Bartending is a skill that requires quite a few tools, from jiggers to shakers to barspoons and more. Luckily, there are hundreds of great, affordable products out there, and in many cases you can even use stuff you have lying around the kitchen. Our guide shows you what to buy, and how to improvise in a pinch!
Bar tools are only half the battle—you’ve gotta know how to use them! Whether you’re trying to make some perfectly clear ice like the pros, hone your straining technique, or simply cut a proper garnish, our ever-expanding guide covers the techniques you’ll need to tend bar with the best.
And, of course, you’re going to need something to actually go in the drink itself! Our cocktail ingredient guide covers syrups, herbs, bitters, and all kinds of other things that take your cocktails to the next level, and we’re adding to it all the time. We recommend starting with our simple syrup recipe, our mint guide, and our tips on keeping your vermouth fresh as the day you bought it.