The best cocktail-making accessories

Bianca Barratt
Tobi Jenkins

Although we never need an excuse, as today is National Cocktail Day, it's the perfect reason to hit the martinis.

What's even more impressive than watching a mixologist twirl bottles and flail about is if you can show a bit of skill at home, using just a few bits and bobs from your drink trolley. If you think it all sounds a bit sad and 'budget,' think again: mixing a decent negroni in your own living room will give you some serious props with your friends.

With our pick of the most stylish cocktail making accessories you can get grinding, pulping and infusing at home.

1. Waterford Coloured Crystal Mixology Tumblers

Stained glass adds a touch of elegance to any cocktail (apart from, perhaps, a strawberry daquiri), particularly if it's cut so delicately. Serve up your best concoctions in these Waterford tumblers for a bit of laid back glamour.

£200, John Lewis, Buy it now

2. Jasper Conran Ice Bucket

Be ready for those mojitos with an ice bucket filled to the brim. It'll make you look like you know what you're doing.

£28, Debenhams, Buy it now

3. Diamond Affair 24ct-gold-filled Stem Glasses

Golden stems and a generous sized saucer make this martini glass a thing of beauty. James Bond would be proud.

£140 for a pair, Not on the High Street, Buy it now

4. OhShinyPaperCo Handmade Cocktail Stirrers

Long cocktails don't need much decoration other than a jazzy straw. Throw away those old, striped plastic ones and get yourself some of these instead.

£4, Etsy, Buy it now

5. LSA International Polka Champagne Saucers

Dreamy pastel hues sing of summer days ahead, so pick these up and get them out for any- and every- occasion. They also make great accessories for a grown-up, boozy tea party.

£32, House of Fraser, Buy it now

6. Oxo Steel Cocktail Strainer

Get rid of all the cocktail debris with a decent strainer- go for one with spring coiling rather than simple mesh as it'll be much easier to clean and will deliver the smoothest results.

£27, Amazon, Buy it now

7. Oliver Bonas Drinks Trolley

With a drinks cart as stunning as this, you'll look less Hogwarts Express Trolley Witch and more Don Draper.

£350, Oliver Bonas, Buy it now

8. Debenhams Crystal Decanter

Any drinks maker worth their salt will have a beautiful hand cut decanter. Even if you've thrown a bottle of JD in there it'll look so classy that no-one will ever know...

£48, Debenhams, Buy it now

9. Final Touch Silicone Ice Ball Moulds

Forget cubes; these days, it’s all about the ice spheres. They do actually serve a purpose besides just looking seriously cool as well: they melt more slowly, keeping your drink cooler for longer without diluting it.

£10, John Lewis, Buy it now

10. Michael Aram Rock Cocktail Shaker

As our favourite debonair drinker, James Bond, said: drinks should be shaken, not stirred. Investing in a piece of classic design such as this will not be wasted- it'll last for years to come and never go out of style.

£82, Amara, Buy it now


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