Gourmet Registry: Cocktails

Sure, the standard wedding registry includes things like highball glasses and decanters. But what if you want to take your cocktail game to the next level?

Whether you’re a master mixologist or just want to have a few friends over for a well-made drink, here’s everything you need to make sure your bar is properly accessorized. The recipe for the house cocktail is up to you. 

Start with somewhere to store everything. If you don’t have space for a built-in bar or want your kit to be mobile, a bar cart is a great choice. While there are many classic options out there, we say use this as a chance to add a pop of color and personality to your décor. Go really bold with the Fermob Luxembourg Bar with Wheels in verveine, a chartreuse hue that will ensure your cocktail accouterments aren’t overlooked. Its durable finish makes this a great indoor-outdoor entertaining option. 

Let’s move on to the most important part of a delicious cocktail: the glasses. You’ll be ready to serve almost any cocktail with a set of High Balls and a set of Double Old-Fashioneds. Add a hint of whimsy while still keeping it crisp and clean with the Cheers set from Mikasa. Stripes, spots and swirls will make your drinks look even more enticing. If your beverage of choice is a little more James Bond, there’s nothing quite like a classic martini glass. The Viv Martini Glass from Crate&Barrel is a true classic.

A cocktail wouldn’t be a cocktail without the spirits. While the bottle they come in can be nice, there’s nothing quite like fine liquor displayed in a beautiful decanter. Go retro – with a Mad Men-meets-modern twist – with the Waterford Mixology Decanter in Circon Purple. A well-stocked bar also needs all the necessary tools. Target’s Oggi Bar Set has it all, from a bottle opener and jigger to a bar knife and cutting board to make the perfect garnish. And to shake it all up in style, pour all the ingredients into the Nambe Twist Cocktail Shaker. For a minty mojito or sweet-and-sour caipirinha, you’ll need a muddler to release all those delicious flavors. This Walnut Muddler from Williams-Sonoma is simply designed to get the job done without damaging your glasses. Keep your drinks cool with a little help from this sleek Stainless Steel Ice Bucket.

Now for the flavor. Sure, you’ve seen a margarita with a salt rim, but who knew how easy it was to dress up a martini or other mixed drink with a little something sweet on the lip of the glass? These Rimming Sugars from Williams-Sonoma come in Citrus, Spiced and Vanilla, ideal for matching with any cocktail you can come up with. If you’re more of the dirty martini type, look no further than the Dirty Martini Olive Juice and Martini Olives from Lehmann Farms. Briny with a hint of vermouth, you’ll definitely want to eat the olives after they’ve hung out in the glass for a little while.

A good cocktail isn’t complete without something to snack on. Whatever you’re serving, serve it in style with a Sectioned Server from Juliska. Pewter-hued stoneware is durable and unique without the weight of real pewter. Our go-to bar snack? A salty bowl of mixed nuts. The blend of Roasted Salted Mixed Nuts from Oh! Nuts features walnuts, Hazelnuts, cashews, almonds and Brazil nuts. Planning to serve finger foods or something more involved? The Mercer Salad Plates from Crate&Barrel feature graphic floral patterns that are crisp and modern. 

So what are you waiting for? Dust off your favorite recipe, and don’t forget to invite us over for a drink!

 

--Jaimie Schoen

 
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