Whether you're planning on running a public or home bar, you'll need to have first-rate skills. Getting the correct liquors, ingredients, and mixes isn't enough. You'll need the correct bartending gear and materials to make amazing drinks quickly (and dazzle your visitors while you're at it).
You've probably noticed some of the glistening, oddly shaped things in a bar and wondered what they're for. We're here to clear things up.
In this article, we'll look at some of the essential bartending equipment for your establishment. You'll be rolling with the pros with these basic but essential bar tools!
1) Bar Mats
Bartenders can use bar mats to create drinks, which avoid spills and protect the bar's surface from wet glasses. These mats are made of thick, heavy rubber and are easy to pick up, and are simply cleaned in the dishwasher. They provide drainage for any spilled drinks and avoid creating a mess.
2) Service Mats
Bartenders place beverages on service mats for servers to bring to customers. They are similar to bar mats. Because the mats provide stability, spillage is decreased, and waste expenses are lowered.
3) Bar Spoon
A bar spoon is a long spoon used to stir cocktails. These are more elegant than straws and are useful to have on hand so bartenders aren't tempted to use their fingers. Bartenders can also pour liqueurs into a shooter glass slowly over the back of a spoon to create attractive layers of liqueurs.
A jigger is the small measurement equipment seen behind the bar that is used by bartenders. They're used to precisely measure the ingredients in a drink so that it stays balanced.
A jigger is highly advised while you're just getting started. Although free pouring can be precise and time-saving, there's a reason why most cocktail bars prefer to use jiggers. It's the most exact means of measuring liquid in a glass.
5) Cocktail Shakers
Cocktail shakers are cylindrical containers, usually made of metal, that are used to combine alcoholic beverages with ice. Here are the four different types of shakers:
The Boston Shaker is probably the most well-known cocktail shaker. So you'll be in good hands if you decide to buy a Boston shaker. The large shaker tin is normally made of stainless steel, while the pint-sized cup is usually made of glass.
This combo has a huge capacity, allowing you to make two cocktails at once. Cleaning both pieces is rather simple. This saves you time and effort, allowing you to concentrate on the actual mixing of your drinks. While shaking your drink, the glass cup also allows you to take a glimpse at it to see if it's properly mixed.
Another iconic shaker is the Cobbler. This sort of shaker comes with a strainer and the lid may be used as a jigger, making it a popular choice among aspiring amateur bartenders.
This shaker, commonly known as the French shaker, features two compartments: a metal bottom container and a metal lid. It has a very appealing style and is available in a variety of stylish colors. However, unlike the cobbler, it doesn't have a built-in strainer, necessitating the use of a separate strainer in your kitchen.
It's a perfect partner for mixing cocktails because of its basic yet effective design, high cooling capacity, and enormous volume. It has a similar shape and size to the Boston Shaker.
6) Bottle Opener
A bottle opener is one tool that every bar set should have. You won't need a bottle opener for beer on tap, but you will for any bottled beer or other capped beverages. Use wall-mounted openers, which are simple to use and won't get lost behind the bar.
7) Paring Knife and Cutting Board
Cocktails are about more than simply the booze. To peel and chop fresh fruit and herbs for garnishing and flavoring cocktails, you'll need a flexible paring knife and cutting board.
8) Cocktail Strainers
To collect any undesired particles like pulp or tiny ice bits, strainers are used to pour the liquids into the glass. It guarantees that the drink is always smooth. Strainers, like shakers, come in a variety of styles.
Strainers must be purchased separately because most cocktail shakers do not come with them.
Strainers come in a variety of shapes and sizes that you can choose from:
This is a common frequent strainer. It has a holed metal disc with a handle to keep it in place over the shaker. It is usually used in conjunction with the Boston shaker.
It's easy to confuse it with a slotted spoon. A julep has a shorter handle and a flat surface.
This strainer is one of the most effective on the market. It prevents a small amount of fruit and ice from entering the drink.
Muddlers are used by bartenders to crush items. They are a must to add to your bar accessories. There's nothing like making yourself a muddled drink after you've had a horrible day. It's even more satisfying when you can use it to shatter ice as well!
A muddler is used to crush fruit and sugar in cocktails that need muddling, such as a mojito or an old-fashioned. However, you can use them as an improvised ice crusher by putting cubed ice into the tin of your Boston shaker and crushing it!
You can't just serve your cocktails in any glass. Different types of glasses are used by real bartenders for different cocktails. Among them are the following:
11) Wine Key
A wine key is a three-in-one gadget that originated in Germany in the 1880s. It consists of a knife that is used to cut the foil of a wine bottle, a corkscrew that is used to extract the cork, and a bottle opener that is used to open the bottle. It is preferred among Sommeliers because it is simple to use, convenient, and effective.
12) Ice Tongs and Bucket
Ice is essential in drinks because it adds a refreshing element. To keep everything clean and safe, use an ice bucket with an ice scoop or tongs and transfer it to the glass or shaker. You won't regret adding this to your bar kit.
Invest in professional corkscrews that smoothly glide into the cork and remove it without cracking or hurting it. Choose one with a comfortable handle that is constructed of stainless steel. If you can't find a wine key, this can be a replacement.
14) Juice/Lemon Press
A good lemon press is extremely important. It makes extracting fresh juice from citrus fruits (lemons, limes, oranges, and so on) and other fruits a breeze. They're also simple to clean and inexpensive. Even the good ones.
A bartending business necessitates knowledge of how to use the proper tools and equipment. With practice and commitment, bartending will become second nature and a fun career.
We hope that by showing you all of these bar supplies and equipment, you've gained a better understanding of what you'll need if you decide to pursue professional bartending.
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