This Gift Set is the Ultimate Treat for Espresso Martini LoversTools
Gift them the tools for the ultimate night cap.
Dec 6, 2023
I Finally Found Comfortable, Stylish Bar Stools at a Budget-Friendly Price, and I Actually Want to Sit at My Kitchen Island NowKitchen
These bar stools are three times more comfortable than my last ones!
Sep 21, 2023
Our Favorite Bar Cart Essentials for Creating Absolutely Perfect Cocktails at Home
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Because everyone deserves a bar cart Don Draper would be proud of.
Aug 18, 2023
Acid League’s Funky Cocktail Bundle Is Turning Me Into a Bartender
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It does the bartending work for you!
Nov 2, 2022
These Black-Owned Wines, Spirits, and Mixers Belong on Your Bar Cart
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Make room on your bar cart.
Feb 14, 2022
West Elm’s Clearance Event Is Full of Giftable Finds, Starting at $2
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Stylish and inexpensive? Sign us up.
Sep 13, 2021
This Stylish $60 Glassware Set Might Be the Only One You’ll Ever Need — and It’s Perfect for Small Apartments
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It includes one 14-oz glass, an 18-oz glass, a wine glass, a flute, and a coupe glass.
Aug 13, 2021
This Chic Bed Bath & Beyond Bar Cart Is a Must-Have for Rattan Lovers and Plant Parents
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It can also double as an end table, a mini bookshelf, or a plant stand.
Jul 6, 2021
The SodaStream I’ve Been Using Every Single Day for Two Years Is Now on Major Sale
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If you're a fellow fan of fizzy water, you won't want to miss this deal!
Jun 21, 2021
11 Tools That Will Make All of Your Home Bartending Dreams Come True
Kitchn Essentials, Bar Edition
Here's what great bartenders have up their sleeves.
Nov 26, 2020
SodaStream Fizz Home Drinks MakerTools
Item: SodaStream FizzPrice: $179.99Overall Impression: Less streamlined than some other models but the Fizz Chip indicator is very useful. We are avid drinkers of carbonated water and homemade soda in my household, and the SodaStream, which can convert tap water to sparkling water in a matter of seconds, is one of the appliances we use most. When our SodaStream Pure model died after two years of near-constant use, I was curious to try the company’s latest model, the Fizz.
Jul 17, 2020
15 Little Luxuries from Amazon — For $30 or LessGroceries
Psst: They're all $30 or less!
Dec 17, 2019
My Family’s Obsession with Adorable IcePeople
Our refrigerator has an ice maker. Like many ice makers, it doesn’t really work. (Ours works sporadically, dumping a ton of ice in the middle of the night and waking me from a deep sleep, with my heart pounding. Fun times.) A while ago, we decided to go old school and keep a bunch of ice trays in the freezer. Then we got obsessed, finding interesting trays wherever we went.It started with a tray of six enormous cubes.
May 24, 2019
The Mason Jar Cocktail Shaker: The Logical Next Step in Mason Jar ManiaKitchen
Mason jars have officially hit the point of indie culture saturation. Latest exhibit? An admittedly rather classy idea: The Mason jar cocktail shaker. Even as you roll your eyes you’re clicking through to find out how to get one. Aren’t you? Yes you are.Well, here you go.
May 2, 2019
5 Bar Carts That Pull Double DutyKitchen
occasionally 1 Libations Cart, $600 from Crate & Barrel: this cart has the same appearance as the Ponce (seen below), but at half the price.  2 Ponce Iron Bar Cart, $1,200 from The Classy Cottage: has an antique brass finish that’s a welcome change from popular stainless steel.  3 Reclaimed Stainless Steel Lakeside Cart, $400 from Rustic Refinery: made from a reclaimed hospital cart fitted with a wood top.
May 2, 2019
Why the Sterling Silver Iced Tea Spoon Is Good for So Much More Than TeaKitchen
When we got married, my aunt gave us two sterling silver iced tea spoons, promising I could use them for so much more than tea. Which is good, because — get ready to take away my Southern card — I don’t like iced tea. I know. But my aunt was right. These spoons are good for so much more. This Mother’s Day, maybe your mom would love to put her feet up on the ottoman and sip a lovely glass of lavender iced tea with lemon.
