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Top Of The Best Bar Tools & Glasses Reviewed In 2018

Last Updated February 1, 2018
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Adrian HoffmanHi! My name is Reginald Meyer. After putting in 50+ hours of research and testing, I made a list of the best Bar Tools & Glasses of 2018 and explained their differences and advantages.

In this article, I will be categorizing the items according to their functions and most typical features. I hope that my Top 10 list will provide you great options in buying the right fit for you.

 

 

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№1 – FineDine Expert Cocktail Shaker Home Bar Tool Set Stainless Steel Bar Set with Shaking Tin, Bar Spoon, Double Jigger, 2 Stainless Steel Bottle Pourers, Tapered Spout, and Flat Bottle Opener (6 Piece)

 
FineDine Expert Cocktail Shaker Home Bar Tool Set Stainless Steel Bar Set with Shaking Tin, Bar Spoon, Double Jigger, 2 Stainless Steel Bottle Pourers, Tapered Spout, and Flat Bottle Opener (6 Piece)
Pros
This FineDine drink mixer set has several necessary tools for making perfect cocktails every time. Included is a 26 ounce cobbler shaker, a ¾ oz and 1 ¼ oz double jigger, a red knob bar spoon, a flat 2 sided bottle opener, and 2 stainless steel and rubber pourers.
 

 

№2 – Cocktail Shaker Bar Tools Set – Must-Have Professional Bartender Accessories Kit for Home: 24 oz Stainless Steel Martini/Drink Mixer with Built-in Strainer, Double Jigger, Mixing Spoon & Recipes Guide

 
Cocktail Shaker Bar Tools Set – Must-Have Professional Bartender Accessories Kit for Home: 24 oz Stainless Steel Martini/Drink Mixer with Built-in Strainer, Double Jigger, Mixing Spoon & Recipes Guide
Pros
EVERYTHING YOU NEED IN ONE COCKTAIL SHAKER PACK: The Mixologist World Drink Mixer Set contains: 1 INCREDIBLE looking Large Boston Tin, IDEAL for mixing all beverages, with a BUILT-IN strainer, 1 EXQUISITE Twisted Mixing Bar Spoon, 1 PROFESSIONAL Double size 1.5/0.75 oz. Bar Jigger Tool & the Illustrated Cocktails to Mocktails Recipe Guide for a PERFECT evening – 3in1 COMPLETE GREAT VALUE PACK.
 

 

№3 – Vremi Stainless Steel Cocktail Shaker Set – 5 Piece Bartender Kit with Martini Shaker Strainer Jigger Shot Glass Stirring Spoon – Bartending Supplies Bar Tools Barware and Bartender Gifts Set – Silver

 
Vremi Stainless Steel Cocktail Shaker Set - 5 Piece Bartender Kit with Martini Shaker Strainer Jigger Shot Glass Stirring Spoon - Bartending Supplies Bar Tools Barware and Bartender Gifts Set - Silver
Pros
Cocktail Shaker for home Bartending – 5 piece martini Shaker set includes all the bartender accessories you need to treat your friends (and yourself) to premium cocktails and mixed drinks at home
Stainless steel Shaker and Cocktail strainer – modern Silver bartender kit features 25 ounce Cocktail Shaker with strainer and lid top, dual capacity jigger shot glass
 

 

Hawthorne Strainer

This bar tool is composed of a disc, a handle, two (or more) stabilizing prongs, and a metal spring. This metal bar accessory is used to remove ice and other solid ingredients (such as muddled fruit) from a cocktail as you pour it into a glass. When in use, the metal spring will fit inside the mixing tin, helping to filter out ice and other solid ingredients so the rim of the strainer doesn’t need to touch the rim of the mixing tin.

Fine-Mesh Strainer

When you need a little extra help, the fine mesh strainer is great for filtering out bits of fruit, small pieces of ice and other solid materials that can sometimes sneak past other strainers. This tool comes in a variety of sizes. When in use, it’s usually held right beneath the first strainer.

Bar Spoons

Also called a stirring spoon, this specialized spoon was originally designed to (you guessed it) stir cocktails. Bartenders also use it to measure, layer, and sometimes muddle cocktail ingredients. Because it’s made with stainless steel, it’s durable and easy to clean. Plus, it won’t affect the flavor of your customer’s drinks like other spoons might. In an interview with the bar manager at No. Park, Ryan Lotz, he told us that his bar spoon is his top tool. He explains, “A long thin spoon moves much more easily in a glass so it produces a smoother cocktail than something that is jostling around and moving the ice.” There are three types of bar spoons:

Cobbler Shaker

Also known as the three-piece shaker, this tool includes a large metal shaking tin, a snuggly fit lid, and a small cap to cover the strainer. This strainer is integrated but it can be a bit slower to use, the lid can sometimes get stuck, and there are more parts to clean.

