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Your Summer Guide To Making Great Cocktails

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If you’re planning on having friends over this summer, wow them with your bar skills by making great cocktails. Making a great home cocktail uses a combination of art and science. Having the right tools also helps. So if you’re ready to become a mixologist, check out our summer guide to making cocktails. If you’re searching for affordable Raleigh caterers for an upcoming wedding, neighborhood event, business meeting, lunch, and anything in-between, call Catering by Design. Ask about our delivery services.

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Making Great Cocktails: The Equipment

Anyone can make cocktails at home, but it all starts with having the right equipment. The traditional tools used for making cocktails are below. Here’s what every good bartender needs to be successful:

  • Jigger
  • Muddler
  • Bar Knife
  • Bar Spoon
  • Ice Tongs
  • Cutting Board
  • Bottle Opener
  • Citrus Stripper
  • Hawthorne Strainer
  • Cocktail Shaker

Here’s a short explanation for what some of these tools are used for:

Jigger – This is your measuring cup. It’s a two-sided device that helps you measure out the right amounts of liquid for your drinks. Jiggers range in sizes from about 1/2 oz. to about 2 oz.

Muddler – You’re muddler is used to crush and squish fruit, herbs, and sugar cubes. Muddlers release flavors and is an essential tool for some cocktails.

Bar Spoon – This is not your traditional kitchen spoon. It’s long handle and twisted shaft is used for stirring. The small spoon size is for measuring out smaller amounts of liquid.

Citrus Stripper – Garnish takes your cocktails to a different level and a citrus stripper is the right tool for the job. It’s sharp channel is used to cut strips of orange, lemon, or lime peels.

Hawthorne Strainer – This device fits on top of your cocktail shaker. It’s used to strain out the ice or other solids while making the cocktail.

Cocktail Shaker – This is a metal shaker with a tight fighting top that’s used in most every bar in the world. It’s the big item in the picture above.

For more great cocktail making tips, take a look at the next post. We’ll be discussing more secrets that’ll turn you into a master mixologist. If you’re looking for the best catering at unbeatable prices, keep reading.

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