Bar gear

Mixing perfect mojitos, stellar sidecars and even simple
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Mixing perfect mojitos, stellar sidecars and even simple screwdrivers calls for the right utensils. The finely crafted 5-Piece Orb Mixology Bar Tools Set ($49.95) will get you crafting lounge-worthy cocktails in no time. Made of stainless steel and wood and designed by Aaron Probyn, the set includes ice tongs, stirrer, spoon, whisk and muddler -- all wrapped in a wool-blend pouch. Available at Crate and Barrel. (Credit: Handout)

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