It’s as much about style, design, and materials as it is about gin, vermouth, and vodka. So make sure your accoutrements are up to snuff — and up to date.

By Rob Brinkley

1 (left) > STELLA'S ICE BUCKET
Award-winning artist Paolo Tilche’s curvy cooler turns 30 next year — flash-freezing its place in modern-design history. The icon’s double-wall acrylic construction and built-in handle mean your cubes stay cool regardless of the surroundings. $30. The Museum of Modern Art, (800) 447-6662, www.momastore.org

2 (middle) >EVA ZEISEL'S LOW SERVING BOWL
Design pioneer Eva Zeisel’s Classic Century collection (circa 1952) has been reissued exclusively for Crate & Barrel and includes this organic little gem, perfect for piling lemons and limes. (Or, if you’re feeling really retro, mounding maraschino cherries.) $40. (800) 996-9960, www.crateandbarrel.com

3 (right) > SPOUT BOTTLE OPENER
Pop your tops with flair. This weighty little satin-chromed flipper — its minimalist curves feel good in the hand — is from design think tank Umbra. $11. (800) 387-5122, www.umbra.com