French Shaker

Also known as the Parisian Shaker, this bar tool is a simplified version of the Cobbler Shaker. Although it’s recently become more popular, this shaker is actually quite old. It’s very similar to the Cobbler Shaker but it’s only two pieces and it doesn’t have a built in strainer. It’s also a bit more stylish than the other shaker options. Theses strainers are more difficult to find and tend to be more pricey.

Speed Opener

Also known as a bar blade, church key, flat, popper, or mamba, the speed opener is used to quickly and easily remove bottle caps from beer bottles. Because it’s double cut, you can open bottles in the upwards or downwards motion. It’s also flat, making it easy to store it in your pocket. Flair bartenders often use these openers to entertain their customers by using certain techniques to create a loud popping noise or a visual show.

Wine Key

The wine key is essentially three tools in one—a knife, a corkscrew, and a bottle opener. The knife is used to cut through the seal on the top of the wine bottle, the corkscrew is used to twist out the wine cork, and the bottle opener is an additional accessory, used to open beer bottles. Many restaurants and bars require their servers to use this type of wine opener. Sommeliers prefer to use this type of wine opener as well.

Mixing Glass

Used to mix up cocktails before pouring them into your customer’s glass, this cut-crystal, beaker-shaped mixing glass with straight sides, a hefty base, and a spout is a great addition to any bar. Not only is it pretty, but it’s also sturdier than a pint glass and it holds a chill longer. Plus, your customers will be able to watch their drink being made.

Muddler

Many signature cocktails require the mashing of fresh ingredients. A muddler is a classic and simple tool that’s essential behind any bar. They come in different materials such as stainless steel, wood, and plastic. Some have a smooth head and others have a grinder head for maximum flavor extraction.

Pour Spout

Pour spouts are used for pouring drinks with speed and accuracy, helping you avoid over-pouring, spillage, and wasted time. If you’ve ever tried to pour without one, you’ve likely seriously botched a cocktail and wasted product. Depending on your bar, they might all be shiny metal and rubber, a medley of plastic multi-colored spouts, or a combination of the two. For more pour spout info and a list of the different types, check out our blog post on pour spouts.

If you’re making fresh craft cocktails, you’ll likely want to include some freshly squeezed juice in your recipes. As a bartender, a juicer, also known as a lemon squeezer, citrus squeezer, or Mexican juicer, uses a levered design with a hinged bowl and handles to effortlessly extract fruit juice. It’s also fairly easy to store and clean.

Absinthe Spoon

This slotted decorative spoon was made to dissolve sugar into a glass of absinthe. In the ritual involving classic French absinthe, the absinthe spoon is rested on the rim of a glass filled with a “dose” of absinthe. Then, ice water is carefully dripped onto the sugar cube so it will gradually dissolve.

Toothpick

Although they may be tiny, toothpicks are still essential tools for bartenders. They’re a crucial component for certain cocktail garnishes such as the olives in a classic martini. Toothpicks come in a ton of different varieties such as classic wood, bamboo knot, and plastic sword.

Foil Cutter

If you’re opening up a bottle of wine behind the bar, your job might be a little easier if you have a foil cutter. With a squeeze, a quarter turn, and a lift, this tool quickly and neatly removes foil from wine bottles, making it easier to remove the cork.

Matches

If you feature any flaming cocktails, matches are a must have. Although a cigarette lighter will work, matches look a bit classier when lighting drinks or garnishes in front of guests. Not only do flaming drinks look awesome but the act of igniting them also enhances their flavor.

Shaped with a wide mouth and a narrow stem, a funnel is used for decanting flavored syrups and spirits into bottles. If you’re trying to keep the bar and yourself from being covered in a sticky mess, make sure you have a funnel around for easy transfers.

The basic home bar

Our favorite essential home barware. Back row, from left to right: Umami Mart’s Seamless Plain Mixing Glass, OXO Steel Cocktail Strainer, Usagi Cobbler Shaker, Koriko Weighted Shaking Tins, Fletcher’s Mill’s 11-inch Muddler,  and Cocktail Kingdom’s Teardrop Barspoon. Front row, left to right, Chef’n’s FreshForce Citrus Juicer and OXO Good Grips ¼-cup Mini Angled Measuring Cup. Photo: Kate Milford

You don’t need a lot of equipment to make great drinks at home. If you’re just getting into cocktails, you might start with a shaker, a jigger, and a strainer. More advanced mixologists should consider investing in a good mixing glass, spoon, muddler, and citrus press. Here’s a rundown of what you’ll need, depending on the types of drinks you like.

