Bar sets is a collection of kitchen tools used by bartenders and mixologists to prepare alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverages.
Almost all Bar Sets kits include an ice bucket, tongs, stirrer, strainer, measuring jiggers, and bottle opener and bar knife. Additional equipment may include bottle stoppers, shakers and graduated mixing glasses. A professional bar set may also include a garnish tray, coasters and napkin holders.
Many alcoholic drinks are served ‘on the rocks’ or at least chilled, so a large ice bucket and tongs is essential in any bar sets.
Some mixed drinks must be stirred with a special stir stick included in the bar sets. Certain liqueurs are difficult to blend with other ingredients because of their specific densities, so a stir stick should be used with these ingredients. Some liqueurs, such as Galliano, are meant to float above the rest of the drink, not become part of it.
Another essential Bar Sets tool is a strainer. Some mixed drinks and straight spirits such as vodka should be chilled before serving, but not necessarily placed on ice in the glass. Other recipes may call for fruits or mint leaves to be shaken along with the ingredients, but not served in the final product. A strainer is made to fit the lip of a shaker and filter out the unwanted ice and other ingredients just before serving.
A basic bar set may also include bottle stoppers for resealing open bottles of liquor. Bottle stoppers may also double as jiggers if they are designed to dispense a specific amount of alcohol per pour. A multi-purpose bar knife could also be included, in order to prepare garnishes or open the seals on champagne bottles. Some Bar Sets include mixing glasses with various gradations for easier measurement of individual ingredients.