10 best accessories for making cocktails

Bellini, mojito, daiquiri – whatever your cocktail of choice, we’ve got  the kit you need to recreate it at home

If you love the taste of that martini but hate the price, or you just fancy getting creative with what’s in your spirits cabinet, making your own is a great option.

Whether you want to recreate your favourite step-by-step, search out the perfect recipe to suit your dinner party menu, or just make it up as you go along with whatever’s in the cupboard, all you need is a few bits of essential kit to get you going.

From jiggers and shakers (not dance moves) to fruit straws and Kilner jars, we’ve searched out the best cocktail making accessories to help you create the ideal tipple for your classy soiree or a colourful garden party.

Click on the gallery to see the IndyBest buys

 

The verdict

If you’re already a seasoned cocktail maker looking to add some character to your drinks, we recommend that you pop a colourful straw into a Kilner jar. But if you’re just starting out, John Lewis’ three piece cocktail set is the essential first purchase – after the spirits, obviously.

Buy now

1. John Lewis three-Piece Cocktail Gift Set, £30, johnlewis.com

2. Monin Cocktail Gift Set , £3.99, creamsupplies.co.uk

3. Kitchen Craft Cocktail Muddler, £6.50, harveynichols.com

4. Lakeland Stainless Steel Cocktail Stirrers, £7.99, lakeland.co.uk

5. Talking Tables Floral Fiesta Straws,  £3.78, amazon.co.uk

6. John Lewis Glassware, From £2.50, johnlewis.com

7. Bespoke Barware Enamel Tumblers, £22.50 for a set of four, bespokebarware.com

8. Set of Six Glass Kilner Jars, £20, notonthehighstreet.com

9. Pack of Six Fruit Straws, £1.50, dotcomgiftshop.com

10. Dunelm Heart  Ice Cube Tray, £2.49, dunelm-mill.com

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