The essential kit you need for all your at-home cocktail-making needs...
Mixing cocktails calls for the right accessories. Here are the six basics you need in your home bar kit (and a few of our staple cocktail spirits below)...
For blending, aerating and chilling (with the addition of ice) cocktails quickly before serving. The three main styles are the Boston (a two-piece metal and glass shaker), the French (a two-piece metal shaker) and the cobbler (a three-piece metal shaker with a strainer and lid).
Used when pouring cocktails into the glass to remove ice and other solids.
An hourglass-shaped stainless steel device for measuring ingredients.
4. MIXING GLASS
Handy for easy muddling and stirring of ingredients before decanting them into your serving glass.
5. BAR SPOON
Has a long handle that allows you to reach to the base of tall pitchers. The twisted handle assists stirring.
Essentially a pestle, gently press down and twist to crush ice, herbs, fruit, sugar and other solids. It may be a simple bat design or have teeth for extracting juice and oils from fruit (don’t use this variety with herbs, or you’ll shred them).
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