15 Innovative Gadgets You Need If You Love Crafting Cocktails at Home
Whether you love refreshing mojitos, a classic old-fashioned, or a fruity margarita, we can all agree that a great cocktail doubles as a work of art. And if you love crafting cocktails at home, you're certainly well aware of the hard work and creativity that go into making them, not to mention how important it is to have the proper set of tools and gadgets. Having them can make a world of difference, especially if you're intent on rivaling creations from your favorite cocktail bar.
Whether you want a machine that does the majority of the work for you, like the editor-loved Bartesian cocktail maker, or a gadget that can make the process a little easier, like a great shaker set, Amazon has you covered with the essentials, along with some clever innovations (see: the boozy popsicle mold on slide six). Ahead, we've rounded up 15 cool cocktail gadgets from the online retailer we think you'll love, including infusers that'll give your drink smoky flavor, garnish stations, glass rimmers, and so much more.
— Additional reporting by Anvita Reddy
Best Ice Cube Tray
Rottay Ice Cube Trays ($12, originally $17)
Elevate your cocktail game with this set of two ice cube trays, designed to add a touch of sophistication to your drinks. Craft perfectly shaped ice spheres and cubes that are generously sized at two inches each.
Best Cocktail Shaker Set
24oz Cocktail Shaker Set Bartender Kit ($12, originally $16)
This cocktail shaker set comes with the essentials: a cobbler cocktail shaker with a strainer, a jigger, and a mixing spoon for stirring drinks. It also comes with a cocktail recipe guide complete with classic cocktail recipes for beverages like a cosmopolitan, gin and tonic, mojito, and more.
Best Cocktail-Mixing Glass
Shoppers love this mixing glass so much that it's garnered a nearly perfect five-star rating. It fits a standard-size strainer, has a wide mouth and beaker-like spout for a smooth pour, and is super stylish, according to reviewers.
Best Whisky Stones
Set of 9 Grey Beverage Chilling Stones ($7, originally $8)
If whiskey is your drink of choice, you can't go wrong with buying a set of these stones, made from natural soapstone. The benefit to using these instead of ice cubes is that they chill your drink while preserving your beverage's flavor and not watering it down. PS: they're a great gift for whiskey lovers.
Best Garnish Station
Cocktailer Clear 4 Tray Condiment Server ($29, originally $35)
If you love a good garnish, you won't regret scooping up this condiment station. You can use it to keep lemons, limes, olives, and more fresh.
Best Boozy Popsicle Mold
Create boozy popsicles for the warmer weather with this silicone ice pop mold. You can also use them for nonalcoholic ones, of course.
Best Smoke Infuser
TMKEFFC Portable Handheld Cocktail Smoke Infuser ($26, originally $45)
If you want to give your cocktails that smoky taste, this handheld infuser will get the job done. It also works to smoke food if you like to whip up gourmet dishes in your kitchen.
Best Shot Glass Molds
Wilton Round Shot Glass Silicone Mold ($9, originally $10)
Make your own shot glasses with this unique silicone mold. You'll be able to get creative using cookies, candy, chocolate, jello — you name it — to make shot glasses for a crowd.
Best Beer Layering Tool
This tool makes it possible to create and serve layered beer cocktails. Just pour beer into a glass, position the device on top, add the next layer, and voilà — you have yourself the perfect beer cocktail.
Best At-Home Cocktail Maker
Create endless craft cocktails in the comfort of your home with this cocktail and margarita machine. Best part: no measuring or mess; the machine does everything for you. Choose from a wide array of pods like a cosmopolitan, margarita, mai tai, old fashioned, and more. It's the Keurig of alcohol. One of our editors reviewed it in 2021; read their complete review of the Bartesian Premium Cocktail and Margarita Machine.
Editor Quote: "Not only is this the coolest machine to ever exist, it's fantastic for entertaining. Throw the pods in a bowl or display them neatly next to the machine, and guests can simply choose a pod and make their own drinks instantly. You don't have to worry about being the bartender, and everyone gets a high-quality craft cocktail or mocktail without the hard work and mess." — Anvita Reddy, assistant editor, commerce
Best Glass Rimmer
If you love a good salt or sugar rim, this salt and sugar rimmer is a must. Simply dip the rim of your glass into the sponge soaked with water or lime juice, then dip it into either salt or sugar for a flawless finish.
Best Margarita Maker
Margaritaville Tahiti Margarita Machine ($474, originally $660)
This blending machine lets you create three different frozen drink pitchers, including margarita, daiquiri, colada, mudslide, mojito, smoothies, and more. It's great for entertaining and creating multiple cocktails in a jiffy!