Ice buckets don't get much more dapper than the Aston ($77.82, Pottery Barn, 100 Bloor West, 416-962-2276, and others, potterybarn.com) with its leather handle and available monogramming.
If you want to pass off that bottle of Jim Beam as an artisanal bourbon from a super local producer, serve it from this crystal decanter ($179 including four crystal glasses, BYOB).
An absinthe fountain like this four-glass model ($165, BYOB, 972 Queen West, 416-858-2932, byobto.com) lets you drip ice-cold water onto a sugar cube on a spoon and into the spirit.
West Elm's silicone ice cube tray ($9.44, 109 Atlantic, 416-537-0110, westelm.com) produces blocks that aren't too big or too small.
This stainless steel bar tool set ($79.95, Williams-Sonoma) includes all the necessities: strainer, jigger, bottle opener, garnish knife, stirrer and ice tongs.
Nostalgic for the days of drinking cheap beer from red cups? Serve up your favourite budget ale in these porcelain versions ($12.99 each, BYOB).
Go in the opposite direction of designer wine glasses with these boho green goblets ($16.99 each, The Bay, 176 Yonge, 416-861-9111, and others, thebay.com).
Do you over-vermouth or binge on bitters when shaking up a cocktail? A spritz from this mister ($15, BYOB) is just enough.
To flute or to coupe? That is the champagne question, and our answer is the Cora sparkling wine glass ($12.39 Crate & Barrel, Yorkdale, 416-657-4100, crateandbarrel.ca).
Sparkling bottles are supposed to softly hiss when you pop them, unless of course your preferred method of opening includes a Laguiole champagne sabre ($442.13, Williams-Sonoma, 100 Bloor West, 416-962-9455, and others, williams-sonoma.com).
Photos by David Hawe