Tools of the Toasting Trade
In recent months, we’ve shared experts’ guide to stocking your cart and simple cocktail recipes to put your cart to work; now it’s time to dress it up with the glassware and accessories needed for an impressive but functional home bar. Here are some of our favorite bar accessories made by Southern artisans, from expertly designed tools to bespoke chalices, for every type of cocktail.
Mixed Set of Colored Wine Stemware | Estelle Colored Glass
This sensational colored stemware line is hot right now, having been featured in Vogue and spotlighted on the Today Show, but the hand-blown glassware comes out of the South–produced in Holly Hill, South Carolina, by founder Stephanie Hall. The company’s name is inspired by her grandmother, Estelle, who collected colored glass by scouring small-town South Carolina antique stores and markets. The techni-colored collections of stemware, rocks glasses, decanters, and cake stands are made in every hue imaginable. Go monochromatic with a set of coastal blue coupes or start off your collection with a rainbow mix of wine glasses pictured above.
Price: $175 (Set of 6)| estellecoloredglass.com
Complete Craft Bar Set | A Bar Above
Whether shaken or stirred, this kit has all of the essentials for at-home mixology. It includes a Boston shaker set, three strainers, Japanese jigger, muddler, a bar spoon, and picks. Chris Tunstall, a food and bev industry vet and mixology podcaster still working it out behind the bar, created this line of tools to meet his needs as well as his fellow bartenders and amateur mixology aficionados. While based on the west coast, this line is a favorite among many Southern barkeeps.
Price: $105 | shop.abarabove.com
Cube Glasses | Nate Cotterman
Nate Cotterman’s patented design fuses a solid glass cube to the bottom of the hand blown rocks glass to keep your drink chilled without the dilution. The artist’s Venetian Blowing techniques have landed him as an Artist in Residence at Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina where he produces his modern interpretations of glass objects. Order a pair of the innovative cube glasses with the cube decanter for a set that sparkles.
Price: $90 per rocks glass or $375 for 2 rocks glasses + decanter | natecotterman.com
Modern Ice Bucket | Alabama Sawyer
Next up is this artful ice bucket that marries function and style by combining contrasting materials of black walnut and stainless steel to keep your elixirs cool. Alabama Sawyer, typically known for their modern wood furniture, is fueled by makers who create environmentally sustainable designs made from trees that have fallen in the Birmingham area in their “field-to-studio” shop. While on the pricier side, it’s a sustainable heirloom piece that will make a statement on your cart.
Price: $350 | alasaw.com
Embroidered Cocktail Napkins | Lettermade
Got an occasion coming up? Cocktail napkins are the perfect accessory to make your bar festive. But don’t settle for the paper kind. Winter Park, Florida–based linen and décor company Lettermade has embroidered linen cocktail napkins for every occasion, theme, or just to match your mood. Malia Palma’s designs range from traditional to overtly whimsical: hand-stitched tulips to bespectacled Elton John. Stock up on a set for every vibe.
Price: $48-96 per set | shoplettermade.com
No. 12 Cocktail Pitcher | Terrane Glass Co.
Colin O’Reilly’s unique designs speak to his singular process at Terrane Glass Co. in Spruce Pine, North Carolina, where he is drawn to crafting spherical shapes like his award-winning clear-glass decanters and glassware. While we’ve collected a few over the years for our carts, his mixing glasses are the next prized piece we’re eyeing. The No. 12 is a textured pitcher hefty enough to endure rough stirs and the angular spout is ideal for filling up our glasses without any unwanted drips.
Price: $94 | terraneglass.com
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