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Everything You Need for a Perfect Home Bar Setup

From cocktail-making tools to storage solutions, these are the items you need for a solid home bar setup.

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Cocktail Shakervia overstock.com

Cocktail Shaker

This stainless steel cocktail shaker ($36) is so eye-catching, you’ll want to set it out for display even when you’re not using it. The embossed sides are not only stylish, but also provide extra grip. Use the shaker to mix up fancy whiskey cocktails for your guests.

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Hiware LZS13B 12 Inches Stainless Steel Mixing Spoon, Spiral Pattern Bar Cocktail Shaker Spoonvia amazon.com

Bar Spoon

Having a stainless steel bar spoon ($6) is ideal for concocting cocktails that are stirred, such as a mojito. The length of the spoon makes it easy to reach the depths of most glassware and the spiral pattern encourages a smooth circular motion when stirring.

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OXO Good Grips Lemon Zester with Channel Knifevia amazon.com

Channel Knife

You can’t make fancy citrus peel garnishes without a channel knife. The OXO Good Grips zester ($9) doubles as both a zester and a channel knife, making it a multipurpose tool in your kitchen and bar. Test your zesting skills with this Orange Razzletini cocktail.

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Mako Wood Muddlervia worldmarket.com

Muddler

A classic old-fashioned cocktail begins with muddling a little fruit. A Wisconsin favorite, the brandy old-fashioned sweet should be a staple in your bartending book. This mako wood muddler ($8) can be used on both the rounded and flat ends.

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OXO SteeL Double Jiggervia amazon.com

Jigger

The jigger is an indispensable tool when it comes to making cocktails. The top-rated OXO double jigger ($10) has 1-1/2 ounce and 1 ounce measurements. The 1-1/2 ounce side has increments marked at 3/4 and 1/3 ounces, while the 1 ounce side has increments marked at 1/4 and 1/2 ounces.

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Malmo Stainless Steel Double Walled Ice Bucket with Tongs & Sealed Lid (3L)via amazon.com

Ice Bucket

This gorgeous copper ice bucket ($46) would make for an elegant display at any cocktail party. It has a three-liter capacity and double-walled construction to keep the ice intact all night long. Impress your guests even more with one of these fancy ice cube tricks.

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Prodyne SS-3 Legacy Swizzle Sticks (Set of 6), Silvervia amazon.com

Swizzle Sticks

One of these reusable stainless steel Prodyne swizzle sticks ($15) would look fabulous with an olive garnish in a perfect dirty martini. This set of six has classy decorative heads to keep track of who’s drinking what.

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Ticent Ice Cube Trays (Set of 2)via amazon.com

Fancy Ice Cube Trays

Single ice cubes make for a magnificent presentation when serving bourbon or whiskey on the rocks. This silicone ice cube tray set ($12) features both spherical and large square molds. Plus, no more complaints of watered-down drinks.

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Williams Sonoma Classic Old-Fashioned Glassesvia williams-sonoma.com

Tumblers

Alternately called rocks, old-fashioned or lowball glasses, these short tumblers are often used to serve cocktails with muddled ingredients or for neat pours of liquor such as scotch or whiskey. This lovely Williams Sonoma old-fashioned glass set ($52) is both durable and dishwasher-safe.

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Speakeasy Champagne Glasses Set Of 4via worldmarket.com

Coupe Glasses

Coupe glasses were typically used to serve champagne before flute-style glasses took over in popularity. The wide bowl of a coupe glass helps highlight a cocktail’s aroma and is typically used for cocktails served without ice. Serve up a vintage Sazerac in one of these speakeasy champagne glasses ($20).

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7.6oz 4pk Glass Modern Martini Glasses - Threshold™via target.com

Martini Glasses

Whether you prefer your martini shaken or stirred, this Threshold martini glass set ($15) is what you need to pour it in. Not only are these martini glasses perfectly-sized, but they are also dishwasher-safe.

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Highball glassesvia overstock.com

Highball Glasses

Highball glasses are used for cocktails with a high proportion of a non-alcoholic mixer (such as club soda or fruit juice) that are served over ice. Add some style to your Salty Dog with this highball glass set ($48), which features whimsical patterns.

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Red and White Wine glassesvia target.com

Wine Glasses

Red wine glasses have a larger bowl to accommodate swirling and aerating the wine. White wine glasses feature a smaller opening, which helps prevent the wine from oxidizing. This Libbey wine glass set ($32) is perfect for hosting a wine tasting. This set features six red and six white wine glasses. Follow these tips to host a wine tasting party like a pro.

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Lenox 845276 Tuscany Classics Champagne Flutes, Buy 4, Get 6via amazon.com

Champagne Flutes

The thin shape of champagne flutes helps sparkling wines maintain their bubbles and prevents them from going flat too quickly. This Lenox champagne flute set ($54) is great for any special occasion (or just for sharing a champagne cocktail at a Sunday brunch).

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Moscow Mule mugsvia worldmarket.com

Moscow Mule Mugs

The Moscow mule cocktail is traditionally served in a copper mug. This Moscow mule mug ($20) features a stainless steel construction with a copper finish. Editor’s Tip: Due to concern about the potential for copper poisoning, it is recommended that you choose a lined Moscow mule mug, rather than one that is solid copper.

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Wood And Faux Leather Strap Bar Cart With Wine Storagevia worldmarket.com

Bar Cart

Setting up a DIY cocktail station is a breeze with this gorgeous wood bar cart ($200). Three shelves offer plenty of room for glassware and your favorite liquors and mixers. There is also space to hold nine bottles of wine.

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Mid-Century Bar Cabinet - Smallvia westelm.com

Bar Cabinet

If pets or curious children make open storage impractical, consider a bar cabinet. This mid-century bar cabinet ($799) features two shelves behind each door and space for both glassware and wine storage. Looking for more home bar advice? Here are our essential tips for an awesome home bar.

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Originally Published on Taste of Home

Susan Bronson
Susan Bronson is a writer and editor based in Northern Wisconsin.