15 Must-Have Cocktail Accessories to Add Glam to Holiday Cocktailing
From high-end to affordable, we've got the cocktail accessories you need to celebrate in style.
If you're tired of a life of seclusion, there’s no better way to get back in the social groove than to host a (safe, small) cocktail get-together during the holidays.
Luckily, a variety of brands have all manner of fancy accessories to make your cocktailing memorable and luxe with the essential tools, as well as some extra flourishes to let your guests know your cocktailing game is strong.
This coupe-style glass looks fancy but it has a very serious 8 ounce capacity to accomodate your generous pours of classic cocktails like the Aviation, Sidecar and Martinez. Its sturdy structure is far from precious and feels great in your hand. The fluted design and clear glass will beautifully showcase your newest concoction in high style.
This gorgeous coupe glass looks like an elegant heirloom from your favorite aunt. Handcrafted in the Czech Republic, these glasses appear extra delicate but are in fact very substantial, boasting an impressive 11-ounce capacity. We love the 24-karat gold rim, the subtle blush of color and the fluted design. Displaying these striking glasses on your home bar marries sublime beauty to cocktail functionality. Fair warning: treat these glasses like the princesses they are and hand-wash only!
Made in Torreglia, Italy, Luxardo maraschino cherries will spoil you for any other preserved fruit in your Old-Fashioned, Manhattan, Mary Pickford or Last Word. Rich and flavorful and aesthetically far from the sugary, neon red maraschinos most of us know, these will also show your friends that you mean serious cocktail business.
Sure you could proudly display that liquor barn discounted bottle of cheapo hootch. But why not lend an air of mystery to your cocktailery and perchance hide the lowbrow origins of your booze? This gorgeous artisanal hand-blown decanter has a vintage vibe and gorgeous lines perfect for elevating your cut-rate bourbon or Two Buck Chuck.
If you're into cocktail culture then you know that ice is serious business. Show your guests that something beyond the half-moon ice machine standard is swinging at your place with these Peak collection ice molds that let you create four seamless ice spheres. Designed to keep drinks colder longer, these mega spheres also prevent too much dilution of your top drawer booze.
This streamlined cocktail shaker is a great answer to the often leaky stainless steel standard. Made to be a handsome piece for your home bar whose design is inspired by the classic Mason jar, this cool shaker with a built-in strainer and cup is also handy for sophisticated naturalists who want to take their mixology on their next camping or boozy hiking adventure.
The thoughtful host offers the option of a zero alcohol cocktail or other booze-free drink to make sure everyone feels welcome and properly celebratory whether they are trying to avert a post-fun headache or just watching their calorie intake. Ritual's line of whiskey, rum, tequila and gin alternatives are definitely flavorful enough to fool you. The gin alternative features English cucumber, juniper berries and a blend of all-natural botanicals including mint and basil.
Brooklyn designer Meg Moorhouse creates chic and cheeky barware that nods to tattoo culture. These adorable cocktail picks are ideal to spear your citrus, cocktail onion or Luxardo cherry. Choose from these bad-mojo be-gone evil eye picks, or Meg's sexy serpent or slinky leopard designs.
A delicious, quick and fun way to bring mixology to your home bar, these infused ice cubes allow you to just add your spirit of choice to create cocktails that are shockingly close to what you would find at a cocktail-centric restaurant. The cubes come in a variety of flavors (the Cecile is one of our favorites) that combine perfectly with many different liquors and make creating cocktails for a holiday crowd a real breeze. Pop these in your freezer and then get ready to soak in the compliments.