Owning some essential barware pieces can work wonders in elevating your approach to home mixology. A
well-stocked bar needs much more than spirits, mixers, garnishes, and glassware to really shine. Details matter!
We’re here to help you create a world-class cocktail experience every time, whether you’re hosting a lavish party or sipping a simple nightcap after dinner. A proper home bar will provide a lifetime of enjoyment, so invest in high-quality barware that’s made to last.
Without further adieu, here are eight must-have cocktail accessories to turn an ordinary home bar into a five-star mixing station.
1. Ice Buckets
First up on our home bar essentials list: ice buckets. Often overlooked, ice buckets are the unsung heroes of home bars. They may be inherently utilitarian, but once you incorporate one or two into your spread, you’ll wonder how you ever got by without them.
It only takes one time running out of ice to understand just how crucial ice buckets are to the overall experience. After all, nobody wants a warm cocktail unless it’s called for in the recipe!
Fortunately, ice buckets don’t have to be eyesores. In fact, the right one can be a beautiful, artistic addition to your spread. Check out our Tundra, Sierra, Orion, and Helyx collections for stunning examples.
2. Ice Scoops and Tongs
Next on our home bar essentials list: ice scoops and tongs. Like ice buckets, these essential barware pieces are frequently ignored, yet so important—especially when entertaining guests.
Besides adding a professional touch to your mixing and serving, scoops and tongs are a sanitary way to handle ice and other accouterments. They also allow you to work quickly and choose the perfect amount of ice for each glass, naturally making you a better bartender.
Our Sierra, Orion, and Helyx ice buckets have matching ice scoops, so you can use a complementary set. You can also find a beautiful standalone ice scoop in our El Dorado collection.
No home bar essentials list is complete without pitchers. Guests always appreciate having quick access to water for staying hydrated after a stiff round of drinks or taming a smoky Scotch with a few drops.
Pitchers aren’t just for water. They can be filled with pre-mixed margaritas, mojitos, sangria, or any other tasty concoction you feel like mixing up. As an added bonus, allowing guests to serve themselves makes your hosting duties that much easier.
4. Cocktail Shakers and Tools
Some people prefer their cocktails shaken, not stirred. And some cocktails absolutely demand it! Shakers let you create frothy textures, and they’re so handy on summer days when instant chilling is a must.
Besides shakers, every home bar essentials list should include essential barware tools to complete the full setup, such as a jigger, stirring spoon, cocktail strainer, and bottle opener. If you’re just getting started as a home mixologist, these basics will put you on the right path.
5. Bottle Chillers and Wine Totes
When it’s time to pop the bubbly, you’ll be glad to have your bottle chiller keeping your Champagne perfectly frosty and crisp. These versatile accessories aren’t just for celebrations either. If you want any bottle to stay cold, bottle chillers do the job with no fridge runs required.
Of course, not all bottled beverages should be served cold. That’s why we included wine totes (like those featured in our Durango collection) on our home bar essentials list. They add a classy touch to your home presentation, and they’re especially useful when bringing wine to parties.
Coasters are both practical and decorative. Icy cocktails cause condensation, leaving a ring on surfaces. Besides being messy, those rings can leave unsightly permanent marks! Additionally, some types of glasses can nick, scratch, or dent soft wood surfaces.
Coasters are classic cocktail companions for a reason! We invite you to explore our functional pieces of art to enhance the presentation of your home cocktails. You can find some wonderful examples in our Gingko, Santa Fe, Kenya, and Paloma collections, among others.
7. Serving Trays
We included serving trays and platters on our home bar essentials list because they’re so versatile. Serving trays are essential barware tools because they can be used as a base to carry large rounds for the whole crowd, but that’s just the start.
Besides allowing you to transport drinks and tools anywhere throughout your indoor and outdoor space, every cocktail party deserves some finger foods on the side! Serving trays can be used to serve cheeses, charcuterie, tea sandwiches, or any other hors d’oeuvres that deserve an elegant spread.
If you’re new to home mixology, you might be surprised by how often you end up reaching for various utensils, especially as your recipe repertoire grows. There are some specific utensils that belong on every home bar essentials list.
An olive spoon is a must-own piece for anyone who makes martinis, bloody marys, and other cocktails garnished with olives. A slotted spoon is ideal for stirring or straining, and a double-pronged fork makes spearing cherries, cocktail onions, pineapple chunks, and other garnishes a breeze.
Shop Bar Essentials at Mary Jurek Design
You only need to buy high-quality barware once. Here at Mary Jurek Design, our stainless steel barware is masterfully crafted by hand using traditional metalworking techniques. They’re functional, heirloom-worthy pieces of art that are made to last a lifetime and stay in the family.
Everything on this home bar essentials list can be purchased from Mary Jurek Design, so shop our products to find the essential barware that matches your personal taste and home décor.
Our products are naturally sustainable, eco-friendly, and 100% recyclable. They’re also food-safe, dishwasher-safe, and anti-corrosive. Your home bar deserves the finest barware. Explore our upscale barware now, and start using cocktail accessories that make every sip worth celebrating!