Top-Shelf Epicurean Gear

From squashable wine glasses to a flask bracelet, we help you find the right equipment for the job

Cakes Under the Influence Kits

Cakes Under the Influence Kits

Spike It

Cake is for kids, but alcohol-infused cake is just for adults, and Cakes Under the Influence Kits make it easy to bake cocktail-shaped desserts as well as to infuse their special cake mix with your favorite liqueurs. Kits start at $25, CakesUnderTheInfluence.com.

Spruce Glasses

Spruce Glasses

Vino to Go

Meet your newest crush: Squashable wine glasses that go anywhere you go—camping, beaching, boating—with wine. These Spruce Glasses from Cork Pops are made from food-grade silicone, so they’re packable, dishwasher-safe and unbreakable. $20 for two, UncommonGoods.com.

Cherry’s on Top

Woodford Reserve Bourbon Cherries ($17) pair amazingly with a Woodford Reserve Manhattan because they are already soaking in that small-batch bourbon, mingling flavors. You can further complement Woodford’s inherent cherry and stonefruit notes with Woodford Reserve Spiced Cherry Bitters ($19). WoodfordReserveShop.com.

Jackson Cannon Bar Knife

Jackson Cannon Bar Knife

A Cut Above

This is a knife. And it’s the one bartenders want more than Ralphie wanted that Red Ryder BB gun. A smart collab between a bar owner and a 164-year-old American knife company, the compact, sharp-as-hell Jackson Cannon Bar Knife is made from cocobolo hardwood and stainless steel to make short work of citrus garnishes. $79, RMurphyKnives.com/store/jcbk.html.

Spin Class

The Shtox Glass spins on any smooth bar or table, thanks to the top-like design of its bottom, making its bearer appear all the more regal. Catch it in action at Rose.Rabbit.Lie. in the Cosmopolitan. $60 each, Shtox.com.

Flask Bangle

Flask Bangle

Discreet Sips

Just because you like dressing up to go to the opera/philharmonic/ballet doesn’t make it any easier to score a drink at halftime—er, intermission. Therefore, if necessity is the mother of invention, designer Cynthia Rowley is one wicked stepmother, turning a chic accessory into ingenious subterfuge with her 3-ounce Flask Bangle. $225 silver, $365 24-karat gold. CynthiaRowley.com/Flask-Bangle.html.

Grapes: Collect Them All

Lively and redolent of grassy, herbaceous notes is the Grape Collective, a one-stop online shop for learning about wines in an entertaining and informative (never snobby!) manner that also features a premium, deftly curated online shop. Wine news you actually want to read is delivered weekly via an online newsletter, while the website’s search function is friendly for quickly looking up wines or intriguing articles before the dinner party gets into full swing. GrapeCollective.com.

Meat Feet Socks

Meat Feet Socks

Foodie Footies

Vegetarians and vegans might be the only people who won’t enjoy these Meat Feet Socks from TV chef Chris Cosentino via the trendy and willing-to-try-anything site BetaBrand.com. Of course, hipster vegetarians wearing them ironically are totally acceptable. And they come with “sock insurance”! Three-pack sampler $33, BetaBrand.com.

St-Germain Parisian Roadster

St-Germain Parisian Roadster

Spin Your Wheels

The elderflowers that go into St-Germain liqueur are said to arrive by bicycle. And for $1,000, now so can you, on a limited-edition, custom-designed, vintage-style, single-speed St-Germain Parisian Roadster by Linus. It comes with a leather Brooks Flyer saddle, tool bag and grips; Sylvan touring pedals and a mid-century brass bell. But the focal point of this sophisticated ride is the leather bottle holder strapped to the cycle’s frame. $1,000, StGermaineCollection.com.

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