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Teh Drink Apollo

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Bar Mats

Also know as spill stops, these are great for pouring shots. The mat traps the spillage and keeps the bar neat. Just don't forget to empty the mats and wash them.


Used By: BMW, The Lion's Roar
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Bar Rags

You should always keep at least two bar rags handy to wipe up the inevitable spills and keep the bar clean.

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Bar Spoon

A bar spoon is simply a small spoon with a very long handle. It has many uses behind the bar. It can be used for stirring cocktails of course, but you can also pour a liqueur over the back of the spoon when layering it on top of another liqueur. You can also use it to scrape the bottom of the blender.


Used By: B-52, Brain Geyser, Buttery Nipple, The Lion's Roar
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Blender

What bar would be complete without a blender for those fancy frozen drinks? A heavy duty, multi speed blender is a good choice.


Used By: Banana Cow, Pina Colada, Raspberry Popsicle, Red Arctic, Strawberry Blast
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Boston Shaker

This is a less elegant, but easier, cheaper, and more reliable alternative to the martini shaker. It consists of a metal cup and a pint glass. Ice and liquids are placed in the cup and the glass is placed tightly over the cup, forming a seal. Shake, and serve. Since a Boston shaker does not have a strainer built in, you can use a separate strainer.


Used By: Artlantic, Chocolate Covered Cherry, French Martini
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Garnish Tray

A nice neat covered tray to keep your lemon slices, lime wedges, orange wheels, and cherries.


Used By: Shirley Temple, Vodka Gimlet
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Ice Scoop

All commercial establishments require the use of a separate scoop for use with ice. There are good reasons for this so even if you're at home, it's wise to use an ice scoop. First, if you use a glass to scoop the ice, you run the risk of chipping the glass - imagine trying to find a glass chip in an ice bin! Second, your hands, used glassware, and any other potentially dirty object should never come in contact with the ice. Ice is legally considered a food so all the handling procedures apply.


Used By: Adios Motherfucker, Blue Hawaiian, Cosmopolitan, Cosmopolitan, Crown and Coke
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Jigger

A jigger is simply a measuring device. It consists of two metal cups welded bottom to bottom. One is 1.5 ounces (45 ml) and the other is 1 ounce (30 ml).


Used By: Manhattan, Sidecar, Veteran
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Knife

A good, sharp knife is essential for cutting fruit for garnish. Some knives also serve as a zester and peeler. It can be used to cut wedges and slices, but this one can also be used to make lemon zest or a lime twist.


Used By: Bob Marley, Chocolate Cake, Shirley Temple
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Liquor Pours or Spouts

A Liquor Pour is used to control the flow of liquor from the bottle. This helps to prevent under or over pouring. With a little practice a bartender can accurately pour an ounce by using a pourer and counting. Most pourer flow at 1 ounce per second. Another kind of pourer is a "measured pour" where the pour has a built in measurement and stops after that amount.


Used By: Paradise Island
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Shaker

Also called a "cocktail shaker" or "martini shaker", this is the classic shaker. A shaker has three parts: The cup, the top and the cap. Place ice, then the liquids into the cup, place the top and the cap tightly onto the cup, shake (away from the customer!). To serve, remove the cap and the top works as a strainer.


Used By: Adios Motherfucker, Alpine Sunset, Amaretto Sour, Ambrosia, Angel's Breast, Apple Martini, Apple Martini, Apple Pie, Apple Sour, Apricot Margarita, Astoria, Athena, Babylon Sour, Bald Pussy, Banana Split, Bananarama, Black Rock, Blackstone, Bloody Bullshot, Bloody Mary, Blue Monday, Bourbon Cream Float, Bourbon Manhattan, Chocolate Cake, Classic Martini, Corrida, Cosmopolitan, Cosmopolitan, Grandma's Peach Pussy, Grasshopper, Kamikaze, Kamikaze, Mai Tai, Manhattan, Margarita, Margarita, Miami Beach Cocktail, Rattlesnake, Scotch Alexander, Scotch Irish Shillelagh, Scotch Milk Punch, Scotch Sour, Scotch Street, Sidecar, Summer Scotch Cocktail, Tequila Sunrise, The Stoner, Three Mile Island, Tim's Lemonade, Tipperary Scotch Cocktail, Twisted Sister, Vodka Gimlet, Vodka Martini, White Lady
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Stirrer

A stirrer is most commonly a metal rod or long spoon that it used to agitate or mix drinks. The two most common reasons to use a stirrer when making a drink are blending ingredients or quickly chilling them after ice has been added. This is an essential piece of equipment in any bar.


Used By: Acapulco Fizz, After The Rain, Aloha, Bubble Gum, Caribou Lou, Crown and Coke, Jack and Coke, Manhattan, Midori Sour, MOJO-ito, Moscow Mule, Shirley Temple, Slamming Butt Fu**, The Alamo, Veteran, Zaza
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Strainer

A strainer fits over the top of a Boston shaker or any other glass and is used to strain the ice from a drink after it's been stirred or shaken. The top photo is of the strainer by itself, the bottom is the strainer on a cup.


Used By: Abra Cadabra, Algonquin, Amaretto Sour, Ambrosia, Andromeda, Angel's Breast, Apollo, Apple Martini, Apple Martini, Apple Sour, Applesauce, Apricot Margarita, Ascot, Astor Place, Astoria, Athena, Avenue B, Aztec Gold, Babylon Sour, Banana Cream Pie, Banana Split, Bananarama, Beekman Place, Birth of Venus, Black Rock, Blackstone, Blind Kamikaze, Bloody Mary, Blue Monday, Bobby Burns Martini, Bourbon Cream Float, Bourbon Kiss, Bourbon Kiss, Bourbon Manhattan, Brooklyn Bridge, Candy Apple, Cherry Rob Roy, Chocolate Covered Cherry, Classic Martini, Corrida, Cosmopolitan, Cosmopolitan, Dry Rob Roy, Fancy Scotch, French Martini, Grasshopper, Kamikaze, Mai Tai, Miami Beach Cocktail, Perfect Rob Roy, Rattlesnake, Rob Roy, Scotch Alexander, Scotch Blossom, Scotch Irish Shillelagh, Scotch Milk Punch, Scotch Sour, Scotch Street, Summer Scotch Cocktail, Tequila Sunrise, The Academic, The Arthur, Three Mile Island, Tim's Lemonade, Tipperary Scotch Cocktail, Vodka Martini, White Lady, Zaza
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Wine Opener

Any bar that serves wine should have a wine opener. Anything will do, from a simple corkscrew to the fancy "estate" wine openers. The most popular is the "waiter's corkscrew" which is small, easy to use, and folds up so it can be kept in a pocket.

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Wooden Muddler

Whether you're crushing mint for your Mojito or herbs for your sauce, this wooden muddler will bruise and crush your herbs & spices to extract their natural flavors and aromas. Usually 7 to 8 inches in length.


Used By: Mojito, MOJO-ito, Old-Fashioned, Scotch Old-Fashioned