What are the 5 must-have home bar tools?
Among the perks of being a grownup is drinking sophisticated cocktails you have carefully crafted for your guests at your very own home bar–at least that is what I tell myself while watching “Mad Men” alone while drinking wine from a box.
But seriously folks, we aren’t in college anymore, so let’s drink like grownups and not college kids. That means being prepared, because that is how as “adults” you plan ahead. But what if you aren’t sure how to make fancy cocktails, just what accessories you need, or how to stock a home bar? Well, you better figure it out fast because you probably aren’t getting any younger.
And whether you have a built-in bar (lucky), a bar cart, use a tray on the kitchen counter, or need some home bar ideas, we can help you figure out what tools and accessories you need to stock your space.
5 Must-Have Home Bar Tools Every Grown Up House Should Have
1. Shaker – A shaker is simply a must have to make certain cocktails, like martinis. A metal shaker, not only mixes the ingredients just right, but when ice is added a most delightful chill is achieved as well. We like this stylish gold version, but honestly any shaker will do!
2. Cocktail Spoon – A cocktail spoon is used for mixed drinks that don’t require shaking, but a gentle mixing instead. Manhattans don’t need to be shaken, but only require the swish of a cocktail spoon. And no, it is not okay to mix cocktails with your finger!
3. Muddler – Every home mixologist really does “need” a muddler. A muddler is used to crush herbs and other ingredients in drinks like the Mint Julep. A gentle crushing releases the oils or flavors in a much more satisfying way than chopping does.
4. Strainer – And if you are going to be making cocktails like the Mint Julep, you will need a strainer to strain out the bits before serving. There are two different types of strainers. One that you hold over a glass to pour over, and one that fits over the mixing cup or shaker and you pour through. Buy both if you can, for versatility.
5. Jigger – A jigger is a necessary tool to make sure you are not making your cocktails too strong, but keeping the correct ratio. Using a jigger, as opposed to just eyeballing it, is ideal to make sure your drinks taste great and your guests don’t get hammered.
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