If you have an affinity for craft cocktails or the perfect pour of a pint, you’re not alone. The hobbies of at-home bartending, entertaining, and cocktail sampling are becoming more popular than ever before. Creating your wedding registry is the perfect time to take inventory of what you have and what you might need to continue to enjoy the art of mixology. Here are some of our favorites.
No home bar is truly complete without the trusty bar cart. Why hide all your liquor away in a cabinet where nobody can see it? Instead, show off your collection in style. Of course, there are bar carts made of different materials in all shapes and sizes, but we love this Gold Square Bar Cart from Pier 1 Imports. The three-tiers ensure there's plenty of space for your entire collection, and the gold-and-glass look is timeless and will fit perfectly within any home aesthetic. Another favorite is the Uttermost Zafina Gold Bar Cart from Bed Bath and Beyond.
If you’re truly committed to your craft and want to go big, an in-home bar is a great luxury item. With tons of options to choose from to match your décor, home bars are the ideal place to store, gather, and create. Bed Bath and Beyond’s Baxton Studio Stamford Bard Cabinet features a classic two-door cabinet with 12 slotted shelves, a storage drawer, and ample accessory room while being just the right size for smaller spaces. For a larger, more statement-making option, Hayneedle’s ECI Toscana Distressed Birch Home Bar boasts solid wood construction with a black oak finish, and it’s “L” design makes it a nice corner to gather, unwind, and catch up.
Humans have been drinking since the dawn of humanity (probably). And even though the past few decades have been a boon for cocktails, there's no doubt that there's rich history to this craft that has influenced where we are today. The Bartender's Guide: How To Mix Drinks is perhaps the definitive cocktail recipe book. First published in 1862, the book offers recipes on classic cocktails that have withstood the test of time and others that haven't quite translated to the modern world. It's a fascinating trip down memory lane that all modern mixologists should embark upon.
Pretend you're Bond and prepare your cocktails shaken, not stirred. Every amateur mixologist needs a good shaker—one option is the Nambe Klasp, with a sleek stainless-steel exterior, 32 ounces of interior, and a convenient strainer top. As a bonus, it can also be engraved. At the higher end of the price spectrum is this Jacob Browmwell Legacy Cocktail Shaker. It breaks down into three pieces, and the red copper material not only offers a sophisticated look, but also ensures a pure taste (copper helps remove sulfur-based compounds from the alcohol).
Yes, there are punches you can make that are way tastier than the wacky concoctions of your college party days. When you find a good recipe for one, don't make the mistake of having to scramble and use the bowl lying around your house that you usually use for popcorn. A proper punch bowl, like this wood and glass option from Pottery Barn, will come in handy. And it even comes with a ladle so you don't have to worry about anyone getting their hands all up in the punch.
Spherical Cube Mold/Whiskey Stones
Regular ice cubes are fine in a pinch, but if you really want to enjoy your cocktail as it was meant to be crafted, you want to avoid over-dilution. This Silicone Ice Sphere Mold from Williams Sonoma ensures that you and your spouse can sip your drinks without rushing—the sphere melts slower than cubes and chills the drink evenly. And for the whiskey drinkers, these Teroforma whiskey stones will become your new best friend.
The Perfect Glasses
Some would argue that a cocktail is only as good as the glass in which it is served. While it can be cumbersome to store full sets of every type of barware, it’s a great idea to stock up on assorted styles and sizes to always be prepared. Wayfair’s Bar in a Box Set includes four cooler glasses, four margarita glasses, four poco glasses, and four shot glasses, along with a metal strainer and mixing glass.