Elevate Your At-Home Bar with These Nine Essentials
Toss the tonic and close your tab: It’s time to start bartending in your own den. We’ve collected our favorite gear, mixers, and finishing touches to shake up your home cocktail game.
The Uncommon Green
“Boston Street Maps” Rocks Glass
This Southie company etched Boston’s winding streets into tumblers, so you can drink your way from the North End to Brookline without getting lost.
$15, Olives & Grace.
Save those neon maraschinos for your sundae. A serious spirit demands something equally as refined, like Woodford Reserve’s bourbon-tinged cherries, which lend a smoky exclamation point atop an Old Fashioned.
Owl & Whale
Portland, Maine, mixologists Sam Babcock and Michael Gatlin craft unique cherry, cranberry, and persimmon bitters capable of invigorating any drink.
$20, the Boston Shaker.
Make the perfect Manhattan with this self-swiveling stirrer created by San Diego–based designers Shawn Michael and Rachel Eva.
$45, the Boston Shaker.
Boston Harbor Distillery
“Spirit of Boston” Whiskey Series
Boston Beer Co. cofounder Rhonda Kallman returns to her roots with this collaborative project featuring whiskeys distilled from Sam Adams’s stouts and tripels.
$42 for a 375 ml. bottle, Brix Wine Shop.
Pok Pok Som
Drinking Vinegars Gift Pack
Upgrade your shandy in flavors like Thai basil and tamarind with these shrubs from Thai-street-food ambassador Andy Ricker.
Stash, tuck, and smuggle these travel essentials for an impromptu happy hour wherever the road takes you.
W & P Design
Carry-On Cocktail Kit
These pocket-size tins are packed with all the necessities for a midflight pick-me-up, including craft syrups, bitters, and tiny stirring spoons. The booze is up to you.
$24, Sur La Table.
“Great American Flask”
Handmade since 1819, this copper flask is soldered in Vermont and topped with an American birch stopper. You’ll never feel so suave sneaking a swig.
$200, Boston General Store.
Home Bar Basics (and Not-So-Basics)
This easy-to-follow bartender’s guide offers step-by-step directions for all of your favorite drinks. Even better? Its synthetic pages are spill-proof.
$18, The Boston Shaker.