14 Essentials for Every At-Home Bar + Poster Freebie


Each week this summer, our e-mail newsletter has been guiding you through the season with our essentials for summer style. This week, we’ve got your summer entertaining needs covered with a newsletter devoted to cocktails—from our five favorite summer drink recipes to an interview with some of our favorite “mixologists.” To get you in the booze-brewin’ mood, here are Design*Sponge’s 14 essentials for crafting your own at-home bar. The accompanying illustration by David Saracino will be available as a high-res download in this Friday’s newsletter (perfectly sized to fit an IKEA poster frame!), so be sure to sign up!Max

Rocks Glass – Sometimes all you want is some nice whiskey and ice. These glasses are perfect for that and cocktails like the tried-and-true old fashioned.

Wooden Muddler – Wooden muddlers are perfect for crushing herbs and mixing together cocktail ingredients. Don’t think about making a mojito without one!

Jigger – Measuring about 1.5 fluid ounces, a jigger is a surefire way to get your alcohol quantities right when making cocktails. Typically, one end of the jigger holds a standard shot, and the other side some fraction or multiple of that.

Paring Knife – If you want to get really fancy and add twists of fruit or citrus to your drinks, this is a must-have.

Bitters – An alcohol that is infused with herbs and known for its better flavor, bitters is an essential ingredient in a number of cocktails.

Three-piece Shaker – Used for shaking cocktail ingredients together and, if used with ice, quick cooling. A three-piece shaker contains a strainer and a cap that can be used as a measuring tool.

Mixing bar spoon – With a slender, extra long handle, bar spoons are a great way to combine ingredients in tall glasses. They also look a heck of a lot classier than the typical kitchen variety.

Mixing glass – A mixing glass can be used on its own or in combination with a shaker and oftentimes features drink measurements imprinted on its side.

Highball Glass – Most often used for a alcoholic spirits and non-alcoholic mixers, a highball glass typically contains 8-12 fluid ounces.

Assorted straws – Sometimes a straw is the finishing touch that your cocktail needs! Keep a number of different sized straws in your bar for various cocktails.

Cocktail Picks – Great for keeping a grip on martini olives, mini pickles, cherries, or any other cocktail garnish.

Coupe glass – Designed for the drinking of champagne in 1663, the coupe glass can also be used for daiquiris and Prohibition-era cocktails like Manhattans and Corpse Reviver No. 2s.

Ice Bucket – When making any sort of cocktail, ice is an absolute must. Have one of these on hand to avoid constant trips to the freezer.

Strainer – If you’re mixing a lot of solid ingredients that you don’t want ending up in your final cocktail, a strainer is a good tool to have on hand.

  1. Love the poster! Great vintage looking graphics, so cute.

  2. Peter says:

    Don’t forget the booze!

  3. Samantha says:

    Love Dave’s work! Glad to see him on the site again!

  4. Catherine says:

    I love your newsletter!

  5. amanda says:

    I need this! I’ve accumulated the booze (a perk of working at an event space!) but I’m seriously lacking the tools.

  6. Great poster, all you need is ice and guests! on a source for vintage coupes:https://www.etsy.com/shop/HazelRoberts?section_id=10155991

  7. joyofcooking says:

    What about a citrus reamer? We use fresh citrus juice in almost every cocktail we make, and having a reamer makes it so much easier.

  8. Katherine says:

    Love the poster!! Any suggestions on how to print it out?? What size is it scaled for?

  9. Jen says:

    Love the poster! Just received this week’s newsletter, but the was no high-res printout attached as mentioned– will it be sent out at. Later time? Would love to put this up in my dining room!

    1. Jen— unfortunately, the poster went out with last week’s e-mail newsletter. We have freebies regularly, though, so keep your eye out for more!


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