Recently, dinner parties at home has become commonplace. These days, more and more people are fighting to cook up a storm in hopes of showcasing their culinary skills. But what’s a dinner party without alcohol? While wines, limited edition whiskies, and craft beers are sure to impress, why not up the ante by mixing your own cocktails? That, my friends, will definitely be a party to remember!
Here are CHUG’s top THREE bar tools for a successful home bar:
- THE JIGGER
The jigger ensures precision in the cocktails that you serve up at your party. The jigger is an hourglass measuring tool that usually measures 1.5 ounces (approx. 44 ml) on one side – also known as a jigger shot; and 1 ounce (approx. 30ml) on the other side – also known as a pony shot. However, jiggers nowadays come in various measurements, grips and forms and you can find the one that best suits you depending on your needs.
2. THE SHAKER
The shaker ensures that the drinks are well-combined and that the drink is at the right temperature just before serving. To make a home cocktail, combine all the ingredients in your shaker and add ice cubes to your shaker. Shake for about 8-10 seconds before serving. We notice that cocktails shaken for longer than 10 seconds dilute the drink’s consistency.
3. THE STRAINER
The strainer – the bar tool that often goes unnoticed, yet so integral to making a good drink. The strainer ensures that your drink isn’t muddled with ice, fruit or other remnants of ingredients that may bring discomfort to your guests when consuming their cocktails. After shaking your cocktail, pour the liquid through a strainer into your serving glass. You may want to strain your cocktail more than once if you notice that there are still a lot of remaining ingredients clouding the drink. The last thing you’d want is that stray herb dangling from between your guest’s teeth! There are so many types of strainers available in the market these days, and all it takes is a Google search to find the right one for yourself!
We would like to mention that this article was written based on Prathip’s (The Single Cask) recommendations and that the information presented is rewritten based on research from various sources from the Internet.