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10 Must-Have Bar Tools For Every Home Bar
As the life of every party, that special someone is always out to make everyone else happy. But like everyone else, they too need to feel appreciated. With any one of these awesome bartender gift ideas, you can achieve so much more.
Some of our gifts for bartenders will improve their mixology skills while others are outstanding collectibles to add to their collection. Others are full of humor, to keep them in the best spirits. Scroll down to find some of the most unique bar gifts to wow the barman or woman in your life.
10 Essential Products For Every Home Bar
You can never go wrong with a muddler as a gift for a mixologist. But not any muddler will do. This particular piece comes in maple or walnut and sports an engraving of your choice. You can either choose to add a monogram or initials to infuse some sentimental value.
If you are looking for a gift for the bar manager, here is one that will keep giving for ages to come. It is an innovative tool offering plenty of potential for experimentation. And we all know just how well experimentation can pay off in the bartending world.
Buy the Boston type, in which you hold together two parts that look like metal pint glasses. You can make all shaken drinks in these. Skip the cobbler-type with the built-in strainer and cap. It can’t do anything better than the Boston shaker, except look a little cooler.
At least a half-liter mixing glass is suitable. A decent glass will be thick enough that a metal bar spoon banging around inside won’t shatter it. Just make sure it has a pour spout so that when you serve the drink, you empty it all into a glass and not onto the rug.
Use rocks glasses when you want to muddle ingredients in the serving glass, and as a general rule for drinks served over ice balls or cubes. Aim for 6 to 10 ounces. If you think you need a double, it means you’re drinking two cocktails at a time. Ice melts too quickly for that and dilutes the drink beyond what recipes intend, so buy a single and make the second drink when number one is gone. Cocktails are meant to be enjoyed quickly, after all.
The Collins glass is so closely related to the Highball glass, which is slightly wider and squatter, that you only need one or the other. To have both is decidedly expert-level. Because drinks fit for a Collins or Highball glass are served with lots of ice, these should hold 10 to 12 ounces.
Occasionally you need to filter out certain ingredient debris that slips past an ordinary strainer, like fruit shards and egg. The fine mesh strainer is held over the serving glass, and the ingredients are poured through. You won’t use it often, but when you need to, it’ll be the only thing that works.
Coupes are historically 6 to 8 ounces, and are used for drinks served without ice. After straining the cocktail into the glass, the liquid should settle just below the rim. These can replace martini glasses, which spill far too easily to be worth buying for your home bar.
Sometimes used as a measurement for syrupy ingredients—e.g. “one bar spoon of pomegranate syrup”—its main purpose is to stir drinks; around 12.5 inches is the standard length for your standard-sized mixing glass. Too short and your sleeve cuffs will be taking alcohol baths. Too long and you’ll look like Pee-wee Herman mixing a cocktail.
The Hawthorne is your go-to tool for separating cocktails from extraneous ice and ingredient remnants as you pour from a mixing glass or shaker. It fits against the rim of both like a lid.
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