Best shaker sets, kit and accessories for making cocktails at home

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If you like pina coladas, but not getting caught in the rain, we’ve got just the thing for you - the best cocktail bar sets to impress your guests and whip up a tipple that any mixologist would approve of.

While we’ve been spending more time at home during lockdown, our favourite watering holes have been closed, and we’ve upped our at-home entertaining game - even if it’s just a night in for two.

Argos recently reported a staggering 1,286% increase in online searches for 'outdoor bars' compared to this time last year, while sales of gin are up 27% at Sainsbury’s and Aldi has seen a 35% increase in sales of its wine and spirits.

And, while pubs and bars are beginning to open, the prospect is still daunting for many, and home entertaining is likely to be a popular alternative for the foreseeable future.

With this in mind, we’ve rounded up the best cocktail bar sets to add to your drinks trolley to impress your guests and add extra chic detail to your interiors.

Whether you’re simply looking for the basics (think a shaker, measuring ‘jigger’ and strainer) or you’re looking for an all-singing, all-dancing 15-piece cocktail kit with extras like stirrers, pourers, openers, tongs and muddlers (a tool used to mesh fruits, herbs and spices in the bottom of a glass to release their flavour), we’ve got you covered.

From glamorous Art Deco styles to cool industrial chic, see our top cocktail set picks below for a shaken and stirred night in…

Godmorn 15 piece cocktail set

Budding cocktail aficionados step this way… This comprehensive set has got you covered, and then some. You can create complex cocktails with any spirits and mixers and impress your guests (and yourself) thanks to this kit, which boasts a cocktail shaker, jigger, straight straw, bend straw, strainer, bottle opener, stopper, two spoons, two pourers, ice tongs, cleaning brush, and a sustainable bamboo stand to store it all in. There’s also a recipe booklet so you get your mouthwatering mixes just right. All the tools are crafted with premium stainless steel for longevity - and plenty of ‘happy hours’ to come.

£30.99 | Amazon

Taste Cocktails mixologist cocktail equipment kit

Get bartender-worthy tipples with this cocktail set that looks as good as it mixes. Crafted with high-quality stainless steel, it comes with a shaker, a jigger, a fine-strainer, a muddler and a bar spoon. Make ours a Manhattan…

29.95 | Not on the High Street

9pc matte black Parisian cocktail set

Matte black hardware and sanitary ware is totally on-trend for 2020, so why not match your barware to your other industrial-design finishes for a cool and cohesive look? This nine-piece stainless steel cocktail bar set has everything you need to cook up a Cosmopolitan in minutes, including a muddler, a twisted double-ended bar spoon/fork, a Hawthorne strainer, two pourers, and a double-ended 25ml/50ml shot measuring jigger; and there’s even a cocktail recipe guide to get your started. Is it at-home happy hour yet?

£42.99 | VonShef

Dibor luxury galvanised home bar cocktail set

Recreate the glamour of a 1920s speakeasy with this ultra-cool galvanised zinc cocktail bar set that will add a dash of modern vintage to your at-home entertaining. The set includes a cocktail shaker and strainer, with stirring spoon, tongs, corkscrew and bottle opener, all finished with a plush gold trim. And the matching serving tray is not only practical, but perfectly pretty for storing the set on while not in use. We love.

£70 | Not on the High Street

BarSoul 2 Copper Boston 9 piece cocktail set

Add a slice of so-now metallics to your mixing session with this contemporary cocktail set that’s been tested and approved by professional bartenders. The two stainless steel shaker tins fit perfectly together, creating a no-drip watertight seal that won’t spill or leak. Ideal for making all types of cocktails from margaritas and cosmopolitans to Long Island iced teas and apple martinis. And how pretty would this rose gold look on your bar cart?

£48.99 | Amazon

Stewartville 5 Piece Cocktail Shaker Set

Rust-proof, high-quality stainless steel means this cocktail bar set will see you through many a Club Tropicana-themed party. Five must-have mixing pieces, including a Hawthorn strainer, mixing spoon, jigger, shaker and tongs means you’ll be the hostess with the mostest - and a very stylish one at that. We’re also fans of the integrated sieve on the shaker - anything for an easy life.

£26.99 | Wayfair

BarCraft 4-piece mojito set

A real crowd-pleaser of a cocktail, we’re not sure there’s a human being alive that doesn’t like sipping on a mojito in summer. And you’ll be everybody’s favourite person when you serve up the perfect version of this classic Cuban cocktail. With a wooden muddler for gently mashing together the mint leaves with lime juice and sugar syrup, the set also includes a stainless steel cocktail shaker and long-handled spoon for getting your mix just right. And the Art Deco style will look fab on your tipple trolley. But be warned: mojito mania may break out at your house this summer.

£28.99 | Lakeland

The Forest & Co copper and marble cocktail kit

Up your cocktail design game with this super-stylish barware set mixing on-trend marble and cool copper. Ideal for anyone who’s already got their shaker sorted, these handy tools - including a jigger, tongs, bottle opener and mixing spoon - will make a beautiful addition to any drinks trolley. The perfect mix of style and substance.

£59 | Trouva

Aidan 7pc bar tool set

A cocktail bar set and a Champagne bucket, you say? And in a funky brass finish? We’re listening. Well, not only can you keep your bubbles on ice, there’s also a cocktail shaker, tongs, a bottle opener, strainer, knife, and muddler for spot-on shaking and stirring. What’s more, the cocktail shaker comes with a built-in strainer and measuring cup so you can get a no-fuss bang-on ratio and an easy, smooth finish.

£37.99 | Wayfair

Hammered stainless steel barware tool set, 6 pieces

If you’ve invested in a chic bar cart, you’ll no doubt want a high-style cocktail set to adorn it. But it needs to be more than decoration (though we do love that textured, on-trend hammered effect). Thankfully, the strainer, double measuring jigger, pair of ice cube tongs, bottle opener and muddler mean you’re more than equipped to look good AND throw some mouthwatering cocktails into the mix too.

£30 | John Lewis

Premier housewares 3 piece cocktail set, hot pink

Think pink for an ultra-fun cocktail hour with this funky fuchsia cocktail bar set. If you’re looking for a reliable, basic kit to easily whip up simple cocktails, and you’re not too worried about getting involved with muddlers and mixers, this is the perfect shake-and-serve starting point… In the hottest of hues.

£21.99 | Robert Dyas

Barcraft 6 piece cocktail set

Mixologists-in-the-making will love this chic and sleek cocktail bar set with an on-point brass finish for a stylish happy hour. Whether you want to whip up a dark and stormy or a Singapore sling, the dual spirit measuring jigger, wooden muddler, bar knife, mixing spoon, and strainer will ensure you’re more than ready. Added bonus? There’s a recipe booklet included for creative inspiration.

£29.99 | Gift Ideas

Verdict:

Keep all your cocktail-making bases covered with the Godmorn 15-piece cocktail set, which doesn’t disappoint in anything, from quality contain to price. If you’re looking for a real design-led piece, the Forest & Co copper and marble cocktail kit is a thing of beauty.

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