Create your mixology set like an expert

1 June 2020

Cocktails are a popular trend these days, meaning that every bar is equipped with different accessories and good quality ingredients used to create tasty and well-balanced drinks. Whether you are more of a “freepour” type or you’d rather precisely measure every centiliter of your drinks, our team at Vinum has selected the essential items you’ll need to create mixology set worthy of the greatest bartenders!

The bar accessories that compose a mixology set

The first thing you need to do when creating a mixology kit is to choose bar accessories that you are comfortable using. Remember that what makes a good cocktail is above all a bartender who can use their tools correctly.

A good shaker: an essential tool for every bartender

A good shaker is the key to creating a great cocktail. It allows you to mix the ingredients while cooling them down (a good amount of ice is needed for a cold drink). The definition of a good shaker will vary depending on the person using it. There are two main types of shakers: the Boston shaker and the Cobbler shaker.

The Boston shaker

The Boston shaker is made of two interlocking components, one made of metal and the other of glass. This is the most popular type of shaker, because of its large volume capacity and ease of handling. However, this shaker must be completed by a strainer.

The Cobbler shaker

The Cobbler shaker is a classic three-piece cocktail shaker. It is often seen in James Bond movies, and hence is often associated with the martini in popular culture. It is easy to use because it does not require an additional strainer, already featuring a filter as one of its three components. This tool is very useful for those who want to keep their mixology set minimal, as it usually also includes a jigger in the smallest part of the shaker.

Other must-have accessories for mixologists

It should be noted that not every cocktail needs to be shaken. For example, when you add sparkling water to your cocktail, it is better to stir it using a mixing glass and a bar spoon. You could also shake the drink beforehand and add the sparking water to it afterwards.

In any case, you will want to equip yourself with a strainer. There are two kinds to choose from: the Julep strainer and the Hawthorne strainer. The former is more practical when using a mixing glass, while the latter is easier to use with a shaker.

For the more enthusiastic mixologist, accessories such as a citrus press and an ice mallet could be interesting to complete your mixology set. 

The main ingredients you’ll need in your bar

Without going into too much detail about the different ingredients you can use to create a quality cocktail – we could go on about this for hours! – there are still some must-have items that need to be mentioned.

Cocktail syrups

Cocktail syrups are quite popular right now, with more and more local businesses creating delicious artisanal syrups! These syrups add flavor and often a little bit of sweetness to alcoholic drinks.

Simple syrups and bar mixes are also essential for making good cocktails. Simple syrups are made by simply dissolving sugar in water. Bar mixes are then created by adding lime or lemon juice to simple syrup. Easy enough to prepare, these syrups are even better when made fresh.

For tonic syrups or ones that have a more specific taste, come and see us in store. We will be able to introduce you to different worlds, from bitter and sweet syrups to sour, herbal and fresh flavours.

Aromatic bitters

Aromatic bitters are ingredients that enhance the different flavours of your cocktails with just a few drops. You can almost think of them as liquid spices. In fact, you can also use them for cooking! With a wide variety of flavours, ranging from hibiscus and mocha to citrus, cardamom, rustic spices and smoky aromas, it is a world to discover!

Originally used as medical infusions, bitters have developed over time to take the world of cocktails by storm. Despite their often high alcohol percentage (around 50%), bitters are not considered as alcoholic beverages since they are usually only used in small quantities. They are therefore available over the counter in Quebec. Come visit us in one of our stores to taste our different bitters and find out which are your favourites!