Looking to mix up a great martini or get a bit wasted again in margaritaville? Or perhaps that perfect bourbon blend is in order? When it comes to spirits and mixology, the utensils and craftsmanship involved are all part of the experience. As David Sedaris noted: “No amount of physical contact could match the healing powers of a well made cocktail.” Many Enthusiast Report readers would probably agree. Crafting that perfect drink can get a night of laughs and conversation with friends started on just the right note. Here are some great home cocktail sets to consider when getting the fun going.
1ENCORE BAR TOOLS SET & COCKTAIL SHAKER
This martini and cocktail set has everything one might need to mix that perfect spirits concoction. The polished look and sleek lines and polished finish of the shaker and bar tools offer an elegant design that’s sure to turn heads as you begin crafting that perfect mix. Each component features durable stainless steel construction not found in other lesser cocktail sets. The set includes a double-wall cocktail shaker, strainer, bottle opener, ice tongs, stirring spoon, double-sided jigger, and stand – everything needed to get the party started. Williams Sonoma has also gone the extra mile on construction. The shaker is insulated to keep condensation forming on the exterior, preventing slippage when mixing and pouring. A silicone seal between the lid and shaker also prevents leaks. Select that favorite cocktail recipe and enjoy.
Williams Sonoma, $189.95
2ECHO LAKE WHISKEY GIFT SET
This is the perfect set to knock back a few in style – let the good times flow with the Echo Lake Collection. The company is based out of Vermont and these glasses and decanter are “inspired by the constantly changing rivers, streams and waterways” of the state. The set features true glass-making excellence with fine strands of glass around the bottom third of each glass for a unique, natural texture while also adding a weighty feel. The handmade glass fits perfectly in the drinker’s hand and certainly sets the mood for a great bourbon adventure.
Simon Pearce, $420
3BLACK BEAR BEER CHEST SET
Sometimes there’s just nothing like an ice-cold glass of suds and this high-end set includes two 15-ounce glass steins and a pair of 20-ounce pilsners. Each glass is embellished with a fine pewter casting and these fine glass receptacles are perfect for the outdoors or enjoying that favorite craft beer while tuning in to some gridiron action from the couch. The set includes a treasure chest storage box allowing drinkers to swill like a pirate. Heritage has been hand-crafting fine pewter gifts since 1988 and this set will be the envy of your beerdrinking friends. This Bear’s for you.
Heritage Pewter, $207.95
4HOT MARG SUMMER BUNDLE
This may be the summer bundle, but it’s always a great season to enjoy some tasty lime perfection. Even Jimmy Buffet would love this bundle. The set includes the Bartesian Cocktail Maker along with five Margarita eight-packs including classic margarita, pineapple, and pomegranate. The cocktail maker mixes over 50 bar-quality cocktails on demand with a freshly-mixed drink ready to serve in 30 seconds. Beyond choosing your favorite tequila and mixing up that margarita, enjoy your favorite rum, whiskey, or vodka cocktails with just the push of a button. Beat the heat or simply serve up some libations any time of year. Even amateurs will look like a seasoned bartender with this option.
5MOSCOW MULE MUGS
The name may reference the Soviet Union, but this drink featuring a mix of vodka, ginger beer, and lime juice is really a “Made in the USA” invention dating to the 1940s. The drinks are typically served in copper mugs to insulate the liquid, keeping the drink cool and refreshing. Serve up that Mule in style with this set of four genuine copper mugs. Select from a hammered or polished finish for a high-end, elegant addition to any home bar or drinking scene. Keep your drinks chilled and tasty with this quality set or give some mugs to that special person in your life who appreciates a quality cocktail. Moscow Copper Co. even offers personalized engraving to make a day of drinks with friends even more special. Toast a special occasion or just because it’s 5 o’clock somewhere.
Moscow Copper Co., $169.95
6FLAVOUR BLASTER PRO KIT
Adding a bit of smoke or other aromatic flavor is the latest trend in the world of cocktails. Infusing devices add some of these hints to a range of cocktails via chilled smoke. The devices use fluid physics to offer that favorite cocktail something different and plenty of punch. It’s a bit like Albert Einstein meets Woody Boyd of Cheers. Flavour Blaster brings the big gun with this cocktail kit, which includes everything you need for making bubbles, fragrant mist, and vapor clouds in that next drink. The hand-held machine adds a burst of flavor and aroma to your drinks. The kit includes five aromas including citrus, mixed berry, neutral, rosemary, and smoke. Pull the trigger on this one for a truly unique experience.
Flavour Blaster, $499.95
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