Eseential Bar Equipment

Eseential Bar Equipment



Eseential Bar Equipment
You really do not have to​ be a​ professional bartender to​ be able to​ mix original drinks, providing you use the​ appropriate tools for​ the​ job .​
You will certainly find some of​ the​ utensils listed below already in​ your home, and​ you can always improvise with everyday kitchen gadgets .​
If, however, you go shopping to​ stock up on bar equipment, the​ important feature to​ remember is​ that the​ utensils should be easy to​ clean, which is​ why stainless-steel items and​ glass are particularly suitable.
A cocktail shaker is​ an​ absolute must for​ your home bar .​
It is​ primarily used to​ mix drinks with ingredients that are difficult to​ combine smoothly, such as​ egg yolks, liqueurs, fruit juices, and​ cream .​
Any good bar-supply store will stock a​ variety of​ shakers and​ you are certain to​ find one to​ fit your budget and​ needs .​
One standard version is​ a​ three-part shaker, which consists of​ a​ beaker, a​ lid, and​ a​ built-in strainer, to​ hold back pieces of​ ice and​ fruit pits or​ seeds when pouring the​ cocktail .​
Its disadvantage is​ that the​ strainer is​ very difficult to​ clean and​ the​ liquid pours out slowly .​
The two-part Boston shaker consists of​ a​ large stainless-steel beaker and​ a​ smaller one made of​ lead crystal, which fits inside and​ has the​ advantage that the​ glass beaker is​ also suitable for​ use as​ a​ mixing glass .​
I find professionals usually favor a​ two-part stainless-steel or​ silver shaker because it​ is​ easier to​ close than the​ Boston shaker .​
When you use a​ two-part shaker or​ a​ mixing glass, you will need a​ round, stainless-steel bar strainer .​
This features an​ edge like a​ coiled spring, and​ it​ should fit exactly into the​ top of​ the​ shaker or​ mixing glass, making it​ indispensable when straining cocktails so ice and​ pieces of​ fruit or​ pits do not fall into the​ glass .​
If necessary, you can use a​ new tea strainer instead.
You will also need a​ mixing glass, sometimes called a​ shaker glass, for​ every drink which is​ stirred, not shaken, such as​ clear drinks and​ those made from easily blended ingredients .​
When shopping for​ a​ mixing glass, look for​ one with a​ capacity of​ about 1 quart (enough for​ 3 or​ 4 drinks) .​
a​ long-handled bar spoon is​ a​ versatile tool used by bartenders to​ stir the​ ingredients in​ the​ mixing glass, as​ a​ measuring spoon to​ add the​ correct amount of​ ingredients to​ many cocktails, and​ to​ crush flavoring ingredients .​
Most bar-spoon handles are 10 inches long and​ made of​ stainless steel or​ silver .​
At the​ top of​ the​ handle there is​ usually a​ disc called a​ muddler used to​ muddle, or​ crush, pieces of​ I​ (mil, herbs, or​ sugar cubes .​
The spoon on the​ opposite end holds 1/6 ounces of​ liquid, or​ the​ same amount as​ a​ standard kitchen teaspoon .​
The rounded back of​ the​ spoon is​ also useful for​ slowly pouring layers of​ liqueurs into a​ glass when you do not want the​ layers to​ mix .​
a​ bar whisk is​ also useful for​ whisking and​ mixing.
A truly indispensable item for​ your bar is​ a​ double-ended bar measure, because exact quantities of​ ingredients are needed for​ making a​ drink .​
Also called a​ pony-jigger measure, these are usually made of​ stainless steel with a​ 1-ounce cup at​ one end, called a​ pony and​ a​ 1+1/2- to​ 2-ounce measure at​ the​ other end, called a​ jigger .​
When you go shopping, look for​ a​ measure with easy-to-read 1/4-ounce and​ 1/2 mince markings inside the​ jigger end .​
Alternatively, you can use a​ standard shot glass with markings on it .​
If you do not have either measure, use a​ standard set of​ kitchen measuring spoons—3 teaspoons, or​ 1 tablespoon, equal 1/2 ounce, 4 teaspoons equal 3/4 ounce and​ 2 tablespoons equal 1 ounce.




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