7 Starter Bartending Tools for the Budget-Minded

In Gadgets & Tech, Stories by Greg MaysLeave a Comment

Bartender tools at the clubBy Greg Mays, Burn! Cocktail Editor

While there are dozens of bar tools available from liquor stores to housewares, there are really only 7 tools that you need to get your home bar started, and most of them are very inexpensive, or at least have lower-priced alternatives. Here is a list of recommendations.

1. Measuring cup. Measuring your liquids for cocktails is essential for making balanced drinks. While I have jiggers and other fancy measuring tools, I use these 4 oz measuring glasses all the time. They’re dishwasher safe and I’ve had them for years.

2. Mixing glass. Some cocktails should be shaken and some should be stirred. For stirred drinks, a standard pint glass will be fine, though something with a wider base is better in the long run. A Yarai Mixing Glass is elegant and professional, but they’re also $40. If you saw my presentation at this year’s Fiery Foods Show, I told you I bought six 600ml beakers for $30 that I use to stir my cocktails.

3. Strainer. You really can’t stir drinks (see #2 above) without a strainer to pour the finished product through. The best strainers I’ve found are usually the cheapest. I bought this one for about $4.

Processed with VSCOcam with 8 preset4. Shaker. While most professional bartenders use a Boston Shaker, I’ve found a 3-piece shaker (also called a cobbler) like this one has worked best for me at home. These will run you $10-20.

5. Knife. You’ll be cutting lots of citrus to pour into your cocktails, so make sure you have a knife to do it with. I have 5 or 6 Kuhn Rikon paring knives ($10 each), and I use them until they wear out.

6. Squeezer. This may be the most expensive on the list, because you need a juice squeezer that’ll last you. I realize that you can just use your hand to squeeze the citrus for your cocktails, but you’ll get way more juice if you use a squeezer like this, which is about $25.

7. Glassware. Using the proper glassware for your cocktail is essential. Save plastic, paper, or other vessels for the frat house. Now that you’re making great cocktails, use the proper glasses. I buy most of my glassware at goodwill for $0.25-$1 per glass.

Greg Mays is the Managing Editor of www.simple-cocktails.com.

The following two tabs change content below.
Cocktail Editor | Greg is the classic cocktail aficionado and recipe developer at Simple Cocktails, his “place for the intimidated home bartender to shed some fear.”

Latest posts by Greg Mays (see all)

Leave a Comment