Cocktails can be seen as a bit of a black art! But it doesn’t have to be that way. We usually only entrust our cocktail making to a battle hardened cocktail barman with decades of experience and thus can only enjoy a good cocktail on that random night where you just happen to end up in the nicest bar in town.
But for people with responsibilities such as work and family this isn’t even usually a once a month treat anymore and it is a real shame to forgo the pleasure and fun of cocktails when you can just make and enjoy them at home!
For the most part cocktails are actually really simple to make at home as long as you have taken some preparation time to make sure you have all the correct implements and materials ready.
Cocktail Making Kit
Chopping board and knife
The Measuring Jigger is a conical shaped cup used for measuring the correct quantities of spirits and juices for your cocktails. The small end is sized as a 25ml standard shot for example adding the Cointreau or Vodka in a Cosmopolitan. THe larger end is a 50ml double shot which for example in a Cosmopolitan is used to measure the fresh cranberry juice out.
The Cocktail Shaker is used to blend all of the chosen ingredients as well as cool them to drinking temperature. This allows for an extremely cold cocktail but without having ice in the glass. The ingredients are added along with a few ice cubes and is shaked aggressively for around 20 seconds or until the shaker is extremely cold to the touch.
The Hawthorne Strainer is used once mixing is complete in the shaker. The top of the shaker is removed and the strainer is placed into the opening. As the cocktail is poured into the glass of choice the strainer will remove any ice chips or fruit pulp. It also holds the ice cubes inside the shaker. The Strainer has a special cut out for the finger and should be held in place with just one finger.
The Muddler is usually a blunt wooden shaft or is sometimes made of stainless steel. THey are used for when fruit must be pulped in the cocktail. The fruit is simply mashed with the blunt end of the Muddler.
A barspoon is essentially a muddler on one end and a teaspoon on the other. The spoon end is used for measuring small quantities of things such as juice such as the two teaspoons full of lime juice found in a cosmopolitan.
Chopping Board and Knife
These are used for adding touches of fresh fruit as ingredients or garnishes.
Glassware is a huge part of any cocktail and allows them to be instantly recognised. A huge part of cocktails is that they look inviting and exciting so having the correct glassware is a must.
The Martini Glass
If you must buy any cocktail glasses make sure it is a set of Martini glasses. These are quintessentially the persona of cocktails and you can quite literally serve anything in them and it will look good!
The cocktail glass is the predecessor to the Martini glass and is smaller and rounder. Ideal for drinks such as the pornstar Martini.
The standard tall glass for those lazy summer afternoon cocktails.
Screw Top Mason Jar
These speciality mugs are ideal for summer Mojitos or any other citrusy cocktail.
With this basic set up you are ready to go and can produce any cocktail under the sun. Or it may be easier to just order one of our Cocktail Kits and let us do the hard work for you!