5 things you’ll desperately want to buy for your home bar

Ice in all varieties

They may all be frozen water, but ice cubes were not created to be equal. Big cubes and spheres are best for a slower melt, while cracked ice offers an even chill. Use this set of bright silicone moulds toScreen Shot 2016-04-13 at 15.13.14 make the perfect cocktail ice: giant cubes for Negronis, Manhattans, or an Old Fashioned; sphere for straight bourbon or whiskey; cracked ice Screen Shot 2016-04-13 at 15.13.00for mojitos, mint juleps, or Moscow mules; and classic cocktail ice for a crisp gin & tonic.



Recipe Cocktail Glasses

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Alyson Thomas’ original artwork on these margarita glasses means that the recipe for this tequila-based favourite is always at hand.

Her hand-drawn, graphic representation of the classic cocktail adorns the functional glasses with a colourful representation of the drink’s essential ingredients: tequila, triple sec, lime juice, salt, and a lime wedge, all in relative proportions to mix a perfect margarita with intuitive flair.

Also come in Bloody Mary, Gin and Tonic, Champagne Mimosa


Fruit infusing ice-balls

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Give your bourbon an unexpected splash of lemon, or Moscow Mule the perfect twist of lime with this cocktail essential. Simply open the ice mould sphere, add your choice of herbs or fruit, then close and fill with water through the flip top. Once frozen, the ice spheres will slowly melt to reveal the subtle scents and tastes of your drink’s finishing touch.


Smoking Gun

If you’re a home bartender who’s keen to have all the gear then you might want to add a smoking gun to your collection. This Screen Shot 2016-04-14 at 12.37.31handheld, ergonomic little device just needs to be filled with wood chips or shavings, which are then ignited. It pumps big, beautiful plumes of smoke with ease: you can smoke your glass, or use it to directly infuse your prepared cocktail or spirits, or even smoke your ice (yes it will melt but you can refreeze it!) Check out this step by step guide here or watch a video and make yourself a smokey Martini.

Whisky Stones

These innovative soapstone cubes were designed by Andrew Screen Shot 2016-04-13 at 15.11.19Hellman, a big fan of single malt scotch, who wanted to chill his spirits without diluting them. Using natural Vermont soapstone worked well as his drink chiller due to its softness (which won’t scratch glasses) and its unique ability to maintain a frosty temperature for an extended period. Simply freeze and drop one in your next dram, let it stand for 5 minutes, and enjoy!


So there you have it, wether you’re looking for an unusual gift for your cocktail obsessed friend or you simply like the sound of being able to make great quality smoked Old Fashioned’s at home then go stock up your home bar equipment and get planning your next cocktail party, just in time for summer!

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