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The Essential Bar Tools Guide.
Making drinks at home can be rewarding and fun. Especially when you want to impress your friends or a date!
But remember a good bartender is only as good as his bar tools. So make sure to invest in the right cocktail equipment.
We are going to go into a bit of depth on how to use bar tools correctly and layout the must-have items so you look and feel the part as a home mixologist.
Once you’ve finished off with this article be sure to head over to our Best Cocktail Book List to learn how to make some tasty cocktails and test out your tools.
There are three main methods for making cocktails. Built, Shaken and Stirred. Built cocktails are all made in the vessel the drink is being served in.
Usually, you would start with any fruit or herbs, then liquor, ice and finally any sodas. Think Mojitos and the Old Fashioned.
Moving on, next we have stirred. The main reason to stir is to chill the drink and also to create dilution.
Usually, you would want to stir for up to 40 seconds.
Lastly, we have shaken. Well everyone has their own shake but as long as you use enough ice and shake with enough force, your cocktail will turn out well.
Between 10 – 12 seconds, your drink will have reached thermal equilibrium, meaning it’s ready to drink.
We have a great Espresso Martini article here is a classic shaken cocktail when making cocktails, add all your ingredients first, with the least expensive liquor last, just in case you make a mistake on the way.
Then follow up with the ice.