Serving up eye-catching and delicious cocktails can turn an ordinary get-together into a night to remember. To make these cocktails, you are going to need the right tools. In this post, we share our tips on how to choose the best mixology set and home bartender kits.
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The Best Mixology Sets
We include detailed mixology kit reviews below, but if you are short on time, feel free to use the table below to see our best picks. We recommend using Amazon for making your purchase.
First, we find Amazon to have the best at-home culinary kits in terms of price and quality. Second, we try to recommend products that are part of Amazon Prime, which provides purchasers with free and often super-fast delivery. (Get 30 days of Prime free here.)
What Is Mixology
Mixology has become the chosen word to describe the elevated art of making drinks. While the classic, old-school bartender has not gone the way of the dinosaurs, (extinct) mixology and mixologists have cemented their place in today’s modern drinking culture.
While mixologists might just be fancy terms for a bartender, there is a difference. Mixologists bring a certain level of refinement to making cocktails. They have put extensive time and study into understanding the tastes, smells, and interactions of the liquors and mixers they use. The purpose of this is to find the best combination of ingredients to produce the best cocktail possible.
As a result of their extensive study, mixologists have revived the use of certain spirits that were, for the most part, forgotten. This indirect result has encouraged spirits producers to elevate their game by producing higher-quality spirits. But the main focus of mixology has and always will be to create new flavor profiles and innovative cocktails.
What’s In A Mixology Bartender Kit
The right bartender starter kit goes a long way to making the perfect Mojito, Martini, and Margarita. Here we’ll take a look at the mixology equipment included in home bartender kits.
Cocktail Shaker and Strainer
The centerpiece of any good mixology set is a cocktail shaker and strainer. Just try making a shaken martini without one. Cocktail shakers come in a variety of materials including stainless steel, glass, and cooper.
In terms of capacity, most cocktail shakers hold around 16 oz. Traditionally, cocktail shakers like the Boston and French Shaker consist of two parts. However, the Cobbler Shaker has three parts including a built-in cap/strainer.
A jigger is the standard measure of alcohol for a cocktail. Most cocktail recipes call for 1 or 2 ounces of spirits. A double jigger is a two-sided measuring device. Most double jiggers feature 1 or 2-ounce measuring cups. However, they are available in larger sizes.
If you are going to make a mojito or caipirinha, you’re going to need to mash or “muddle” a few limes. And for this, you’re going to need a muddler. Similar to a pestle, a muddler is a solid instrument usually made from metal, plastic, or wood.
Other bar tools typically found in a mixology cocktail set include ice tongs, mixing spoon, corkscrew opener, and liquor pourers for slow, even pouring.
Mixology Set FAQs
Mixology is the inventing and preparing of high-end mixed drinks or cocktails. Mixology includes the detailed study of flavor profiles of ingredients and how they interact with each other. In addition to inventing new cocktails, mixology strives to develop new cocktail-making techniques.
For the most part, there is no difference between a mixologist and a bartender. They are there to serve cocktails. That said, a mixologist is constantly looking to create new and extraordinary cocktails. Whereas a bartender sticks to the time-tested classics.
A standard bar kit includes a slow pourer, jigger, a bar blade, cocktail shaker, a cocktail strainer, and multipurpose corkscrew. Additional tools might include a muddler, mixing spoon, recipe book.
This might come as a surprise, but professional bartenders and mixologists use nearly the same equipment as you would find in a home mixology set. The main difference would be that the mixology set these professionals are using are of a higher quality specifically designed for use in a bar or restaurant setting.
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