Before you decide to spend a fortune on simply purchasing an impressive array of bottles that you might use sparingly, you should also consider possessing the essential tools that will allow you to make a variety of awesome cocktails and present yourself as a master barman at your own home. While you start concocting those amazing cocktail drinks, we do not want you to realise the importance of the missing muddler or a strainer. So here is a list of must have items at your house bar.
1. Alcohol or Base Spirits
The story definitely starts here. The best way to stock your bar is with the cocktails you love to drink and serve. Stock up on base spirits like Gin, Rum, Whiskey, Vodka and Tequila. Additionally, you can also buy sidecars like Cognac and Cointreau. In fact, several combinations of base spirits and sidecars can produce great cocktails e.g. by mixing Tequila and Cointreau you can make good Margaritas.
These are often sweet distilled spirits that are used to flavor many cocktails. These complement the base spirits and are essential to mixing cocktails as they often add the accent flavour to drinks, although they can also be the main ingredients.
3. Speed Pour or Pour Spouts
We are sure that you don’t not want to spill the expensive alcohol on the bar. A speed pour helps in avoid spills and ensures accurate measuring. It streamlines the flow of liquid coming out of the bottle and also keeps bugs and dust out of your bottle. This is a stopper and is the perfect balance between suppleness and rigidity. It stays firm on the bottle but is very simple and easy to remove.
4. Jigger or Peg Measure
This is used to measure the ingredients and it usually comes in different sizes. You should be very careful while using this at home, since filling it up right to the top and pouring it down in the glassware may lead to losing some amount of booze. However, overlooking the right proportion can make or break a drink. We recommend you should own two jiggers, one two-ounce size and another of three quarter ounce size.
5. Cocktail Strainer
This is a metal bar accessory that is used to remove ice from a shaker or mixed drink, as it is poured into the serving glass. These are available in classic forms, also called the Julep strainer or wired strainer, which has a spring to trap large chunks of ice or any other solid ingredients.
6. Cocktail Shaker
Shaking a drink ensures proper dilution and aeration. This comes in a variety of styles like Cobbler, Boston and Parisian. You can buy a two piece shaker which is effortless to clean, easier to open after shaking and does not become clogged with bits of fruits or herbs.
7. Bar Spoon
No matter which cocktail you are planning to serve, whether it’s Manhattan, Martini or a New York Sour, you will need a long-handed bar spoon that is used to stir and layer cocktails. You can choose to use fork like tines on the handle end which can easily remove cherries or olives out of the jar.
8. Hand Juicer
A hand juicer is used to squeezing fresh fruits juice into drinks. The cocktails will not only taste great with fresh citrus juices but it will also make a noticeable difference to your homemade drinks. You should buy a large size hand juicer which can handle any size of citrus fruit. Make sure you utilise it with the right technique.
Bitters and simple syrups are the basic pantry staples. Bitters are alcoholic preparations flavoured with botanical matter. It is characterised by a bitter, sour or bittersweet flavour. There is a large variety of bitters available in the market such as Angostura aromatic bitters, orange or citrus bitter etc. Simple syrups can be easily made at home depending on the kind of flavors you like.
We hope this little guide was informative and helpful. Moreover we hope we have inspired you to get started with your home bar today. Keep reading our blogs for more ideas on variety of cocktails, home party themes etc. Cheers!