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Different types of cocktail equipment

Bartenders use various pieces of cocktail equipment when making a whole range of different cocktails.  Whether using the classic shaking method or stirring in a large mixing glass with a bar spoon, there are different approaches to different cocktails.  The most common types of cocktail equipment include the cocktail shaker, bar spoon, hawthorn strainer, fine strainer, muddler, measure and citrus press.


Electric blenders are commonly used for iced cocktails like a Pina Colada.  A blender is a great way for crushing ice and that is what makes these types of cocktails taste so good, especially on a hot day.  This method is quick and pouring straight from the blender into what is typically a Hurricane glass is a great way to make cocktails.


The most common way to prepare cocktails is shaking which is the easiest method. A shaker is an important piece of cocktail equipment. These shakers come in various styles and size, depending on where you are using it.  Spirits, mixers and fruit/herbs are the most common ingredients to be shaken in a cocktail shaker. Always remember when shaking you cocktail to have in the back of you mind ‘I am shaking this cocktail to wake it up!’  Along with the shaker, muddlers and strainers are required along with ice of course.


Mixing straight in the cocktail glass is another way of preparing the best cocktails.  The Mojito is a great example of this.  You need to muddle the mint and limes, churn the cocktail on numerous occasions and of course its best served with crushed ice.


As mentioned before, muddling is essential if you are going to make some of the classic cocktails.  Muddlers come in all shapes and sizes and muddling spoons can even be used.  Strawberry Daiquiris are an great drink to muddle strawberries in the base of the shaker.


When the cocktail is ready, good garnishing acts as the icing on the cake and makes the cocktails tempting for guests. So it is important to garnish the cocktails and for which garnish accessories are imperative. Garnish accessories include knives, peelers, and graters. Stainless steel and high quality cocktail garnish accessories can help in garnishing the drinks in the best possible way.


Ice scoops, crushers, and tongs are part of the essential ice accessories. Without cooling the cocktail is not really worth relishing. Ice tongs and other ice accessories are commonly used by bartenders to make cocktails even more tempting for the guests.


Now that you are aware of all the cocktail equipment available, preparing your favorite cocktails will not be a daunting task.  One final tip: Fill your cocktail glass with ice and water whilst you prepare your cocktail and then when you are ready to strain your cocktail into your glass, discard of the water and ice and your cocktail glass will be perfectly chilled.

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