Are you a mixologist in the making? Here are the nifty tools to improve your bartending skills.
Literally a Swiss Army knife for every aspiring mixologist. It’s extremely portable, compact and easy to store–no more lost tools! What’s included: muddler, knife, reamer, stirrer, channel knife, corkscrew, jigger, strainer, zester and bottle opener. Comes with a handy cocktail guide too.
$52.90 from ToTT @ Dunearn, #01-01A, 896 Dunearn Road. Tel: 6219 7077. www.tottstore.com
Polar Ice Bucket (Black/White)
A designer ice bucket that not only preserves the integrity of your ice cubes but also conveys a powerful message about global warming. As ice melts and water drains into the outer segment, the polar bear’s natural habitat seems to disappear. Tongs provided.
$64.90 from Qualy Design Singapore, www.qualydesign.sg
SPRITTA Fruit Garnishing Set (Green)
If you’re into fruity cocktails, this trio (corer 21cm, melon baller 17cm, lemon dresser/zester 19cm) is a must. Core apples, garnish drinks with citrus peels and coax spheres from honeydew, watermelon or even ice cream with these tools.
$6.90 from IKEA Alexandra, 317 Alexandra Road. Tel: 6786 6868
More commonly known as the julep strainer, this works in tandem with the Hawthorne variety (the one with the spring). Use this when straining a cocktail from a mixing glass, and the other when straining the tipple from a mixing tin.
$4 from The Liquor Bar Singapore, #02-21 Parklane Shopping Mall, 35 Selegie Road. Tel: 6253 2153/9227 5297. www.liquorbar.sg
SILI All Rounder (Blue/Red/Orange/White)
This silicone mould allows you to create those gorgeous ice spheres for your whisky, which melt slower than boring ice cubes. Use the All Rounder for chocolate and jelly too!
$8.90 from HipVan, www.hipvan.com
Yukiwa “Baron” Cobbler Shaker in Gold
Feel like a Japanese rock idol as you give that Manhattan a good shake. Tableware specialist Yukiwa is also known for producing sturdy bar tools and can gold-plate any item upon request. This suave 24k gold cobbler shaker comprises a tin, a strainer and a cap that can also be used as a 1.5oz measure.
$125 from Rockustar Spirits, www.rockustar.com
Libbey Bar In A Box Assorted Bar Glasses (18 Pieces)
The ultimate glassware set for your home bar. Instead of trawling separate shops and carting glass by glass back, buy everything in a box. Each set consists of four 13.5oz zombie/cooler glasses, four 10.5oz poco glasses, four 2oz margarita glasses, one 16oz mixing glass and one strainless steel bar strainer.
USD29.95 (S$47.25) from KegWorks, www.kegworks.com
King Metal Stainless Steel Bar Set (8pcs)
A great no-frills starter kit with eight essential tools: double jigger (for quick and precise measurement), ice bucket, ice tongs, cocktail strainer, stirrer, bottle opener, knife and tool rack. It’s perfect for both home bar and professional use.
$68.90 (U.P. $86.25) from Pantry Pursuits, www.pantrypursuits.com