Good tools are essential for the success of any project, large or small. I've recently watched my neighbor complete a full restoration of his front porch with a set of very simple, and yet very well made tools. That's the appeal of a job well done: satisfaction that tingles your fingertips. And of course, in our trade, it's all about a perfect cocktail served to friends. With the right toolkit, your possibilities can seem endless.
When the laws changed allowing us to carry barware and glassware, we knew immediately that whatever graced our shelves needed to hold up under the same shrewd and curatorial eye we've always turned on our wines, beers and spirits. After some discussion around the shop, we came up with a few basic tenets: quality materials, not too expensive, and it better look good.
So with our principles in place we ventured into the world of things. It's been fun. To give you an idea about how we approached buying our tools for the bar, below is a simple walk-through for the making of a classic.
Old-Fashioned Whiskey Cocktail*
Muddle one Demarara sugar cube with 2 dashes of Angostura bitters in the bottom of a mixing glass.
Add 2oz. of your favorite rye or Bourbon whiskey. Stir with ice.
Strain into a chilled rocks glass with a large ice cube.
Garnish with a lemon twist.
*This recipe is from The PDT Cocktail Book, now available in our shop.
We use the copper-plated utensils in the photos because a) copper looks amazing, no where better than on your shelf, and b) copper gets and stays very cold, making it the ideal metal with which to mix your drink. We also have these tools in a dashing stainless steel. The photos look great, but even they can't quite do justice to the feel of these tools in your hand. Check 'em out next time you're in the shop. I for one can't stop looking.