Cocktail Equipment

To make great drinks at home, you’ll need a few key pieces of cocktail equipment.

You don’t need to get everything at once, and we’ll even show you how to make use of items in your kitchen if you’re caught without a piece you need. With the right knowledge, you can make anything work. Here’s our guide to your essential cocktail tools.

Shakers

There are many different shapes and styles, you can even use a jam jar in a pinch. Whichever you prefer, or have to hand, they’re all used to do the same thing, rigorously fold ingredients and ice together to deliver perfectly shaken cocktails. See Shakers and How to use a shaker

Stirrers

The bar spoon is arguably the most important piece of equipment in your tool kit and yet do you even need one in your essential cocktail tool kit? See bar spoons

Mixing Vessel's

Although you wouldn’t work a professional bar with a jam jar as a cocktail shaker, when it comes to choosing a mixing jug, the line is more blurred. Here’s our take on mixing vessel’s you might like to add to your cocktail making supplies, and some interesting ideas of what you might like to try beyond the usual. See Mixing Vessel’s

Blenders

From time-to-time, everyone needs a blender in their life. Unlike most other pieces of cocktail kit, there’s not really any alternatives we can suggest to you here, you just need to treat yourself. See Blenders

Muddlers

Without a muddler you can’t crush limes to make Caipirinhas, you can’t smoosh fresh soft fruits to make a twist on a Collins or Buck, and you won’t be able to pound citrus peel and sea salt together to make our Skinny Margarita. See Muddlers

Strainers

There are three key types of strainer you need. You can get away with just two, but if you’re into cocktails and want to make a broad selection of drinks, eventually you’re going to want all three. See Strainers

Measure

The simple liquid measuring device that’s essential for accurately following cocktail recipes. See Jiggers and how to use them

Glassware

We say ‘Glassware’ and yet drinks are served in many different vessels, especially these days. What it’s made from, how thick it is, the shape and size, will all have an impact on the drink itself. So, making the best out of what you can get your hands on is vital, and we wholeheartedly encourage you to get creative!

Lowballs

Shorter glasses for neat serves and cocktails. See Lowball glasses

Highballs

Highballs are all tall glasses for long drinks. See Highball glasses

Cocktail

All are what we use as ‘Cocktail Glasses’ for your Martinis, Manhattans and the like. See cocktail / coupette glasses

 

FAQ's

Shaker, stirring vessel, measuring device, strainer, knife. Read our Guide for a more comprehensive list and understanding

A basic cocktail kit should contain a shaker, stirring vessel, measuring device (jigger), strainer and a knife

Beyond the basic cocktail kit we have mentioned including shaker’s, stirring vessel’s, measuring device (jigger), strainers and a knifes. You would likely need a waiters friend (corkscrew), a juicer, fridge and freezer, ice scoop, linen cleaning clothes, equipment to thoroughly clean. There are many more items, but you should be able to create a large number of drinks with these mixed drinks tools.

Featured Recipes

Coffee Margarita (Kilinga)

Kilinga Reposado is used for this darker, richer take on the classic margarita. Inspired by the notes of caramel, vanilla and light smoke of Kilinga’s

Artist’s Special Breakfast

This Artist’s Special Breakfast is a twist on a fairly obscure classic Parisien whisky cocktail called the ‘Artist’s Special’. First recorded in print in Harry

Hibisco Disco Margarita

For our Hibisco Disco Margarita, Kilinga Bacanora Silvestre is infused with Hibiscus tea, to add a dry fruitiness that perfectly complements the bright, green apple,

Earl Grey Spritz

You could argue the Earl Grey Spritz is as much a Spritz, as it is a kinda Highball. This is a refreshing yet dry cocktail

Shell St Shandy

Somewhere between a Shandy and a beer topped Whiskey Collins this is a highly refreshing cocktail that’s perfect for casual hangs with friends, outdoor cooking

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