5 Tools Every Home Bartender Needs

We have been really hung up on this whole "home bartender" thing recently, and for good reason - who has the money to actually GO OUT anymore?! Inflation is everywhere and your favorite watering hole is no different.

So we've given the you basic ingredients you need to get started.

We've given you the basic skills you need to learn to get started.

What's missing?

Aha! The tools every home bartender needs.

Because if you are making drinks in a juice glass with a cereal spoon, or, and it pains me to even type this, mixing them in a red solo cup...

We need to remedy that immediately!

And as a home bartender, having the right tools can make all the difference in creating delicious and professional-quality cocktails.

But does the quality of the bartending tools really matter?

High-quality tools are designed to be durable, efficient, and easy to use, which can save you time and effort when preparing cocktails. 

They can also help you achieve more precise measurements and create better textures and flavors in your drinks. 

Think of it like playing an instrument. There is a big difference in the sound quality that comes out of a cheap guitar made out of Basswood and Martin's guitar made from 100-year-old wood harvested from the Brazilian rainforest.

So the answer is a resounding, yes! The quality of bartending tools can make a significant difference in your overall experience and the quality of your drinks.

Additionally, well-made tools can enhance the aesthetic appeal of your bar setup, making it more inviting and professional-looking. So, investing in high-quality bar tending tools can be a wise decision for any aspiring bartender or home mixologist.

5 tools every home bartender needs

1. Cocktail shaker

 A cocktail shaker is a must-have tool for any home bartender. It allows you to mix and chill your drinks quickly and efficiently. Look for a shaker with a built-in strainer for easy pouring.

What makes our shaker different?

  • Made from one solid piece of pure stainless steel sourced in the US
  • Balanced and weighted
  • Heaviest shaker on the market so it pulverizes ice more quickly and your drinks require less time to make
  • Hand-finished and polished on the production line and its brushed finish is fingerprint and scratch resistant
  • Engraved with a serial number unique to your shaker

2. A Jigger

A jigger is a small measuring cup used to measure out precise amounts of liquor for your cocktails. This ensures that your drinks are consistent and well-balanced. Look for a jigger with both metric and imperial measurements.

What makes ours different?

Spun like our Boston Shaker - rather than stamped - the C&D Jigger is also weighted, and has a unique reverse engraving to make the interior measurements easily readable so you can craft the perfect drink. 

3. A Muddler

A muddler is used to mash ingredients such as herbs, fruits, and sugar cubes to release their flavors and aromas. It's essential for making classic cocktails like mojitos and old fashioneds.

We haven't made one of these yet ourselves, but who knows what the future may hold!

We'd love to know if YOU think we add one to our product list! 

Just email us at support@cdtoolsusa.com. 

metal muddler

4. A Mixing Spoon

A long-handled mixing spoon is perfect for stirring cocktails in a pitcher or glass. It's also great for layering drinks and creating beautiful garnishes.

What makes ours different?

Our barspoon is handformed and hand polished off the line. It stirs smoothly with no friction on the hand and also bears our trademark knife logo. It's heavy, yet balanced, assisting you with the perfect stir. 

We made the handle longer to allow for stirring in large tins and tall glasses - there's extra room for your hand. 

5. A Strainer

A strainer is used to remove ice, pulp, and other unwanted bits from your cocktails. Look for a strainer that fits securely over your shaker or mixing glass.

What makes ours different?

Numerous professionals in the industry helped optimize the design of our Hawthorn Strainer, maximizing its ability to strain the finest muddled ingredients with a tightly coiled spring. 

We also ensured the design would allow a true split pour. No detail was spared. 

By investing in these five essential home bartending tools, you'll be able to create a wide range of cocktails from the comfort of your own home. Happy bartending!

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