5 Essential Things To Buy For Your Home Bar
Every guy should know how to mix a proper cocktail. Not only does it give you the opportunity to flex in front of party guests, but crafting yourself a fine drink at home (we recommend a Knob Creek® Rye Old Fashioned) will make those coveted “me time” moments significantly better.
Knowing how to make a drink or two can go a long way, but unlike carrying your office softball team on your back, you can’t mix a cocktail without some help. To ensure you’re not left cutting lemons with a chef’s knife or mixing in a solo cup, pick up the following five essentials we rounded up in paid partnership with Knob Creek®, and forever reap the rewards of a well-stocked home bar.
A set of bar tools
Short of not having the right ingredients on hand, nothing kills a cocktail-making mood quite like a lack of key bar tools. The essentials include a paring knife, citrus press, ice pick, and two types of strainers, preferably each in stainless steel with a wood handle.
First things first, Goodful’s 3.5” paring and bird’s beak knive kit (with blade guards) is mandatory for cocktail prep. The long-handled Norpro citrus juicer will make light work of halved lemons and limes, while the fine mesh Conical Strainer and Viski strainers prevent unwanted seeds from making a surprise cameo in your glass. As you likely guessed, the Viski Professional-Anvil Ice Pick is perfect for finishing off your drink with a chunk of hand-carved ice.
A stainless steel shaker and jigger set
With cocktails, it pays to be precise. Fight your urge to eyeball each ingredient and immediately enjoy the benefits with a well-balanced cocktail that’s sure to garner a compliment or two (self props count).
This Wood Banded Jigger from Viski is handsome as hell, and functional too. Combine with a double-wall stainless steel shaker and pint glass with measurement markings, and you’re in fine shape.
A set of cocktail glasses
Does anyone actually like drinking a cocktail served up? Sure, a martini belongs in a martini glass, and a Manhattan in a coupe, but the rest? Pour them into a rocks glass or a highball, toss in a few cubes, and call it a day. For those who agree, Williams Sonoma’s Reserve and Classic Barware Collections are just the ticket—elegant, refined, and made to last.
An ice bucket
The ice bucket is an unsung hero of the home bar. What’s an Old Fashioned without rocks to mix and mingle with, or a whiskey sour without something to hold onto? Neither work without ice cubes, nor do any of the other cocktails mentioned in this list. Do yourself a favor and invest in an ice bucket—the Pedra Ceramic Ice Bucket is a solid choice. Made in Portugal with a reactive grey glaze and rustic leather handles, it’s an intentional way to add some personality to an otherwise cold situation.
An ice cube tray
Whether you’re in the mood for a cocktail or simply looking to unwind with a couple fingers of straight whiskey, a few well-proportioned, clear ice cubes will elevate whatever you plan to pour up.
Brooklyn-based brand Peak Ice Works makes two standout molds on our radar—an XL option, which melts slower and prevents unwanted drink dilution, and a Clear Ice Mold that freezes from the top down, pushing out bubbles and impurities to make crystal clear ice cubes. Made of flexible, food-grade silicone, these ice cube trays are an absolute must for the guy who values preparation and presentation.
This story originally appeared on Esquire.com. Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.