GUIDE FOR BEGINNERS
COCKTAIL SHAKER, BAR SPOON, OR COCKTAIL JIGGER?
WHAT COCKTAIL-MAKING EQUIPMENT DO YOU REALLY NEED?
Picture the scene: you’re hosting a drinks night, your mates have turned up looking sharp and everyone’s ready for the night ahead. But what are you drinking?
Yes, you could grab something straight out of the fridge – but hosting drinks night is the time to level up your cocktail game. If you have no idea how to begin making cocktails, don’t panic – we’re here to save the day, night and your cocktail-making reputation.
From what cocktail-making equipment you really need to whether to shake or stir a drink, we’ve got the ultimate guide of cocktails for beginners.
Essential Cocktail Equipment: Just a few select pieces will allow you to create a range of cocktails for beginners…
We’ve all seen a fancy bartender throw a cocktail shaker around like a pro-juggler. While your juggling skills don’t need to be on point, a three-piece cocktail shaker is a key piece of kit. If you don’t have one to hand, fear not; a protein shaker or jam jar will do the job.
Cocktail mixing glass
Prefer elegant, crystal-clear cocktails? Stir, don’t shake. Iconic stirred cocktails like a classic Old Fashioned are best made in a cocktail stirring glass, but you can make a pint glass work if needed.
Often described as a cocktail spoon, this is simply a spoon with a long stem that’s used for stirred cocktails. You’ll want one long enough to reach down to the base of your cocktail mixing glass so it can stir all the ingredients together. Most good bar spoons come with a muddler on the base to allow you to lightly mash fruit, herbs and spices together.
Of course, you’ll need something to measure out the ingredients. Cocktail jiggers are hourglass-shaped stainless steel measuring devices that play an important part in any cocktail making set but as always, you can find alternatives including a shot glass, set of measuring spoons or even an egg cup. Just keep in mind that a single measure is 25ml while a double is 50ml, and you’ll make perfectly balanced cocktails every time.
Cocktails for beginners
You’ve now got all the equipment and knowledge needed to showcase your new cocktail-making skills. But if you don’t know which drink to start with, read on…