THE COCKTAIL SCENE – THE TOOLS
You don’t need expensive professional equipment to make cocktails, it’s nice if you have it, but it is not completely essential. Drinks need to be easy to recreate and even easier to enjoy. So to keep life simple, we have swapped our professional bartending equipment with some typical kitchen cupboard replacements for those of you wanting to experiment with cocktail-making at home!
There are at least three varieties of cocktail shakers: The Boston Shaker, The Cobbler Shaker and The French Shaker. A cocktail shaker is a device used to mix beverages by shaking. When ice is put in the shaker this allows for a quicker cooling of the drink before serving. Replace it with an airtight plastic container with a screw-top lid.
A jigger or measure is a tool used to measure liquor (usually 25-30ml shot). Replace it with an egg-cup.
A bar spoon is a long-handled spoon used for mixing and layering cocktails, as well as measuring sugars and syrups. It’s length ensures that it can reach the bottom of the tallest jug or tumbler to mix ingredients directly in the glass. Replace it with a long handled spoon or a chopstick for stirring and a teaspoon for measuring sugars and syrups.
A muddler is a tool used like a pestle to mash – or muddle – fruits, herbs and spices in the bottom of a glass to release flavour. Replace it with your standard pestle or you can use a hard wooden or acrylic rolling pin with a flat end.
A fine strainer is used to strain pieces of broken ice and fruit or herbs from a shaken cocktail. Replace it with a clean tea strainer.
Use a clean, non-fuzzy tea towel to hold the ice and crush it by hitting it with a rolling pin. This also makes for great stress therapy!