Regarding the setting of a home bar, many people do not know what is essential.
If you are just starting to drink cocktails, we recommend that you start with the basics: a cocktail shaker and a jigger. If you want to take your bartending skills to a new level, you should consider investing in a good mixing glass, spoon, muddler, and citrus press. The following is a summary of what is needed to set up a home bar. At the end of this guide, we also provide tips on how to use these tools.
The most basic bar tool is a cocktail shaker, which is used to shake a combination of spirits, a mixer (if juice, dairy products, or eggs), and ice to mix the flavor while cooling, aerating, and diluting the drink. There are many types of shakers, but the two most common are the cobbler and Boston styles. For home use, we recommend using cobbler-style shakers (consisting of a tumbler, a lid with a filter, and a lid to cover the filter) because they are easier to hold and shake. In other words, the shoemaker vibrator has a tendency to leak. Several of our experts also stated that their lids often get stuck, or their built-in filters have inefficient or too large holes. It is essential to find a way to avoid these pitfalls.
Most professionals use a Boston shaker, which consists of a large cup and a small cup. Both cups are usually metal, but sometimes bartenders use pint glasses for the smaller cups. The Boston shaker requires more skill to connect and shake and requires a separate filter, so we only recommend it to cocktail lovers who want to avoid the cobbler shaker. No matter which style you choose, the experts we interviewed recommend that you buy a shaker with a capacity of 28 ounces because it is the right size to make two drinks.
A jigger is a small measuring cup used to dispense liquid ingredients. Although your favorite bartender may pour the wine directly from the bottle into a shaker or mixing glass, measuring in a jigger can provide greater accuracy from one drink to the next And consistency. It should have clear measurement marks and a large opening for easy pouring. Since most cocktail recipes require a quantity of 2 ounces or less, the jigger is more practical and precise than using a full-size measuring cup or unmarked shot glass.
If you want to use a Boston-style shaker or mixing cup, you need to use a filter to prevent herbs such as ice and mint from entering the cocktail. The two main types are Hawthorne and julep filters. Most of the experts we interviewed recommend the Hawthorne filter, which has a metal coil around it, so it can fit snugly on a vibrator or mixing glass and is easy to use. Julep filters are essentially wide-hole spoons with short handles. They are an elegant choice, but they require more skill.
The bar spoon has an elongated handle that can reach the bottom of a mixing glass or shaker. A small bowl with a spoon makes it easier to stir cocktails on ice. It can also easily scoop side dishes, such as black cherries or olives, from narrow pots.
If you want to break up herbs, fruit, or sugar cubes for cocktails like mojitos, you'll need to get a muddler. Mashers can be made from a variety of materials, but most professionals we spoke with recommended getting a wooden muddler that doesn't contain varnish, paint, or coatings, as they can break up in drinks. In our research, we found that 11 to 12 inches are usually a good length.
Most experts also recommend a muddler with a flat bottom rather than one with teeth. "Having teeth can lead to over-mixing of herbs like mint, which can cause cocktails to become bitter," Tunstall says.
Most bartenders we spoke to recommended hand-pressed citrus cocktails. Hand-held citrus reamers are dirty and don't collect seeds, and electric citrus presses are too much (unless you're preparing drinks for a crowd). A hand press makes just the right amount of juice for a few drinks, and it captures most of the seeds while providing better aim, so the liquid ends up in your shaker or drink, not on the counter.
The above is a summary of what you need to set up a home bar. You don’t need a lot of equipment and you don't need to spend too much money to make great cocktails at home. You can spend absolute wealth on any bar tool, but this is not necessary.