Before you spend your entire paycheck trying to collect an impressive array of bottles that you may only use sparingly for your home bar, consider starting out with just the basics.
Having the essential tools you need will allow you to make a variety of cocktails, and look like a master barman while doing so.
Business Insider got the inside scoop on the must-have tools and ingredients from Eben Freeman, master mixologist and director of beverage operations for chef Michael White's AltaMarea group.
So go on and impress your guests.
A speed-pour helps avoid spills and ensures accurate measurements.
Eben recommends the Spill-Stop tapered metal pour spout.
A jigger can be used to measure ingredients and comes in different sizes.
Eben recommends Cocktail Kingdom's Stainless Steel Japanese Style Jigger (1 oz/2 oz).
A cocktail strainer can be used to remove ice from a shaker.
Eben recommends Hawthorne's strainer with a tight spring.
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