Truth be told, any proper home bar requires a series of tools to craft the perfect cocktail. The classics include the Hawthorne strainer, the long stirring spoon, the cocktail shaker, the jigger, the muddler and the bar key. To this list, we’ve added a few additions that are must-haves in our book: a microplane for grating fresh nutmeg and cinnamon, a citrus reamer for freshly squeezed juice in a pinch, a peeler for peels and garnishes and 2″ square ice-cube tray, well just because the cubes look cool (and take a slower time to melt).
Zest | Strain | Stir | Shake | Measure | Open | Peel| Ream | Muddle | Chill
If you want to get a little more crafty with your cocktails, we suggest adding a fine strainer for straining pulp, a hand citrus juicer (and a heavy duty one) if you plan on making lots of greyhounds (or Dalmatians), a blender for those frozen concoctions you love, a duel-purpose Boston Shaker and a Japanese Yarai mixing glass well because you’re ready to take your mixology to the next level.
Strain | Juice | Juicer | Yarai Mix | Blend | Boston Mix
If there’s anything you think we’re missing, please drop us a line…
We haven’t forgotten. With the Kentucky Derby and Cinco de Mayo falling on the same day this weekend, we’re celebrating with a special cocktail hour edition.
First featured on Grub Street last spring, two NYC restaurants Toloache and Raines Law Room are serving up some cocktails that pack some serious heat. This weekend, skip the margarita’s and celebrate with these cinco de mayo inspied cocktails. Enjoy!
(photo: Danny Kim)
De la Calle, Toloache
In a shaker, combine 2 oz. each 1921 tequila blanco and cucumber purée (seed and dice cucumber, blend until smooth), 1 oz. each lime juice and light agave nectar, and 1/2 bar spoon of finely chopped jalapeños. Shake with ice, strain over rocks into a chilled Tajin-rimmed rocks glass. Garnish with a cucumber slice.
(photo: Danny Kim)
Mexican Firing Squad, Raines Law Room
In a shaker, combine 2 dashes Angostura bitters, 3/4 oz. each fresh lime juice and grenadine, and 2 oz. blanco tequila. Shake with ice and strain into an ice-filled collins glass. Top with soda and garnish with a lime wedge.
James Bond certainly had it right, the classic vodka martini should be shaken, not stirred. If you’ve ever had a vodka cocktail on a warm summer day, you’ll understand that cold is key. (In case you’re wondering, a gin martini is stirred in order to preserve the delicate flavors of the gin.)
To that end, we believe that no home bar in complete without at least one fantastic cocktail shaker. Always glass, stainless steel or silver plate and vintage if possible. Here are just a few of our favorites…
Shake Rattle & Roll Shaker, Izola | | Bauhaus Cocktail Shaker | Match Cocktail Shaker | Side Spout Cocktail Shaker | vintage cocktail shaker | Skyscraper cocktail shaker | vintage cocktail shaker, ebay
Stayed tuned for next week’s bar essential post, when we’ll start stocking the bar with our favorite spirits.
Time for cocktails? We’re delighted to see that the home bar, once relegated to back cabinets and shelves has gotten new life recently in the form of bar carts and drink trolleys. We feel strongly that liquor bottles with fantastic packaging, fun vintage glasses and 60s barware should always be out on display.
via That Bow | Emily Henderson
Bar carts are an essential building block to any great home bar. Here’s one of ours, an industrial typewriter table dressed up for a party…
(Photo: Daniel Krieger, Styling: Emily Butler)
They’re small and portable and come in so many shapes and textures. Why not roll them from room to room?
via Glitter Guide | via Shelter
Since we’ve gotten so many requests for bar carts recently, we thought we’d share a few of our favorites…
1. Vintage Goat Skin Drop Leaf 2. Vintage 1970s Lucite and Brass Cart 3. Vintage 1950s Danish Cart Bar 4. Libson Vintage Brass and Glass Table 5. Vintage Art Deco Bar Cart 6. Polished Nickel Bar Cart
Look for more bar cart ideas on our cocktail hour board on Pinterest. Stayed tuned for next week, when we’ll start layering our bar carts with trays…