Congratulations! By reading this you have taken your first steps toward an amazing home bar. Now, I know your excited but, before we jump into liquors and mixing lets get you familiarized with the tools of the trade. I think we are both past the stage of sloshing random amounts of liquids into a plastic cup and downing it quickly, right?
Well then, lets start from the top, literally! It may seem like common sense but every bar needs a wine and bottle opener. Don’t ever get caught flailing around your random kitchen utensil drawer only to come up empty handed again! Keep the opening tools at hand in or around the bar, and no, the cork screw on your Swiss army knife doesn’t count as your on hand opening device.
So, we have the spirits opened so lets slosh them into a cup right? Wrong, so very wrong. Two words my friend, cocktail shaker. Now, there are two main types of shaker you normally see. The French shaker with a metal bottom and top, and the Boston shaker consisting of a metal bottom and a glass or plastic mixing glass. Whichever one you choose, this will not only make life easier for the mixer, it will also add a bit of class to the home bar.
Along with a shaker, your definitely going to want to grab yourself a strainer. These are very useful after shaking to stop ice and any other solid bits of ingredients from exiting the shaker when pouring into the serving glass. Plus they look cool, always a plus right?
Another small, yet useful tool is a Jigger or measuring glass. This is a small, normally metal two sided measuring device. Usually with a 1/2oz cup on one side and a 2oz on the other. This little guy helps out a lot when mixing new and unusual cocktails!
Lastly, grab yourself a bar spoon and tongs for ice. Now you can always just use any old spoon, but a bar spoon adds a level of style and grace to a bar that your run of the mill teaspoon just cant accomplish. As for tongs, if I have to tell you not to use your bare hands to grab ice, throw your computer out the window and crawl back into that cave you came out of you animal. Bonus points for having an ice bucket, but its not required. but really, use tongs…
Well there you have it, just a bit of advice from the Vodka for breakfast team. Leave a comment telling us about your bar setup, and as always, stay buzzed friends