Essential Cocktail Equipment

Essential Cocktail Equipment

Creating the perfect cocktail is an art, and like any artist, a mixologist needs the right tools. Whether you're a seasoned pro or just starting out, having the proper cocktail equipment can make all the difference. From shakers to strainers, each piece plays a crucial role in crafting that impeccable drink. Here's a rundown of the most popular cocktail equipment you should consider for your home bar.

1. Cocktail Shaker

The cocktail shaker is arguably the most iconic tool in a bartender's arsenal. There are two main types: the Boston shaker and the Cobbler shaker. The Boston shaker consists of two parts - a metal tin and a mixing glass - and is favoured by professionals for its versatility and capacity. The Cobbler shaker, which includes a built-in strainer and a cap, is perfect for beginners due to its simplicity and ease of use.

2. Jigger

A jigger is essential for measuring spirits accurately. It typically has two sides, one for a full measure and one for a half measure, ensuring precision and consistency in your cocktails. Common sizes are 30ml and 15ml, making it easy to follow recipes and avoid over-pouring.

3. Bar Spoon

A bar spoon is longer than a regular spoon and is used for stirring cocktails, layering drinks, and even muddling ingredients. Its twisted handle allows for better control and ease when mixing ingredients smoothly.

4. Muddler

Muddling releases the flavours and aromas of ingredients like herbs, fruits, and spices. A good muddler is a must-have for cocktails like the Mojito or Old Fashioned. Look for one that's comfortable to hold and has a textured end for effective muddling.

5. Strainer

Strainers are used to remove ice and other solid ingredients from the final pour. There are two main types: the Hawthorne strainer, which has a spring to catch ice, and the Mesh strainer, which resembles a large perforated spoon. Both are essential for ensuring a smooth, ice-free drink.

6. Mixing Glass

A mixing glass is used for stirring cocktails that don’t require shaking. It's perfect for drinks like the Martini or Manhattan, allowing for a gentle mix that retains the clarity and texture of the spirits.

7. Citrus Juicer

Freshly squeezed juice can elevate a cocktail like nothing else. A good citrus juicer is a worthwhile investment for any home bar, ensuring you can easily extract juice from lemons, limes, and oranges without any hassle.

D-Still’s Gold Coast Retail Store

For those looking to elevate their cocktail game, a visit to D-Still’s retail store on the Gold Coast is a must. Open to the public, our store is a haven for cocktail enthusiasts. Here, you can explore our extensive range of barware products, from the basics to the more specialised tools. Whether you have questions about the best equipment for your needs or you’re seeking inspiration for your next cocktail party, our knowledgeable staffs are on hand to assist. There’s nothing quite like seeing and feeling the quality of our products in person, and our Gold Coast store provides the perfect opportunity to do just that.

Having the right cocktail equipment is essential for creating great drinks at home. With the proper tools, you can impress your guests and enjoy the process of making cocktails. And remember, if you need any guidance or want to browse a fantastic selection of barware, D-Still's retail store on the Gold Coast is the place to go. Cheers!