Must Have Bar Tools for Shaking, Stirring, Mixing, and more
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Our Top Picks for Essential Bar Tools
Best Muddler: Top Shelf Bar Hardwood Drink Muddler at Amazon ($20)
Best Strainer: Hawthorne – Professional Cocktail Strainer at Amazon ($20)
Best Bar Spoon: Mixing Spoon 304 Stainless at Amazon ($10)
Best Blender: Cleanblend – Commercial Blender at Amazon ($180)
Best Garnish Knife: Bartender’s Premium Knife at Amazon ($36)
Best Cutting Board: Wood Garnish Cutting Board at Amazon ($10)
Best Squeezer: Heavy Duty Manual Squeezer Press at Amazon ($85)
Best Opener: V-Rod Bottle Opener at Amazon ($15)
Bartenders have suggested that this muddler has a nice heft to it…making muddling during cocktail prep easy to do and easy on the container you’re using. It’s a bar tool that can be used for decades as its built strong.
Bartenders who have owned multiple juicers before this one, have vouched it the best. It’s so much easier to clean than others, and the feeder chute is bigger than other similar ‘large mouth’s juicers. The downspout pours directly into the large pitcher keeping the countertop clean from drippings. We definitely recommend this juicer.
We love this new cocktail shaker! It is very useful and very easy to clean!
Bought this as an xmas gift for our friend who is a professional bartender. After three months of use in a high-volume bar, he gives it 5-stars across the board. It has clearly defined pour lines with every ounce, its heavy duty, lightweight, ergonomically fantastic and commercial dishwasher safe. It’s been dropped, stepped on, and yet it still looks brand new. It’s the best jigger he’s EVER used. Whether someone is purchasing for home use, or as a professional bartending tool, you won’t find a better Japanese jigger than this one. Happy measuring and mixing!
We are really into cocktail making and all things food and drink. We bought this Hawthorne Cocktail Strainer from Amazon as a replacement for an older one. We’re a fan of really well-made products, they just don’t make them like they used to before! The weight and feel are perfect and it strains flawlessly.
Bar spoons should be long enough to touch the bottom of any jar or can. This spoon does just that, and is made of stainless steel. Making it easy to keep clean. If you want to find a spoon to take out the last bit of something like cherries or olives from a deep jar, don’t look more, this is what you want!
After working in the food industry for over a decade, in couple cafes and bars with high powered blenders – I’m very familiar with the Blendtec and Vitamix brands. Rather than pay the hefty pricetag of a Vitamix or Blendtec I wanted to shop around before I upgraded and found this Cleanblend which nearly mimics the Vitamix in both function and style! It comes with a 5 year warranty that you don’t have to jump through hoops to register. I use my blender for everything besides smoothies, and on a nearly daily basis! From scratch sauces, lemonade, juices, soups,, etc. So having a precision blender that could easily turn anything to a creamy smooth consistency and adjust to more course – the speed and power are very easy to adjust to my requirements. Glad I ordered this blender rather than the Vitamix or Blendtec for the exact same power, speed, and dependability for half the price!
We purchased this instead of another $200+ knife and was shocked at how well it’s put together. It’s balanced, well weighted, razor sharp, and sharpens easily. The steel is the same quality as my hand forged sushi knife. Knowing that, you just cant go with with this knife, not many knifes in this price range are made of such great steel quality.
This is a perfect small cutting board with grooves to catch the juice. With other similar cutting boards, we lose a lot of juice when slicing into small pieces for muddling etc. It also has a nice flat side for slicing tomatoes, apples or other fruits.
This is a great press! It squeezes citruses very easy and is made in a very heavy duty fashion. The only drawback is that the top part of the product does not disassemble for cleaning, you need to wash the whole heavy base when cleaning as it doesn’t disassemble. It would have been better product, if you could take it apart for ease of cleaning. Otherwise, it’s an excellent squeezer press.
Our favorite bar key ever! Working in a high volume bar, the v-rod part is excellent for taking off those sticky pour spouts without hassle or mess.