The Best Bar Tools

Our food staff has shaken, stirred, and spoken: These are the best—and most beautiful—accessories around.

1

Best Shaker

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Usagi Copper-Plated Cobbler Shaker
This winner fits one drink, and the cap comes off easily when the shaker is cold. (Some require serious muscle.) It's also available in stainless steel for $40.

To buy: $70, cocktailkingdom.com.

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2

Best Muddler

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Fletchers' Mill 11-Inch Muddler
Metal or plastic muddlers can impart off flavors. This unvarnished solid maple crusher has a wide, rounded base that does the job swiftly.

To buy: $15, amazon.com.

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3

Best Corkscrew

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Le Creuset Table Model
This no-frills, pocket-size tool takes less skill than a wine key. The screw glides into the cork and—just keep twisting!—seamlessly pulls it out.

To buy: $20, amazon.com.

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4

Best Strainer

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OXO Steel Cocktail Strainer
The only strainer that didn't leak at the sides when pouring, this dishwasher-safe gadget fits snugly on top of standard mixing glasses.

To buy: $7, amazon.com.

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5

Best Bar Spoon

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Sur la Table Copper Bar Spoon
Easy to swirl, thanks to an equally weighted top and bottom, this pick is made from one piece of metal, as opposed to two, which can sometimes come apart.

To buy: $12, surlatable.com.

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6

Best Mixing Glass

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Luminarc Barcraft Collection Yarai Mixing Glass
The Yarai diamond pattern is common on high-end mixing glasses. This 17-ounce version is only $15 but just as durable and pretty. It lets you stir up two drinks at once.

To buy: $15, amazon.com.

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7

Best Jigger

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Cocktail Kingdom Japanese Style 1-ounce/2-ounce Jigger
The stainless-steel workhorse has smaller ounce measurements inside for precise mixology.

To buy: $8, amazon.com.

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