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Drinking in is the new going out – so if you haven’t got your own home bar yet, it’s time to invest.

From the chicest drinks trollies to gorgeous glassware, these are the seven bar accessories you need to create cocktails at home.

1. Drinks trolley

art deco style gold drinks trolley
Credit: Atkin and Thyme

A home bar essential is, of course, a drinks trolley – and there are some great ones to choose from, whatever your budget.

We love this Art Deco style Fontaine Marble Drinks Trolley by Atkin and Thyme for £349.

The £225 Antique Style Gold Metal Drinks Trolley from Rockett St George is one of the best we have seen. While the £149 Gunnell Serving Cart from Wayfair will add style to any room.

2. Cocktail shaker

Gold glass cocktail shaker
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You can’t make cocktails without a shaker, and we’re slightly obsessed with this 1920s inspired Gold and Glass Cocktail Shaker by Audenza, which is a steal at £25.50.

For the full kit, pair it with the Oliver Bonas Wooden Star Base Bar Tools Set £55, which would also make a superb gift.

3. Cocktail Glasses

Rose gold gin glass set
Credit: The Local Gin Company

Next you’ll be needing some super stylish glasses – and how lovely is this Rose Gold Copa Gin Glass set which you can buy from The Local Gin Company.

For £21.99 you get two gin glasses, a cocktail spoon and a shot measure. It’s also another lovely set to give as a gift.

4. More Fancy Glassware

Soho Home glassware
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One set of glasses is never enough, so you’ll be wanting to invest in a variety to match the different types of cocktails you will be making.

We love the entire Soho Home glassware range. Our favourites are the Barwell Cut Crystal Rocks Glass, Set of Two £76 and the Fluted Highball Glass, Set of Four £48.

They also do a fab professional level cocktail kit, including a cocktail shaker, two martini glasses, two rocks glasses and two highball glasses, all in cut crystal. It’s called the One While Isolating Kit and is available for £325.

5. Ice Bucket

Bar accessories Gold pineapple ice bucket
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The key to a making a great cocktail is having great ice. We recommend investing in a good ice cube tray like the Extra Large Ice Cube Tray by Oliver Bonas, priced at £15.

If you want to be eco-friendly – and not risk watering down your drinks – Lakeland do a set of 24 Reusable Ice Cubes for just £5.99.

You’ll also be needing an ice bucket. We’re fans of this Gold Pineapple Ice Bucket by Cult Furniture £75. For a more minimal look, try the LSA International Mixologist Cocktail Ice Bucket and Tongs from Amara for £40.

6. Pour Spouts

Bottle Pourer for home bar
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Pour spouts are cited as the main thing people forget to buy for their home bar, so don’t get caught out.

You can buy a 12 Pack of Stainless Steel Liquor Bottle Pourers from Amazon for just £12.

They fit different bottle sizes and you don’t have to use them all for booze. They’re also great for olive oil or balsamic vinegar bottles.

7. Cocktail Making Book

Cocktail making book Sipsmith gin
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Once you’ve got everything set up, it’s time to make some cocktails – and you’ll be needing some recipes to get you started.

For quick and easy cocktails try the Sipsmith Sip: 100 Gin Cocktails With Only Three Ingredients £12.99.

Check out Free the Tipple: Kickass Cocktails Inspired by Iconic Women £10 and Redemption Bar £5 is a great one for alcohol-free cocktails.

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