Sure, great spirits and fresh citrus are essential when crafting an excellent cocktail. But don’t discredit bar tools as a crucial part of the cocktail equation. A good shaker, bar spoon, jigger and strainer will make stirring and shaking up a cocktail a breeze.
Though it might seem more convenient to buy all-inclusive bar-tool sets, the majority tend to be cheaply made or designed more for their looks than for functionality. You’ll get better value and quality for your money by buying individual tools, because no manufacturer makes the best in every category. This guide provides recommendations for anyone who wants to outfit a stylish and functional bar at home, with options for every skill level.