Food & Drink

The Best $3 Home Bar Buys from Brandless

Everyone is going crazy for Brandless, the online retailer launched last month by entrepreneurs Tina Sharkey and Ido Leffler that sells household essentials for a mere $3 apiece. You can shop for everything from cleaning supplies to beauty products to non-perishable pantry items, all without the hefty price tag that often comes with name-brand goods. Because we’re always looking for new ways to stock our home bar on a budget, we combed through Brandless to find the absolute best cocktail-making supplies. These essentials will help you make a myriad of drinks and will only set you back a few bucks each.

Organic Agave Nectar

Natural agave nectar adds a bright sweetness to cocktails like the Margarita and Oaxacan Lemonade. It’s great for sweetening tea, too.

Organic Maple Syrup

Maple syrup is an excellent way to bring fall cheer to happy hour. We also love it in brunch-inspired cocktails like The Devil’s Own and The Breakfast Club.

Wire Whisk

It’s easy to bake with booze, but the proper tools are necessary if you want each confection to be perfect. This wire whisk will assist you in whipping up a flawless batch of Irish Whiskey Brownies.

Corkscrew

If you still struggle with a wine key, this easy-to-use corkscrew is the next best thing. Use it to pop bottles for all your favorite wine-tails from Frosé to Sangria to the New York Sour.

Organic Fair Trade Medium Roast Ground Coffee

This Colombian fair trade coffee will perk you right up, especially when you brew a batch to make a round of eye-opening coffee cocktails—we’ll take a tequila-spiked Revelator.

Organic Sweet Potato Tortilla Chips

Every good party needs proper snacks, and this crunchy treat is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. Use them to scoop up boozy dips like Tequila-Spiked Guacamole and Salsa.

Organic Garbanzo Beans

If you love a Pisco Sour but are a.) vegan or b.) nervous about contracting salmonella from raw egg whites, there’s another option: aquafaba. Made by whipping the liquid from a can of chickpeas, this veggie-friendly alternative has a slightly savory flavor and gives cocktails the same fluff and froth as egg whites.

Porcelain Mug

There are plenty of warming cocktails that you can sip from this sturdy porcelain mug, like a Sweet & Sour Chicken Toddy or Hot Buttered Rum. Buy a set so you can serve your friends a hot-tail, too.

Ice Cream Scoop

We loved spiked milkshakes, and this affordable scoop is about to make our frosty cocktail dreams come true. Use it to dole out the perfect amount of ice cream for dessert drinks like the Fernet Float and the classic Mudslide.

Bottle Opener

There are plenty of ways to open a bottle of beer without an opener, but this handy tool just makes things so much easier. Keep it handy to crack open ginger beers when you’re making Moscow Mules and Dark ‘N’ Stormies.