What’s at your home bar right now? Is it a few leftover bottles of booze or have you put some effort into having a well established collection of liquors, mixers and barware? Read on to discover which 9 accessories can take your home bar to the next level.
This is a set of whiskey rounders, made of silicone. Fill the molds through the small circular hole at the top and then place them in the freezer. The silicone ice molds are best, because it’s really easy to pop the ice right out. They also make great jello shots too if that’s your thing! But why bother with “ice balls”? Ice balls are preferred to ice cubes, because the spherical shape melts slower, and the drink doesn’t get watered down as quickly. Not to mention, it looks much nicer.
The cocktail shaker is a staple for any home bar. To use a cocktail shaker, add your alcohol of choice, ice and mix-ins and shake until there is some condensation on the outside of the shaker. Once this happens, you’ll have an ice cold drink ready to serve! The two most popular types of cocktail shakers, are the Boston Shaker and the Cobbler Shaker. The Boston Shaker is made up of a large metal cup and a pint glass. Add the mix ins to the metal cup, place the pint glass on top and shake it up. Use a strainer to hold back the ice and garnishes. This is the type most bartenders use, because it pours much faster than the Cobbler Shaker. The Cobbler Shaker is an all-in-one solution, coming with a metal cup, and a cap with a built-in strainer. Most people tend to buy a Cobbler Shaker first, and then upgrade to the Boston Shaker. Which do you prefer?
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A muddler is a tool used to press fruit and mix garnishes such as basil or mint into cocktails. Adding fresh fruit or herbs is an easy way to take elevate any cocktail and the best part is, that it’s really simple. A muddler is needed for drink classics such as the Mojito, Mint Julep and the Old Fashioned. Traditional muddlers are wooden, while the muddler featured below is stainless steel.
Classic Muddler Recipes
Mojito Recipe: Muddle sugar, lime juice and mint, and then mix in white rum, and sparkling water.
Mint Julep Recipe: Muddle sugar with mint (or spearmint), and add bourbon whiskey.
Old Fashioned Recipe: Muddle sugars, bitters, brandy or whiskey and an orange rind.
If you like mixing a good cocktail or two, bitters are a must-have item that should be stashed at your bar. What exactly are bitters? Bitters, are herbs and spices infused with alcohol that were originally considered to be medicinal back in the day, but now they’re mainly used to make cocktails. The alcohol content is usually around 40%, therefore just a dash of bitters (a few drops) will suffice. Bitters are a staple for mixologist drinks as well as classic cocktails including the Old Fashioned and the Manhattan.
Classic Starter Pack
We searched a long time to find a solid starter pack of bitters, and this is by far the best we’ve found. It starts off with 3 classic flavors with the first being Regan’s Orange Bitters, a newcomer that is high quality and perfectly citrusy developed by cocktail expert Gary Regan. The second bitter in this trio pack, is Pechuards which originated in New Orleans and is one of the only bitters remaining in production in the U.S. after prohibition. It’s the signature bitter used in the Sazernac cocktail and has floral aromas, a lighter body and sweeter taste than Agnostura. Lastly, Angostura Aromatic Bitters, one of the oldest bitters that still remains in production, originating in the 1800s and a staple of the Manhattan cocktail. It’s made with a variety of baking spices from Latin America.
Tip: Fee Brother’s Bitters do not contain alcohol like traditional bitters. They are a sugar based and therefore technically not a bitter, but that doesn’t take away from the fun of using them. It just catches people off guard sometimes, so here’s a proper heads up!
A jigger is a double-sided device used to measure the amount of alcohol being added to a drink. One side measures 1-1/2-ounce capacity with additional markings to allow you to measure 3/4-ounce and 1/3-ounce increments as well. The smaller side measures 1/4-ounce, 1/2-ounce and 1-ounce increments. The OXO jigger provides greater measurement flexibility than most of the other offerings. Buy nice or buy twice!
Not only is a long-handled spoon more fun to stir with, it does serve a purpose. The twisted metal allows the spoon to graze the edge of the glass in a smooth, swift motion for easier stirring and it’s tall enough to reach the bottom of all sorts of serving glasses.
It helps to have several bottle openers when you’re in full entertainment mode. This bottle opener has a fun design and can even slip into the credit card slot in your wallet, so you’ll always have it ready even when you’re on the go. It’s smart to have a bottle opener on you at all times, and now you can do it without a keychain that shouts “I drink a lot” even though you probably do 😉
8) Wine Opener
Toss those freebie wine openers with company logos on them into the trash, and invest in a solid, stainless steel wine opener. They’re much easier to use and you can open any bottle of wine like a pro.
Unless you plan on finishing every bottle of wine that you open, a wine stopper is a quintessential item for every kitchen. While corks work just fine, these wine stoppers have a vacuum seal to keep the wine nice and fresh.