Shaken or stirred? Neat or straight up? These unique finds go beyond the cocktail basics and are perfect for your resident bartender.
For the cocktail connoisseur with a well-stocked liquor cabinet, a bottle of yuzu liqueur ($31/bottle)—yuzu is an Asian superfruit—will be a welcome surprise. Available at Sidetrack Distilling, Kent, 27010 78th Ave. S; 206.963.5079.
Drink in style, regardless of what beverage you choose, with glassware like these short his and hers monsieur/madame glasses ($12) or martini glasses with gold detailing ($20). Available at Watson Kennedy Fine Home, downtown, 1022 First Ave.; 206.652.8350.
Our city’s ban on plastic utensils doesn’t have to leave you with limp paper straws. The dishwasher-safe Pyrex glass straws designed by Colorado-based Moxie ($4/each) perfectly balance form and function, so you can sip in style. Available at Butter Home, Capitol Hill, 1531 Melrose Ave.; 206.623.2626.
A trendsetting friend who enjoys entertaining, the one who is likely to mix Coco Chanel with coq au vin, will proudly display a set of Gemini rose gold coasters by local Pulp Design Studios (set of four/$48) at their next dinner party.
These machine-carved, hand-finished serving trays from SoDo-based Fin (starting at $85)—available in walnut, ash or European beech—are ready to bookend a perfect evening spent among family and friends with after-dinner drinks. Available at Fin, SoDo, 3220 First Ave. S; 206.395.4701.
Seattle-based Orasella reintroduces the lost art of the artisanal cocktail cherries ($19/jar) with Washington-grown fruit made in the Italian tradition and worthy of adding to your next Manhattan. Available at QFC grocery stores where liquor is sold and online at orasella.com.
Up your garnish game with these stylish stainless-steel cocktail sticks (four for $24) designed by Seattle-based Fruitsuper. Available at Join Shop, South Lake Union, 400 Fairview Ave.; or at fruitsuper.com.