If you have followed our advice, you have the right bottles. Now you need the right equipment.
We asked six bartenders and Mixology experts to weigh their best recommendations. From the best citrus press to a strong, robust peeler, these tools are also perfect for reliable Christmas gifts – perfect for someone who wants to make the best cocktail.
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The Quick Juicer
Always mix with fresh juice, not in a carton. However, it is frustrating to squeeze and select seeds by hand. Jillian Vose, co-author of The Dead Rabbit Mixology & Mayhem (now released), recommends the Oxo Good Grips Citrus Juicer for super-fast pulverization.
Smart bartenders rely on a 40 cm Hoffman bar spoon to create perfect cocktails, says Andrew Nichols, bar manager at the new Elk Room in Baltimore. The length is suitable even for the largest highball glasses, and the flat head can swiftly swivel around solid ingredients. You mock, but the better you stir your drinks, the better they taste. The spoon can also serve as a sieve and prevents loose ice from falling into your serving glass when poured.
The Old, Reliable Jigger
Pouring spirits out of a stubby jigger – or even worse, a shot glass – can cause chaos. Instead, use a Japanese-style jigger to accurately measure and transmit drinks, says Jeff Bell, bartender at N.Y. C.'s Please Don't Tell. This tapered option, similar to a champagne flute, makes it easier to take along the interior.
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The Power Peeler
A great drink smells as unbelievable as it tastes. Increase flavors with a simple trick: Rotate a citrus peel over a glass – and not drop it into a glass, says Alex Holder, Assistant Beverage Director at McGuire Moorman. The oils settle on the rim and on the surface of the drink, creating a scent of tropical notes. The Oxo Good Grips Pro Y Peeler cuts a wide, wide strip. The bigger the shell, the more oil you can express.
The Robust Sieve
Buswell's four-shaft Hawthorne strainer clings to each mixing bin and the spring nappy combs particles efficiently, says Aaron Paul, beverage director at Alta Group. Because nobody likes to chew his gin fizz.
The Prestige Mixing Glass
For each mixing drink you want to combine the ingredients gently. Larger ships, such as a Yarai mixing glass, work best, says John McCarthy, co-author of Be Your Own Bartender (out now) . The sturdy glass has a squat profile and a heavy base that anchors it to your surface.
The Three Best Bar Snacks
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