Available in both one ounce and two ounce, shot glasses will help with accurately measuring each of the liquid ingredients for drink recipes. Shot glasses are the equivalent of measuring cups and spoons for cooking and baking.
Ice should be placed in a large container and placed into cups or shakers using a plastic or metal scoop. Glasses should never be used to scoop ice because they can chip or break and then the entire glass needs to be thrown away and the ice discarded. No one wants to get a piece of glass in their drink.
The bar mat is where drinks are mixed on top of. Place the glass on the bar matt while being assembled. The small square at the end is where shot glasses should be placed, upside down, when not being used. The matt collects over-pours and spills. When the drink is ready it is placed six inches in front of the matt, signaling that the drink is complete.
Essential for pouring to the exact ounce, down to the drop. Pourers should be used on top of every liquor and juice bottle. They allow for quick, efficient and accurate pours.
The most popular shaker set for bartenders is the Boston Shaker. A shaker set includes a shaker glass, metal shaker, strainer and bar spoon. Drinks should always be assembled in the metal shaker. When ready to shake, the glass is carefully slid on top and shaken 10-12 times end-to-end. Once shaken, the glass is removed, the strainer placed on top of the metal shaker, and then pour into the serving glass. A bar spoon is used when delicate liquors, like gins, need to be mixed without getting bruised from being shaken.
Other great pieces to add to your home bar collection over time would include a garnish tray, straws, garnish picks, cocktail napkins, glassware, juice pitchers, zesters, and hand juicer.