How to Register for Cocktail Essentials by Season
Raise the bar with these timely cocktail staples.
In the process of crafting that perfect wedding gift registry? Keep season in mind when choosing bar drinkware, and you'll be set for stylish happy hours year-round. Ahead, sleek, chic, and totally functional decanters, glasses, and tools that'll transform your bar cart in the winter, spring, summer, and fall-and make you the best hostess (and mixologist, for that matter!) on the block.
Sip Through Summer
Get set for long, lazy days with the above barware that's made for serving up cocktails by the batch, keeping wine chilled through the afternoon, or dispensing beer for a crowd-all in materials that are as durable as they are polished.
GrowlerWorks Copper uKeg, 128 oz., $229, bloomingdales.com. Mikasa Moscow-Mule Mugs, $20 each, mikasa.com. Michael Wainwright "Mezza" Napkin Holder, $50, michaelwainwright.com. Norman Copenhagen "Bell" Bottle Opener, in Gold, $37, gretelhome.com. Mario Luca Giusti "Diamante" Clear Acrylic Tumblers, $18 each, devinecorp.net. Jayson Home "Parma" Cocktail Pitcher, $98; and "Parma" Hammer, $68, jaysonhome.com. Williams-Sonoma Large Gold Party Tub, $130, williams-sonoma.com. Williams-Sonoma "Gold Pineapple" Highball Glasses, $15 each, williams-sonoma.com.
Improve on an essential autumn spread-think a bunch of plump grapes, a block of cheese, and a fine wine or spice-spiked cider-with simple serveware and tools with a modern edge.
L'Atelier du Vin Open Crystal Wine Decanter, $125, slowdance.com. Riedel "Marne" Decanter, $190, riedelusa.net. Sagaform Wine and Water Carafe With Oak Stopper, $30, zola.com. RBT "Waiter" Corkscrew, $50, bloomingdales.com. Crate & Barrel "Wood Marble" Wine Cooler, $40, crateandbarrel.com. Schott Zwiesel "Modo" Red Wine Glass, $48 for 4, zola.com. Wedgwood "Globe" White Wineglass, $60 for 2, wedgwood.com. Mikasa "Barmaster's All-Purpose" Stemless Wineglass, $40 for 4, mikasa.com. Ralph Lauren Home "Wyatt" Cheese Board and Knife, $175, ralphlaurenhome.com. CB2 "Cantina" Glass Mugs (similar to shown), $4 each, cb2.com. RBT 5-Piece Coaster-and-Stand Set, $40, bloomingdales.com.
To simplify holiday entertaining, stud your bar with elegant crystal and silver pieces. These timeless items will provide easy, festive flair for seasons to come-all you have to do is keep a bottle of bubbly chilled and a good bourbon on standby.
Eichholtz "Crocodile" Polished-Finish Wine Cooler, $250, slowdance.com. iSi Classic Soda Maker, $100, store.moma.org. Martha Stewart Collection Cocktail Shaker, $29, macys.com. Waterford "Aras" Ice Bucket, $250, waterford.com. Rosenthal "František Vízner" Bowl, $75, rosenthalusa.com. Monique Lhuillier "Provence" Nickel Tray, $79, potterybarn.com. Michael Aram Cocktail Napkin, in Slate With Brass Beads, $10, michaelaram.com. Nachtman "Punk" Whiskey Decanter Set, $160 for decanter and 2 tumblers, riedelusa.net. Oneida Stainless Steel Double Jigger, $5, kitchencollection.com. Match Crystal Martini Pitcher, $225; and Cocktail Stirrer, $80, match1995.com.
Come spring, a brunch-ready setup will serve you well, whether you're toasting Mom, hunting eggs, or just welcoming warmer weather. And these pretty pieces-like a mod French press and a sweet honey jar-can brighten your countertop anytime.