Create a Stir
Upgrade your home bar with chic and distinctive items
These balanced, coil-handled barspoons developed by barware maker Cocktail Kingdom and Southern California native Jeff “Beachbum” Berry boost the panache of stirring stiff drinks. Might we suggest the copper-plated skull version, which matches other essential bar accoutrements such as the Usagi cobbler shaker ($67.95) and the Koriko Hawthorne strainer ($22.95). The Koriko’s sleek design and subtle crown decal took two years for Don Lee, one of the industry’s most innovative bartenders, to develop. It’s ideal for those seeking the perfect true split pour.
Skull Barspoon available in stainless steel ($22.95), copper-plated ($27.97)
and gold-plated ($29.95) :: cocktailkingdom.com
Sean “Diddy” Combs paved the way for hip-hop artists such as Nicki Minaj and Jay-Z to not only endorse but own liquor brands. After succeeding in the vodka market with Ciroc, Combs parlayed his knowledge into another spirit: tequila. Partnering with liquor giant Diageo, Combs developed DeLeón tequila Reposado. The amber-colored Reposado should be served neat like a fine scotch. While the aging process and blend remain a guarded secret, the bottle’s sleek shape, sandblasted regal DeLeón logo and Dia de los Muertos-style embellished top are a definite nod to Mexico’s distilling history.
DeLeón Tequila Reposado, ($57.99) Hi-Time Wine Cellars,
250 Ogle Street, Costa Mesa, 949.650.8463 :: hitimewine.net
Sugarfina’s Cocktail Hour tasting box includes eight 1-ounce samplings of the luxury confectioner’s booze-inspired candies. Sweets such as nonpareils-coated Champagne “bubbles,” peach Bellini gummies, maple bourbon caramels and absinthe cordials come in a chic gift box accompanied by a tasting menu ($25). Pair this assortment with a stainless steel, three-piece martini shaker that doubles as a candy jar. Stuffed with 3.5 ounces of Sugarfina’s chocolate-covered almonds gussied up like green olives ($24), the mini shaker adds a sweet touch to your home bar.
Sugarfina at South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bristol Street, Costa Mesa, 714.472.9509 :: sugarfina.com