Setting Up Your Home Bar // The Tools

Being a home mixologist is fun. It’s also cool to be the guy who can whip up amazing cocktails when you’re entertaining. But in order to do so, you’ve got to have the right tools for the job. Here’s a list of 10 essential home bar tools.

10 Must-Have Home Bar Tools

Jiggers Home Bar Tools - He Spoke Style

1. Jiggers. Jiggers come in many shapes, sizes and volumes. However, you only really need two – a 1 oz. x 2 oz. and a 1/2 oz. x 3/4 oz – and don’t need to spend a lot on them.

Julep and Hawthorne Strainer - He Spoke Style

2. Julep Strainer. This is the strainer you use for your stirred drinks. Again, you could shell out over $20 for a gold-plated version, but that’s not necessary. But this one for $4 works just as well.

3. Hawthorne StrainerFor your shaken cocktails. It’s designed to fit snuggly over a shaker tin and works best in conjunction with a fine mesh strainer (see No. 6).

Bar Spoon Mixing Glass - He Spoke Style

4. Bar SpoonUnlike jiggers and strainers, a bar spoon is something worth spending a bit extra on. I had a very cheap one at first and did not like how flimsy it felt. For a mere $5 extra, I found one that’s a lot more solid and feels great in the hand.

5. Mixing GlassYou can definitely build your stirred cocktails in a pint glass, but I recommend investing in a more elegant vessel, like this Yarai mixing glass. It’s beautiful, much more functional (check out that spout for pouring) and looks great displayed on your bar cart.

Fine Mesh Strainer Home Bar Tools - He Spoke Style

6. Fine Mesh StrainerI always double strain both my stirred and shaken cocktails so the drink looks smooth and clear. A fine mesh strainer keeps the small ice chips out and also ensures any pulp from citrus doesn’t make it into the glass of your shaken drinks.

Shaker Time Pint Glass Muddler - He Spoke Style

7. Shaker Tin An inexpensive item needed for making shaken cocktails.

8. Pint Glass. For use in conjunction with your shaker tin. You’ve probably already got a collection of these in your cabinet. Though a lot of bartenders use a smaller metal shaker tin, I prefer the pint glass so I can see the drink as I’m building it.

9. Muddler. One tip for muddling fruit or herbs: don’t smash it so much that breaks apart. The goal is to simply release some of the juice so you get the essence of whatever you’re muddling. Take this to heart when you’re muddling mint for a mojito.

Home Bar Tools Peeler - He Spoke Style

10. Peeler. For making standard as well as creative garnishes. A citrus juicer is also handy, though I often just prick my lemons and limes with a fork before squeezing out the juice.

Extra Credit: Swizzle StickNot something you’ll use often, but good to have for certain summer cocktails. It’s also a great conversation piece when displayed on a bar cart!

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Now that you’ve got the tools, it’s time to make some drinks. Check out our ever-growing collection of cocktail recipes to get started.

Thanks for reading, happy mixing and cheers!

Stylishly Yours,

Brian Sacawa
He Spoke Style

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  • http://www.thekentuckygent.com The Kentucky Gent

    Definitely need to add a few of these to my bar cart!

    Josh | The Kentucky Gent
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  • Tom B

    Love that you have Hendrick’s prominently displayed as an essential bar tool ;-)

    Cheers!

    Tom

  • http://www.stylegirlfriend.com/ Brittany_StyleGirlfriend

    Hendricks for the win!

  • http://thefashionformen.com/ centimo123

    Bar spoon is a nice one.. That will suit in my bar tools collection

    Regards
    http://thefashionformen.com

  • http://thejeffbyrnes.com/ Jeff Byrnes

    Instead of jiggers, one could get one of Oxo’s 2 fl oz. measuring cups, which I use as a jigger at home instead. Far easier!

    As for gear, I recommend heading over to bostonshaker.com to pick up all these fantastic items.