NOW Toronto: How to get in gear

NOW Toronto: How to get in gear

"You need more than a shot glass to make great drinks. Get these basic tools to do the job right.

Cocktail Picks
Do: commit to classiness when serving cocktails. Don’t: make your guests dunk their digits into a Manhattan to pluck out cherries. NB: get original Luxardo brand maraschinos and avoid those of questionably radioactive origin.

Stallion cocktail picks ($12, BYOB Cocktail Emporium)
Fleur de Lis cocktail picks ($4.75, BYOB Cocktail Emporium)

Mixing glass
James Bond had it backwards – spirit-forward cocktails like the martini should be stirred, not shaken, to mix a crystal-clear cocktail and control dilution. If you don’t want to drop big bucks on a gorgeous Japanese Yarai, a simple Boston glass does the trick.
Etched mixing glass with strainer ($34.95, BYOB Cocktail Emporium)
Large-cube ice trays
Big ice looks rad as hell and keeps your cocktail cold without over-diluting it to impotable dribble.
Tovolo Perfect cube tray ($20.95, BYOB Cocktail Emporium)

Boston shaker
A simple tin container is the bare essential of at-home cocktailing. Whether you’re using a glass or steel insert smacked to seal it in place, a proper shake is always thrown on a vigorous horizontal. Another good smack on the tin’s side easily breaks the vacuum and spares you having to deal with a stuck shaker; cocktails are designed to release frustration, not breed it.
($7.95 (insert) and $10.95 (shaker), BYOB Cocktail Emporium)"

-Sarah Parniak
Nov. 21, 2013