It’s one thing to have the best booze on the block, but if you don’t have the equipment to best utilize that booze, you’re going to be S.O.L. Sure, you can make the argument that all you need is the bottle and a glass (or just the bottle), but if you’ve got a significant other coming over, why not add a little extra zest to your drink game? From tools to books, we’ve got you covered with a selection of some of the best barware we’ve found this year.
Misen Paring Knife – $30
Everyone needs a good knife in their bar kit. Whether for slicing limes or preparing more in-depth garnishes, this paring knife is the one to beat. Made from Japanese high carbon steel, Misen knives are crafted to both look good and stay sharp for a long, long time. Learn how to sharpen it here.
Moore & Giles Leather Apron – $375
Making cocktails can be messy, especially after one or five. This leather apron by Moore & Giles offers up a beautiful way to stop those messes from getting on your clothes. Featuring a vintage design and enough pockets to hold your necessary bar tools, this is sure to be a hit with the mad scientist mixologist in your life.
Graf Lantz Duo Felt Wine Carrier – $128
Made from thick merino felt, this wine carrier is an exercise in form and function. Not only does it keep your wine bottles safe and cool, but you look cool carrying it. Each side fits standard wine bottles up to Champagne size, so you are ready for just about any wine-fueled outing you can think of.
Shinola Serving Tray – $195
Here at the Manual we love Shinola, that’s no secret, so when they unveiled this new wooden serving tray with reversible leather mat, it was like falling in love all over again. It’s one thing to be able to make a drink, but you elevate your game by miles when you’re able to serve the drink in style, too. This tray helps you do just that.
Sempli Incanter – $65
This is the coolest way we’ve seen to infuse spirits at home in a long time. Not only does it look like you’re preparing to become Walter White, but it’s super easy to use. All you do is put what you want to infuse in the center and put your desired liquor in the bottom. Spin it around a few times and boom, done (you can also let it sit for longer, more intense infusions). By giving someone this incanter, you’re automatically turning their cocktail game up to an eleven.
SaloonBox Cocktail Subscription Service – $38/month
For those that want to try new cocktails, but aren’t necessarily sure what to do or what you need, the subscription service SaloonBox provides everything you need. A year subscription will run you $402, but you can also buy in smaller increments, such as a month-to-month plan listed above.
Norlan Glass Vaild – Black Edition – $58 for two
This may just be the sexiest whisk(e)y glass ever. The black outer layer was formulated specifically to create a blind nosing experience, heightening your own senses with every sniff. Then, when you’re ready to drink, the inner glass helps to fully express what you’ve got going on in the glass. Also, they just look so badass.
Simon Pearce Stratton Martini Glass – $95
Featuring a technically-challenging twisted stem, this martini glass will make whoever you give it to feel like James Bond every time they pour a martini into it. Made of the highest quality, hand-blow (and lead-free) glass, you really can’t go wrong with this glass if you’re trying to impress a cocktail drinker in your life. Also, it’s way sturdier than most version, so don’t fear snapping it with your intense grip.
Upint – $25
Called the “Holy Grail” of pint glasses by some, the uPint follows on the heels of GrowlerWerks other creation, the uKeg, in terms of keeping your beer perfectly drinkable. These stainless steel pints are double-walled and vacuum-insulated, which keeps your beer exactly as cold as you want it to be. UPint comes in three finishes, to match anyone’s aesthetic pleasures.
The Southern Foodways Alliance Guide to Cocktails by Sara Camp Milam and Jerry Slater – $30
An all-inclusive cocktail book for the lover of everything Southern. Not only does the book feature almost one hundred cocktails (ranging from tailgate all-stars to punches and beyond), but it also includes fifteen essays on drink culture in the South and recipes for tasty bites to go with the drinks you just shook up.
The Cocktail Guide to the Galaxy by Andy Heidel – $23
Know a nerd that loves cocktails? This book is for them. Combining nerdy pop culture references with easy-to-make cocktails (and great illustrations to match), The Cocktail Guide to the Galaxy is the perfect light-hearted book for someone who makes it known they have a favorite Doctor and a favorite gin.
Cork Dork by Bianca Bosker – $14
Can someone go from not knowing much about wine to a sommelier in a year? Maybe, maybe not. Either way, that is just what journalist Bianca Bosker sets out to do in Cork Dork. This memoir is a great read for anyone who wants to learn more about the wine world without necessarily going toe-to-toe with a sommelier themselves.