Raising the Bar

Show off your bartending skills this holiday season.

MOVE OVER MIXOLOGIST. With the right tools it’s as easy as ever to make that killer martini or muddled mojito right in your own home. Here’s the lowdown on the coolest gadgets and accessories to impress your guests and add some flair to your entertaining.

Start with the Parker Spirits Cabinet (above), compact enough to fit in any home or apartment. Its two bar-top leaves open up to create a mini-bar counter, while its front pulls down and converts into the perfect serving space. Store your tools in the drawer below, glassware on the side racks and wine in the bin. You’re ready to start shaking and stirring. $379; Crate&Barrel, The Mall at Millenia. crateandbarrel.com


CHILL, BABY, CHILL Keep your wine cool. The Ice Bottle Chiller Mold creates a hollow column of ice, which fits in a stainless steel stand. $29.95; Williams-Sonoma, Winter Park and The Mall at Millenia. williams-sonoma.com BIRD IN THE HAND Indian Madhubani folk-style art adds a whimsical touch to these 10-inch-square cotton napkins. $14.99 for a set of six; Crate&Barrel, The Mall at Millenia. crateandbarrel.com
ALL IN ONE The handy Bar10Der tool has all the gadgets you’ll need: bottle opener, corkscrew, strainer, jigger, stirrer, knife, muddler, reamer, zester and channel knife and more. $39.99; Brookstone, The Florida Mall and The Mall at Millenia. brookstone.com GOOD SPIRITS This  24-ounce decanter with its distinctive pewter stopper is totally fitting for aged spirits. $119; Pottery Barn, Winter Park and The Mall at Millenia. potterybarn.com
SHAKE IT UP Get the mix right every time. Eight recipes engraved on this stainless-steel shaker can be viewed by turning the orange sleeve. $40; Tommy Bahama, The Mall at Millenia. tommybahama.com  


Categories: Food & Entertaining