Stocking the Bar: 10 Essential Tools

Wine and spirits consultant Michael Green shares his 10 must-have tools when creating your at-home bar.

1. Jigger: A jigger is the essential bar tool because ingredients must always be measured. Since most cocktails have five or fewer ingredients, the right proportions are paramount.
 
2. Boston Shaker: Better than the standard three part metal shaker, the Boston Shaker allows you to see your drink being built into the pint glass.
 
3. Strainer: A strainer is essential in order to separate the ice from a drink you are shaking.
 
4. Muddler: A muddler is great for extracting the essential oils out of herbs and fruit. You shouldn’t make a mojito without one!
 
5. Bar Spoon: Bar spoons have the perfect length and feel. They are essential if you want your drink stirred, not shaken.
 
6. Citrus Juicer: Toss out your pre-packaged and pre-bottled citrus juices or mixers immediately! Your drinks will taste better when your citrus is fresh.
 
7. Cutting Board: Use a cutting board when cutting fresh lemons and limes.
 
8. Paring Bnife: A paring knife is key for precise slicing and creating garnishes.
 
9. Bitters: Only a few dashes of bitters will kick up the complexity of your cocktail.
 
10. Simple Syrup: Simple syrup consists of equal parts sugar and water. They are used as a great way to add sweetness to your drink. Liven up your drinks by creating flavored simple syrups like ginger, lime, basil or sage.

 

Click here to see Michael's recipe for his Halloween Helper cocktail.

Click here to see our recipe for unflavored Simple Syrup.

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