Let’s Have a Toast to These Professional Bartending Sets

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From throwing the ultimate cocktail party to mixing your favorite nightcap in your own kitchen, bartending sets are a must-have item for any home. We love them for mixing mocktails and cocktails, adding a touch of class and flair to a kitchen or bar, and being the ultimate entertaining sidekick. Thankfully, like a good bottle of whiskey, you don’t have to break the bank to get a quality product. We’ve found three bartending sets that are not only affordable, they include bartending accessories you’ll actually use regardless of how fancy (or simple) your favorite drink is to make.

The sets we’ve included on our list are all slightly different, but one thing they have in common is that they are all comprised of items that are commonly used in bars. Shot glasses? Check. Shakers? Of course. American style Jigger? That’s the only way we like to measure our drinks.

Bartending sets are not only an excellent gift for yourself, but they also make an excellent housewarming gift, holiday gift, birthday and retirement gift. The collections on our list come with high-end packaging, making them beautiful to show off on your counter and to give as a present.

Bartending sets are a great way to properly mix mocktails and cocktails and they also help to ensure you’re not overserving yourself or guests, with the various measuring instruments included in each set giving a precise measurement of how much alcohol is going into each drink. We’re all for a healthy buzz, but you also want your drinks to taste good — not just full of alcohol.

If you’re ready to (responsibly) step up your at-home drinking game, these are three bartending sets that will help you cheers like a pro.

  

1. NauZone Professional Bartender Kit

Featuring 14 stainless steel professional grade pieces, the NauZone Professional Bartender Kit will have you slinging drinks like a pro in no time. The NauZone includes 14 stainless steel bar accessories that are restaurant-grade, including a large 28 oz Boston Shaker, a 16 oz cheater cup, a double-sided American-style Jigger, a Hawthorne strainer and more.

Pros: The NauZone comes in a heavy-duty carrying case that makes it easy to store or give as a gift. We like that the NauZone also includes ice tongs, making it the only set on our list to do so. The collection is dishwasher-safe and won’t rust if left to air dry.

Cons: Some customers noted that they wished things like the Jigger were labeled with measurements.

NauZone Professional Bartender Kit

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2. FineDine Expert Cocktail Shaker Home Bar Set

The Manhattan style cocktail kit from FineDine is comprised of 14 bar staples, including 15 oz. and 30 oz. shaker tins and two 2 oz. shot glasses. The FineDine kit is a professional grade cocktail set that comes with the most commonly used bar items, including a 0.75 and 1.25 oz double Jigger, a bottle opener, six pour spouts to attach to your most widely use liquors and a red knob bar spoon.

Pros: We like that the shaker is made from metal, which won’t retain odors and helps to keep the liquor cold. The kit is easy to pack up and store or take with you to parties or a vacation home thanks to the space-saving design, with almost all parts fitting into the shaker. Like the NauZone, the FineDine is also dishwasher-safe.

Cons: Unlike the NauZone, the shakers in the FineDine aren’t weighted. Customers also complained that the shakers didn’t create a seal, making it difficult to mix drinks.

FineDine Expert Cocktail Shaker Home Bar Set

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3. Elite Cocktail Shaker Set Bartender Kit by Barillo

Bring the party wherever you go with the Elite Cocktail Shaker Set Bartender Kit by Barillo, with all the items in the kit conveniently fitting into the large shaker, which can be carried in the black velvet bag included. The Barillo kit includes essential bar accessories like a 24 oz SST Cobbler shaker, a mojito muddler, a mixing spoon, double Jigger, and two liquor pourers.

Pros: We like that the Barillo also comes with a pocket booklet and E-book complete with drink recipes. Like the NauZone and FineDine, the Barillo is also dishwasher-safe. The Barillo comes with a 100 percent lifetime satisfaction guarantee, making for a stress-free purchase.

Cons: The Barillo is the smallest set on our list and doesn’t include items like a bottle opener, wine opener, or shot glass. Some customers found the shaker challenging to open, especially when it had been chilled.

Elite Cocktail Shaker Set Bartender Kit by Barillo

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