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Raising the Bar: 8 Essentials for Upping Your Cocktail Game at Home

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Whether you’re a beginner mixologist or a craft cocktail connoisseur, it’s time to raise the bar on your bar. No more lame libations or over-used glassware. Here are eight essentials for upping your cocktail game at home.

1. Greenco 3 Tier Bar Glass Rimmer

Right on the rim is where some cocktails begin. Greenco’s 3-tier bar Glass Rimmer is perfect for preparing margaritas and more. Just sponge in the lime juice for better sticking, then dip it in salt, sugar or spice. The labeled compartment trays make things easy to identify. The results are always delicious.

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2. Whiskey Chilling Stones

Everyone enjoys cocktails on the rocks, but once the ice melts, your drink is left watery and diluted. These Whiskey Chilling Stones keep your drink nice and chilled without watering it down. They’re flavorless, won’t scratch your glasses and keep drinks properly chilled longer than ice.

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3. OXO Steel Double Jigger

Until you’re ace enough to eyeball measurements, make sure you keep one of these OXO Steel Double Jiggers handy. The different sides give you different measurements, so your mix is always spot on. The measurement markers are laser etched and won’t wear off. The soft, non-slip grip keeps you in control of your pour.

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4. Drink Umbrellas

You’re sure to get a smile when you serve cocktails with Drink Umbrellas. They add a tropical touch to parties and exotic flair to your relaxed evenings. They’re classic for a reason.

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5. Prodyne MP-9 Stainless Steel and Pewter Martini Picks

Entertain in style with these Prodyne MP-9 Stainless Steel and Pewter Martini Picks. They’re the ideal accessory for any party and keep your garnishes in place. With a sophisticated name like ‘MP-9’, they sound like they’re from a James Bond movie.

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6. Govino 12-Ounce Wine/Cocktail Glasses

Whether you’re entertaining indoors or hosting an al fresco cocktail party, Govino 12-Ounce Wine/Cocktail Glasses are ideal for serving white wine, rosé and spirits. They’re made of an ultra-thin, flexible BPA-free polymer, which reflects a wine’s color and projects its aromatics much like fine crystal. They’re shatterproof, reusable and finished with a patented ergonomic thumb-notch. They will be the anytime wine glasses you start reaching for every time.

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7. Cresimo 10-Inch Stainless Steel Cocktail Muddler & Mixing Spoon

The problem with wooden muddlers is they leave lacquer residue behind in your drinks. The Cresimo 10-Inch Stainless Steel Cocktail Muddler & Mixing Spoon doesn’t, so all you taste is the bursting flavor of perfectly muddled citrus fruits, herbs and spices. It’s great for Ginger Rogers, Mojitos and more.

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8. Ninja Master Prep

There’s still plenty of summer left to serve up your favorite frozen concoctions. The Ninja Master Prep is one of the best – and more affordable – ways to blend, chop, mince and puree your ingredients. It has an anti-spill splashguard and easy-flip pour spout so that all the good stuff goes in the glass.

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