What barware do I need?
With the wide range of barware and mixology tools out there, it can be a daunting task to figure out what barware you need for your home bar. To help you build a basic collection of cocktail supplies and drinks accessories, here are a few of the glasses and essential tools that every mixologist needs:
- The coupe glass:This is a stemmed glass with a shallow bowl and wide mouth. Use it for champagne, margaritas, Manhattans and even martinis.
- The tumbler:
A versatile glass for serving spirits neat, or for cocktails like Sazeracs and Old Fashioneds. Buy a larger size, so it can be used for double Old Fashioneds and gin and tonics.
- The Collins glass:
Its tall and slender shape is best used for mixed drinks.
- The curved rocks glass:
Ideal for sipping your favourite brandy or cognac on the rocks.
- A Boston shaker:
Is easy to use and easy to clean. Will do the trick for most cocktails.
- A bar spoon:
This vital tool is necessary for diluting, mixing and layering drinks. As your skills progress, it will also be used for more complex functions. Stainless steel is the most recommended material for your basic bar spoon.
- A jigger:
A humble tool for making accurate measurements.
- A wooden muddler:
A must-have for extracting flavour-filled juices and oils from herbs and fruits for refreshing summer cocktails.
How to clean barware?
The following simple tips will help you keep your carefully curated barware set in tiptop shape for years to come:
- For sturdy basics like tumblers: Use a dishwasher
- For special items like mixing glasses and decanters: hand wash
- For stemmed glasses: Wash by hand.
- Don’t put plated barware, such as rose gold barware or silver in the dishwasher.
- Avoid extreme temperature changes when washing glassware.
Where to find barware?
You can find the best barware set and supplies, including barware items like cocktail shakers and decanters for your home bar at the Houzz UK shop.