One of the things I would like to have in my next house is a home bar area for keeping wine and entertaining guests with mixed drinks. After I got a copy of The Essential Bar Book, I decided to do some research and put together this list of home bar essentials.
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I love entertaining! Having friends over and cooking for them is one of my favorite things to do. It’s nice to open up a bottle of wine to enjoy with dinner, but how about impressing your friends by making cocktails, martinis or margaritas?
This list is just a few of the basic tools you need to get you started making mixed drinks at home. I consulted The Essential Bar Book to find the definitions and uses of each tool.
The Essential Bar Book: If you are new to making your own mixed drinks like I am, a book like this is a must! This book half dictionary, half recipe book. It gives definitions for different type of drinks, tools, ingredients and more. It also has 115 recipes to help you create many classic drinks. It even tells you the correct type of glass to serve each drink in!
Cocktail Shaker: used to shake together the ingredients for one of the recipes from the book, Sherry Flip. This classic eggnog recipe would be perfect for the holidays!
Strainer: used to strain a chilled cocktail into a glass.
Double Jigger: used to measure small quantities of liquids.
Bar Spoon: a long, thin-handled spoon used for stirring, mixing and layering drinks.
Muddler: usually a long-handled rod with a blunt end, used to muddle cocktail and mojito ingredients.
Paring Knife: useful for making garnishes by peeling or slicing fruit.
Do you have a home bar? What are some of your must-have tools?
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