Essential Bar Tools

This entry was posted in Dine & Drink, Exploring Greater Kalamazoo, on August 26th, 2013 .
Kayla Kiley

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By: Kayla Kiley
Digital & Communications Manager, Discover Kalamazoo

Kalamazoo, Mich. — Stocking your bar? You’ll want to ensure that you have these tools.

Master mixologist Angie Jackson, a.k.a. “The Traveling Elixir Fixer,” shows you the essential bar tools that every bar should have — whether it’s at your home or favorite watering hole.

ESSENTIAL BAR TOOLS:
Mixing Glass
– Clear glass recommended.
– Build your drink in this glass.
– Used in conjunction with the Boston Shaker to shake anything that contains creams, juices and sugars.
– If your drink contains only spirits, stir your drink in the Mixing Glass.
Boston Shaker
– Stainless steel recommended.
– Used in conjunction with the Mixing Glass to shake anything that contains creams, juices and sugars.
Hawthorne Strainer
– Used to strain your drink from both the Mixing Glass or Boston Shaker into your Cocktail Gass.
Citrus Press
– Stainless steel recommended.
Muddler
– Used in conjunction with the Mixing Glass to muddle fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs.

NOT SHOWN BUT RECOMMENDED:
• Measuring Glass
– With measurement of ounces recommended.
Bar Spoon
– With a long handle recommended.
Cocktail Glasses

BUILD THE PERFECT COCKTAIL:
• Base Spirit
• Sugar
• Bitters
• Water

You can find Angie at Old Dog Tavern in downtown Kalamazoo Wednesday-Saturday nights.

Angie taught mixology at the collegiate level, worked the Chicago bar scene for about a dozen years, has developed many restaurant and bars’ cocktail programs, published multiple cocktail recipes, is a tasting consultant for distilleries, and has served drinks to countless celebrities, including Oprah, the Obamas, and Faith Hill & Tim McGraw.

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