The introduction to the series “My favourite cocktails”
What equipment to buy to make the perfect cocktail?
I was always fascinated by a mixology concept. Surprisingly enough the common perception of it is not a simple one. There is lots of science involved in mixing drinks and it is important to stress that the mixology itself is an art.
Surrounded by our beautiful crystal glasses it was easy enough to start thinking on how to utilize various martini glasses which I collected over the last few years working in Gurasu.
The purpose of this post is to give you the most important information on a basic equipment which I have researched extensively through reading books, blogs and watching videos on how to make beautiful and tasty cocktails at home for yourself and your guests and what is crucial to enhance the whole experience.
What is the mixology?
Molecular mixology is the term applied to the process of creating cocktails using the equipment and techniques of molecular gastronomy. Introduction to Molecular Mixology :: Art of Drink
Fundamentals of preparing the cocktails – basic equipment
Being an amateur home cocktail enthusiast I don’t use a lot of equipment to make great drinks. Most of cocktails you can prepare with a cocktail shaker, mixing beaker, barspoon, jigger, stainer and ice only.
If you wish to become more experimental with your creations the digital scale, fruit peeler, knife and large syringe can help.
What I have learnt from reading various articles is that if you are going to spend money on a nice piece of bar kit let it be a barspoon. They come in all lengths and breadths, some have a kind of pitchfork and some have nothing at all.
Jigger – they all come in different shapes and sizes but their main purpose if to measure liquid. The most fashionable one is a double –ended cone- shaped jigger.
Shakers – I will not mention that my perfect shaker would come in a classic style made of a crystal glass and a silver top but generally the very good shaker can be made of stainless steel. Steel is the most cost effective option because it does tarnish easily and it has a lower thermal conductivity than copper, aluminium and silver. One source suggested that the best and most fancy material for a cocktail shaker could be the titanium as it is highly resistant to corrosion and acts as a great insulator.
Mixing beaker – without hesitation I can confidently say that the best mixing beakers are the one made of glass or crystal but when you choose to buy one, the most important aspect when you choose to buy a beaker is how well it pours the liquid.
Glassware – 90% of cocktails can be served in one of three glasses – the martini glass, high ball and old fashioned. Think about what drinks you like to make the most and consider what size would sit them. Nevertheless, the glassware is there to improve the experience and enhance the environment. Therefore, a good quality crystal glass whether clear or coloured will make a huge difference to the whole drinking experience.
My favourite recipes of cocktail will follow next week. I am looking forward to it.