Bartender Know-How: The Essential Glassware & Bar Tools

 I’m excited to finally present a comprehensive, collaborative guide to the essential bar tools and glassware any home mixologist should have. In partnership with Thirty3Club.

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1. Coupes and/or Martini glasses for drinks served up…

Screen Shot 2016-03-03 at 5.39.08 PMDistillerista tip: Use a coupe anywhere you’d use normally reach for a martini glass. Their curved lip is infinitely better at keeping the drink in your glass and not all over your new suede pumps. Love these from Anthro.

Screen Shot 2016-03-03 at 5.40.03 PMDistillerista Tip: Yes, the stem keeps your body heat from warming the drink but again, those new suede pumps. Alas, if you’re a fan of the classic conical shape then try a stemless version. Just be sure to hold it from the bottom to keep contents nice and cold!

 

2. High Ball glasses for tall drinks served over ice…

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Distillerista tip: These are my go-to cocktail tumblers. If you want a more traditional shape, these are also gorgeous.

 

3. Rocks glasses or tumblers for short drinks served with or without ice. Also called a DOF, or double old fashioned, glass…

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Distillerista tip: I’m a big fan of a heavy bottomed rocks glass. Maybe it’s just me but the substantial weight of the glass in my hand makes me feel like I’ve secretly infiltrated some swanky men’s club. Win-win!

 

4. A mixing glass & shaker tin (or a traditional 3-piece cocktail shaker) for creating cocktails that call for shaking…

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Distillerista tip: This is my favorite all-in-one bar tool kit including a great Boston shaker-style tin and mixing glass. P.S. Brush up on when to stir and when to shake.

 

5. A jigger for measuring spirits and other ingredients…

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Distillerista tip: I used to think I could eyeball everything but once I started using jigger, my cocktails were infinitely better. My favorite basic jigger, here.

 

6. A muddler & strainer

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Distillerista tip: When using a Boston Shaker you’ll need a Hawthorne strainer (shown above). When using just a mixing glass (for stirred drinks) I prefer to use a julep strainer. My favorite dishwasher-safe muddler.

 

7. Bar Spoon

Screen Shot 2016-03-03 at 5.41.50 PMDistillerista Tip: A bar spoon is a must for stirred cocktails like Manhattans and Martinis. Love this rose gold one.

 

I hope you enjoyed learning about the essential bar tools and glassware for mixing phenomenal, craft cocktail bar-worthy cocktails at home. A couple of other essentials I keep around: a sharp knife, small cutting board, vegetable/fruit peeler for making citrus peel garnishes and a handheld citrus squeezer. Please comment below with your favorite bar tools and glassware!

{This article originally appeared on Thirty3Club’s Cocktail Education Blog}

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