Appolab Cocktail Shaker Bar Set, 13-Piece
Last updated date: January 11, 2020
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Q The boston cocktail shaker set can make any drink including mojitos, martinis and other mixed drinks. Here's what you get - Cocktail / Martini Shaker in 800ml&600ml stainless steel - Double size 1 and 2 oz. jigger - Cocktail filter - Muddler - Ice tongs - Mixing spoon in stainless steel - Liquor Pourers - Bottle Stoppers w r t Boston Shaker The 2-piece Boston Shaker is perhaps the most famous and eye-catching of all bartender tools in the world, offering: solid stainless steel tin - 800ml &600ml; what helping to make many cocktails in one sentence! Take the 600ml tin and put it slightly diagonally over the 800ml metal cup. Use the palm of your hand to hit the inverted bottom of the 600ml tin to seal it tight. Bar Spoon Stirred, not shaken! Simple and functional. The cocktail spoon has: a long handle - 26cm (for easy stirring, even when using tall glasses); a disc-shaped end (for creating layered cocktails or crushing ingredients); a twisted / spiral design (for firm hold and to distribute liqueurs & syrups areally). Muddler An indispensable tool for lovers of fruit cocktails or enthusiastic caipirinha and mojito fans. The cocktail pestle is made of stainless steel. It is stable (perfect for crushing fruits, brown sugar and ice chips). It will not take on strange smells (unlike other lacquered wooden cocktail sticks). He has a serrated, diamond-shaped end part. It can be easily cleaned (dishwasher safe). a s d Ice Tongs Ice cubes are an indispensable ingredient for almost all cocktail recipes. Get clean ice! Your fingers and your guests will thank you! The ice tongs: has serrated "teeth" on the handle for a firm grip; is very light (23g); is good for a little show! Measuring Jigger The double-sided measuring cup: 1oz/2oz(30/60ml) Carefully adjust the alcohol content of a tasty drink to create aromatic mixes and prevent the first sip from causing a coughing fit! You will now being pouring the exact amount and not wasting your liquor. Strainer Nobody wants to have a lumpy cocktail! The Strainer has: a compact, ergonomic design; 2 stabilizing hooks; a high density spring; fits perfectly over the spout and into the inside of the metal cup. Prevents ice cubes, fruits & herbs from getting into your immaculate cocktail. z
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An Overview On Bar Sets
When friends are on the way to your place, anyone can stock the fridge with a few beers and wine bottles. What truly elevates a get-together into a party are cocktails. Mixing drinks shows that you care about your guests, and even when you’re not entertaining, it’s always nice to have the option to make yourself a nice martini or mai tai to cap off a long work week.
Of course, it takes more than just the booze. A good set of bartending tools makes the whole process of mixing a drink into a ritual to look forward to.
If you’ve never owned a home bar set, don’t be intimidated. You likely won’t need the entire arsenal of gadgets you see behind the bar at a fancy cocktail lounge, but there are a few essentials that every good home bartender should own.
First and foremost, there’s the shaker. Shaking drinks is the flashiest, most physical part of any cocktail preparation — and also the messiest if you don’t know what you’re doing. Amateurs might want to stick with a cobbler shaker, which is a drink container covered with a tight-fitting lid. The lid usually incorporates a cap with a strainer, so you can easily filter ice and other solids out as your pour.
The version you’ll see most commercial bartenders using is the Boston shaker, which is essentially two cups (usually metal), one smaller than the other. Making a watertight shaker out of the two — and pulling them apart to strain the drink — takes a bit of practice, but nothing says “I know my cocktails” more surely than doing it right.
Another must-have implement is a good jigger. That’s the tiny, double-ended cup bartenders use to portion out their liquor, and they come in two standard measurements: One ounce on one side, 1/2-ounce on the other; or 1 1/2 ounces on one side and 3/4-ounce on the other. Let the usual serving size of your drinks dictate the type you want to use.
Even if your shaker incorporates a built-in strainer, you’ll usually want a full-size strainer — especially if you plan on mixing drinks with a lot of fresh fruit, mint or other solid ingredients. The most common and effective type is the Hawthorne strainer, a perforated disk that’s fitted with a metal spring. It should fit snugly onto the shaker cup and makes light work out of filtering those tropical drinks. There’s also a Julep strainer, a simplified version that’s basically a perforated spoon that fits over the top of pint glasses. Need to filter the juice out of some seed-heavy fruits? You might also want a set with a mesh strainer, which is harder to find but effective at keeping seeds and leaves out of your drink.
Last but not least on the basic bar kit all-stars is the bar spoon. It’s a long spoon with a spiral handle, made specifically for stirring drinks without unduly bubbling up or “bruising” the alcohol. American, European and Japanese bar spoons offer subtle variations on the same basic design, but all of them will do the job.
Beyond those absolute musts, there is a wide array of tools that will make your bartending experience easier (or just more fun to watch). They include pour spouts, muddlers, wine keys, ice tongs, or even ice mallets (for making your own fresh-crushed ice). Let your experience level be the guide, and don’t be afraid to try some of these tools out even if you’ve never used them before. Evey mixologist has to start somewhere.
DWYM Fun Fact
Most cocktail aficionados recognize a jigger, but why is it called that? Some say it got its name in the early days of the British navy when sailors would receive their daily ration of rum doled out in the tiny measuring cup. Apparently, the grateful seamen nicknamed it after the jiggermast, or shortest mast on the boat.
The Bar Set Buying Guide
- You want your bar tools to look good, and there are many options out there to suit any style. But when it comes to materials, you should stick with the classics. Most bar sets (and especially shakers) are made out of stainless steel for good reason. It doesn’t rust, it’s easily cleaned in a dishwasher and it won’t hold onto smells from those fruity drinks you mixed the night before. You can find copper shakers and jiggers out there, but unless you don’t mind cleaning them frequently, stainless steel is the way to go.
- Flair aside, making drinks is a lot like baking: Follow the recipe and you can’t go too wrong. That goes for the ingredients as well as the way they’re mixed. Shaking a drink that’s meant to be gently stirred will result in a vastly different experience.