The Top 10 Must-Have Tools for Your Home Tiki Bar

2017 is off to a roaring start and we're sure we have some readers out there with a certain resolution in mind: to finally start making tiki drinks at home. To help kickstart your home bar, we've put together a list of the 10 tools we can't live without when we're mixing up tropical libations. Starting completely from scratch? All of the items listed below will cost you about $100 total. Stock up and you're sure to be armed with everything you need to start creating some of your own homemade cocktails! 

Blender

Some tiki drinks call to be blended and many require crushed ice (which you might not have readily available at home). Either way, this should do the trick! 
Approximate Price: $26.93
Where to Buy: Amazon.com


This is a necessary tool for properly mixing and shaking your drinks with ice. Some call to be blended but most of the time they're shaken. 
Approximate Price: $16.49
Where to Buy: Amazon.com


Cocktail Strainer

For the cocktails that require to be strained, you'll need one of these to go along with your Boston Shaker. A cocktail strainer allows you to neatly pour out your mixed drink without the ice you used to chill it. 
Approximate Price: $6.99
Where to Buy: Amazon.com


When you're just starting out, it's hard to tell exactly where certain measurements land in a jigger which is why we prefer this version. With etched measurements, we can be certain that we're preparing tiki drinks with precision (which is always a good idea since the recipes can be complex). 
Approximate Price: $8.95
Where to Buy: Amazon.com


Some recipes call for a few drops of certain ingredients, like Pernod. To make sure you're getting those measurements precise, you'll need a glass dropper. It's useful to store these particular ingredients in these small bottles so they're ready to go whenever you need them. 
Approximate Price: $6.02
Where to Buy: Amazon.com


For an absolute beginner, mixing your own syrups might not be in the cards right away but it will be soon. It's really easy to make simple syrup at home and it's useful to mix your own honey syrup as well. It's not too hard to whip up some of your own orgeat (see how here) and in no time you'll probably want to dive into some other mixtures. Mason jars are a great way to store these concoctions in your fridge. Just be sure to label with syrup type and expiration! 
Approximate Price: $11.88 for 12
Where to Buy: Amazon.com


Muddler

Some drinks require that you muddle ingredients like citrus fruits or mint in advance. It's worth having one of these available to get the job done when the recipe calls for it. 
Approximate Price: $6.95
Where to Buy: Amazon.com


This juicer can handle the larger citrus fruits (oranges & grapefruits) as well as the smaller ones (lemons & limes). Since tiki drinks are best made with freshly squeezed juice, it's essential you've got the right tool on hand to do the work for you. 
Approximate Price: $8.95
Where to Buy: Amazon.com


Peelers are mostly needed for garnish - often orange and lemon rinds. You might not need one of these right away but it's good to have one on hand to properly dress up your tiki drinks. 
Approximate Price: $8.99
Where to Buy: Amazon.com


Zester

Some drinks call for citrus zest and this tool will be more useful than a standard cheese grater at home. In more advanced recipes, ingredients like freshly ground nutmeg are called for and this can also come in handy for that. 
Approximate Price: $6.99
Where to Buy: Amazon.com


It's important to note that this list excludes some other key tools that we assume most people already have at home: measuring spoonsa glass measuring cup, a saucepan, and a stirring spoon for the stove. Those things come in handy for more obscure recipes, when dealing with larger quantities, or when making your own syrups. They're also just good to have on hand for general use! 

Looking for even more guidance to get started with making your own drinks at home? We're in the process of creating a detailed guide for beginners with even more shopping lists (the essential ingredients, drinkware suggestions, garnishes, etc.) and all sorts of tips that will take you from zero to tiki. Click the link below to learn more!  

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