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By using the appropriate barware, you don't have to be a professional
bartender to be able to mix original drinks.
find some utensils listed below already in your home, and
you can always improvise with everyday kitchen gadgets. However,
if you go shopping to stock up on bar supplies, the important
thing to remember is that the utensils should be easy to clean
after use. Keep in mind that stainless-steel and glass items
are the easiest to clean.
cocktail shaker is an absolute must for your home bar.
It is primarily used to mix drinks with ingredients that
are difficult to combine smoothly, such as egg yolks,
liqueurs, fruit juices, and cream. Any good bar-supply
store will stock a variety of shakers and you are certain
to find one to fit your budget and needs.
standard version, is a three-part shaker, which consists
of a beaker, a lid, and a built-in strainer, to hold back
pieces of ice fruit pits and seeds when pouring the cocktail.
Its disadvantage is that the strainer is very difficult
to clean and the liquid pours out slowly.
two part Boston shaker consists of a large stainless-steel
beaker and a smaller one made of lead crystal, which fits
inside and has the advantage that the glass beaker is
also suitable for use as a mixing glass.
you use a two-part shaker or a mixing glass, you will
need a round, stainless-steel bar strainer. This features
an edge like a coiled spring, and it should fit exactly
into the top of the shaker or mixing glass, making it
indispensable when straining cocktails so ice and piece
of fruit or pits do not fall into the glass. If necessary,
you can use a new tea strainer instead.
will need a mixing glass, sometimes called a shaker glass,
for every drink which is stirred, not shaken, such as
clear drinks and those made from easily blended ingredients.
When shopping for a mixing glass, look for one with capacity
of about 1 quart (enough for 3 or 4 drinks).
long-handed bar spoon is a versatile tool used by bartenders
to stir the ingredients in the mixing glass, as a measuring
spoon to add the correct amount of ingredients to many
cocktails, and to crush flavoring ingredients. Most bar-spoon
handles are 10 inches long and made of stainless steel
the top of the handle there is usually a disc called a
muddler used to "muddle", or crush, pieces of
fruit, herbs, or sugar cubes. The spoon on the opposite
end holds ?/6 ounce of liquid, or the same amount as a
standard kitchen teaspoon. The rounded back of the spoon
is also useful for slowly pouring layers of liqueurs into
a glass when you do not want the layers to mix.
is truly an indispensable item for your bar, because exact
quantities of ingredients are needed for every drink.
This tools is usually made of stainless steel with a 1-ounce
cup at one end, called a pony, and a 1½ to 2 ounce
measure at the other end, called a jigger. Alternatively
you can use a standard shot glass with markings on it.
If you do not have either measure, use a standard set
of kitchen measuring spoons — 3 teaspoons, or 1
tablespoon, equal ½ ounce, 4 teaspoons equal ¾
ounce, and 2 tablespoons equal 1 ounce.
electric blender is useful, especially for drinks like
frozen daiquiris and those with ingredients that are not
easily combined, but it is not essential.
purée fruit, whip cream, or prepare frozen drinks,
frappés, and milk shakes, you need a blender with
continuous speed adjustments, or you can use an everyday
drinks with crushed ice become a regular request consider
investing in an electric ice shaver.
a standard ice bucket, widely available in various sizes
and materials, to keep frozen ice cubes conveniently at
hand for the duration of the party or cocktail session.
Ice tongs or an ice shovel are ideal to remove ice from
the bucket (do not use your fingers), but if you do not
have either, use a large spoon.
fruit juices can be prepared using a lemon squeezer or
juicer. Many long drinks contain soda water, which is
best added to the glass using a siphon. To use one, you
simply fill the siphon with water from the faucet or use
still mineral water. A carbon dioxide cartridge will make
sure the water is always carbonated when you want it.
other pieces of equipment that help to make your job enjoyable
• Chopping Board
• Nutmeg Grater
• Sharp Knife
• Citrus Zester
• Small Dishes
• Pouring Spouts
• Can Opener
• Bottle Opener
• Bottle Cooler
• Drinking Straws
• Drinks Stirrers