Summer is in the air, so it’s summer cocktail time! We will be posting a lot of yummy summer cocktail recipes for you to enjoy while soaking up some rays. To make some of these cocktails, you need special bar equipment. Every cocktail aficionado should own the following must-have bar tools to make your own delicious cocktails:
You use a shaker to mix beverages together. The shaker is a key cocktail tool if you want to make delicious cocktails like a Cosmopolitan or an Appletini. There are at least 3 different cocktail shakers:
* The Boston Shaker
This is a two-piece shaker that consists of a metal bottom and a mixing glass. To shake, you need to insert the mixing container and bottom into each other. You can use them separately for stirring or muddling (more on that later). The Boston Shaker does not have a built-in strainer.
This is a 3-piece shaker with a built-in strainer. It has tapers at the top and ends and it has a handy cap that can be used to measure liquids.
* The French Shaker
This is a 2-piece shaker that consists of a metal bottom and a metal cap. It does not have a built-in strainer.
If you own a shaker that does not have a built-in strainer, you should probably buy one. A strainer is a type of sieve. It is used to remove ice from a mixed drink. You place the strainer over the mouth of the shaker, and then you pour the liquid into a glass. The small holes in the strainer will make sure that the ice (or other ingredients) stays in the shaker. There are 2 types of strainers:
This strainer consists of a disc (the rim) with a handle, two or more prongs, and a metal spring fixed around the edge of the rim. The metal spring rolls inward to fit inside the glass and it filters out the ice.
* The Julep Strainer
This strainer looks like a bowl with a handle. The bowl has holes or slits so the liquid can pass through it without chunks of ice.
The jigger is a measuring tool. Traditionally it is made of stainless steel. It consists of 2 unequal sized opposing cones. Usually one cone measures a single shot (generally 44ml) and the other measures a multiple (or fraction) of a single shot.
A bar spoon makes stirring and mixing your cocktails a lot easier than a regular spoon, because its length ensures that you can reach the bottom of almost any glass. It holds about the same amount of liquid as a teaspoon, so it can be used to measure liquids as well.
A muddler is used to mash or muddle fruits, herbs and spices directly in the bottom of a glass for optimal flavour. You can’t make a good Caipirinha without muddling the lime wedges in the glass. Other popular cocktails that require the use of a muddler are the Mojito, Caipiroska, and Mint Julep.
Do you often make cocktails? Do you own any of these bar accessories? Let us know & leave a comment!
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