WHAT YOU NEED FOR YOUR HOME BAR
There are two main types of shakers that are used at home.
We suggest one of these two:
Which you use is entirely up to you, we prefer the Boston Shaker, but if you like the Cobbler style or you already have one at home, please use that one.
There are a number of ways to measure out your spirits. The easiest and most professional way is to use a two-sided jigger. We prefer the kind that comes in the 1oz/2oz cups.
This is a long, thin spoon used for stirring spirit-forward cocktails. This is always good to have at home, but a normal spoon, a swizzlestick, or even a chopstick will get the job done in a pinch.
If you’re using a Cobbler Shaker, it has a built in strainer. If you want to use a Boston Shaker, we would suggest getting a Hawthorne Strainer.
If you’re buying your first, you want one with a really tightly wound spring. This will not only catch big chunks of ice, but also help to catch the really small ice shards that tend to show up in shaken drinks. If you’ve ever gotten a martini with ice chips in it, it’s because they didn’t use a very good strainer. (They also shook it, but that’s a discussion for another time).
Buy In A Kit
A lot of these items can be purchased as a kit. These are two solid options if you like getting everything bundled.
Fine Mesh Strainer
The only real way to make sure no tiny ice chips end up in your finished cocktail. We use one of these all the time!
Many of you will already have this at home, but it’s the best way to get juice from fresh citrus. Otherwise you have to squeeze them by hand, which is a pain.
Getting a good citrus twist can really make a cocktail. You might already have a good peeler at home. If not, and you don’t want to buy a new one, you can use a knife.
Small Squeeze Bottles
These are super useful to keep simple syrups and pre-squeezed juices in. It makes making your cocktails much easier!