12 May

Basic Tools You Need to Buy For Making Cocktails at Home

If you are trying to learn how to make tasty cocktails at home and be as good as the pros, you should know that you don’t need many expensive tools to make the cocktails of your dreams. You just need some basic tools that make the preparation process much easier for you. Here’s an useful guide on different types of tools for making delicious cocktails at home.

Cocktail shaker

The cocktail shaker is one of the most popular tool when it comes to making a cocktail. The most common type of shaker is the Cobbler. Cobbler shakers are entirely made of metal, which makes them harder to clean, mainly because stains can appear almost immediately after using them. In addition, they are more difficult to open, compared to Boston shakers. Boston shakers come with a shaking tin and a mixing glass and they open very easily. Moreover, you can find one at a very affordable price. However, it’s advisable to get a strainer, to avoid chunks of fruit ending up in your glass. You can opt for an all-metal Boston shaker, if you are familiar with making cocktails at home. If you are a beginner, avoid an all-tin shaker because you can’t see what you’re doing and you may end up making more mistakes.


Now that you have learned using a shaker it’s time to move to the next step: pouring the cocktail into the glass. In order to avoid chunks of fruit or ice to reach up your glass, you need to strain well your drink. You can opt for a julep strainer that comes with an attached handle and a bowl-shaped cup. These types of strainers fit really well into a mixing glass. However, if you want to have more control, you can choose to use a Hawthorne strainer. A Hawthorne strainer features a flat disc with an attached coiled spring. The spring captures large pieces of solid ingredients, such as ice, mint leaves or fruit. Furthermore, the spring allows you to better control the amount of liquid that flows from the shaker into the glass.


The barspoon is an essential tool that should belong in the kitchen of any aspiring bartender or someone who enjoys making cocktails at home. The long neck of the barspoon allows you to do a better job at stirring the liquid into large and tall glasses. In addition, the cylindrical or twisted shape of the barspoon is designed to help you spin it freely without making a mess. You may think that using a regular teaspoon is sufficient, but soon you’ll notice the amount of mess you make while using it. Not to mention that it’s extremely difficult to properly stir your drink with a teaspoon in a tall cocktail glass. There are many types of barspoons that can be extremely useful while stirring a drink, such as coiled (twisted) spoons or spoons with spiral shafts.