Copper Bar Tools by West Elm
Start Your Own Home Bar!
This is definitely one of those pieces that will never ever go out of style. The clean design and gorgeous copper color has us head over heels (and not just from all the cocktails!) for this set. In addition, the great value means it is no more costly than any other bar set, even though it looks like it’s worth a lot more.
The set includes a cobbler shaker, stirring spoon, jigger, bottle opener, and a Hawthorne strainer. It’s got pretty much everything you need to create most cocktails, making it a great gift for a friend or loved one who’s got an interest in making drinks at home. It’s also a fantastic starter kit for your own home bar, just be prepared to have guests expecting that you make them drinks when you’re entertaining!
The shaker comes in handy when making drinks that have citrus juice, cream, or egg whites, as these are all components of a cocktail that should be shaken and not stirred. It also comes in handy if you’re looking for a really cold vodka martini. Other cocktails that are more booze heavy, such as negronis, old fashioneds, and manhattans should be stirred using the stirring spoon.
The jigger has measurements for ½ ounce, ¾ ounce, 1 ounce, 1 ½ ounces, or 2 ounces, meaning you can use it for pretty much any size drink. For most standard drinks, you’re going to be using 1 to 2 ounces of your base liquor, and ½ to ¾ ounce of supporting ingredients.
The Hawthorne strainer is great for shaken drinks as the wire coil is perfect for removing shards of ice that break off during the shaking process, helping to balance out the water level in your cocktail.
We highly recommend this set to anyone looking to create amazing cocktails at home without spending a ton of money!