Everyone loves a good cocktail, no matter what your favorite cocktail is. Big hits for the fall involve plenty of spices, such as pumpkin, nutmeg and cinnamon. But when it comes time to make your favorite cocktail at home, you probably realize why drinks at bars are so expensive.
You can make the process much easier on yourself if you have the right set of cocktail-making equipment or even a cocktail-making machine. You can also become your friend group’s resident barkeeper.
The list of equipment a would-be mixologist needs to make any given cocktail is a long one. Most cocktail-making kits contain, at the very least:
On top of these basics is a range of extra equipment that might be included. These are undoubtedly useful but not strictly necessary. Possible inclusions are:
Cocktail makers typically come in two general forms. One mixes liquids into a glass or bottle, and the other freezes them into a slushy-like consistency.
This is one of the best bartender kit options on the market, containing a shaker, two liquor pourers, a double-lever corkscrew, a Japanese mixing spoon, a Hawthorne strainer, a mesh strainer, a julep strainer, a muddler, a jigger, ice tongs, a cocktail booklet and a bamboo stand to keep it all in.
This kit contains a shaker, a muddler, a Japanese mixing spoon, a mesh strainer, a julep strainer, a Hawthorne strainer, ice tongs, a jigger and two liquor pourers. It comes in copper, silver and black.
This kit contains a shaker, a muddler, a forked mixing spoon, a lemon squeezer, a mesh strainer, a Hawthorne strainer, ice tongs, a jigger, three liquor pourers, a corkscrew, four ice picks, three brushes, three stoppers, a storage bag and a bamboo stand.
This kit contains an ice scoop, four liquor pourers, three stoppers, three jiggers, three shakers, a mixing glass, a Hawthorne strainer, a mesh strainer, a julep strainer, a European mixing spoon, a forked mixing spoon, tweezers, an ice pick, a peeler, a zester, a muddler, a lemon squeezer, a corkscrew, a bottle opener, ice tongs, an ice muddler-mallet, a cocktail booklet and a storage bag.
This kit contains a European mixing spoon, a jigger, a corkscrew, a muddler, two liquor pourers, ice tongs, a Hawthorne strainer, a shaker and a bamboo stand.
This kit contains a jigger, an American mixing spoon, a bottle opener, a Hawthorne strainer, ice tongs, a shaker, recipe cards and a wooden stand.
This Bartesian cocktail machine works exactly like a Keurig coffee maker in that you use pods filled with oils, fruit juices, bitters and everything else your chosen cocktail needs, except for the liquor. This is pulled from four giant reservoirs on the Bartesian cocktail maker that you fill with your chosen poison.
This cocktail-focused Margarita machine and blender has settings for several frozen drinks, including margaritas, daiquiris and pina coladas. Once it’s mixed, you and your guests can dispense it into your glasses with a lever.
This slushy maker is the perfect thing for keeping frozen margaritas on deck at your next big party. You can buy it with one, two or three tanks.
This is another great slushy maker for any alcohol-based frozen drink you are craving. It comes in 10-, 20-, 24- and 30-liter capacities.
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