3 Basic Tools For Mixing Your Drinks At Home Or Work

By on January 27, 2016 in Drinking with 0 Comments

It doesn’t matter if your bar tending at home entertaining friends or if you do it for a living. To be successful at it, you need a couple of basic things, good people skills, decent knowledge about alcohol and the drink you are making, and the proper equipment.

Breaking out the Basic Tools

Every craftsman needs the right tools for their craft. To rock at making drinks you need the basic bar tools to mix, serve, and store your drinks. It doesn’t matter if you doing it at home, or your working at your local , the 3 basic tools for mixing drinks are Wine Opener, Cocktail shaker, strainer. Lets take a closer look at them :

Wine opener

Waiter’s Friend

The best wine opener is a waiter’s wine opener. It has a sharp blade, a corkscrew (also known as a worm), and a bottle opener. Most decent liquor stores and bar supply houses, should have these in stock.


Another nifty wine opener is called a Rabbit It’s ergonomic and automatically lets go of the cork.

Cocktail shaker

Boston Shaker

The Boston shaker is the one that most professional bartenders use. It consists of a mixing glass and a stainless steel core that overlaps the glass.

Standard Shaker

The Standard shakerusually consists of two or more stainless steel or glass parts and can be found in department stores or antique stores. Many of these shakers come in different shapes and designs.


A couple of different types of strainers are available, but the most popular is the Hawthorn. The Hawthorn is a flat, spoon-shaped utensil with a spring coil around its head. You can use it on top of a steel shaker or a bar glass to strain cocktails.

These are the basic tools that every serious bar should have, there are plenty more bar tools that you can add to your bar over time. You can always add bottle of spirits as well, maybe a decent cocktail book as well. You can always check out our cocktail recipes here for ides for your next cocktail party.

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