Home Bar Essentials: The Tools
Let’s talk bar tools! Whether you’re building your first home bar, or revamping your current set up, we’re here to help. We’ve compiled our must-have bar tools and where to buy them for your next cocktail night at home!
Shaker: Let’s start with the basics! A good shaker is the key to creating so many delicious cocktails. Between the two-piece Boston Shaker, the simple Cobbler, or even a make-shift Mason jar set up, the trick is finding something that can handle a vigorous shake to combine & cool your ingredients! Our preferred set up is this two piece copper shaker, which you can check out in action below!
Jigger: While we’re all for experimenting and getting creative, with certain cocktails, precision is necessary. In comes the jigger: a tiny tool that helps make those measurements meticulous! Our double sided copper bell jigger features volume indicators down to the quarter ounce.
Strainer: For cocktails with fresh ingredients like citrus juice, berries, herbs or egg white, a strainer helps filter any unwanted bits & pieces out of the final product. Try our copper Hawthorne strainer for a start!
Mixing Glass: If you’re a fan of spirit-forward cocktails, like the Empress Martini or Empress Negroni, why not add a mixing glass to your home bar tool kit? Made of glass with a delicate spout, this vessel is perfect for stirred drinks requiring light dilution.
Bar Spoon: The best way to stir those classic cocktails? A bar spoon, of course! These long, thin utensils are perfect for combining spirits, liqueurs and other distilled ingredients. Check out our Negroni video below for a demonstration!
Bar Blade: Great for opening tonic & soda bottles!
Bar Apron: Ready to look the part? Pick up an Empress 1908 Gin bar apron, hand crafted from leather and canvas!
Cocktail Picks: Dress up your cocktail with our custom copper cocktail picks!