Dear glass of wine, it’s been nice.

By Maya Gandara
April 29, 2020
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In lieu of going to our favorite bars and restaurants, we’ve been trying to get inspired at home by whipping up chef-level dishes and stocking our kitchens with the tools to create them. If you’re feeling extra creative these days, consider swapping that 5 p.m. glass of wine with crafting your favorite cocktail that even a professional bartender would give a nod of approval to. It’s not that hard once you get the hang of it, especially if you have the right tools on hand.

Among Williams-Sonoma’s Encore Collection, which features a variety of barware and stemware to build your own home bar, is this bar tools set that happens to be 20% off right now. It has every accessory you’d need to make favorites like margaritas and mojitos, and it’s durable enough to last far beyond whenever cocktail bars reopen.

Credit: Williams Sonoma

The set includes a strainer, bottle opener, ice tongs, stirring spoon, double-sided jigger, and a compact stand to hold it all atop your bar cart or counter. The jigger can measure either ¾ ounces or ¼ ounce, making it easy to craft multiple drinks at once or just one at a time. When you’re done, every piece can be run through the dishwasher.

If you’re looking for drink-making inspiration, check the social media accounts of your favorite local watering holes to see if they’re offering up recipes (if not, we have you covered). Plus, plenty of glassware also happens to be discounted at Williams-Sonoma right now: Take a glance at all the eye-catching glasses you can pour your bartender-worthy drinks into for added flare.

Credit: Courtesy of Williams Sonoma

To buy: $80; williams-sonoma.com