Whether you prefer your drinks shaken or stirred.

By Christie Calucchia
Updated April 07, 2020
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When a simple glass of wine just isn’t enough, a cocktail is in order. And just because you might be accustomed to allowing professionals to mix and shake specialty drinks for you, there’s no reason you can’t learn how to whip up your favorite cocktails right at home.

Once you stock up on your go-to spirits and mixers (and, perhaps, arrange them on a stylish bar cart), all you need are a few basic tools to build your collection. No matter what type of cocktails you enjoy sipping, any proper bar setup should have the essentials: a jigger for measuring, a shaker for mixing, and a strainer for pouring. Other tools like a mixing glass, cocktail picks, and stirrers are nice to have on hand, too.

If you’re not sure where to start, keep scrolling to shop the best bar tools from brands like Cuisinart and OXO. Everything you need to turn your kitchen into a wet bar is just a few clicks away. Happy sipping!

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OXO 11171500 Good Grips Cocktail Shaker
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1 OXO Good Grips Cocktail Shaker

Every home bar needs a proper cocktail shaker for ice cold martinis, margaritas, and old-fashioneds. This one from OXO has a cap that doubles as a jigger with measurement marking on the inside so you know just the right amount to pour. It even has a built-in strainer, making it three tools in one.

To buy: $10; amazon.com.

Viski Crystal Cocktail Mixing Glass
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2 Viski Crystal Mixing Glass

Take your cocktail mixing to the next level with this crystal spouted glass. It’s a huge step up from mixing drinks in a plastic cup—though we can’t guarantee it will make your drinks taste any better.

To buy: $29; amazon.com.

Cuisinart Stainless Steel Double Jigger
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3 Cuisinart Stainless Steel Double Jigger

If your cocktail shaker doesn’t come with its own measuring device, you’ll need to purchase a separate jigger, like this stainless steel version from Cuisinart. Whether you’re making a single or double cocktail, this durable tool will last for years to come (and you’ll never have to estimate your measurement again).

To buy: $11; bedbathandbeyond.com.

Final Touch Stainless Steel Cocktail Picks
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4 Final Touch Stainless Steel Cocktail Picks, Set of 6

When you get your confidence up and begin to make more elaborate drinks at home, you’ll want some reusable cocktail picks on hand to garnish your creations. These are perfect for holding everything from martini olives to a lemon wedge.

To buy: $10; amazon.com.

Luigi Bormioli Magnifico 35-ounce Decanter with Punt
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5 Luigi Bromioli Magnifico Thumb Wine Decanter

If wine is more your style, dress up your bar cart with an elegant decanter. This one is made in Italy and will make you feel like a sommelier every time you pour a perfectly aerated glass of vino.

To buy: $23; amazon.com.

Crafthouse by Fortessa Professional Barware
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6 Crafthouse by Fortessa Wood Muddler in Walnut

For mojitos, mint juleps, or old-fashioneds, you’ll need a muddler to prepare all of the ingredients. This walnut tool has a flat bottom and a durable design to grind up fruit, herbs, and sugar with ease.

To buy: $26; amazon.com.

Sur La Table Stainless Steel Straws
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7 Stainless Steel Straws Set of 6

These stainless steel straws double as cocktail spoons for stirring beverages. Plus, they offer an environmentally friendly way to serve and enjoy drinks at home.

To buy: $12 (was $15); surlatable.com.

Cuisinart Stainless Steel Cocktail Strainer
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8 Cuisinart Stainless Steel Cocktail Strainer

This cocktail strainer is fit to strain ice and muddled ingredients from any concoction while pouring it into a serving glass. Hold it on top of your shaker when you’re done shaking to finish off any drink.

To buy: $7; amazon.com.

Cuisinart CWO-50 Vacuum Sealer Cordless Wine Opener
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9 Cuisinart Cordless Wine Opener

While you could use a standard corkscrew to open your wine bottles, a cordless wine opener is far easier (and so much more fun to show off). This one can open up to 80 corks with a single charge, and it comes with a rechargeable battery and foil cutter. All you have to do is press a button and let it do the work for you.

To buy: $40; amazon.com.

Vinglace Wine Chiller
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10 Vinglace Wine Chiller

Speaking of wine, you can also stock your bar with a vacuum-insulated wine chiller to keep white wine and rose at an optimal drinking temperature. This one will keep a bottle perfectly chilled for hours so you can bring a bottle with you just about anywhere, whether you’re headed for a picnic in the park or simply to your roof or backyard.

To buy: $90; amazon.com.

Anthropologie Summer Cocktails Drink Stirrer
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11 Summer Cocktails Drinks Stirrer

Not only do these delicate stirrers serve a purpose for mixing up quality drinks, they’re also adorable and would look chic on any bar cart set-up. Each one lists the ingredients to classic cocktails, including a mojito, a margarita, and a French mule.

To buy: $10; anthropologie.com.

Old Dutch International DuraCopper 5-Piece Cocktail Shaker Set
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12 Old Dutch International DuraCopper 5-Piece Cocktail Shaker Set

Rather than collecting individual tools, you could invest in a cocktail set that comes with all of the essentials. This copper set comes with the five most important bar tools: a shaker, a strainer, a jigger, a muddler, and a stirring spoon.

To buy: $75; bedbathandbeyond.com.