As any amateur mixologist knows, a good bartender needs the right kit to look the part. These sets and tools will raise your Negroni game instantly.

There’s nothing quite so reliable for turning your average at-home host into a maestro/geek than good barware. Once in possession of such shiny accoutrements, no longer will it be acceptable to simply pour guests a glass of wine; instead, you must make like Tom Cruise in Cocktail and lovingly measure and shake your concoction to perfection before observing guests’ reactions like a proud parent. We present your shortcuts to mixology mastery – as well as three delicious cocktails to make now.

Stelton

AJ Cocktail Shaker, £134.95

Joanna Buchanan

Lucky Charm Cocktail Picks, £70

Robbe & Berking

Belvedere Cocktail Shaker with Glass, £459

Georg Jensen

Sky Cocktail Gift Set, £167

William Yeoward

Madison Cocktail Shaker & Strainer, £193

Tom Dixon

Plum Bar Collection, from £49

The Conran Shop

Outline Cocktail Shaker in Matt Gold, £45

LSA International

Gin Cocktail Jug & Stirrer, £64

Mist-o For Ichendorf Milano

Tequila Sunrise Jug, £79

John Lewis

Hammered Stainless Steel Barware Tool Set, £30

Alessi

The Player Cocktails Accessories Set, £86

Nordal

Zig Zag Trolley, £635

Ralph Lauren Home

Wyatt Barware Collection, from £45

Jonathan Adler

Barbell Bareware Set, £208

The Décor House

Bar Mixology Sets, £49.90



Three Cocktails To Make Now



Paloma

Olive Magazine


As Hannah Guinness notes, the Paloma is the ‘margarita's softer, breezier cousin’. Ok, so it’s a something of summery concoction, but as spring starts to make itself known, we’re getting in the mood early with this refreshing tequila and grapefruit cooler. Find the recipe here.


Super Easy Rhubarb Vodka

Delicious Magazine


Rhubarb season may only get into swing in April, but for those who have forced theirs, this is an easy way to bring some of the tart goodness into your drinks repertoire. All you’ll need is some foresight (it needs one or two weeks to for the flavour to infuse), rhubarb, castor sugar, a litre of vodka and some orange zest. Et voila: the prettiest pink cocktail. Find the recipe here.


Rose Mojito

Great British Chefs/ Jonathan Benoliel


We love a classic mojito, but we also enjoy a twist on the original recipe to mix things up. Jonathan Benoliel is the bartender at The Modern Pantry and offers this delicate take on Cuban cocktail. Made with rose-infused syrup and finished with rose petals, the mint leaves add some fresh zing to the whole affair. Lovely. Find the recipe here.


By Nancy Alsop
February 2022

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