Cocktail and barware accessories are becoming top sellers at retailers across the country as chic and sophisticated entertaining becomes more popular in American homes. “From Tiffany’s to Tupperware, stores are going to great lengths to accommodate this growing interest in cocktail culture,” said Shawn Kelley, Distilled Spirits Council Director of Public Relations. “With so many options, stylish entertaining can always be achieved.” Kelley said today’s home bars are outfitted with swanky handblown glassware, barware tools, gourmet garnishes such as jalapeno olives, and books on the latest cocktail recipes and food pairing. And with home entertaining peaking at year’s end, these items will soon be flying off the shelves. “There has been a renewed consumer interest in specialty glassware and bar accessories,” said Heather Lamster, owner of Broadway Panhandler in New York’s trendy SoHo district. “Hosts want to wow their guests as they attempt to recreate an elegant bar scene in their homes…especially during the holidays.” The Distilled Spirits Council has put together a reference list of ideas for those who want to get a jump start on stocking their bars or someone else’s for the upcoming peak entertaining season. Glassware (Note: Prices listed are from the individual company websites.) (Set of 6) Roma Highball Glasses ($30.00) – These glasses have sturdy bases that make them a pleasure to hold. Pottery Barn (www.potterybarn.com) Kirby Cordial($6.50) – Dramatic glass with tall, heavy sham is suitable for formal or casual service of vodka, sherry or liqueurs. Crate and Barrel (www.crateandbarrel.com) (Set of 2) Riedel Spirit of ‘O’ Stemless Glasses ($14.95) -The newest Riedel “O” is compact and convenient for small spaces. www.wineenthusiast.com (Set of 2) Mikasa® Flame D’Amore Martini Glasses ($42.00) -Interplay of intricate frosted cuts is dramatically enhanced with the lustre and clarity of the finest crystal, creating an exquisite stem. JC Penney’s (www.jcpenney.com) (Set of 4) Sheerly Elegant® Goblet, Cocktail or Flute Sets ($40.00) – This distinctive, durable design makes elegant entertaining easy. Tupperware (www.tupperware.com) Martha Stewart Everyday 5-Piece Margarita Set ($17.99) – This Margarita Set includes one handmade pitcher and four margarita glasses. Kmart (www.kmart.com) Accessories Diamond Cut Ice Bucket with Tongs ($87.00) – Reflecting vintage sophistication, ice bucket is crafted of stainless steel and embellished with a band of intricate diamond-cut etching. Williams-Sonoma (www.williams-sonoma.com) Plaid Cut Decanter ($155) – Hand-cut, full lead crystal, 27-ounce. Tiffany’s (www.tiffany.com) OXO Steel Jigger ($3.99) – Simply pour in your favorite ingredients and make your next cocktail in style. The jigger has a soft gripping surface and flanged exterior shape to facilitate pouring. Linens-n-Things (www.lnt.com) Bar Caddy Set With Tongs ($24.99) – This little caddy set includes a stainless steel walled base, a plastic cover and four removable plastic trays that are ideal for oranges, olives, maraschino cherries or other bar condiments. Bed, Bath & Beyond (www.bedbathandbeyond.com) Juice Squeezer ($15.95) – These juicers let you get every last bit of juice out of your citrus fruits. Broadway Panhandler (www.broadwaypanhandler.com) 6-Bottle Shot Cocktail Carousel Dispenser ($38.42) – Perfect for the home bar, this elegant chrome liquor carousel lets you make drinks like a professional bartender. Wal-mart (www.walmart.com) Glass Slipper Cocktail Shaker (Pewter $400 – Sterling $500) – A stunning blend of classic materials. The body is hand blown by Zelle Glass. The top is pewter or sterling. Classic Shaker Cocktail (www.cocktailshaker.com) Swing Tray Glass Rimmer ($9.99) – This glass rimmer features three different swing trays. Bed, Bath & Beyond (www.bedbathandbeyond.com) Gourmet Garnishes Vermouth “spiked” Tipsy Olives – 500 ml ($8.99) – Colossal green olives, stuffed with pimentos & a bit of French vermouth. www.cooking.com Jalapeno Stuffed Olives – 21 oz ($8.45) – Slice of Serrano pepper stuffed in a large Sevallano, in jalepeno brine. www.sbolive.com Maraschino Cherries-Green – 4 oz ($1.45) www.sbolive.com The Council also offers the following tips for hosting responsible cocktail parties: 1. Designate a bartender who can serve your guests and keep an eye on how much everyone is drinking. The Federal Dietary Guidelines define moderate drinking as the consumption of up to one drink per day for women and up to two drinks per day for men. (www.health.gov/dietaryguidelines) 2. Remember – alcohol is alcohol. It is important to understand that a standard drink of regular beer (12 ounces), wine (five ounces), and spirits (a cocktail with 1.5 ounces of 80-proof) each contains the same amount of alcohol, 0.6 fluid ounces of alcohol. (www.standarddrinks.com) 3. Make sure that you provide food to complement your cocktails. Consider food pairings to enhance the flavor of your chosen cocktails: fresh seafood and breads accentuate vodka cocktails, spiced and smoked meats and cheeses complement Bourbon and Scotch whiskies, and fruit enhances Rum and Tequila flavors. 4. Make available non-alcohol beverages for your guests. Create festive non-alcohol punch or cocktails for those guests who choose not to drink alcohol. 5. Make sure your guests have a safe way home either through designated drivers or a taxi. Have local taxi service numbers available for your guests. The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States is a national trade association representing the leading brands of distilled spirits. Council member products include the full spectrum of quality distilled spirits such as Bourbon, Scotch and other whiskeys, vodka, gin, tequila, rum, brandy, cordials and liqueurs. The distillers take special pride in their products as well as in their commitment to encourage responsible beverage alcohol consumption by adults who choose to drink distilled spirits. If you choose to drink, be sure to consume sensibly and responsibly.