10 Best Bartender Kits | June 2017

10 Best Bartender Kits
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We spent 38 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top choices for this wiki. Whether you’re an amateur mixologist or a professional drinks caterer, you'll find one of these bartender kits ideal for sharpening and making easier your cocktail-mixing craft. They’re a big hit at parties and useful to stash behind your home bar, plus they come in a variety of designs for different skill levels at prices that will meet a range of budgets. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best bartender kit on Amazon.
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The Oggi Pro comes with a bold, handsome stand that keeps things in order and makes you look like a cocktail authority. In addition to serving as a great display piece, all of the components are fairly substantial, even if they’re not professional quality.
  • tools made of tough stainless steel
  • cutting board is smooth and balanced
  • knife is rather dull
Brand Oggi
Model 7150
Weight 4.2 pounds
Rating 3.8 / 5.0
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The Teikis Boston Set is a fine option for the novice mixologist, thanks to all the specific measurements marked out on the included glass. Another helpful feature is a jigger that measures liquid at either 30 or 50 milliliters for varied pours.
  • includes a 4-prong strainer
  • comes with a wooden masher
  • mixing glass is too narrow
Brand TeiKis
Model pending
Weight 2.3 pounds
Rating 4.2 / 5.0
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The nine-piece Libbey Mixologist allows you to make mojitos or martinis like a pro, thanks to its sturdy wooden muddler and its long mixing spoon. If you’re new to the trade, it also helps that cocktail recipes are listed right on the glass.
  • some components are dishwasher-safe
  • kit is simple and easy to use
  • does not include a jigger
Brand Libbey
Model 80787
Weight 3.9 pounds
Rating 4.4 / 5.0
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An affordable option for beginners and experienced bartenders alike, the Mixologist World Set is a no-frills option that can immediately be put to use behind your home bar. The set’s stainless steel mirror finish looks classy and protects its pieces from wear and tear.
  • comes with a 5-year warranty
  • shaker with built-in strainer lid
  • shaker keeps ice frozen effectively
Brand Mixologist World
Model MW1730093BP
Weight 1.1 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0
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With a sleek and functional design that makes it an exciting gift for mixology enthusiasts, the HomeGadgets Premium ensures that you’re prepared for virtually any bartending situation. The double measuring jigger is handy for accommodating different sizes of pours.
  • comes with ice bucket and tongs
  • 28-ounce 3-piece cocktail mixer
  • salt and sugar glass rimmer
Brand HomeGadgets
Model KG-BS1
Weight 4.2 pounds
Rating 4.2 / 5.0
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The Tiger Chef Professional is a nice mid-range option for the enthusiastic home host or for a bartender working at a wedding or charity event. It comes in a set of 14 or 15 pieces, all of which aid in preparing drinks quickly and properly.
  • includes 6 plastic pour spouts
  • long 10-inch muddling spoon
  • 5 color options available
Brand Tiger Chef
Model 0026-BAR14PC
Weight 1.9 pounds
Rating 5.0 / 5.0
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Featuring top-grade bar tools at an affordable price, the Barillio Elite would make a welcome addition to basement bars and kitchen islands everywhere. It even comes with a pocket-sized recipe booklet as well as a digital copy you can access from your mobile device.
  • includes a special mojito muddler
  • money-back guarantee
  • classy velvet bag for storage
Brand Barillio
Model SYNCHKG097630
Weight 1.3 pounds
Rating 4.8 / 5.0
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Once you have the Bar Brat Premium to assist with your cocktail creations, entertaining at your home isn’t work – it’s entertainment. This complete bundle set comes with all of the necessary components as well as a lifetime guarantee.
  • ebook with 110 recipes
  • includes a strong corkscrew
  • elegant gift packaging
Brand Bar Brat
Model pending
Weight 1.9 pounds
Rating 4.8 / 5.0
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Eye-catching and practical, the Nauzone Barware Set offers an impressive array of quality pieces that make learning and practicing the art of bartending a pleasure. Special features include a waiter’s corkscrew, ice tongs and a starter mixology guide.
  • comes with 2 sizes of shaker
  • includes a flat bottle opener
  • components are leak-free
Brand NÄUZone
Model BAR10SS
Weight 2 pounds
Rating 4.6 / 5.0
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You’ll stop worrying about your friends and dinner guests witnessing you struggle to mix up complex cocktails when you acquire the Mixology & Craft Kit. This professional-grade 12-piece set comes with a three-piece shaker and an easy-to-use double-lever corkscrew.
  • includes small foil cutter
  • 2 double-sided jiggers
  • pieces made of rustproof steel
Brand Mixology & Craft
Model SYNCHKG115579
Weight 2 pounds
Rating 4.5 / 5.0

Buyer's Guide

Style You Can Use: The Bartender Kit

A home bar serves as a focal point of many interiors. In a home with a dining room, the bar can set the tone for the rest of the dining space. In an apartment or a house with a larger, open floor plan, the bar can define a portion of the living area, serving both as a useful station for mixing drinks and as an aesthetically pleasing fixture to be admired by resident and visitor alike.