Shaker: Perhaps the most basic bar tool, this is used to shake cocktails that include mixers (such as juice, dairy, or egg) to blend flavors from the various spirits and ingredients and to chill, aerate, and dilute the drink. Although shakers can be subdivided further, the Boston and cobbler styles are the two main setups you’ll see. Most professionals use Boston shakers, which are comprised of large and small cups that fit together. Both cups are usually metal, but sometimes bartenders use a pint glass for the smaller one. A Boston shaker requires a little more finesse to connect and shake, and needs a separate strainer. Cobbler-style shakers, on the other hand, are more popular with home bartenders. Generally, they separate into three pieces: a canister, a lid with a strainer, and a cap to cover up the holes. These have a tendency to leak, but they don’t require a separate strainer.

Mixing glass: Cocktails made entirely of alcohol (or perhaps very light mixers), such as a martini or Manhattan, should be stirred. Although you can stir in something like a pint glass, a mixing glass with straight sides, a heavy base, and a pour spout works far better (and looks nicer). Mixing glasses are traditionally made of glass rather than metal; glass is a better insulator and allows the guest to watch the cocktail being made.

Bar spoon: Used for preparing stirred cocktails, a bar spoon has a long handle for reaching the bottom of a mixing glass. A good spoon can also scoop up garnishes.

Muddler: This tool smashes herbs, fruit, or sugar cubes for making cocktails like a mojito. All manner of muddlers exist, from heavy plastic cylinders to artisan-made wooden objets d’art to the disk-shaped end of a bar spoon.

Citrus press: Most of the bartenders we spoke with recommended a hand press for citrus-based cocktails. Hand-held citrus reamers tend to be difficult to use; electric and manual presses produce more juice than the average home bartender needs. A hand press, which has a cup for the cut half of citrus and levered handles, will more easily produce the right amount of juice for a couple of drinks.

Our favorite Boston shaker, the Koriko Weighted Shaking Tins, has better balance and a more easily breakable seal than other shakers we tried. Photo: Kate Milford

If you want a cobbler shaker

This all-in-one shaker and strainer will be easier to use for novice mixologists. It has less of a tendency to leak than other cobbler-style shakers, and it feels more solidly built.

Although pro bartenders generally prefer and recommend two-piece Boston shakers, the style does take a separate strainer (and a little more finesse) to work with. If you want an all-in-one solution, we like the Usagi Cobbler Shaker. Chris Tunstall recommends a cobbler shaker for beginners because you don’t need a separate strainer, but these shakers also have a terrible reputation for leaking. Several of our experts criticized them for lids that get stuck and poor built-in strainers with holes that are inefficient, too big, or that drip. The Usagi is the only cobbler shaker we’ve found that doesn’t leak while shaking and that came apart easily.

We tested the quality of the built-in strainer of the cobbler shakers by checking how easy it was to remove the cap and by filling the shaker with small shards of ice and pieces of herbs. Photo: Emily Han

Pull Quote

Our experts cautioned against buying expensive shakers at fancy kitchen stores (they are designed more for looks than functionality), as well as cheaply-made shakers often sold at liquor stores.

The Usagi feels heavier and more solid than Oggi’s Marilyn Tall and Slim Cocktail Shaker, our top cobbler pick from 201(which, according to some of our readers, also has some leaking problems). All three parts of the Usagi shaker remained snug while shaking, yet the parts weren’t so tight that it was tough to break the seal. We also appreciated that the Usagi shaker has a little ergonomic indentation in the cap where you can put your index finger while shaking. For those who care, this shaker also looks nice and classic.

Our experts cautioned against buying expensive shakers at fancy kitchen stores (they are designed more for looks than functionality), as well as cheaply-made shakers often sold at liquor stores.

Jeffrey Morgenthaler praises the Koriko Weighted Shaking Tins, while Robert Hess recommends both the Koriko tins and Usagi Cobbler Shaker models (with preference given to the Boston style).

Our mixing glass pick

This glass has a more stable base and better pour spout than others we looked at. Its understated lines will also complement a variety of styles better than etched versions.

All of the glasses we tried were comparable in size and durability, but the Umami Mart’s wide, heavy base gives it more stability; it does not tip or move around, making it one of the easiest glasses we tried for stirring liquid and ice with a bar spoon. Cocktail Kingdom’s Seamless Yarai Mixing Glass, by comparison, didn’t sit flat on the counter and wobbled with stirring, as did the lightweight French press carafes we tried.

An OXO Hawthorne strainer snugly fit the mouths of most of the mixing glasses we tested. But the spout on the Umami Mart glass is smaller and more precise than those on Cocktail Kingdom’s Yarai Mixing Glass and the W&P Mixing Glass, making straining the drink into a cocktail glass a more foolproof affair. Cocktail Kingdom’s Seamless Yarai Mixing Glass has a similar pour spout and is few dollars cheaper, but its tendency to wobble knocked it out of the running.

