It's fun to make cocktails. In exchange for a little effort, you get to learn something new, and you gain a delicious alcoholic drink out of it.
It's quite easy to spend a lot of money on cocktail making equipment. However, we've focused on the essentials. The tools that will make a noticeable difference to your cocktails, even when you're just starting out.
For now, here are some ideas on how to make and how to buy the drinks to prepare well.
Three-Piece Shaker: OXO SteeL Cocktail Shaker ($ 30)
The OXO SteeL Cocktail Shaker is perfect for making a classy Gin Martini. The drink will look as timelessly fashionable as the shaker itself. It's an 18 oz shaker that includes a built-in jigger cap and strainer. A jigger is a fancy word for a measuring cup. Made in stainless steel, it has a soft non-slip grip that means you will not inadvertently fling this across the room while you shake. It looks great too.
Boston Shaker: Top Shelf Bar Supply Stainless Steel Boston Shaker: 2-piece Set ($ 20)
A quick look at the list and newbies may wonder why there are two different cocktail shakers. Well, they come in two basic styles-a three-piece shaker like the one in the previous section and a two-piece Boston shaker like this one. It is a little bit easier to get a grip on a person because it's a little bit easier to get a grip on , Whichever you choose, remember to shake it like you mean it. Ideally to a good rhythm.
Boston shaker rather than a three-piece shaker, then the Top Shelf Bar Supply Stainless Steel Boston Shaker: 2-piece Set is a solid example of one.
The shaker's component is for shaken drinks like Margaritas or Mojitos while the bottom is perfect for a Manhattan or Old Fashioned. There's plenty of flexibility here.
Jigger: OXO SteeL Double Jigger ($ 9)
In case you did not know until today, a jigger is a type of measuring cup for making cocktails. In the case of the OXO SteeL Double Jigger, it's a two-sided device with different measurements on either side. One side measures a jigger which is 1-1 / 2 ounce capacity with 3/4-ounce and 1/3-ounce increments, while the other measures 1/4-ounce, 1/2-ounce, and 1-ounce increments.
You really need to get your measurements right, both for the sake of your liver and the cocktail will taste better. So, this is well worth the purchase. You need a jigger for the most cocktails but how about using it for a lime mojito the first time around? Make sure you use the right amount of lime so it's not overwhelmingly zingy.
Measuring Shot Glass: Kolder 13211BLK Mini Measure Heavy Glass ($ 5)
The Kolder 13211BLK Mini Measure Heavy Glass is a much more conventional looking measuring device. It looks like a regular shot on the side so you know exactly how much you're pouring. 20 measurements are marked up, with increments in teaspoons, tablespoons, ounces, and millimeters. It's an important tool to get the measure just right. Strainer: OXO SteeL Cocktail Strainer ($ 7)
A vodka martini is the perfect drink to measure out with this shot glass.
Strainer: OXO SteeL Cocktail Strainer
If you just use a three-piece shaker, then the OXO SteeL Cocktail Strainer is not essential, but odds are you'll find yourself experimenting. In which case, $ 7 for an extra strainer is well worth it.
Amongst other things, it strains ice and fruit into your drinks for smoother cocktails. It does not make a mistake. It's not the most exciting of gadgets, but it's a worthwhile addition to your cocktail making arsenal.
Fruity cocktails benefit from a good strainer. How about a tasty margarita with blood strained straight into the drink?
Mixing Spoon: Hiware Stainless Steel Mixing Spoon ($ 6)
Shaking only wants to mix your drinks so far. You just need a mixing spoon to get things just right. The Hiware Stainless Steel Mixing Spoon is suitably long so it fits easily into tall pitchers, shakers, as well as cocktail glasses.
It has a twisted middle for better control and grip from you. As it's made of stainless steel, it's easy to wash-up afterward too. Use it to stir up a delicious Manhattan.
Muddler: HQY Muddler ($ 6)
A muddler is effectively used to squash down certain components in a cocktail.
The HQY Muddler is made of high-quality stainless steel, so there's no fear of breaking it when you're dead. " re smushing stuff down. Inexpensive and easy to use, it's perfect for those opportunities.
Juicer: OXO SteeL Small Citrus Juicer ($ 15)
Okay, so you've already got a strainer courtesy of your shaker, and you should definitely have a measuring cup or two. Guess what? The juicer is designed for extracting juice from fruit like lemons or lime so it's hardly a cocktail that it will not be useful with. How about adding some lime juice to your traditional gin and tonic?
It has a drip-free spout, so it's easy to pour out, plus you can always see exactly how much you're pouring in thanks to the built-in measuring jug. It has US and metric measurements so you do not have to worry about any of these.
Whiskey / Gin Glasses: Sun's Tea's Strong Double Wall Manhattan Style's Old-fashioned Whiskey Glasses ($ 15)
The Strainer Ensures There's No Risk of Seed or Pulp Up in Your Drink.
Once you've prepared your drink, you'll need to be ready to pour it into something. You can spend a lot of money on some very stylish glasses for every purpose, but we focus on two key areas and tried to keep low prices.
Our first pick looks like something Don Draper would be proud to drink from, Sun's Tea Strong's Double Wall Do not be afraid to splash out Manhattan Style Old-fashioned Whiskey Glasses are still classy looking.
They have a unique sealed double-wall two-layer structure that creates a semi-vacuum insulation between the two layers, thus keeping your cold drink cold for longer. They're hard wearing too, able to withstand on ice ball being tossed in them from 12 inches (not that you should do this often). With a 9 ounce capacity, they should keep you content for a while to come. Make an Old Fashioned while you're at it.
Cocktail Glasses: Riedel VINUM Martini Glasses ($ 50)
A fair bit more than the whiskey glasses featured, the Riedel VINUM Martini Glasses are worth the outlay. $ 50 buys you two sleek martini glasses that have a classic inverted cone shape at the top. They look exactly like you picture Timeless martini glasses to look, and they'll somehow make the drink button all the nicer for it. A vodka martini is our drink of choice for this type of glass.
A capacity of 4-5 / 8 ounces is good enough for a drink that you sip rather than down in a hurry.
Straws: YIHONG Set of 8 Stainless Steel Straws ($ 8)
Do you need them to look good, right? The straw set comes with four bent straws and four Straight ones, along with two cleaning brushes. Ice Cube Tray: Vremi Large Ice Cube Tray ($ 10)
Ice Cube Tray: Vremi Large Ice Cube Tray ($ 10)
Ice is an important part of any cocktail or drink. You want to make sure that it does not chip as it's melting into the glass, watering down your delicious drink. It's important to have a good ice cube tray which is why we recommend the Vremi Large Ice Cube Tray Two Pack. It has two trays of 8 large ice cube compartments.
The trays themselves are stackable and so come with lids, so you do not have to worry about freezer odor or food contamination. Everything is nicely self-contained. Place an ice cube in a glass full of whiskey. Thank us later.
Tovolo Sphere Ice Molds ($ 25)
Not all ice has to be cube-shaped. Sometimes, a fun ice ball is perfect for the drink you're serving, especially if you're in a warm climate.
The Tovolo Sphere Ice Molds provides you with the perfect mold to create a slow melting ball that looks cool and actually is cool. It's hassle-free, leak-free, and will not tip in the freezer. Simply toss it into a glass of delicious vodka and tonic with a slice of lemon, and you have a classy and tasty drink to enjoy.