3 Genius Hacks To Make Better Cocktails At Home

Home bars come in all shapes and sizes. Whether you’re trying to build your own speakeasy or just looking to upgrade your corner of the kitchen, a few easy hacks can step up your cocktail game in no time at all.


For less than the price of a fancy cocktail, you can freeze your own king-sized ice squares, which are perfect for sipping Scotch. If you’re throwing a party and need to chill down a large punch, fill up a large, sealable container with water ahead of time and throw it in the freezer.


Simple syrup is just what the name implies: a simple 50/50 mix of sugar and water. And while a lot of great cocktails find their balance with simple (as the pros call it), the liquid is a great platform to build on and explore. Try new sweeteners. For example, use vegan-friendly agave syrup in a refreshing Margarita, rich maple syrup in the easy-going Autumn Rickey or honey in the classic Brown Derby.


Invest in tools. You don’t need to go crazy with accessories, but it’s worth shelling out a bit on the basics. Even with regular use, quality tools will last you a lifetime. With that in mind, please stop using a novelty shot glass as a jigger, a fork as a strainer and an old jam jar as a shaker. To get you started, here are five must-have bar tools:

Shaker tin (and if you don’t have one, a tempered pint glass or two)
Mixing glass
Hawthorne Strainer
Jigger (double-sided, with half-measures noted)
Nice glassware (your local Goodwill should have a big selection of cheap, vintage cocktail and rocks glasses)

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