Whether you’re a cocktail connoisseur or just starting out, it’s important to have the right tools for the job. A well-stocked bar will help you make drinks like a pro!
In this article, we’ll discuss the essential tools you need to make any cocktail. We’ll also give you tips on how to use them properly. So whether you’re looking to shake things up at your next party or simply want to impress your friends, read on for the perfect cocktail kits!
Tool #1: A Jigger
A jigger is another important tool for making cocktails. It allows bartenders to measure out specific amounts of liquid so that they can make drinks exactly right every time. The best ones are made with stainless steel and have two sides – one small side which holds 25 ml while the other has 50 ml capacity (this means there will be enough room for all your ingredients). The top part should always be marked clearly in both metric and imperial measurements so that you can use it no matter where you are in the world.
Tool #2: A Cocktail Shaker
Whether you’re making a classic martini or something more exotic, this is the tool for shaking cocktails. You want to use one that’s stainless steel and has two parts: a tin with a lid (the “tin” part) plus an outer portion called the mixing glass. This will hold your ice cubes while you make drinks without spilling any liquid onto your workspace!
The most important thing when buying new cocktail shakers? Make sure both parts are made from durable materials like stainless steel so they won’t break easily. Also, look out for ones that have rubber seals on them as these prevent leakage during use – just remember not to put hot liquids inside unless it says otherwise because heat can cause some types of plastic seals to melt! If you’re going for an old-school vibe then go ahead and invest in vintage glassware instead of modern-looking stainless steel ones.
The best way to use this tool? Put your ingredients into the tin, add ice cubes from the mixing glass over top (make sure they’re cold enough so they won’t melt quickly) and shake until everything is blended together nicely. You can also place a small amount of water inside with some ice cubes before shaking if you want more dilution as well! If there’s no time limit on when drinks should be made by at least make sure that everyone gets theirs first before anyone else does 🙂
An alternative method would be using just one part of a cocktail shaker called “the cap”. This is when you put your ingredients into the metal tin, add ice cubes from a mixing glass and then place the cap over everything before shaking. However, this method doesn’t work as well because it’s harder to shake just one part of a cocktail shaker than both parts together!
Tool #3: A Strainer
When shaking or stirring drinks, it’s important to use a strainer to prevent ice shards and other ingredients from getting into your cocktail. You want something that’s made from stainless steel so it can withstand being knocked around while shaking cocktails up! The best kind is called “the Hawthorne strainer”, which has little holes in it to let liquid pass through but not solid bits like ice cubes or fruit pieces.
Tool #4: A Bar Spoon
A bar spoon is a long, narrow metal tool used for stirring drinks. This type of spoon has many uses, including muddling and crushing sugar cubes as well as measuring out small amounts of liquid such as bitters (a fragrant liqueur). It’s also handy when making mixed drinks because you don’t need separate spoons for each ingredient – just one will do the trick!
You’ll find these spoons come in different styles such as twisted wire handles with a flat bottom or round ones that look like little swords. There are also versions made from stainless steel so they won’t rust if you leave them wet after washing up 🙂
Tool #5: A Muddler
A muddler is used to crush fruits, herbs, and other ingredients before adding them into mixed drinks. They’re great for making mojitos because the cocktail requires fresh mint leaves which need smashing until their oils release – this gives it that distinctive flavor! The best type of muddlers are those made from wood but you’ll find plastic ones too (they might not last as long though). You can even use kitchen utensils instead if there’s nothing else available at the time!
Just remember that the muddler should be wet before use so it doesn’t stick to your ingredients. Also, if you’re using a wooden one then make sure to avoid any type of varnish or sealant as these will give your drinks an unpleasant taste.
In conclusion, here are a few tips when using these tools:
– Make sure they’re clean before use (wash with hot soapy water).
– Store them in your kitchen drawer or cupboard out of direct sunlight.
– Don’t put metal ones into the dishwasher because this can cause corrosion over time! It’s better just to hand wash these instead.