Our guide to Barware covers all the essentials for any mixologist to use in any bar. Study these to learn what tools you’ll need for mixing great drinks at home.
Barspoon: Barspoons and teaspoons are primarily used for the mixing of cocktail ingredients and measurements. Most barspoons have a twisted handle. For more information about measurement, click here.
Blender: Blenders have multiple uses: not only for making cocktails, but also cooking or crashing ice cubes. In a bar, they’re used to make mixed drinks like coladas, frappe’s and frozen beverages. They are made in a variety of styles and sizes.
Boston Shaker: The Boston Shaker has two parts: one is a stainless steel cup and the other is a mixing glass. Boston shakers and regular cocktail shakers are the classics that are usually used in bars. Shakers are used to make drinks like sours, Manhattans, martinis and other drinks not requiring the extreme mixing of a blender.
Can/Bottle Opener: When opening bottled beers and juices, a can opener becomes very handy.
Champagne Stopper: Champagne stoppers are special types as they keep the pressure of the natural effervescence of the wine in the bottle and keep the champagne from going ‘flat’. Other stoppers do not secure around the bottle’s lip and would not work with champagne.
Citrus Reamer/Juicer: The citrus reamer or juicer helps create fresh cocktails with fresh citrus fruit juice. There are many kinds of citrus reamers in the market.
Corkscrew: Corkscrews are used to open a wine bottle. There are many types to choose from in all price ranges.
Ice Bucket and Tongs: An ice bucket is useful if you don’t have a large kitchen where you can store the ice. Use tongs to pick ice cubes from a bucket. If you use a very large ice bucket, never dip glasses directly into the ice to fill. Use tongs or a small ice shovel.
Jigger: The jigger is one of the standard bar measurement tools. For more information, go to our Bar Measurements page.
Knife: A knife is one of the essential tools in a bar because large numbers of cocktails are served with fruits as garnish. When you use a blender to make a drink, you may also need knife to cut ingredients before putting them into a blender.
Liquid Measuring Cup: Liquid Measuring cups are usually a glass cup with measurements imprinted on the side. For more information about bar measurements, go to our Bar Measurements page.
Tablespoon: A tablespoon is used to measure ingredients. Epicurus.com uses a tablespoon (part of a measuring spoons set) for small amounts of liquid or powdered ingredients in cocktail recipes. For more information about measurements, visit our Bar Measurements page.
Mixing Glass: A Mixing glass is useful for stirring cocktails that are served with ice. The glass part of a Boston Shaker could do the same task for stirring cocktails with ice.
Muddler/Mortar: Some cocktails requires grinding ingredients by using a Muddler. Use this to crush fruit in a glass.
Pitcher, Glass: To hold fruit juice, beer, and liquors, a glass pitcher is one of the ways to serve more than one person at the same table. Often used at events for “set-ups” or in restaurants for “family service” of beverages.
Shaker: One of the most important pieces of bar equipment. Today’s market provides many types of shakers from classic style to modern style. The most important part of a shaker is the body part (tumbler) where you store the cocktail ingredients. You don’t want to buy small shaker when you have a big family or entertain clients in groups. Epicurus.com recommends classic metal shakers or so-called Boston Shaker because it helps chilling faster. Most classic types of shakers have three parts: tumbler, snug fitting lid and a cap on the top.
Strainer: A strainer fits in the shaker or mixing glass to help straining only the liquid and to keep chunks of ice from diluting drinks.