Top Shelf Bar Tools
To read the details of why I think each of these pieces are the best out there, just scroll down. As a set, this is a great value and contains the four pieces you need to make almost any cocktail – a Boston shaker set, jigger, and Hawthorne Strainer. It’s a great starter kit if you just want to give cocktails a try and aren’t sure you want to commit to a full craft set. If you just need a basic set of high-quality bar tools and want to get them for a good combo price, this is the perfect choice.
Looking for top-of-the-line Cocktail Strainers? Look no further! After years of designing, testing, searching, we finally found the three cocktail strainers we love and trust. Designed for comfort and durability (and a bit of style, if I’m being honest!) this set includes all three strainers you need behind a craft bar: a Hawthorne Strainer, a Julep Strainer and a fine-mesh Conical Strainer. The perfect combination of comfort, form, and function, these strainers are built to last!
If you’re looking for a complete craft bar set, this is your set. We were frustrated with incomplete kits and low quality tools so we finally decided to create our own. This kit includes the stuff you need for a craft bar, including the basics like a shaker, jigger and hawthorne strainer, but also including advanced tools like a julep strainer, fine strainer, hardwood muddler and picks for garnishing. It doesn’t get more complete than this.
As for which Boston Shaker to buy, here are the two that we’ve had custom made to be the best you can buy. So you should buy these. (Yep, I’m totally biased.)
Weighted / Unweighted
It’s a great choice because the two tins fit together beautifully with a nice, tight seal – but still come apart when you want them to. This is my ideal Boston shaker combination. The larger tin is weighted to add rigidity but the smaller is unweighted to give the best seal. The weighted larger shaker has been welded all the way around so it won’t pop off during service. In my opinion, you can’t beat this set.
Weighted / Weighted
If you’re already used to a weighted / weighted set, you’re probably going to want to stick with what you’re used to. This set is exactly the same quality as our best-selling set, but we’ve asked the factory to add a weight to the smaller tin as well. Both shakers are welded all the way around, so they won’t pop off during service. If you’re looking for a weighted/weighted boston shaker, you can’t bet this set!
The strainer is the second most quintissential bar tool there is. Unfortunately if you plan on actually using your strainer with any frequency, you’re likely to run into durability problems with most strainers on the market. Not this one! We designed this from scratch (read the full story here) to be the most comfortable, best straining, and longest lasting strainer there is. Plus, it’s pretty nice looking if I don’t say so myself!
Fine Mesh Strainer
Tired of the handle of your fine strainer breaking? Yeah, we were too. We worked directly with the factory to design this strainer to be perfect for every bar. It’s bigger (10cm) to strain faster, has a comfortable handle that’s easy to grip, and most importantly it’s been built with reinforced welds so you can tap it against your shaker all you want – this handle will never break off!
Ah, the trusty Julep Strainer. Always there when you just need a Manhattan or Martini to finish your night! This one’s a classic – the standard oval shape is compatible with just about every mixing glass, pint glass or shaker tin. It’s sturdy, well-made and the perfect companion to all of your favorite stirred drinks.
Choose your style – both have more markings than any other jiggers on the market (at least that I could find!)
Japanese Style Jigger
Sleek, classic and durable, the Japanese style Jigger is a staple for any craft bar. We partnered with our factory to have them add every marking they possibly could – and they did!
This thing includes all but one marking for every 1/4oz from 1/4-2oz. (It’s missing 1 3/4oz because apparently 1 3/4 is literally impossible to do. OK guys, I’ll give you that one.)
A little bit vintage, the Bell Jigger’s curvy shape makes it incredibly comfortable in the hand. Extra-thick stainless steel is machined for durability.
Super accurate lines are marked for every 1/4 oz between 1/4oz and 2oz, so this will be the only jigger you need!
Not only are our muddlers a full 12″ long (long enough to keep your knuckles safe), but they are also incredibly comfortable in your hand. With a handle designed for comfort and flat head to release the aromatics in fruit and herbs without pulverizing them into a bitter slurry. In short: These muddlers rock.
Made from natural hardwood, (beech to be specific), this muddler is unvarnished and unlacquered – so there’s no risk of pieces breaking off into your drink. It’s also downright beautiful (if I do say so myself!)
Black Plastic Muddler
This thing is bomb-proof. Designed to be just as comfortable and ergonomic as our original hardwood muddler, this plastic version is also dishwasher-safe. And it looks great too (if I do say so myself!)
12″ x 18″ Size
3.25″ x 18″ Size
One Spiral & One Smooth Handle
Two Smooth-Handle Bar Spoons
Two Spiral-Handle Bar Spoons