The Ultimate Guide to Serving Bartender-Quality Cocktails at Home

The Ultimate Guide to Serving Bartender-Quality Cocktails at Home

Whether you're looking to up your at-home cocktail game or add some vintage flair to your bar cart, retro cocktail glasses are the way to go. But where do you start? This guide contains everything you need, from essential glasses to cocktail kits to recipe books, that are guaranteed to liven up your next gathering.

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Highball Glass

The highball glass is a tall, thin glass made for, well, highballs. If you need to brush up on your cocktail knowledge, a highball is a drink made with three simple components: a spirit, a mixer, and ice — think your classic gin and tonic or whiskey and soda. Its tall shape means its great for mixing, and it's useful for a wide variety of drinks.

Buy It! $24 for 4; worldmarket.com

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Gin and Tonic Mixology Kit

Take your cocktail to a whole new level with this molecular mixology kit. It contains everything you need to turn the classic g-and-t into innovative new forms like foam, bubbles and pearls — all perfectly drinkable. Show off your top-notch bartending skills, complete with your new highball glasses, at your next get-together.

Buy It! $30; amazon.com

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Gin and Tonic Recipe Book

Make the most of your fully stocked bar cart with this cocktail recipe book. As it turns out, there's much more to gin and tonics than the simple name suggests. Let this book be your guide as you explore the wide world of this classic cocktail.

Buy It! $34; barnesandnoble.com

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Collins Glass

Like its close relative the highball glass, the Collins glass is tall and thin. Unlike the highball, though, it's even taller, and therefore holds more of your favorite beverage. It's traditionally served with a Tom Collins cocktail — gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, and garnished with a lemon slice and cherry — hence the name. The Collins glass makes a chic addition to any home bar.

Buy It! $4; crateandbarrel.com

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Gin-Making Kit

Whether you're mixing up a true Tom Collins or another gin-based cocktail, this kit has everything you need to wow your guests with your own homemade spirits. It allows you to turn a bottle of vodka into gin in 36 hours with a combination of juniper berries, lavender, rosemary, and other herbs and spices included in the kit.

Buy It! $55; williams-sonoma.com

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Gin Recipe Book

Gin is a versatile spirit. Browse this book for the perfect Tom Collins recipe to complement your new glasses, or switch it up and try something new. Whether you're a novice or practically a professional, there's something for every gin-lover in this cocktail recipe book.

Buy It! $13; amazon.com

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Rocks Glass

This classic cocktail glass is about as versatile as they come. The rocks glass — also known as the old-fashioned glass — is perfect for any on-the-rocks mixed drink or neat spirit. This particular version is made with sturdy glass for a serious pour.

Buy It! $4; crateandbarrel.com

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Old-Fashioned Kit

Whether a whiskey or brandy old-fashioned is more your style, this kit gives you what you need to make your own perfect nightcap at home. Its bitters are made in small batches full of cherries, ginger, and nutmeg to lend the fullest flavor. And its simple syrup doesn't have to be limited to old-fashioneds — try it in other at-home cocktails like amaretto sours, mojitos, or mint juleps, too.

Buy It! $33; williams-sonoma.com

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Old-Fashioned Recipe Book

Don't just drink your old-fashioned — learn about it, too. One of the oldest cocktails out there (they don't call it the old-fashioned for nothing), the drink and its ingredients and accessories have a storied history. It's not all homework, though; this book features plenty of recipes to try.

Buy It! $15; amazon.com

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Coupe Glass

A retro staple, the coupe glass was originally designed as a champagne glass until it fell out of favor and was replaced with the fluted champagne glass we see today. However, it's being revived as a more practical alternative to tippy martini glasses. With a bowl shape and short stem, not only is it a sturdy addition to your drinkware collection, it has a fun vintage look, too.

Buy It! $4; crateandbarrel.com

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Copper Cocktail Tools Kit

Whether you like your martini shaken or stirred, you need a great tool kit for the perfect pour. This chic copper kit features a jigger, stirring spoon, strainer, and shaker. It helps you make a mean martini and includes essential tools for many other drinks as well.

Buy It! $80; williams-sonoma.com

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Martini Recipe Book

There are so many ways to make a martini — and this book details nearly every one. With 201 combinations, you'll have enough material to impress your friends for years to come. Olives not included.

Buy It! From $3; amazon.com

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Margarita Glass

Add a pop of color to your collection with this ombre margarita glass. Whether you prefer lime or strawberry, frozen or on the rocks, this glass can handle it all. Handcrafted in Mexico, it's so cute you'll probably want to display it as your bar cart's centerpiece.

Buy It! $32 for 4; worldmarket.com

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Margarita-Making Kit

Premium ingredients equal a premium cocktail. Make yours with this kit, containing a shaker, jigger, two mixers, and rimming salt. Just pour into your new margarita glasses, top with a lime wedge, and you've got yourself a fiesta.

Buy It! $50; neimanmarcus.com

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Literary Cocktail Book

You don't have to be an English major to appreciate these literature-inspired cocktails. It features 49 recipes along with puns, snacks, and drinking games to have every aspect of your party covered. And yes, a recipe for this book's namesake margarita is included, too.

Buy It! $11; amazon.com

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