While guest-bartending last week, I not only learned how hard it is to mix drinks, I also realized the importance of proper mixology tools. The first thing you need to invest in is a cocktail shaker. Not a three-piece shaker, but a Boston shaker. It consists of a clear pint glass with a larger mixing tin. The second most crucial utensil is a measuring cup like this one from Oxo. It should have easy-to-read measurements in ounces and tablespoons. A cocktail strainer, citrus juicer, and swivel-edged peeler are items you'll use over and over again. Although there's plenty of fancy bottle openers out there, I prefer the humble waiter's corkscrew — it simply opens wine and beer bottles. Don't overlook good bar towels (I love this set from Crate & Barrel); they'll come in handy for wiping up spills and cleaning glasses. The last thing your home bar needs is a quality pairing knife for slicing fruit and garnishes. These knifes are fun because they come in a variety of colors.
His advice is something of a no-brainer, but definitely worth mentioning: when it comes to making any drink, from a mojito to a martini, always place the ice in the shaker last. Adding the ice before you incorporate the other ingredients can severely dilute a drink. Within the time it takes to walk to your liquor cabinet and grab the vodka, the ice is already melting in the cocktail shaker. It makes perfect sense, and I hate to say it, but I've been sipping diluted drinks for years!
Do you always save the ice for last?
Take note friends and family: These gifts are perfect for the ultimate party girl. I'm talking about the gal who hardly sleeps, is constantly in the process of planning a fabulous soirée, and considers party-hopping her favorite sport.
This gold crocodile wine caddy lets her transport bubbly in style. A pretty cocktail shaker and embellished martini glasses are ideal for mixing drinks at home. For a special splurge, give her a bottle of Cabo Wabo Uno tequila.
Check out the entire selection of party girl gifts below and head to HolidaySugar for more inspiring gift ideas.
Like Santa Claus or candy canes, red and white can fill any kitchen with holiday cheer. While browsing the Yum Market on TeamSugar, I noticed that it was overflowing with deep-red and snowy-white hues. Incorporating this color combination into your kitchen is super easy. You can fill a bowl with candy canes or add a gorgeous cocktail shaker to your home bar. I love this clear and red shaker that jennjennnbubba found. It totally makes me want to whip up white Russians!
To make your holiday a red-and-white one, browse the ideas below.
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I like to consider myself a hostess with the mostess. Entertaining is what I do; it's what I live for. So naturally, putting together a gift guide for the ultimate hostess was incredibly easy. I simply looked for fabulous gifts I would love to receive!
Give the party queens and kings in your life a gift that they can show off while entertaining.
A pretty pot holder, sleek cocktail shaker, or stylish tray are all wonderful options. Or give them a great conversation starter like these introductory cocktail napkins. They break the ice and totally eliminate small talk. For more ideas, scroll below!
The most important tool for the home mixologist is the cocktail shaker. If you buy only one accessory for your bar, buy this essential utensil. Cocktail shakers serve to effectively combine the elements of a drink and quickly chill the mixture before it is poured into a glass. There are two types of cocktail shakers the cobbler and the Boston. The cobbler, like the sleek shaker at left ($10.00), is the classic 3 part shaker that consists of a metal tumbler, a snug fitting lid, and a small cap that fits over the lid and covers the strainer that is built into the lid. This is most commonly used when entertaining at home. The Boston shaker, commonly found behind professional bars, has two parts: a larger metal mixing tumbler and a smaller glass tumbler that fits together to form a sealed container. A few more shakers so read more
Andrew, my man about town artist friend from Cal, has begun to host sophisticated cocktail parties at his studio apartment in New York City. He lost the cocktail shaker that he stole from me years ago, so I thought it would be a great belated Christmas gift if I sent him a new cocktail shaker. I asked you to help me find a really cool cocktail shaker that is functional, modern, sleek, and artistic. You saved the shakers in the Yum Market with the keyword tag, Cocktail Shaker. The following shakers are ideal gifts for Andrew:
Chiringuito's are beach bars that pop up along the Spanish coasts during summer (I one day hope to open one!) and when I saw that this cocktail shaker was named the chiringuito shaker I knew Andrew had to have it. We've spent many days together enjoying the Spanish sun and sand, so when he uses this shaker he can be reminded of our beloved Costa Ballena. Both chlyn and rubialala spotted this shaker.
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Andrew is a friend of mine who lives in New York City. He is an incredible artist and man about town. When he's not building sets or making videos, he spends the majority of his time partying (you can imagine what it must be like when we get together: PartyAndrew and PartySugar...). Lately he's been into throwing sophisticated cocktail parties at his house. He has one tiny/huge problem: the cocktail shaker he stole from me years ago has disappeared. I owe him a birthday present and a Christmas present and want to send him a really cool cocktail shaker and I need you to help me find it. Andrew is the type of guy who dresses great and always has the newest phone/iPod/gadget/sunglasses before everyone else. The shaker should be functional but modern and artistic at the same time. Save the shakers you find in the Yum Market with the keyword tag, Cocktail Shaker. Thanks for your help!