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Despite all of the recent talk regarding the United States opening back up from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, which has resulted in nearly every state implementing strict stay-at-home orders, there is still every chance that it could be a number of weeks before you will still be able to leave your home to visit your favorite restaurant or bar to partake in your favorite drinks. This is especially the case if you prefer craft cocktails over anything else.

Thankfully, there are a few important essentials that you can take advantage of in order to ensure that you can enjoy all of your favorite beverages in the comfort of your own home while, at the same time, ensuring that you remain safe and quarantined during these trying times.

Here are four of the most important essentials to invest in for all of your DIY cocktails during the ongoing COVID-19 quarantine.

Recipe Book

When it comes to crafting a delicious cocktail for either you or a few guests, you can never go wrong with a good drink recipe book, especially if you’re new to the world of mixology and need a decent introduction. There are plenty of recipe books available that contain excellent photos and recipes that are very easy to follow. Even better is the simple fact that these types of books make great additions to coffee tables even if you aren’t crafting a great cocktail.


When it comes to crafting a cocktail, it’s important to always ensure that you have a good paring knife to help with cutting things such as limes and lemons instead of having to resort to using a butter knife to try to get the job done. Luckily, there are all sorts of great paring knives available for you to invest in, and all for very affordable prices. Regardless of which one you decide to go with, you won’t have to worry about using a dull knife to try to get the job done anymore.


Crafting a cocktail means that you’ll want to do anything and everything that you can in order to make sure that your creations don’t taste like either fruit juice or alcohol that came from the bottom shelf. This means that you should also invest in a set of at least a few bitters. This will help to guarantee that the cocktails that you make actually taste like they were crafted by a real mixologist rather than by someone who simply didn’t know what they were doing.


You can’t enjoy a good cocktail without being able to drink it from a glass. Whether you use a coupe glass or a typical martini glass, there are many different types of glasses that you can choose from – it’s really all about your personal preference and what style you like more. Even better is that there are many sets of glasses available in affordable prices, meaning that you don’t have to worry about draining your wallet or bank account in order to make sure that you have everything that you need.

Austin Brands

If you’re going to have a bar at home might as well stock it with some local liquors! Austin offers a wide range of vodka and whiskeys as well as beers, wines and ciders. Check out some of the local breweries and distilleries and find your new favorites. Or head to your favorite liquor store.

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