Bar basics: what tools do you really need?

A friend recently asked me what tools they might need to get started with some basic home mixology. I get this question a lot, so allow me to share some suggested starters:

  • A simple glass or metal shaker, with a strainer—or you could use a glass jar with a lid

  • A measuring cup that denotes 0.5 ounces and up, plus tablespoons, and teaspoons—precision counts!

  • A silicone ice mold for big honkin’ cubes—small cubes over-dilute and if you want your drink on the rocks, make it one big rock

Want to know more? Ask away!