Every trade has its tools. However naturally good you are at your job, you can’t do your best work without the right items. Like other professionals, mixologists use an arsenal of equipment to conduct their craft with the requisite expertise. For maximum performance, the following implements are all invaluable.
Every Bartender Needs a Top-Notch Blender
In the bar business, your trusty blender can be a most dependable friend. Mechanical blending is the best method of crushing and mixing ingredients for classic frozen cocktails, including daiquiris and margaritas. Combined with the popular trend for alcoholic smoothies and shakes, this makes blending machines indispensable. Bear in mind, a home countertop model won’t work to serve such a large number of customers. You’ll need a professional industrial unit, particularly for pre-preparing batches of complex cocktails.
Shakers Are Number One
All appliances have their place, but none are more important than your cocktail shaker. The cocktail shaker is the king of bar tools. Depending on the shaker’s design, you can crush ice, mix ingredients and pour the finished product all from the same container. More than just a shaker, you’ll want a full cocktail kit, complete with separate strainer, grater and jigger for measuring. Don’t neglect your stirred cocktail game either. Invest in a set of bar spoons and stand-alone mixing glass.
Get Good Glassware
A proper mixed drink is more than what is served (the recipe), but also how it’s served (your technique) and what it’s served in. The interactions between different spirits and serving vessels is a science. To understand them is an art. Based on shape, size and materials, various barware is designed to enhance certain properties of the beverages in which it’s served. A superior stock of cocktail glasses is essential for making mixed drinks taste just right.
As in any line of work, you can only be as good as the tools you have. It’s vital to possess everything necessary to show off your skills.