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As in any other field, tools of the trade are an essential part of mixing drinks. Most of these are what you would find easily in your kitchen, while others you might have to look for in speciality shops or at a good supermarket.

Here is a list of basic tools which make mixing and serving cocktails, easier.

MIXING EQUIPMENT

1. Cocktail shaker – both the 3 piece Stainless Steel & the 2 piece Boston

2. Long mixing spoon

3. Peg measure (hourglass type) with 30ml and 60ml measures

4. Ice bucket and tongs

5. Plastic kitchen strainers

6. Can opener

7. Bottle opener

8. Cutting board and knife

9. Peeling knife

10.Bottle stoppers

11.Lemon squeezer

12.Juicer

13.Blender/Mixer

14.Tablespoons, teaspoons and plates

15.Wiping cloths

16.Cork screw or high tech auto wine openers

17.Grater

18.Jugs/carafes/decanters to hold juice

SERVICE EQUIPMENT

1. Glasses

2. Decanters

3. Cocktail sticks

4. Stirrers

5. Ashtrays

6. Toothpicks

7. Long and short straws

8. Paper napkins

9. Napkin Stands

10. Coasters & trays

ALL ABOUT GLASSES

Certain types of glassware are traditional for specific drinks and this is no accident. Take for instance a Martini or a Pina Colada. These drinks are stirred and shaken respectively with ice and strained into stemmed glasses. This is so that the heat from your palm does not warm the drink before it is consumed. Stemmed glassware, logically, is not required when the drink is served with ice. If used at all, it is more for a stylish presentation rather than from necessity.

To a connoisseur however, the quality of the glassware is of utmost importance. This is especially true in the service of wines. For years experts have been waxing eloquent on the effect a perfect glass can have on total dining experience. Anyone, they say, who has had to drink fine wine out of a thick-walled glass or sip an aromatic liqueur from a clumsy shot glass, will attest to that. Wouldn’t your eyes gleam with appreciation when you hold an exquisitely crafted, fragile, work of art in your hand?

Ideal Glasses

These are easily available at most good glassware shops. Stick to plain, clear glassware and avoid those with a lot of design. The impact of a good-looking cocktail is best felt when it can be seen properly, without ornate glassware to obstruct its view.

You do need to be careful while buying glasses though. Check each glass for chips and uneven surfaces. The best way to do this is to glide your fingertips very lightly over the rim of the glass. Next, hold it against the light to detect the presence of streaks, waves or bubbles.

Use the same guidelines even when buying expensive crystal. In addition, make the glass ring with a flick of your fingernail – a clear, pure, long lasting ring will tell you that you have the right thing.

If you do not have access to good crystal, let it not depress you. I have served umpteen cocktails in ordinary glassware with as much style and pizzazz as you could want. It is how you garnish and present the drink that finally makes the difference.

Stemmed Glasses

1. Martini glass

2. All purpose wine glass

3. Hurricane glass

4. Champagne tulip

5. Margarita glass

6. Champagne flute

Straight Glasses

1. Collins glass

2. Highball glass

3. Old fashioned glass

4. Shot glass

5. Chimney glass

6. Beer mug

Styles of Rocks glasses

Styles of Tall

Styles of Beer

Styles of Martini & Margarita

Styles of Shots

Styles of Wine

There are, of course, plenty of other types of glassware in the market. But you can serve almost any cocktail to advantage with those shown here. You also save on storage space and reduce breakage.

Handle With Care

Whether your glassware is expensive crystal or cheaper ware, take great care of it. Wash each glass separately in reasonably hot water, rinse, and after draining the water, let it dry on its own. Handle glasses by the stem or base so that fingerprints do not smudge them. Polish off smudges with a soft wiping cloth.

NON-ALCOHOLIC MIXERS

JUICES

CARBONATED BEVERAGES

CRUSHES & CONCENTRATES

SYRUPS & PUREES

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