10 bar essentials to make the best homemade summer cocktails

We know how much you loved our roundup on canned cocktails.

But if you’re into mixing your own summer spirits, we’ve got something for you, too.

Mastering bartending at home may seem daunting. But with the help of a few essentials, you’ll be able to whip up your go-to tipples in no time.

And we’ve gathered everything you need to master the cool craft. Below, you’ll find alcohol starter kits, glass rimmers, juicers and even bar carts.

Get the full package with this Mixology Bartender Set. It features 10 bartending must-haves, including a shaker, mixing spoons and a cool bamboo stand.

Plus, this cool Bar Kit has all the alcohol you need to get started on your favorite drinks.

There is even a high-tech home bar that does the mixing for you. But for those who prefer their drinks mixed dexterously, Amazon is where to stock up on luxury — but not luxuriously priced — essentials to take your home bar to new levels.

Mixology Bartender Kit

This 10-piece set has all the tools you need for your home bar. It comes with a shaker, mixing spoons, liquid pourers and much more. And its stylish bamboo stand is a stylish upgrade.

Bar Starter Kit (6 Bottle Collection)

This set has all the spirits you need to make your favorite drinks. Decked with vodka, gin and tequila, it’s the perfect kit for all your summer cocktails.

Marquis by Waterford Markham by Marquis Double Old Fashion Set of 4

Serve your guests with these beautiful cut cocktail glasses. Their elegant design will make a statement at any occasion.

Hiware Professional 24 Oz Cocktail Mixing Glass

Mix your summer drinks with this easy-to-use cocktail carafe. This elegant pitcher has an efficient pouring spout to make serving a snap.

Hella Cocktail Co. 5-Pack Bitters Bar Set

Add some depth to your drinks with this cool bitters bar set. Featuring all-purpose flavors like Citrus, Ginger and Orange, a dash of bitters will kick your cocktails up a notch.

Greenco 3 Tier Glass Rimmer,

Add a dash of sugar or salt to your sips with this compact glass rimmer. The three labeled tiers — made with Margaritas in mind — nest together for easy storage, and make it easy to avoid mess while seasoning the rim.

Tovolo Inch Large King Craft Ice Mold Freezer Tray

Ditch your drab ice tray for the sleek jumbo cube, designed especially so cocktails won’t water down too quickly. The set includes two trays to make 8 two-inch cubes in all, and the pliable silicone molds make ice removal easier than ever.

OXO Good Grips 2-in-1 Citrus Juicer

Fresh-squeezed, for the win! With two reamer sizes, which can be disassembled for easy cleaning, you’ll be able to juice citrus of just about any size, such as grapefruit for a gourmet Paloma or orange for a more sophisticated screwdriver.


The Bartesian does the mixing for you. Just add your favorite mixer capsules (sold separately) and spirits, and, with the push of a button, the machine spits out a perfectly calibrated cocktail.

Nathan James Carter Rolling Bar Tea or Cocktai

This snazzy rolling cart is perfect as your home bar. It’s super spacious, with capacity to hold up to 10 bottles, and the tempered glass top shelf makes it easy to wipe clean.

Prices are subject to change.


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