Cocktail Kingdom: shaking up barware

From curvaceous coupes to Japanese ice picks

Considering that we’re supposed to be in the midst of a cocktail renaissance, really top-quality bar tools remain remarkably hard to come by. There are plenty of designer items to be had, of course, but I’m talking about those perennial classics fit for a professional bar. There is one website, however, that has lately become a favourite supplier for top bartenders on both sides of the Atlantic thanks to an inventory of bar tools that are practical and exquisite, and that’s Cocktail Kingdom.

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From cut-glass stirring glasses (from £27, Yarai glass in third picture) and gold-plated bar spoons (from £20) to imported Japanese ice picks (from £20, Anvil pick in fourth picture) and reprints of antique cocktail books (from £9, example in sixth picture), the US-based website is a mine of covetable accessories for shaking, mixing and stirring. Sticklers for historical accuracy will be drawn to vintage-style pieces such as the silver Julep cups (£17, first picture) and Blazer mugs (£70 for two), while those partial to an Old Fashioned can choose from a range of gadgets for shaping ice into giant balls, cubes and ingots (from £7). Other finds include a set of gold-plated cocktail picks (£18 for 12), Japanese three-piece shakers in a variety of finishes (from £31) and a stylish roll-up leather bar tool bag (£145, fifth picture) for making drinks on the hoof. The curvaceous Leopold coupes (£34 for six, second picture) – so much more elegant than a Y-shaped martini glass – should be considered essential glassware for any household that plans on observing six o’clock.

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