Outfitting Your Home Bar
Tools to help you mix drinks like a pro
By Kate Ramos
1. Cocktail Shaker. The all-in-one cocktail shaker with a built-in strainer is easy to use and results in less drippage.
2. Measuring Shot Glass. A clear shot glass with the measurements listed on the side will make your pours more accurate, plus in emergencies you can drink straight from it.
3. Paring Knife. Something cheap to cut limes and lemons.
4. Small Cutting Board. We suggest you have one cutting board that’s exclusively for bar use, but we won’t say anything if you pull out your kitchen cutting board for the task.
5. Citrus Squeezer. Liven up your cocktails with fresh-squeezed juice. You can get squeezers sized for lemons, limes, or oranges, but an orange one will work with any size fruit.
7. Double-Hinged Corkscrew. It will last longer and work better than a cheap plastic version.
8. Champagne Stopper. Your bubbly needs to stay bubbly: A good, tight-sealing champagne stopper will save your bottles for at least a day or two.
9. Citrus Channel Knife. Not really a knife at all but a garnishing tool that has a deep groove to cut away at the skin of citrus fruit and give drinks such as a Lillet Cocktail a beautiful little twist of lemon or lime.
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