The bartender’s tool kit is essential to making drinks, whether professionally or at home. This ranges from actual tools and glassware to spirits, modifiers and more. Common behind-the-bar tools include shakers, strainers (both hawthorn and julep), fruit/vegetable peelers, pairing knives, bar spoons and jiggers. More advanced tools may include a mallet and Lewis bag for crushing ice, or even a brulee torch for caramelizing sugar or setting fire to high-proof spirits.
Of course, none of that matters if you’ve got nothing to serve. Which means a bar should also be stocked with spirits and mixers. The most important spirits — and ones that can create the base for hundreds of drinks — include whiskey, brandy, gin, vodka, tequila and rum. From there, you can add a variety of liqueurs, vermouths and other fortified wines, bitters, syrups, fresh fruits, juices and herbs. A professional bar has the means and space to stock a litany of ingredients, while home bars are more limited. But still, there’s a lot you can do with a few spirits, a handful of liqueurs and fresh lemons and limes.
A well-stocked (or smartly-stocked) bar gives bartenders the ability to create classic drinks, as well as modern interpretations of classics and original cocktails. This is where versatile liqueurs come in. Certain bottles can give notes of herbs, fruits or ginger, while something like PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur can often be used in place of grenadine or pomegranate juice, as well as be featured on its own. This versatility allows the bartender stock fewer ingredients overall, while still creating a variety of solid cocktails behind the bar.
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