May 2, 2019
10 Essentials from west elm for a Swanky Cocktail SoireeSkills
As part of our partnership with our friends at west elm in October — from book parties (Dallas on Saturday! See the whole schedule here) to a big kitchen makeover sweepstakes (enter now!) — we’re also showing off some of our favorites from their fall collection. Some of my own personal favorites this season are the glam and swanky glassware, bar accessories, and bar carts — all of which are inspiring me to throw a fancy cocktail party at home.
May 1, 2019
3 Clever Bottle Openers That Make Great GiftsKitchen
The gifting season is behind us, but it’s always smart to have something on hand. After all, who knows when you’ll be invited to a last-minute housewarming party or potluck dinner! I always think interesting bottle openers make a wonderful and inexpensive gift for these occasions. Here are three design-forward options that are particularly chic. This solid brass bottle opener reminds me of a napkin ring or a ferris wheel of some sort.
May 1, 2019
Infuse Your Booze with This “Incanter”Tools
We’re all very familiar with the decanter — designed to let your wine breathe or to make both a fancy or not-so-fancy bottle of Scotch look high-class — but have you seen the Incanter? Its whole purpose is to add stuff to your booze; as the name implies, it’s a combination of an infuser and decanter.
May 1, 2019
The Fanciest Way to Take a ShotTools
We’re going to bet that you don’t take shots on a regular basis, but that shouldn’t be a reason to overlook this stunning cocktail set designed by Tom Dixon. After all, a shot glass is simply a mini cocktail or cordial glass without the stem. This copper-plated stainless steel set includes four shot glasses and a double-sided jigger. Of course, the best detail is that each shot glass has an indentation for easier gripping. (Not that you’ll need it.
May 1, 2019
10 Gifts for Your Friend the BartenderKitchen
We all have that friend — the one who basically invented a signature drink for your group. Help her up her game with these great gifts.
May 1, 2019
You and Your Wall Will Love This New Bottle OpenerTools
Usually, wall-mounted bottle openers are those hefty, very industrial (and not in a cool, trendy way!) ones that we’re used to seeing at Irish pubs. You know what we’re talking about, right? Well, two Brooklyn-based designers, Mike Boylan and Danielle Pecora, rethought the classic opener (which, fun fact, was created in the 1920s). We think you’ll love what they came up with as much as we do.
May 1, 2019
6 Essential Tools for Your Home Bar, According to a ProTools
“Having the right bar tools isn’t about being fancy-shmancy,” says Elliott Clark, the mastermind behind Apartment Bartender. “It’s about making your life a whole lot easier during the drink-building process.” Here are the five tools Elliott says you shouldn’t be without if you plan on mixing up a cocktail or three at home.
May 1, 2019
10 Cocktail Shakers for $30 or LessTools
Assuming James Bond isn’t coming over, you can make all the stirred cocktails you want. If he is — or even if you just want to (literally) shake things up, you’re gonna need a cocktail shaker. Here are 10 that won’t wreak havoc on your bank account. Boston Shaker with Recipe, $25 at Williams Sonoma: The pint glass in this classic Boston Shaker includes directions and measurement markings for six classic cocktails.
May 1, 2019
10 Great Gifts for Cocktail-LoversKitchen
There are people who enjoy a cocktail after a long day, and then there are people who are straight-up obsessed with cocktails. Chances are, you know one of these cocktail fanatics. It’s your coworker who never uses fewer than 10 ingredients in a single drink. Or your BFF who just started growing her own mint because she’s serious about her mojitos.
May 1, 2019
The 8 Tools You Definitely Don’t Need for Your Home BarPeople
If you’re into entertaining and mixing up cocktails at home, it’s easy to end up with a bar cart (or cabinet) full of random tools and gadgets you think you need. But the truth is, you don’t need all that much to make the perfect Negroni or Manhattan. Yes, you need the booze and a drinking vessel, but a lot of the rest is bonus. We spoke with Elliott Clark, the mastermind behind Apartment Bartender, to find out which tools people can really live without.
May 1, 2019
Add This Corkscrew to Your Halloween Guest ListTools
If you’re hosting a Halloween party, or just planing to open a bottle of wine on All Hallow’s Eve, you need this wine bottle opener — especially if you think you’ll be drinking Pinot Noirrrr. (Get it?) SUCK UK Pirate Bottle Opener, $11 Why this particular bottle opener? For one, it’s on sale right now. Secondly, we’re not sure if you noticed, but it looks like a pirate! And because everyone else is dressing up like someone (something?
