Now that we have the spirits part squared away, let’s move on to the equipment! After all, a workman is only as good as his tools and that’s true for a bartender too.
As mentioned in our spirits post, this list is based on our personal opinion. Feel free to modify and add tools you need. Shoot us some recommendations of your own. We have based our suggestions on tools that we use ourselves. They may not be the shiniest but most of them have stood the test of time and constant use.
There are several different ways to make a cocktail, such as shaking, stirring, throwing and building.
For shaking, we recommend a tin on tin shaker set. It is simple, easy to use and just about large enough for making two drinks. For the value minded, a pint glass and tin shaker works just as well. It is a bit heavier than the tin on tin but the glass also gives you a vessel to stir your cocktails in.
OR an Anchor Hocking Pint Mixing Glass – Rim Tempered – 16 Oz, (1) paired with the larger tin of the Naranja.
Stirring requires a mixing glass and a barspoon. For this a basic pint glass will suffice. If you have a little spare cash, go ahead and treat yourself to a nice Yarai glass. This heavy bottom glass helps to ensure minimal dilution and looks kind of badass on your shelf.
We suggest the Yarai – Cocktail Mixing Glass – 500ml or the Anchor Hocking Pint Mixing Glass.
This is nicely paired with the Yukiwa Bar Spoon Twist
Throwing is not a particularly common technique to make cocktails but here in Singapore, we see it happen quite a fair bit courtesy of our friendly neighbourhood Thé Tarik master. This is the non-alcoholic version of throwing. Fun fact!
Building a drink in a glass, like you would with a mojito, are the best as they require minimal or no additional equipment. Maybe just a muddler?
Beyond that, here is the rest of our list of equipment, which should start every home bartender off on the right foot:
- A VKING Hawthorn Cocktail Strainer Stainless Steel Bar Strainer Professional 4 Prong Strainer with 100 Wire Spring (to hold the ice in whilst pouring out the cocktail)
- A HIC Fine Mesh Tea Strainer Set, 18/8 Stainless Steel, 2.5-Inch (to get all the debris out resulting in a clear cocktail)
- A muddler from Sia Huat or Amazon (Our Sia Huat one was our very first muddler and we are still using it!)
- A utility knife to cut fruits and garnishes
- A nice barmat to store all your equipment on (optional)
The above links will direct you to where we bought our equipment. This is not a paid post and we recommend these based on using them ourselves for some years now both at the bar and at home so we stand by their quality and price.
So have fun buying yourselves some new prezzies! This covers two of the trifecta of making a good drink. Spirits…. check, Bar Ware…. check, our next post and many more to come will be on……..Technique!
May our glasses never be empty, cheers and talk soon!