To make great drinks at home, you’ll need a few key pieces of cocktail equipment for your home bar.
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 cocktail equipment essentials.
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.
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.
What sort of muddler you need will depend on what ingredients you want to muddle. There are a number of options, and we’ll show you just how much you can do with a rolling pin!
The simple liquid measuring device that’s essential for accurately following cocktail recipes.
As with all bar tools, personal preference comes into play when choosing a style. Some people prefer a ‘Bell’ shaped jigger while others prefer a shorter, wider v-shaped double ended jigger.
If you’re at home in a pinch, or if you’re batching, you can use all sorts of things to measure ingredients, like measuring cups or shot glasses. Especially when you follow a recipe broken down into its base ratio, or ‘parts’
We say ‘Glassware’ and yet drinks are served in many different vessels, especially these days.
What a vessel is made from, how thick it is, its shape and size, will all have an impact on the drink itself. We wholeheartedly encourage you to get creative with what you use, but you’ll also need to pick up some essentials too.