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Starting off as a cocktail creator can be confusing considering many tools required are not part of our everyday kitchenware. 

No worries, however, we have compiled the basic tools you will need to make a variety of classic (and not-so-classic) cocktails. 

These are the absolute essentials you need to start bartending at home. With these basic tools, you can make a variety of classic cocktails. 

As you become more experienced, you can start to add more specialized equipment to your bartending arsenal but to start you should have:

A citrus juicer is used to extract juice from citrus fruits like lemons and limes. 

A simple paring knife or utility knife is used for tasks like cutting citrus fruits and herbs.

A measuring cup or jigger is used to measure the ingredients in cocktails.

A Hawthorne strainer is used to strain out ice and pulp from cocktails.

A bar spoon is used to stir cocktails. 

Once you feel comfortable and ready to make a bigger investment into your new hobby, other tools to consider are:

A muddler is used to crush herbs and fruits in cocktails.

A fine strainer is used to strain out very small particles from cocktails.

Ice molds are used to make ice cubes in different shapes and sizes.

Aftermarket bitters bottles are used to store bitters, which are flavoring agents used in cocktails.

A smoker is used to add smoke flavor to cocktails.

An atomizer is used to add a mist of flavor to cocktails.

An ice crusher is used to crush ice into smaller pieces.

Measuring spoons are used to measure small quantities of ingredients.

Squeeze bottles are used to dispense ingredients like citrus juice and bitters.

Dropper bottles are used to dispense small quantities of ingredients like saline, bitters, and absinthe.


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