Barware and Accessories for Entertaining
Written by: Catalogs.com Editorial Staff
May 22, 2014
Filed Under Entertaining
by Catalogs.com Info Guru Aurora LaJambre
Now that you’ve stocked up on your favorite wine and spirits, it’s almost time to toast the many good nights to come.
But first you need stirrers, and something to open bottles with and a few other items to keep your happy corner fresh and functional.
These top home bar accessories will have you raising glasses in no time.
10. Cocktail shaker
The secret ingredient to some of the best concoctions is a good shake, ideally via a cocktail shaker. Sure you’ll always have a few odd friends who preferred their appletini stirred, but it’s the shake that evenly disperses ingredients in more complex drinks. For extra flair and easy measuring, opt for a clear acrylic one.
9. A cherry on top
Sometimes there’s no manlier move than a few un-manly touches. Like sporting pink shirts, it shows you’re secure and unconcerned what people think. Not that you need an excuse to keep a jar of maraschino cherries and other garnishes among your most used home bar accessories.
Wine carafes and decanters put the Ooh La La in small, casual gatherings. Plus they add elegance to any bar top. There’s a cozy, intimacy to pouring wine from a carafe. Guests won’t know what varietal or region they’re drinking; they’ll only know it’s one of your favorites. When in Rome!
7. Ice bucket
Pretty copper party planners have all the qualities wanted in an ice bucket. Durable and large enough to chill a few bottles of wine at a time, plus the two handles make it easy to carry outside. Ornamental and functional, this sturdy wine bucket has a timeless look to complement the most rustic décor, or the grandest soirees.
Nothing says ‘Bring on the booze” like a hefty beer stein. Use them for display while building a collection, and to make guests feel extra special. Start with branded steins from your favorite brewers and then brace yourself: Once word gets out you like them, steins will be the go-to gift for buds.
5. Whiskey rocks
No need to water down your favorite Scotch or Whiskey just because you like it cold. Made from non-porous Soapstone, Whiskey rocks sustain temperature without affecting the taste or smell. Drop one in straight liquor or wine the next time you’re in the mood for a sipper.
4. Karaoke machine
Because every good party escalates until you find yourself singing “Love Shack” with your best friend, again. The return on investment on a karaoke machine is years of silly fun, the kind best had after a few tastes of liquid courage.
3. Wine rack
Searching for the right home bar accessories is a learning process full of unexpected factoids. Did you know that the best way to store wine is angled cork down? It’s true and now you can work it into conversations with a tilted wine rack made from rustic, old world materials.
How you stock mixers depends on how often you like to imbibe. Three liter bottles of tonic water and soda make economic sense, though they’ll likely go flat unless you’re having a party. Juices have a slightly longer shelf life once opened, but they’re space hogs once opened. Go for cans if you like variety without committing to a week of vodka cranberries.
1. Jigger and shot glasses
Shot glasses are cheap, easy to store and fun to collect, a staple of any bar nook, but don’t stop there. Beginner mixologists will thank themselves for investing in a jigger as well. These simple tools allow you to measure with ease so your drinks aren’t too weak or too strong, but just right.