Mixology & Craft Bartender Kit, 11-Piece

Last updated date: January 29, 2020

DWYM Score
9.7


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Overall Take

Form and function are equally served by the 11-piece Mixology & Craft Bartender Kit. You'll get all the basic implements along with a bottle opener and spouts for precision pouring. The rustic case makes the whole kit one you'll want to leave out on display when not in use. In our analysis of 30 expert reviews, the Mixology & Craft Mixology & Craft Bartender Kit, 11-Piece placed 2nd when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note January 29, 2020:
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Expert Summarized Score
9.5
2 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.8
336 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
This cocktail set covers all the basics (shaker, strainer, spoon, muddler, jiggers, spout, plus a corkscrew/bottle opener), and it comes in a rustic-chic wooden crate that you can hang on your wall in case you’re short on surface space—picture this mounted above a bottle-packed bar cart, for instance.
- Chowhound
February 25, 2019 | Full review
What experts didn't like

From The Manufacturer

Mixology and Craft 11-Piece Bar Tool Set in Rustic wood Crate WE WANT TO LET YOU IN ON A LITTLE SECRET… Executing a winner cocktail do requires some skill. Want to make those yummy cocktails by yourself, but don’t know how to start? First and foremost you MUST have the right barware tools! (LUCKILY WE HAVE THEM FOR YOU) HOME DECOR MEETS BARTENDING Wall mount bar set Designed to fit perfectly on rustic and modern style walls alike, this bar tool set will become the new center piece . . Wall mount MULTIPLE MOUNTING OPTIONS D-Ring wall mounts Wall mount D ring wall mount Rope Hanging Rope wall mount HOW WILL YOU DESIGN YOUR HOME BAR? Rustic bartender kit Rustic cocktail set Home decor bar set Table top Complete bar Stand alone Rustic bar set MIXOLOGY&CRAFT RUSTIC COCKTAIL SET: Rustproof 24 oz cocktail shaker - Premium SST grade. Including a built-in strainer and a top sealing shaker cap. 2x Double sided Jigger - ½ / 1 oz (15/30 ml) and 1 / 1-⅔ oz (30/50 ml) with imperial and metric markings. Mojito Muddler Mixing spoon Hawthorne strainer 2x Liquor Pourers Ice tongs Double lever corkscrew - Easy to use - The two step lever action makes withdrawing the cork from the bottle easy. Rustic wood stand - to hold all of the bar tools neatly Rustic rope - to wall mount the rustic box

Overall Product Rankings

1. barillio Bartender Kit, 8-Piece
Overall Score: 9.8
Expert Reviews: 10
2. Mixology & Craft Bartender Kit, 11-Piece
Overall Score: 9.7
Expert Reviews: 2
3. ALOONO Cocktail Shaker Bar Set, 11-piece
Overall Score: 9.5
Expert Reviews: 4
4. Appolab Cocktail Shaker Bar Set, 13-Piece
Overall Score: 9.4
Expert Reviews: 1
5. Mixology & Craft Bar Kit, 10-Piece
Overall Score: 9.4
Expert Reviews: 0
6. Mixology & Craft Bartender Kit, 10-Piece
Overall Score: 9.3
Expert Reviews: 1
7. 34andMore Bar Set, 17-Piece
Overall Score: 9.3
Expert Reviews: 4
8. Mixology & Craft Cocktail Shaker Set, 4-Piece
Overall Score: 9.3
Expert Reviews: 1
9. FineDine Cocktail Shaker Bar Set, 14-Piece
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 4
10. Mixology & Craft Bartender Kit, 14-Piece
Overall Score: 7.8
Expert Reviews: 1

An Overview On Bar Sets

When friends are on the way to your place, anyone can stock the fridge with a few beers and wine bottles. What truly elevates a get-together into a party are cocktails. Mixing drinks shows that you care about your guests, and even when you’re not entertaining, it’s always nice to have the option to make yourself a nice martini or mai tai to cap off a long work week.

Of course, it takes more than just the booze. A good set of bartending tools makes the whole process of mixing a drink into a ritual to look forward to.

If you’ve never owned a home bar set, don’t be intimidated. You likely won’t need the entire arsenal of gadgets you see behind the bar at a fancy cocktail lounge, but there are a few essentials that every good home bartender should own.

First and foremost, there’s the shaker. Shaking drinks is the flashiest, most physical part of any cocktail preparation — and also the messiest if you don’t know what you’re doing. Amateurs might want to stick with a cobbler shaker, which is a drink container covered with a tight-fitting lid. The lid usually incorporates a cap with a strainer, so you can easily filter ice and other solids out as your pour.

The version you’ll see most commercial bartenders using is the Boston shaker, which is essentially two cups (usually metal), one smaller than the other. Making a watertight shaker out of the two — and pulling them apart to strain the drink — takes a bit of practice, but nothing says “I know my cocktails” more surely than doing it right.

Another must-have implement is a good jigger. That’s the tiny, double-ended cup bartenders use to portion out their liquor, and they come in two standard measurements: One ounce on one side, 1/2-ounce on the other; or 1 1/2 ounces on one side and 3/4-ounce on the other. Let the usual serving size of your drinks dictate the type you want to use.

Even if your shaker incorporates a built-in strainer, you’ll usually want a full-size strainer — especially if you plan on mixing drinks with a lot of fresh fruit, mint or other solid ingredients. The most common and effective type is the Hawthorne strainer, a perforated disk that’s fitted with a metal spring. It should fit snugly onto the shaker cup and makes light work out of filtering those tropical drinks. There’s also a Julep strainer, a simplified version that’s basically a perforated spoon that fits over the top of pint glasses. Need to filter the juice out of some seed-heavy fruits? You might also want a set with a mesh strainer, which is harder to find but effective at keeping seeds and leaves out of your drink.

Last but not least on the basic bar kit all-stars is the bar spoon. It’s a long spoon with a spiral handle, made specifically for stirring drinks without unduly bubbling up or “bruising” the alcohol. American, European and Japanese bar spoons offer subtle variations on the same basic design, but all of them will do the job.

Beyond those absolute musts, there is a wide array of tools that will make your bartending experience easier (or just more fun to watch). They include pour spouts, muddlers, wine keys, ice tongs, or even ice mallets (for making your own fresh-crushed ice). Let your experience level be the guide, and don’t be afraid to try some of these tools out even if you’ve never used them before. Evey mixologist has to start somewhere.

DYWM Fun Fact

Most cocktail aficionados recognize a jigger, but why is it called that? Some say it got its name in the early days of the British navy when sailors would receive their daily ration of rum doled out in the tiny measuring cup. Apparently, the grateful seamen nicknamed it after the jiggermast, or shortest mast on the boat.

The Bar Set Buying Guide

  • You want your bar tools to look good, and there are many options out there to suit any style. But when it comes to materials, you should stick with the classics. Most bar sets (and especially shakers) are made out of stainless steel for good reason. It doesn’t rust, it’s easily cleaned in a dishwasher and it won’t hold onto smells from those fruity drinks you mixed the night before. You can find copper shakers and jiggers out there, but unless you don’t mind cleaning them frequently, stainless steel is the way to go.
  • Flair aside, making drinks is a lot like baking: Follow the recipe and you can’t go too wrong. That goes for the ingredients as well as the way they’re mixed. Shaking a drink that’s meant to be gently stirred will result in a vastly different experience.