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Cocktail Hour: New Trends in Barware

The holidays are approaching, and so begins the season of lively gatherings, many of which involve cocktails! Also emerging this season is a stunning set of product photographs featuring new barware offerings from top brands. What are the main trends in glassware and bar tools? And how can you use them to create a welcoming, stylish atmosphere at home this holiday? Read on and discover new products for cocktail hour, a series of beautiful photos, and loads of design inspiration…

Copper and Beyond

There’s no denying that brass has been going strong in the realm of barware. There’s nothing more stunning than gold-toned bar accessories against a grey backdrop, as shown in this vignette from CB2:

Gold-toned barware from CB2
Gold-toned barware from CB2

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But just as enticing as gold-toned shine is the glint of copper. In fact, the copper glow is alive and well this season! Designed by Ceci Thompson, CB2’s Copper Bar Cart features clean lines and tempered glass shelves:

Copper bar cart from CB2
Copper bar cart from CB2

Copper finishes can be found on items ranging from carts to cocktail supplies. This Copper Bar Set from Williams-Sonoma features a cocktail shaker, double jigger, strainer and ice tongs:

Copper bar items from Williams-Sonoma
Copper bar items from Williams-Sonoma

Even the smallest of accessories have been bitten by the copper bug. Below we see Crate & Barrel’s Kikkerland Vintage Copper Bottle Opener, followed by a set of copper-plated stainless steel straws from Urban Outfitters.

Copper bottle opener from Crate & Barrel
Copper bottle opener from Crate & Barrel
Copper-plated straws from Urban Outfitters
Copper-plated straws from Urban Outfitters

What’s the next big finish in barware? We can take our cues from flatware. First came a deviation from silver, thanks to brass. Copper followed. Now black flatware is making an edgy statement. It’s no surprise that black accents and finishes can be found on a growing number of barware items. Like this Rabbit RBT Cocktail Shaker from Crate & Barrel:

Black and gold cocktail shaker from Crate & Barrel
Black and gold cocktail shaker from Crate & Barrel

Urban Outfitters’ Monochromatic Bar Cocktail Shaker Set is sleek, simple and stylish. Perfect for a cocktail party filled with rich, deep hues and decadent food!

Black cocktail set from Urban Outfitters
Black cocktail set from Urban Outfitters

Acrylic Accents

When it comes to acrylic accents in the cocktail realm, there’s no pairing quite like acrylic and brass. There’s a retro-modern feel to clear surfaces graced with a touch of gold. The look is picture-perfect for the holidays as well. Say hello to the Acrylic and Brass Tray from CB2:

Acrylic and brass tray from CB2
Acrylic and brass tray from CB2

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Looking to make a bigger acrylic statement? Try an acrylic tray table. This time, copper is used as an accent, creating a dramatic contrast. You can shop this item at CB2:

Acrylic tray table from CB2
Acrylic tray table from CB2

Or keep it simple with an acrylic tray from West Elm. The ultimate in clean-lined style, this purely acrylic piece can easily be moved from location to location as needed. Happy hour, anyone?

Acrylic trays from West Elm
Acrylic trays from West Elm

Faceted Style

Geo style has entered barware territory…bring on the facets! While faceted ice tongs may not be in the cards, the angles can be found on containers, such as glassware. Below we see Cassiopeia glasses by Bormioli Rocco, available at West Elm:

Faceted glassware from West Elm
Faceted glassware from West Elm

With gemstone appeal, this Drink a Diamond Glass Set from Urban Outfitters makes you lean in for a second look!

Faceted glass set from Urban Outfitters
Faceted glass set from Urban Outfitters

Serving bowls have also been graced by facets, so get ready to present bar snacks in geo fashion. Next we see selections from CB2 (in front is the Clarity Gold Bowl):

Faceted bowls from CB2
Faceted bowls from CB2

Specialty Ice

Since we’re on the topic of facets, we’ll begin our discussion of specialty ice by highlighting Urban Outfitters’ Diamond Ice Cube Tray. Waiter, there’s a giant jewel in my drink!

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Diamond ice tray from Urban Outfitters
Diamond ice tray from Urban Outfitters

Have you guessed our next (and final) cocktail trend? Yes, specialty cubes are all the rage. And as we’ve seen, not all of them are cubes! One big chunk of ice reigns, replacing a glass full of frozen chunks. After all, a larger cube won’t melt as quickly. Plus, it just looks sleek! Who can argue with Crate & Barrel’s Whiskey Wedge?

Whiskey Wedge from Crate & Barrel
Whiskey Wedge from Crate & Barrel

Oversized cubes make a big difference. One is all you need, but better to have six on hand. After all, you have to serve your guests! West Elm’s Oversized Ice Cube Tray will get the job done:

Ice cube tray from West Elm
Ice cube tray from West Elm

Sometimes the best ice isn’t ice at all! This Set of 2 Whiskey Rocks from Crate & Barrel features hexagonal soapstone forms that can be frozen or heated as needed:

Whiskey rocks from Crate & Barrel
Whiskey rocks from Crate & Barrel

Cheers to new design trends that take cocktail hour to the next level!

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