Having a few bottles of liquor and some mixers lined up is a fine first step toward stocking your home bar, but that sideboard or shelf is really nothing more than a storage spot for bottles until you have a superlative bartender kit perched there as well. Bartender kits are designed to be functional, but are often enough chosen more based on aesthetics than on mechanics. If you want a set of mixing tools adorning your home bar even though you don't foresee them being used often, you need only spend around fifteen dollars for a fine-looking kit. If you want to actually use your set to make great drinks, then consider more than mere looks.

Simply put, a bartender kit consists of the tools needed to conveniently prepare cocktails that involve more than one ingredient. At the most basic end of the equation, a bartender's set will include a cocktail shaker, a bottle opener, a corkscrew, and a usually a long-handled spoon. The shaker serves to rapidly mix and chill drinks and is the most important piece of equipment in the set.

Many cocktail shakers feature three pieces, a large reservoir that holds up to twenty ounces of fluid, an upper portion featuring a built-in strainer, and a top that covers the strainer during shaking and which can also be used to measure an ounce or two of liquid. If you are relatively new to mixing drinks, look for a kit with just such a shaker and consider choosing a set based around this component. All the rest of accessories, while often useful and enjoyable to use, are secondary. Look, though, for a muddler, a jigger for measuring one or two ounces, and a set of tongs.

While this might at first seem counterintuitive, in fact the more experienced a person is at mixing drinks, the more basic a bartender kit can be while still adequately meeting his or her mixology needs. That's so because the seasoned bartender has an innate sense of beverage measurements and proportions and can easily muddle, shake, stir, or pour a great drink with minimal hardware required. (You will usually see a skilled bartender pour a beverage out of a shaker using a slim gap between shaker and mixing glass, not using a strainer, for example.) While a relative amateur on the cocktail scene will benefit from a fuller range of tools and from clearly indicated measurement markers (if not an outright guide to making certain drinks), a seasoned barman or barmaid needs only a few simple implements to create dazzling drinks. Keep that notion in mind when considering a bartender kit as a gift or for your own possession, especially if you plan to master the art of mixology. The more experience you gain, the fewer tools you may use.

Finally, consider whether or not you may bring your bartender kit on the road, whether to help you serve drinks at an event or simply when you and your friends rent a ski lodge for a weekend. A bar tool set designed for travel that comes with its own organizational and protective case means an extra initial cost, but great convenience when you're away from home.

The Other Accessories Your Home Bar Needs

Your home bar is complete once you have a great bartender kit and a few fine bottles of liquor and mixers. But to make your home bar replete, add a few more accessories.

As most cocktails call for preparation using and/or serving over ice, it's a good idea to get an ice bucket that will complement your mixing tools. Some ice buckets are designed to chill bottles, others are purely for storing ice, while a few can do both. Make sure to select the type of ice vessel that meets your needs best.

If you often serve wine alongside those cocktails, then a good wine decanter can not only make the presentation more striking but can also help aerate red wines, enhancing their flavor. And for the true connoisseur of beverages, consider investing in a wine fridge. These functional and often elegant units can keep your prized bottles of wine preserved at just the right temperature and can even serve as the platform on which you set up your home bar.

Three Crucial Cocktails

Anyone who truly appreciates a great cocktail will appreciate a fine martini. To make the perfect traditional martini, start with a fine gin. Mix one part dry vermouth with six parts gin in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake things up for a minute and then strain the liquid into a glass (ideal a chilled martini glass). Garnish with an olive or a twist of lemon peel and enjoy the classic.

Arguably the first real cocktail is the drink known fittingly enough today as an Old Fashioned. To prepare an Old Fashioned, first add a few dashes of Angostura bitters to a glass with a sugar cube (or a small scoop of sugar if need be). Then add a spoonful of water and mix the sugar and bitters around until dissolved and mixed. Now pour in about two ounces of bourbon or rye and a few large ice cubes. Stir well, add a large slice of orange or lemon (or both), stir again, and serve.

The Cosmopolitan is a deceptively easy cocktail to make, and one that is enjoyed by people all over the globe, likely because of how deceptively strong it is. A basic preparation of a Cosmopolitan calls for four parts vodka, two parts cranberry juice, two parts triple sec, and a hearty dash of fresh lime juice. Mix all the liquids together in a shaker filled with plenty of ice, shake well, and serve neat and cold over a slice (or wedge) of lime. Ideally you will serve this tasty libation in a martini glass, though a wine glass serves if need be.



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Last updated on June 05, 2017 by Sam Kraft

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