May 1, 2019
Target Is Having a One-Day Sale: Get Each of These Goods for Less than $5Tools
To compete with Amazon Prime Day, a ton of other online retailers are flexing their virtual muscles with online sales of their own. (See: Beyond Amazon Prime Day: The Best Shopping Deals You Don’t Need a Membership For.) Today, Target announced a major one-day sale. And while some of the big deals aren’t as good as Amazon’s (i.e., on the Instant Pot, Magic Bullet, or Hamilton Beach Crock Pot), we found a whole slew of fun little kitchen finds for less than $5.
May 1, 2019
Walmart Just Launched a “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Target” Home LineTools
When we think of Walmart, we think of Ree Drummond appliances swathed in floral prints, yellow smiley faces, low prices, and the viral yodeling sensation who made it big by performing by the checkout lines. But starting today, we now also think of it for its stunning new home collection, M oDRN. Launched this morning on Walmart. com, Jet. com, and Hayneedle.com, the new online-only brand reminds us of Target’s Thresh\old and Project 62 lines — in terms of price, style, and quality.
Apr 30, 2019
D Is for Your Drinking BuddyKitchen
It's five o'clock somewhere — and you need a gift for your drinking buddy!
Nov 24, 2017
This Is the Easiest Hack for Making Whipped CreamSkills
Get ready to shake, shake, shake!
Sep 3, 2017
The Multitasker That Can Make or Break Your VacationTools
There’s nothing better than kicking back outside a rental cabin, hanging out around the campire with a glass of rosé or a bottle of beer, maybe having some after-dinner vanilla ice cream topped with homemade strawberry jam. If you find yourself in this situation this summer (which I hope you do), this tool can make or break the moment. Breaking out a bottle of wine and realizing that you don’t have a corkscrew is the worst.
Jul 21, 2016
How Do I Stock My First Home Bar?Skills
Q: I am setting up a home bar for the first time and would like recommendations on what types of liquors and other ingredients would make for a good “starter bar,” with sufficient versatility but not a lot of things that would just sit around unused. We like gin-based drinks (Beehive is a great local gin for us), and my husband likes scotch. We’re interested in trying vodka-based drinks too, but rum is generally a bit sweet for us. Any recommendations to get us started?
Jul 29, 2015
What’s the Deal with Cute Paper Straws?People
In a Pinterest-obsessed world, there are a few images that stand out in entertaining. A twee party isn’t complete without Mason jars and the colorful paper straw that fill them. It doesn’t matter the season or the event -– these items always have a place. Unfortunately, although these paper straws are cute, definitively so, they aren’t exactly practical.
Jan 13, 2014
Bone Appetit: Skull-Inspired Kitchen ToolsTools
Looking to add a last minute spook to your kitchen for Halloween? Check out these five skull-inspired kitchen gadgets to add a ghoulish flair to your cooking this week. Don’t worry — priced at $30 and under, these spine-chilling frivolities won’t scare your budget. Plus, some are so stylish you’ll want to use them year round! 1. Halloween Skull Spatula, $10 from Williams-Sonoma: This silicone spatula is perfect for whipping up a ghostly confection. 2.
Oct 28, 2013
Made to Last: 5 Classy Bottle OpenersTools
There comes a time in your life when the notch on the back of your clunky manual can opener just doesn’t cut it anymore as a bottle opener, but you know that if you are going to spend more than $15 on the thing, it had better last. So here you are: five bottle openers classy enough to set out at a party and sturdy enough to stand the test of time.• Futagami Crescent Moon Bottle Opener, $25.
Dec 2, 2011
Bar Tool Checklist: The Basics – and Beyond Straight Up Cocktails and SpiritsGroceries
How many tools does a home bartender really need? I find I’m of two minds on this. Sometimes I want to go keep things pared down to the essentials (just a jigger, shaker, bar spoon, strainer, and citrus reamer, ma’am). Other times I find myself eyeing spherical ice molds and ornate absinthe spoons. Here’s my own bi-level bar tool essentials/appealing extras list. Tell us, what’s on yours?
May 20, 2011