SAVEUR Gift Guides: How to Upgrade Your Home Bar

Essential tools and bottles from veteran bartender and tequila smuggler Ivy Mix

By Craig Cavallo

Published on November 30, 2015

Ivy Mix knows her way around bars. The 11-year industry veteran, formerly of Fort Defiance and Clover Club in Brooklyn, first got into drinks in Guatemala, where she lived off-and-on for four years. That's also where she learned about tequila and mezcal, and may or may not have helped smuggle it across the border. These days she's the co-owner of Leyenda, where she runs an impressive bar menu with her mentor Julie Reiner, who has a decade of bartending experience of her own.

So when Mix recommends a bottle or mixing glass, it's one you can trust. Here are her picks for anyone looking to improve their home bar.

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