Spout size and shape can affect how easy it is to strain and pour from a mixing glass. We preferred the more narrow spout of the Umami Mart glass, far right. Photo: Emily Han

Though it looks delicate, the Umami Mart is made of weighty glass that’s less likely to break than something like a French press beaker. Durability is important “because you’re definitely going to break your mixing glass at some point,” says Jeffrey Morgenthaler. “It’s just a matter of when, and a heavier glass is going to live longer than a lighter one.”

At 550 mL (or 18.5ounces), enough for two drinks, we think the Umami Mart is just right for most home cocktail making. Mixing glasses generally range from 1ounces (480 mL) to 3ounces (one L), but we only tested those of comparable size to the Umami Mart glass. Morgenthaler notes that “a good mixing glass has to be large enough to hold the drink, and a good amount of ice. Smaller is definitely not better here.”

Also great for a budget mixing glass

This glass will tip more easily when mixing, and doesn’t look nearly as elegant as our top pick. But at less than a sixth of the price, it does the trick (and can also work as half of a Boston shaker setup).

A tempered pint glass such as the Anchor Hocking Pint Mixing Glass does not meet the recommendations for a wide base and straight sides. However, it is inexpensive, thick, heavy, durable, fits a Hawthorne strainer snugly, and is multipurpose if you also use it as a shaker and/or drinking glass.

The angle of the glass makes it more difficult to get a smooth and fast stir, and pouring can be less precise than a true mixing glass with a good spout. But the glass does the job and it even makes a good vessel for muddling herbs or citrus.

Mixing glass competition

The mixing glasses we tested, including two French press beakers. Photo: Emily Han

Cocktail Kingdom’s Seamless Yarai Mixing Glass is slightly bigger than the aforementioned mixing glass (550 mL versus 500 mL). It, too, has a wide base, but here the glass is lighter and it does not sit completely flat, making it wobble slightly while mixing. A Hawthorne strainer fits more snugly than the other glass, and the spout is smaller and more precise for pouring.

A couple of our experts recommended Williams-Sonoma’s version of the Yarai glass, but it is no longer available. Instead, we tested the W&P Mixing Glass now available at Williams-Sonoma (and elsewhere). Although it is sturdy, durable, and fits a Hawthorne strainer snugly, the taller height of the glass makes stirring and pouring feel a bit awkward. The glass also has a wide spout that makes pouring less precise than glasses with narrower spouts.

We considered French press carafes, such as the BonJour French Press Replacement Glass Carafe and the Bodum Spare Glass Carafe, but realized these would not work as they typically come in sizes that are too small (1ounces) or too large (3ounces) for a Hawthorne strainer. Furthermore, these inexpensive carafes are made of thin, light glass that moves and wobbles while stirring.

While functional and potentially attractive to some, we omitted scientific beakers from our review because we believe the prominent measurement marks on these glasses detract from the art of using a mixing glass to make cocktails.

Although your favorite bartender may free pour liquor right from the bottle into the shaker tin or mixing glass, measuring into a jigger offers much more accuracy (especially if you’re new to making cocktails). After retesting our original pick along with seven additional models in 201year, we continue to stand by our original recommendation of the OXO Good Grips ¼-cup Mini Angled Measuring Cup.

The OXO also helps prevent spilling and messes—a common problem with traditional two-sided jiggers—because it features a useful pour spout and has extra space in the cup above the highest measurement.

The OXO mini measuring cup’s top-down visibility, pour spout, and space above the top fill line separates it from traditional jiggers. Photo: Emily Han

Brian Van Flandern says, “while I am not normally a fan of plastic, this one is dishwasher safe and allows the user to accurately measure in both ounces, tablespoons, milliliters, and even cups. It is easy to see the measurements even in low light as the inside is marked with clear red lines…the high quality of the plastic does not emit any odors that can alter the flavor of your drink.”

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You’ve finished building your snazzy new bar cart, so the hard part is over. But before you invite family and friends over to raise a glass to your DIY skills, stock it with a few unique cocktail gadgets and serving items that’ll have everybody asking, “Where can I get one of those?” For Father’s Day or any day, they make great gifts to thank dear old Dad for years of playing bartender. Here are 1of our favorite functional bar accessories—emphasis on the “fun.”

 

 

 

 

How to save up to 86%? Here is little trick.

You must visit the page of sales. Here is the link. If you don’t care about which brand is better, then you can choose the Bar Tools & Glasses by the price and buy from the one who will offer the greatest discount.

 

 

Final Word

First of all thanks for reading my article to the end! I hope you find my reviews listed here useful and that it allows you to make a proper comparison of what is best to fit your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to try more than one product if your first pick doesn’t do the trick.

Most important, have fun and choose your Bar Tools & Glasses wisely! Good luck!

So, TOP3 of Bar Tools & Glasses

 

 

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