Wouldn’t it be nice to have the set-up to make solid, quality cocktails at home? Good news, you don’t need a ton of fancy equipment! In fact, we recommend taking a basic, minimalistic approach to setting up your home bar. A handful of simple tools will have you making bar-quality drinks at home in no time. First and foremost, you will need a jigger. Precisely measuring your cocktail ingredients is one of the easiest ways to elevate your mixology skills. The Viski Double Jigger makes it easy to measure ½, ¾, 1, 1½, and 2 oz portions. Balance is the key to a good cocktail and using this tool will insure the proper ratio of ingredients. You’ll also need a basic shaker tin— it’s essential for shaking cocktails, but it can also be used as a mixing glass for stirred drinks. We love these Stainless Steel Boston Shaker Tins. Speaking of stirred drinks, a barspoon will allow you to stir your cocktails to their perfect dilution and temperature. It can also be used for a unit of measure when a recipe calls for a “barspoon of simple syrup”, for instance. Our go-to is the Viski Trident Barspoon with its pronged side coming in handy for spearing garnishes from their jars. And finally, you will need a Hawthorne Strainer for straining your drinks into your cocktail glass. The tight-wound spring catches ice, stray fruit, and herbs left behind in the shaker tin. Simply pop it onto your tin, and you’re ready to pour.
These next few tools aren’t essential but we would absolutely recommend them. A Fine Mesh Cone Strainer comes in handy when a recipe calls for a drink to be double or fine strained. This tool keeps out tiny ice chips, fruit bits, and any seeds or herbs that may get past the Hawthorne strainer. It’s quite helpful for drinks with muddled fruit like strawberries or blackberries that have very tiny seeds. And since a citrus twist is such a common cocktail garnish, it’s always nice to have a citrus peeler. Get a perfect lemon, orange, or grapefruit twist with this Kuhn Ricon Swiss Citrus Peeler. And because citrus plays such an important role in many cocktails, you might consider this citrus press. Fresh juice takes your cocktail from good to great. Plus, with this hand press you can squeeze directly into you jigger for added convenience. And finally, especially for summer, it’s nice to have a wooden muddler. This tool opens up a whole new world of muddled fruit and herb cocktails. Hello Mojitos!