12 MUST-HAVES FOR ADVANCED HOME BARTENDERS (FROM AN L.A. BARTENDER)
You've got the basics, from vintage glassware to proper ice cubes. Barman Joseph Brooks of The Eveleigh shares his expertise for your next steps...
- •Cocktail picksMetal spears are better than cheapy toothpicks. (A shot of Joseph Brooks in a recent issue of L.A. Mag--he also loves a crowdpleasing bowl o' punch.)
- •Gallone mixing glassLooks like a giant brandy snifter, but this Italian vessel can mix up to five drinks at a time. Negronis all around!
- •Bitters vialThis mixologist gadget ensures consistency with every dash. (Bar Keeper in Silver Lake sells nifty vintage ones.)
- •Ebaloy citrus juicerFresh juice makes a cocktail so much better.
- •Kappa PiscoHooch du jour made from fermented grapes. Try a twist on the pisco sour with Pisco Chicano (Pisco, lime, ginger ale).
- •The 86 Co. SpiritsErgonomic bottles -- with scored lines for batch drinks--sets this brand's gin, rum, tequila, and vodka apart.
- •Highland Park ScotchComplex whiskey with more notes than a Bach concerto. Sip slowly.
- •Knob Creek Rye100 proof, small batch, reliable rye whiskey.
- •Tapatio TequilaLike wine, terroir can affect a tequila's flavor. This "highland" brand brings a balanced taste to drinks.
- •RaspberriesTrendy alternative to the maraschino cherry. (Just keep it out of your Manhattans)
- •TongsIce and lemon wedges stay germ free.
- •Cane sugar sodasWith the exception of standbys ginger ale and Coke, Brooke says he prefers naturally sweetened soft drinks.