Having a custom bar is one of the most effective ways to Peacock your pad that I can think of. Not many people have them, but the ones that do usually have the best parties. Many a party I’ve been to, or had myself where the bar is the focal point of the party. Along with the music, the bar represents the heart and soul of the party. It’s the place where everyone congregates and feeds off its energy, all the while providing a practical venue for you to entertain your guests, which can be used for a variety of celebrations.
Ok, so you’ve built the perfect custom bar, what next? Start planning your next party? Wrong. In order for you to Peacock your bar correctly it will need to be stocked with not only the appropriate alcohol, but also you should have the necessary bar tools to make the drinks. Nothing’s worse than having that slamming party and your bartender asks for the corkscrew and the only thing you’ve got is a Swiss Army Knife your dad got you in elementary school – not good.
You’re not a kid that winds up running from the cops every time you want to have a beer, no, you’ve grown up – well, sort of. You’ve got the Peacock’d bar, so get it prepped correctly. So what do I need? you say… I’ll tell you.
Start Peacocking today with my list of basic bar tools. See Below.
Cocktail Shaker or Traditional Shaker – Every bar should have a shaker, it just makes things easier. This is a device used to mix beverages by ‘shaking’ that is usually made of metal or glass. When ice is put in the shaker this allows for a quicker cooling of the drink before serving. Personally, I prefer to stay away from glass cocktail shakers, having your bartender drop one at a party can be dangerous. They look pretty, but avoid them. Cocktail shakers are an extremely valuable tool to have behind a bar. Visit this site to get your Cocktail Shaker.
Boston Shaker – A two-piece shaker consisting of a metal bottom and glass or plastic mixing glass. This shaker serves a dual purpose because it is comprised of a 16 ounce mixing glass and a larger, flat-bottomed bar tin. The glass can be used alone for stirring drinks over ice and the two pieces are used together for shaking ingredients with the tin fitting over the glass. The Boston Shaker is typically used by professional bartenders and requires the use of a strainer. Always a great addition to have behind your bar. Visit this site to get your Boston Shaker.
A Cocktail Strainer is a metal bar accessory used to remove not only the ice, but any fruits, herbs or other solid ingredients from the liquid as it is poured into the serving glass.
The Hawthorne Strainer is a flat-topped, perforated metal device with a continuous coil of wire around its perimeter, which helps keep the strainer in place. The rim of the strainer does not need to touch the rim of the glass, as the spring inside filters out the ice. This is the most common style. Visit this site to get your Hawthorne Strainer.
A Julep Strainer is perforated, made of stainless steel and in the shape of an over-sized soup spoon with holes. Liquid passes through holes or slits in the bowl. Visit this site to get your Julep Strainer.
A Jigger or measure is a bartending tool used to measure liquor, which is typically then poured into a cocktail shaker. Jiggers help ensure precise measuring of liquids to create consistent cocktails. A traditional style of jigger is made of stainless steel with two opposing cones in an hourglass shape on the end of a rod. You would use these instead of shot glasses which can shatter. By having a Jigger you’re implying that you’re no rookie because you’re prepared. Visit this site to get your Jigger.
A Bar Spoon is a long handled spoon (for reaching the bottom of tall glasses) used in bartending for mixing and layering of both alcoholic and non-alcoholic mixed drinks as well as tedious tasks like fishing cherries out of a jar. Its length ensures that it can reach to bottom of the tallest jug or tumbler to mix ingredients directly in the glass. The first time you use a bar spoon you will never be without one in the bar, they are an essential bar tool. Visit this site to get your Bar Spoon.
A Muddler is a thick stick, made of either wood or stainless steel used like a pestle to mash — or muddle — fruits, herbs, and/or spices in the bottom of a glass to release their flavor. This really helps when you want to Peacock your bartending skills. Muddling is an essential step in making Old-fashioneds, Mojitos and Caipirinhas. Visit this site to get your Muddler.
The Speed Pourer, or bottle pourer, can be handy when hosting parties and offer the ability to pour liquor for the bottles very quickly and easily. The main benefit of the speed pourer is that it streamlines the flow of liquid coming out of the bottle (helping to avoid spills and splashes) and gives you greater control over the amount of alcohol that is poured. In order to prolong the shelf life of your distilled spirits, it’s best to replace the Speed Pourer with the original cap if you will not be using it for some time. Visit this site to get your Speed Pourer.
Obviously, ice is key to the bar and items like Ice Buckets, crushers, scoops and tongs are essential. Keep things sanitary with the right tools so your guests don’t get sick. You can never have too much ice is what I always say. Electric ice crushers work well, but at the very least have a freezer with an extra bag of ice on tap for those unexpected guests. Visit this site to get your Ice Bucket.
The Blender is essential for preparing frozen drinks like Frozen Daiquiris and Margaritas, and they are also used to crush ice and puree fruit. While most people use large blenders in the kitchen, smaller models are available for the home bar where space can be tight. Visit this site to get your Blender.
Most Juicers will produce nearly the same results and range from the simple reamers to Electric Juicers. If you buy a juicer, use it and don’t leave it sitting in the back of the cupboard. Fresh fruit or vegetable juice can make the best cocktails and is recommended over bottled juices whenever possible. Your guests will appreciate the effort, this is Peacocking 101. Visit this site to get your Juicer.
