When you’re starting as a bartender, buying the proper tools and equipment is essential for mastering your craft. Getting each item you need separately isn’t a financially smart move because prices can vary depending on the seller.
That’s why getting a bartending set can save you some time and cash. This will help prepare you for cocktail making, flair bartending, and other skills you need to learn as a mixologist. It usually consisted of a shaker, jigger, strainer, stirrer, and other cocktail tools.
Included Tools in a Bartending Set
Shaker. This tool is used to mix and cool drinks. It can be a two-piece or three-piece tool, depending on the shaker. The types of shakers are Boston, Cobbler, and French. The easiest to use is the Boston shaker, and the most difficult is the Cobbler Shaker.
Jiggers. Originally, shot glasses were used to measure drinks when making cocktails. The design was later modified to have two differently measured cups for better use. They also changed glass into metal to minimize the number of accidents. Each measurement is categorized as single, double, pony and rocks.
Strainer. After mixing and shaking all the ingredients, the bartender needs to strain them into a glass to make them more presentable to the customer. You can find two types of cocktail strainers in a set: The Hawthorne and Julep strainer.
Stirrer. Shaking drinks is one way to mix and make cocktails, but some recipes require a gentler approach. Stirrers are used for such an occasion. Their handle is long and spiraled, making it easier for bartenders to grip and stir. The spoon can also be used for measuring or pouring different colored alcohol for a gradient effect.
Muddler. This is used to extract the flavor from fruit, vegetables, or herbs. Unlike the blender, you don’t need to add solid mash into the drink. All you need is the extracted flavor, and you’re good to go.
Ice Tongs. Handling ice with your bare hands is unsanitary, which is why most bartending sets come with ice tongs. They’re usually made of plastic or stainless steel and can rest comfortably on the ice bucket or near your cocktail station.