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Above: Basic bar necessities include a cocktail shaker, shot glasses, a muddler and a bar spoon.

 

Basic Tools and Equipment
three part cocktail shaker (Cobbler style shaker)
spring-style cocktail strainer (Hawthorne strainer)
shot glasses
jigger

long-handled bar spoon

muddler
sieve style strainer
straws

fine-mesh grater

corkscrew
bottle opener

Additional Equipment and Supplies
blender
swizzle sticks
cocktail picks (for garnishes)
glass rimmer (for salt and or sugar rimmed cocktails)
cocktail napkins
coasters
bar mat
condiment/garnish containers
pouring spouts (for bottles)



Various styles of three part cocktail shakers, commonly known as the "Cobbler" cocktail shaker.


The three parts of a Cobbler shaker include the mixing vessel, (which may be metal or glass), the strainer and the cap.
The cap can be used as a measuring device.


The spring-strainer, commonly known as the "Hawthorne" strainer.  This strainer is often used instead of the strainer that
is part of a Cobbler shaker because it is much less likely to drip while cocktails are being poured.  This type of strainer
is also required when using a "French" two-part style cocktail shaker which does not have a built-in strainer option.



Above: Shot glasses.



A stainless steel jigger is an option to shot glasses when measuring cocktail ingredients.  Most jiggers have a one and
a two ounce "cup" for convenience when measuring.



A long handled "bar spoon" is used for mixing ingredients that are best when not shaken.



A muddler, used for smashing ingredients such as mint for a Mojito or peppers for a Jalapeno Margarita.


Above: A sieve type strainer is often used when "double straining" cocktail pours.


Straws
accompany many cocktails.


A food rasp, such as this Microplane® brand option, is perfect for grating ingredients like nutmeg for a
Brandy Alexander.



A cork screw for opening wine bottles.


Above: A bottle opener is a must when serving bottled beer.


Above: A variety of serving glasses.  For more information about different types of glasses,
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