Bar Tools 101

Bar Tools 101A bar stocked with premium liquor also needs bartending tools. Christine Edwards, a bartender at The Keg Steakhouse and Bar, says they don’t need to be expensive since many kitchen items can do double duty. For example, Christine crushes ice cubes in a kitchen towel against the counter instead of using an ice crush- er. She says it’s “a great ice-breaker at a party.”

Here are Manthropology’s top five bar basics.

1. Cocktail shaker. A cocktail shaker is the most practical drink mixer. Stainless steel shakers help chill drinks quickly. Christine prefers the Boston  the stainless steel shaker.

2. Jigger. A jigger is used to measure alcohol– it looks like a large shot glass with a range of printed measurements.

3. Corkscrew. Buying a corkscrew with a bottle opener attached is the most convenient option.

4. Muddler. The muddler smushes and/or slightly crushes ingredients togeth- er. This tool is used to mix non-liquid ingredients like spices, fruit or herbs.

5. Juicer. Use a manual juicer to strain out seeds and juice large quantities with ease. Stainless steel juicers are easy to clean.

– Olivia Schneider