You need basic bar tools in order to experiment more freely with cocktail recipes at home. It could be intimidating to try making an elaborate cocktail, but with the right tools you’ll be measuring liquors, slicing limes and mixing cocktails in no time. My home bar started with me buying a cocktail shaker and separate tools that I knew I needed to prepare specific cocktail recipes. However, last summer I got a pretty vintage 1970s set that has all the basic bar tools any home bar needs. Keep reading to learn which bar tools might be missing from your personal bar.
1. Corkscrew: You need this to open any bottles that have been sealed with a cork. Check my post on 10 cool corkscrews for your home bar to find the perfect one for you!
2. Bar Spoon: The bar spoon is specifically design to mix cocktails. The shaft is often twisted for easy stirring, and the spoon is narrow and often includes holes for pouring ingredients through. Its long shaft is designed to reach the bottom of long containers, like shakers and garnish jars.
3. Knife: You’ll need a sharp knife to cut garnishes. Make sure to keep it clean between uses!
4. Cocktail Shaker: There are two types of shakers. Here, I showcase the basic shaker or Cocktail Shaker, perfect for beginners. It includes a lid with a strainer and cap to seal everything while shaking. The other type of shaker is what the professionals prefer, and it’s called a Boston Shaker.
5. Bottle Opener: This will come in handy to open bottles that have been sealed with a metal cap.
6. Strainer: The strainer I present here is known as a Hawthorne Strainer, and is required when using a Boston Shaker. It prevents any ice or solid ingredients (like fruit and herbs!) to get into the cocktail while pouring.
7. Jigger: This is used to measure liquid ingredients and is a must have to create consistent cocktails. I have two jiggers at the haute bar, including the standard one that measures 1 oz. on one side and 1/2 oz. on the other, and the one showcased above that measures 2 oz. and 1 1/2 oz.