The basic tools

Hoping to serve delicious cocktails to guests this summer? It might seem complicated at first, but it's actually quite easy.  Everyone can find their groove thanks to a few classic tools and a little bar that can help you make a huge variety of cocktails!

 

Most cocktails are very easy to make. Once the basic techniques are mastered, you can improvise without worrying about misinterpreting the recipe. To begin your cocktail adventure, I suggest you have the following tools at home.

  • Shaker: There are two kinds: the Boston and the Cobbler. I suggest you start with a Cobbler shaker as it is easier to use. The Cobbler is the iconic shaker that is covered with a metal lid and features a strainer.
  • Strainer: The strainer is needed to filter your cocktails. It allows you to remove the impurities that are found in your mixes.
  • Jigger: When making a cocktail, it is absolutely necessary to measure quantities accurately. Jiggers are available in several formats.  I suggest having both a 1/2 ounce and 1 ounce jigger on hand.
  • Bar spoon: The bar spoon is your best friend when preparing a Negroni or an Old Fashioned directly in a glass. Of course, you can also use a teaspoon.
  • Juicer:  It will help you immensely when trying to extract the maximum amount of juice out of your lemons, limes and oranges.
  • Muddler: This is an essential tool when making a delicious mojito or for crushing strawberries at the bottom of your shaker. The muddler is ideal for crushing fruits, vegetables and even citrus.
  • Ice trays for large ice cubes:  This is an interesting essential.  Large ice cubes perform better when preparing a Negroni, an Old Fashioned or a Boulevardier. They melt more slowly, which creates a less diluted cocktail.
  • Zester: This tool enables you to add gorgeous pieces of zest to your cocktails. It saves time and energy when a cocktail recipes calls for zest as a garnish.
  • Blender: If you like frozen cocktails, this is an indispensable tool to have at home. You'll be able to make slushies for the kids and iced cappuccinos for adults in no time!
  • Paring knife: No need for introductions- you know that a paring knife is an essential ally in the kitchen. It will be just as essential behind your bar this summer!

— Types of glassware —

Old-fashioned
This famous glass is generally big, heavy and features a thick base. It holds between 4 to 8 ounces of liquid depending upon the model. Its thick base makes the glass ideal for muddling ingredients without fear of breakage. 

 

Suggested cocktails:

  • Old fashioned
  • Gin and tonic
  • Negroni
  • Sazerac

Highball
The Highball generally holds between 8 and 12 ounces of liquid. The highball glass is a staple. Shorter and wider than a Collins glass, the highball can easily be used to serve a Tom Collins.

 

Suggested cocktails:

  • Mojito
  • Cuba libre
  • Screwdriver
  • Rum & coke
  • Tom Collins
  • Bloody Mary
  • Gin fizz

Mason jar - Highball
The Mason jar isn't a classic.  However, it can easily replace a highball or wine glass when serving a punch. Its thick sides will keep your cocktail cold for longer than a highball glass.
 

Have you thought of serving your Irish coffee in a Mason jar?
 

Suggested cocktails:

  • Bloody Caesar
  • Mojito
  • Gin and tonic

Cocktail - Martini
This elegant glass must be chilled when you pour your cocktail into it. Filling the glass with ice shortly before serving your cocktail will do the trick. Holding the glass by its stem will keep the glass from warming up too quickly.
 

Suggested cocktails:

  • Martini
  • Manhattan
  • Brandy Alexander
  • Cosmopolitain

Champagne flute
You already know it - impressive occasions deserve impressive glassware.  The most elegant of all, the champagne flute can be used for serving several different types of cocktails.
 

Suggested cocktails:

  • French 75
  • Bellini
  • Mimosa

Wine glass
No need for an introduction.  Don't forget that a wine glass is your closest ally when you run out of glassware for serving your cocktails.
 

Suggested cocktails:

  • Piña colada
  • Sangria
  • Frozen cocktails (cappuccino and margarita)

Shooter
An absolute must - it's the drink that truly brings people together. The format is generally between 1 and 2 ounces.
 

Suggested shooters:

  • Whiskey
  • Jagerbomb
  • Tequila
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