice and covers all different types of mixing tins. When you’re looking to skip the Rum & Coke and make something a little more presentational, this is a strainer that’ll help you keep your drink free of everything but the garnish.
The larger the ice cube, the slower it'll melt, keeping your cocktail cold without watering it down too quickly. Not to mention that your drinks will look like they’re straight out of a speakeasy.
Tart Balaton cherries from local Midwestern farmers are infused with bourbon, then soaked in a syrup of spices and raw demerara sugar, for a nuanced and thoroughly grown-up take on the cocktail classic. We don't recommend eating them straight from the jar, but sometimes a man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do.