18 Best Bartending Tools for Home Mixologists
Mixologists are the true magicians of the cocktail world, but where would they be without their bartending tools? Imagine a negroni without an orange peel curl, or a mojito missing its minty zing. The best barware gives bartenders the instruments they need to create muddled herbs, tangy zests, impressive garnishes and so much more.
Maybe you’ve gotten by for years with just a utility knife and an ice cube tray. But now, maybe you’re ready to up your craft cocktail game — perhaps with an online mixology class or two — and curate a new collection of bartending tools to help you on your way.
Below, we've gathered an incredible assortment of bartending tools that will get you started with the ultimate home bartending kit.
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- Best Cocktail Strainers
- Best Ice Molds
- Best Cocktail Shakers, Muddlers and Jiggers
- Best Citrus Press Juicers
- Best Bar Utensils
Best Cocktail Strainers
1. Viski Stainless Steel Julep Strainer
Recreate sweet southern favorites and invent your own tasty variations with the Viski Stainless Steel Julep Strainer. The handy shape fits most glasses to keep out stray seeds and leaves while letting your delicious creations flow through, clean and clear.
2. Harold Import Co. Cocktail Strainer
When it comes to helpful bartending tools, few are of greater assistance than the Harold Import Co. Cocktail Strainer. Its classic form holds back herbs, pits and ice that would otherwise dilute and litter your drinks. With this helpful workhorse, you’ll have a pristine cocktail every time.
3. Viski Stainless Steel Mesh Cone Strainer
A miniature version of a standard kitchen strainer, the Viski Stainless Steel Mesh Cone Strainer is one of the handiest bartending tools you’ll ever buy. Simply nest the mesh cone into almost any size glass and let the magic pour — no pulp, no ice, no problem.
Best Ice Molds
4. Viski Lewis Ice Bag and Mallet
With a charming canvas bag that absorbs excess moisture and a handy wooden hammer for a fun interactive experience, the Viski Lewis Ice Bag and Mallet helps you work through your stress as you happily smash larger pieces of ice to perfectly fit your beverages.
5. Harold Import Co. Big Block Ice Cube Tray
Sculptural ice will captivate even the most discerning drinker while adding a touch of class to your bartending tools. Create perfect oversized cubes with the Harold Import Co. Big Block Ice Cube Tray. Its flexible silicone walls create precise right angles while allowing for easy release.
6. Viski 55mm Ice Ball Maker
Craft ice is the best ice, especially when it comes in the form of a mystical sphere! The stylish and industrial Viski 55mm Ice Ball Maker makes turning cubed ice into clever arctic orbs a breeze. And this captivating bartending tool comes in its own wooden crate for attractive countertop storage.
7. Viski Glacier Rocks Ice Sphere Molds
Bartending tools that enhance the look of your drinks are always a welcome addition to your collection. For a different kind of ice sphere creator, try the Viski Glacier Rocks Ice Sphere Molds. These silicone forms are the best sphere ice molds for adding aromatics, herbs, flowers or food coloring to your ice when you’re aiming to jazz up your most humble beverages.
Best Cocktail Shakers, Muddlers and Jiggers
8. Harold Import Co. Stainless Steel Muddler
Infuse your creations with a hearty dose of flavor and keep your bar cart stylish with this sculptural bar utensil. Harold Import Co.’s Stainless Steel Muddler releases juices and essential oils from citrus zest, mint leaves, aromatic sprigs and more. It’s a winner among modern bartending tools and a must-have for all mixologists.
9. True Vista 14oz Measured Cocktail Shaker
This is the best cocktail shaker to have around if any international spies show up in search of a martini, shaken not stirred! Classic in form and function, the True Vista 14oz Measured Cocktail Shaker is one of the most handsome and reliable bartending tools you’ll ever add to your countertop or bar cart tool selection.
10. Harold Import Co. Stainless Steel Cocktail Shaker 18oz
While cocktail shaker sets are a popular buy, you can also put together your own bar tool kits piece by piece. It’s wise to include a larger capacity shaker among your bartending tools, especially if you entertain larger groups of friends and family. Harold Import Co. Stainless Steel Cocktail Shaker 18oz allows for generous shaker-made beverages. It comes with a capped strainer top to keep the dregs out of your craft cocktails while serving three 6oz creations to your eager drinkers.
11. Harold Import Co. Double Jigger
Bartending tools with dual functions will help keep mess to a minimum while saving you precious countertop space. The Harold Import Co. Double Jigger provides 1oz and 1.42oz shots in a single hourglass-shaped piece for perfectly measured pours every time.
Best Citrus Press Juicers
12. Viski Black Citrus Press
The best bartending tools add an air of sophistication to your space, and the Viski Black Citrus Press certainly delivers when it comes to style! This sturdy press allows you to squeeze fresh citrus into your drinks while looking sleek and attractive among your mixology gear.
13. True Lemon & Lime Press Juicer
Sturdy bartending tools sometimes come in festive colors to lend happy vibes to your cocktail hour. The bright yellow zing of the True Lemon & Lime Press Juicer adds a bold touch of fun to any home bar and provides a strong and steady grip when juicing citrus for martinis, margaritas, screwdrivers — you know, the good stuff!
Best Bar Utensils
14. Harold Import Co. Cocktail Mixing Spoon 12"
Stir and swizzle to your heart’s content with the Harold Import Co. Cocktail Mixing Spoon 12”. With its super-long twirling handle, you’ll reach the bottom of every glass from highball to hurricane for thorough cocktail blending.
15. True Zesty Citrus Zester and Channel Knife
Your bartending tools should always make your mixology a zesty task, and this one really comes through. The True Zesty Citrus Zester and Channel Knife is a dual-function cutter that helps you make the most of your citrus ingredients. With a zesting end for smaller strips and a channel cutter for larger curls, you can dress your cocktails to the nines while adding a world of bright flavor to every sip.
16. The World's Greatest 4-in-1 Bar Tool
Bartending tools like this are wonderful for maximizing function while minimizing space consumption. An entire cocktail tool set in a single implement, The World's Greatest 4-in-1 Bar Tool includes a bottle opener, a fruit peeler, a punch-in can opener and a channel knife — everything you need for popping bottles and garnishing glasses.
17. True Small Cutting Board With Paring Knife Set
This powerhouse combo brings together two perfect bartending tools in one set, a must for mixologists working in tight spaces. The True Small Cutting Board With Paring Knife Set gives you a super-sharp paring knife with a safety sheath and a compact BPA-free slicing surface perfect for cutting fruit, herbs, aromatics and anything else you need to create your concoctions.
18. Zwilling Classic Waiter's Knife With Micarta Handle
The best bartending tools can handle a multitude of tasks and look terrific while doing it. The Zwilling Classic Waiter's Knife With Micarta Handle is that tool! You’ll have a foil cutter, a corkscrew and a bottle opener all wrapped in an attractive handle. And it’s not just another pretty gadget; the sharp blades and non-stick coating on the corkscrew make easy work of bottle opening, too.
You don’t need to own a speakeasy to own some of the best bartending tools on the market. You don’t even need to have a bar; a bar cart, liquor cabinet or utensil drawer will turn every drink-making occasion into a happy excuse to try out your new gadgets and gizmos.
By stocking up on the best muddlers, the best ice molds and the best bar tools, you’ll give your bartending abilities an exciting boost. You'll have everything you need to experiment with inventive new beverages whenever inspiration strikes!
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