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15 Home Bar Essentials Every Budding Bartender Needs

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No one is easier to shop for than those with an affinity for a complicated craft cocktail because a well-equipped mixologist requires a lot of tools. So we scoured the Internet for the best home bar gifts, and we were blown away by the sheer amount of elegant barware out there. After all, you can’t make a Manhattan without spearing a brandied cherry on a cocktail pick. Each beverage—shaken or stirred—also requires its own special glass, as any cocktail enthusiast will happily remind you.

So if you’re looking for the perfect gift to offer the budding bartender in your life, consider this list your cheat sheet. From bar tender-designed glasses, courtesy of beloved glassware brand Riedel, to a 60-pound marble Champagne bucket, or a set of hand-embroidered linen cocktail napkins, the home bar gifts here will surely make any drink taste (and look) that much more delectable.

Overall, these unique gifts—including martini glasses, cocktail shakers, and vintage tongs—are much more personal, not to mention useful. Plus, with the holidays coming up, this is the perfect time to score a party-friendly present that makes entertaining, hosting family, and feeling festive easier than ever.

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3) Riedel Rocks Glass

$29.95

First up (and rightfully so) is glassware designed by bartenders for bartenders—no matter your skill level. Riedel has you covered with every drink-specific glassware and the attention to detail is top-notch. For instance, you can simply eyeball when you’re making a drink because there are ridges on the glasses that measure out the perfect pour.

Furthermore, the popular mixing glass allows any mixologist to do the fancy one-hand pour as it’s lightweight and the cocktail strainer fits perfectly in the glass. Whoever you gift these well-designed products to will appreciate you.

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1) Estelle Colored Glass Martini Glass (Set of 6)

$205.00

A cocktail is nothing without a gorgeous glass to pour it in. This rounded take on the classic martini glass is one of our favorites. The set of six comes in a variety of cool tones like lavender, blush, and amber. Our favorite? The mint green.

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10-Piece Bar Tool Set

$42.36

With a shaker, liquor pourer, strainer, muddler, jigger, corkscrew, ice tongs, and a spoon, this affordable cocktail set has everything a drink-slinger could ever need. Plus, it all packs neatly into this smooth bamboo display.

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Florenza Champagne Bowl

$910.00

This sculptural marble Champagne bucket works whether it’s filled with ice and a bottle of Veuve Clicquot or sits empty on a console table. And at 60 pounds, it’s not exactly something you’ll want to bring out and put away for every party.

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Peak Sphere Ice Tray

$17.00

If TikTok is any indication, spherical ice is trending. Gone are giant cubes that slowly melt into your drink because these lovely round alternatives are all the rage now.

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Mixology Bitters Bottles

$52.95

Bitters may not sound very appetizing, but the not-so-subtle ingredient has found its way into quite a slew of fan-favorite cocktails. That said, bitters don’t always come in the most appealing containers, so give your bartender friend the gift of a nice aesthetic with this set of pretty bitters bottles.

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Garnish Cocktail Picks

$18.00

Yes, you can pierce an olive or brandied cherry with a toothpick and call it a day, or level up with this set of kitschy cocktail picks. We’d opt for the latter!

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Linen Cocktail Napkins

$165.00

Cocktail napkins are the finishing touch on any bar cart. They add a certain panache that sets the tone for the evening. We love this embroidered set from The Last Line, which comes in various designs such as aliens and smiley faces.

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French Silver-Plated Ice Tongs

$36.00

No bar cart is complete without a set of stylish tongs and this elegant, vintage find from Food52 is the way to go. Because they’re quite old, each one is different and boast a well-worn and well-loved look.

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Pheasant Head Crystal Decanter

$807.14

Skip the ornate and heavy crystal decanter and grab a simple style, instead. With its pheasant-inspired cap, it’s hardly boring. We guarantee it will be an instant conversation starter.

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Super Chill Chilling Coasters

$47.20

If the cocktail aficionado recipient is low on space, there’s no need to gift them a giant wine cooler that they won’t have room for. Try these small yet effective chilling coasters, that will keep the bottle cool all night.

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Vintage-Style Glass Citrus Juicer

$42.00

Citrus is essential to quite a few cocktails, especially gimlets and whiskey sours. In fact, anything with “sour” in the name is a reference to lemon or lime. So swipe this colorful citrus juicer that also makes for the perfect pop of color on any bar cart or cabinet.

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Champagne Tower

$69.00

If you gift this sets of 10 Champagne coupes, maybe don’t arrange them in a tower. One wrong move and the whole thing will come crashing to the ground! That said, you can never have too many Champagne glasses and there’s something about coupes that feel more sophisticated than classic flutes.

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Marble Coasters

$15.00

Whether they’re shaken or stirred, all cocktails should be served ice-cold, which may be dangerous for any nearby tables. Grab a set of these simple marble coasters and avoid any unwanted rings!

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Drizly

$25.00

Once you’ve finished picking out something shiny and useful to gift, pair your present with a fresh bottle of liquor or wine. It’s the cherry on top that everyone will love and Drizly makes the process a breeze with its convenient online delivery.

14) What is wicker

The easiest cocktails to make are the ones with three or fewer ingredients. Typically, all you need is liquor, fresh citrus, and anything from simple syrup to bitters.

14) What is wicker

Though it’s up for debate, the Sazerac is widely lauded as the world’s oldest cocktail, having been invented in 1838 in New Orleans.

14) What is wicker

Jessica Cherner is House Beautiful’s Associate Shopping Editor and she spent most of the early days of the pandemic learning how to whip up some of the most complicated cocktails, so she bought every tool, ingredient, and glass imaginable.

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