5 Essentials for Starting a Home Bar

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We first decided to start a home bar a few years back when Matt was first entertaining the idea of working in the New Orleans cocktail scene, something he has been doing now for almost two years. Having a well curated home bar is both practical and aesthetically pleasing, with glimmering bottles full of obscure liquors and tinctures and shiny gold or silver jiggers, shakers and spoons. It can be a really amazing opportunity to add life to a room, as well as serve the purpose of entertaining guests at home. Below I’ve listed the top five must-have essentials for starting a home bar. All of the items listed below are tools used in the actual making of cocktails, but don’t forget to look into the physical bar itself. Whether you go with a  mid-century rolling bar cart, or an upright  wooden bar shelving unit, choose a piece that will work with the surrounding room and provide enough storage space for all of the booze and accompaniment you plan to buy.
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#1: Cocktail Jigger

jigger is the double-sided little shot glass-looking thing used for measuring out the ingredients of a cocktail. These guys are crucial when crafting a specific cocktail, as it gives you a quick and easy way to measure. Most come with two sides, wherein one side measures one ounce while the other measures half an ounce, or with one side measuring 1 and a half ounces and the other side measuring three-quarters of an ounce. Which one to buy is totally up to you!
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#2: Cobbler or Boston Shaker

The  cobbler shaker is basically iconic at this point, mostly for its sleek design, ease of use and presence in nearly every home and professional bar. Guess that'll do it, huh? To use this shaker, just place the cocktail contents along with ice into the body of the shaker, cover with the top - make sure it's on tight and give a good twenty or so second shaking until you can no longer hear huge chunks of ice clanking around.  The built in strainer will remove any pulp or impurities when you pour the cocktail into the glass.
A   Boston shaker is an alternative to the cobbler shaker and which one to go with comes down to personal preference. The Boston shaker is somewhat easier to clean and just simpler in design, while the cobbler shaker is easier to use. If you do get a Boston shaker, you should also get a  strainer.
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#3: Bar Spoon

stainless steel bar spoon allows you to properly mix drinks that don't need to be shaken (hint: drinks that don't contain fruit juice). The long, swivelling shape of the spoon allows you to easily stir the contents of a cocktail.  You can add some elegance here for pretty cheap with a  brass spoon!
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#4: Hand-held Juicer

For convenience of size and use, we keep a hand held manual citrus juicer at the bar. Find a nice  wooden one to keep it classic, or a  hard plastic one for something more cost effective and durable.
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#5: Citrus Peeler

#5: Citrus PeelerI’ve said it before and I'll say it again, the best garnish for a cocktail is often twisted citrus peel.  Keep a citrus peeler handy to create thin strips of lemon, lime and orange.

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