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Essential Bartender tools

There are countless bartending tools, But there are certain tools that every bartender must have. Here is my version of things …

Cocktail Shaker

Cocktail Shaker

Shakers come in two varieties: Boston and three-piece. The Boston has two pieces, a mixing glass and a can, while the three-piece consists of a can, strainer, and lid

Julep Stariner

Julep Strainer

A julep strainer is perforated, made of stainless steel and in the shape of an over-sized soup spoon with holes. It is placed at an angle inside a mixing glass or bar tin while straining cocktails into the glass.



Nothing looks less appealing—or less hygienic—than handling ice with your hands. Consider investing in a stainless steel tong and ice container set, which is easy to clean and will prevent your ice from melting.

Bottle Opener

Bottle opener

Probaby, this is most essential bar too. There’s no bar without the bottle opener . It’s handy tool for opening various bottles you may be opening in the bar such as beers and sodas and they can be compact, even fitting on a keychain, built into another tool or you can simply install one permanently into the wall or cabinet.

Cocktail Blender


This is essential for creating drinks made with crushed ice and fresh fruit, such as margaritas



Straws are a must-have for any beginning bartender. They allow you to test the taste and strength of your concoctions without sharing your germs. Here’s how: Place a straw in your creation, place a finger over the top to stop the airflow, then remove the straw from the drink. Taste the liquid in the straw to determine if the drink is balanced and properly sweetened.

Double Jigger

Double Jigger

Measuring your ingredeints precisely, is one most important secret to good bartending . Double jigger is your most essential tool. One side holds one ounce, the other two ounces.

The Hawthorne Strainer

For drinks that are shaken or stirred with ice and served neat or over new ice, a strainer is needed to separate not only the ice, but any fruits, herbs or other solid ingredients from the liquid. A strainer is necessary if you are using a Boston shaker because there is not one built in and this Hawthorne strainer is the most common style.

Bar Spoon


This multipurpose tool has a long handle and a flat end. It can be used for measuring smaller quantities of liquor, stirring mixed drinks, and “muddling,” the process of flavoring a drink by crushing ingredients such as fruit and flavorings in the bottom of a glass.

Cork Screw


There are many different styles of corkscrews to choose from, the most popular being the Winged and Waiter’s corkscrews.Most liquor bottles don’t need a special bottle opener or cork screw but there’s nothing worse than a guest showing up with a bottle or Merlot and you don’t have a way to open it. Besides, you may want to mix some wine cocktails. I like to keep at least two around because it seems like they are one of the first tools to be misplaced.



Graters are useful for grating items like nutmeg or chocolate onto the top of cocktails or for fine lemon zests. Choose a small, handheld one that has a fine-toothed, sharp grating surface and a sturdy handle.

Ice Bucket

Ice Bucket

As Ice is to bar drink, so is the ice buckets. There are electric ice crushers avaible too, but for small bars you can get an insulated ice crushing bag, sometimes called a Lewis bag and whack it with your muddler to the consistency you desire.

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