Use a Cutting Board for preparing garnishes. You definitely want to keep that new bar counter in tip top condition. Designate a small board for bar use only so that you don’t end up cutting fish or chicken on it and give it a nice cleaning after every use in order to have the freshest tasting fruits, vegetable and herbs. Visit this site to get your Cutting Board.
Keep a set of Pairing Knives sharp and in the bar for cutting slices, twists and all your garnishes. Visit this site to get your Pairing Knives.
A complete set of metal or plastic Measuring Spoons is sometimes necessary for dry ingredients and small amounts of liquids. Visit this site to get your Measuring Spoons.
Used for more advanced cocktails, Graters are useful for grating items like nutmeg or chocolate onto the top of peacocky cocktails or for fine lemon zests. Choose a small, handheld one that has a fine-toothed, sharp grating surface and a sturdy handle. Your guests will love you for it in a big way. Visit this site to get your Grater.
A Corkscrew is a bar tool for drawing stopping corks from wine bottles. There are many different styles of corkscrews to choose from, the most popular being the Winged and Waiter’s corkscrews. Most liquor bottles don’t need a special bottle opener or cork screw but there’s nothing worse than a guest showing up with a bottle of Merlot and you don’t have convenient way to open it. Besides, you may want to mix some wine cocktails. I like to keep at least two around because it seems like they are one of the first tools to be misplaced. Visit this site to get your Corkscrew. You can also step it up a notch and purchase an electric bottle opener.
To not have a Bottle Opener behind a bar is like not having any music at a party. It’s a necessary tool for opening various bottles you may be opening in the bar such as beers and sodas and they can be compact, even fitting on a keychain, built into another tool or you can simply install one permanently into the wall or cabinet. No bar is complete without a bottle opener. Visit this site to get your Bottle Opener.
These short, thin Straws or Stirrers are used when serving many mixed drinks and, occasionally neat cocktails, to guests, allowing them to keep their drinks mixed to the end. Often overlooked before the start of a party, but never missed once the drinking starts. A full supply of these goes a long way. Visit this site to get your Straws & Stirrers.
Set – For those of you not sure what items to get first, try this Pro Shaker Set which includes most of the aforementioned items you need. The only pitfall is you don’t have the flexibility of choosing the exact items you like. This 10-piece 8/18 stainless steel bar set includes a bottle/can opener, ice tongs, two tone pro shaker with 5 cocktail recipes and slip free grip, ice strainer, 10″ stir spoon, double sided measuring jigger, bar knife with curved lifting fork end, ABS plastic 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ cutting board, and a handy caddy with rubber feet for easy carrying and storing your tools when not in use. Visit this site to get your Pro Shaker Set.
Bartenders Book – You’ve got the awesome bar; now learn how to make a few basic drinks to start. You should be able to adapt and make drinks even if a bartender is not available – always be prepared for that special guest. Enough said. Visit this site to get your Bartenders Book.
Finally some luxe items that are a bonus to Peacock any bar See Below
Liquor Shot Dispenser – Rotating bottles that are mounted upside down on a carousel for quick shot pours is always – winning! Visit this site to get your Liquor Shot Dispenser.
Lighted Bottle Display – Displaying your bottles is half the fun of owning a bar, and placing them on an illuminated shelf Peacocks them for your guests to see. Visit this site to get your Lighted Bottle Display.
Mongoose Tap – Nothing says Peacocking like a Mongoose Tower, these towers are stylish and sleek, and they not only amazing to look at but perform much better than any hand pump. Visit this site to get your Mongoose Tower.
Absinthe Fountain – These fountains deliver a drizzle of ice-cold water into a glass of absinthe. This dilutes the alcohol-rich drink and liberates the all-important herbal ingredients. Not a must have for drinking absinthe but a great way to Peacock the ritual. Note: Absinthe traditionally has a natural green color but can also be colorless. It is commonly referred to in historical literature as “la fée verte” (the “green fairy” in French). Visit this site to get your Absinthe Fountain.
Wine Bottle Refrigerator – Nothing says you’re prepared more than having a wine bottle refrigerator behind the bar. There is more to life than beer and vodka, and this is why you should consider one of these. Sure there are other must have items, but to have your wine chilled at the optimum temperature at all times is Peacocking with bonus points. Visit this site to get your Wine Bottle Refrigerator.
Wine Rack – Simple, stylish and sleek yet so functional, these come in all shapes and sizes and are perfect for displaying your collection to your guests. Find one that matches your bar and people will call you “The Most Interesting Man in the World”. Visit this site to get your Wine Rack.
Coil Cooler Kit – This gets an honorable mention. Typically not used for bars these cooler kits are perfect for any backyard party or tailgate. They are heads above any old school pump tap and definitely worth the extra money. For now on your hand pump beer tap is relegated to being the backup system. Visit this site to get your Coil Cooler Kit.
The Outdoor Kegerator is perfect for Peacocking your party outside for convenience and speed. All your equipment and supplies (soda, water, beer, and liquor) can be handled by this one complete unit. Visit this site to get your Outdoor Kegerator.
Shot Glass Checkers – A new twist on a game you played as a young Peacock that you thought you out grew – think again. In Shot Glass Checkers the only thing you need to know is get jumped you drink, get crowned – drink twice. This is a game to best have on display to lure your guests in, before they know what happened they’re all drunk and hopefully you’re winning. Visit this site to get your Shot Glass Checkers.
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