Quite Continental Charm School: Day 3 – Class Up Your Barware

03/02/2013 § Leave a comment

The Quite Continental Charm School
A modern guide to creating a charmed life

QC Charm School: Class Up Your BarFrank Sinatra enjoying a cocktail.  Photo by John Dominis, via Life.

Day 3: Class Up Your Barware
There is a lot of lip service paid to the art of stocking one’s personal bar — in fact, we talked about it a few years ago.  And while I normally would be happy to debate for hours the virtue and quality of one spirit versus another, for today’s tip I would like to slightly shift the focus from perfecting the menu, to the tools of the trade of an at-home bartender.  While I’m not suggesting you must run out and purchase etched crystal tumblers like the ones the fellas are holding above, classing up your bar with proper glassware and tools is definitely charming — it implies a certain amount of respect for the cocktail ritual.

Since moving to New York a few years ago, I have come to pay more attention to the art of making cocktails and have kitted out my own bar with a number of essentials that I have distilled down to a few key purchases, shown below — all so that you won’t have to muddle your mojito with a soup ladle or serve everyone’s martinis in mismatched promotional pint glasses you furtively collected from your favorite pub in college.  For my glassware and bar tools I frequently turn to Fishs Eddy in the city, for their quality and affordability (and great sense of humor).  Luckily they have an online shop as well.

QC Charm School: Class Up Your Barware

All purpose wine citation ($2.95)

Champagne coupe ($3.95)

Tall high ball ($2.25)

Sommelier’s corkscrew ($5.95)

Bar spoon ($3.95)

OXO peeler ($12.99)

Stainless steel muddler ($10.95)

Stainless steel double jigger ($2.95)

Rocks glass ($2.95)

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