A Guide To Some Essential Bar Equipment

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Having a well equipped bar is an essential step to running a successful bar.

As well as having the right tools for the job at hand, your equipment should be of good quality and durable.

Here is a list of the equipment you will need, as well as a brief description or tip to guide you.

Can Opener - For opening cans of fruit and syrup.

Corkscrew - For opening wine and champagne bottles.

Cloths - For wiping surfaces and equipment. TIP: Use damp but not wet.

Cutting Board - For slicing fruit and garnishes. This should be heavy and laminated, to minimise movement and damage to board

Bar Towels - Ideally 100% cotton and have sewn edges. Use these with other cloths to keep things clean. Make use of times when you have no guests, to wipe bottles and surfaces.

Bottle Opener / Bar Blade (Popper/Mamba) - For opening screw top bottles or capped bottles

Bottle Sealers - For keeping spirits and other bottle contents fresh.

Cocktail Shaker - Used for blending ingredients in cocktails or mixed drinks. Use a short sharp snappy shaking technique unless otherwise stated. Choose one that's right for you. Always pour the least expensive ingredient into the cocktail shaker first and then if you make a mistake, you've not wasted anything expensive.

Electric Blender - Many cocktails require a blender to blend the ingredients smoothly together. Useful for drinks, that has fruit pieces, or ice cream.

Grater - To grate spices like nutmeg.

Ice Bucket / Cooler - A metal or insulated ice bucket keeps your ice cold and clean.

Ice Tongs and Scoops - Used to add ice to drinks. Never handle ice with your hands, it is unhygienic, and the heat from your hand will melt the ice. Do not use glassware as a scoop as it may break or chip, then you may get blood or worse glass in your ice.

Jigger - A measurement tool.

Juice Squeezer/Extractor - Needed for getting the juice out of your fruit. TIP: soak citrus fruit in hot water before squeezing.

Bar Spoon - A bar spoon with a long handle and a muddler end, will allow you to mix and measure ingredients as well as crush garnishes.

Thimble Measure /Cup - Normally glass, stainless steel or chromed with incremented measurements imprinted upon the side. These are used for accurate measurements. They can come with a set of measuring spoons which are needed for the smaller quantities.

Mixing Glass - Useful for long drinks where it is required to mix ingredients without shaking.

Sharp Knife - For cutting fruit and garnishes.

Strainer - Removes the ice and fruit pulp from juices. Used with a cocktail shaker normally.

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