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The Perfect Bar Set Gift for Cocktail Enthusiasts (Plus 4 Recipes)

Going out to the bar was getting expensive. It was time to save money and make cocktails in the comfort of our own home.

11-Piece Black Cocktail Shaker Bar Set

11-Piece Black Cocktail Shaker Bar Set

Why I bought This Bar Set

My husband loves to experiment with mixed drinks, and I definitely benefit from it! For a while, options were limited and creativity difficult, as we only had a cheap shaker to work with. I knew it was time for my husband to get an upgrade.

I did a brief search on Google for a bar set and was in shock at the prices attached to the selections. The price tags were in the $80–$115 range. I think most people can agree that they would rather find a set that's more reasonably priced. I switched gears and started looking on Amazon instead, and that's how I stumbled upon this set. This set comes with the following:

11-Piece Cocktail Shaker Bar Set Contents

  • 2 weighted Boston shakers
  • Cocktail strainer set
  • Double jigger
  • Cocktail muddler and spoon
  • Ice tong
  • 2 liquid pourers

This set also comes in a variety of colors including black, copper, rainbow, and silver. We are very pleased with how the black color looks on our set.

This bar set was not my first choice. I was comparing this set to another set on Amazon, and I began to notice the differences between the two. The black cocktail shaker bar set has more pieces, higher reviews, and a lower price than other ones on Amazon. After reading the reviews from real bartenders, it was clear that this set was the best choice.

Readers should take into account that you get what you pay for. We found after a few uses there are already some minor scratches and smudges on the shakers where the two meet. This could happen with any shaker. Regardless, this doesn’t bother us at all; my husband could not be happier with this gift!

Now, for some original homemade cocktail recipes . . .

Paloma

Paloma

1. Paloma

This recipe is for a refreshing and juicy Paloma. Feel free to make it as directed or adjust it to your tastes.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 grapefruit, squeezed
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 lime, squeezed
  • 1.5 ounces white tequila
  • 1/2 ounce sparkling water, optional
  • 4 ice cubes
  • 1 grapefruit peel, optional

Instructions

  1. Roll a whole grapefruit gently on the counter a few times to release some of the juices.
  2. Cut the grapefruit in half. Squeeze by hand or with a juicer in a separate cup. You want to try and squeeze at least 2 ounces of juice from it.
  3. Take the mini strainer from your bar set and pour the juice into it with your cocktail glass below. This will collect the seeds and pulp for you to keep out of your drink.
  4. Add a teaspoon of sugar to your cocktail glass. Some people may like less sugar, as the grapefruit may be sweeter than an ordinary one.
  5. Roll a whole lime gently on the counter a few times to release some of the juices.
  6. Cut the lime in half. Squeeze by hand or with a juicer in your cocktail glass.
  7. Add 1.5 ounces of white tequila to your cocktail glass.
  8. Optional: Add half of an ounce of sparkling water.
  9. Drop 4 ice cubes and use your cocktail spoon to gently stir for 30 seconds, so the ice dilutes.
  10. Optional: Garnish with a grapefruit peel.
Mojito

Mojito

2. Mojito

This recipe is for a classic Bicardi rum mojito cocktail. Feel free to make it as directed or adjust it to your tastes.

Ingredients

  • Half lime, squeezed
  • Handful of mint
  • Topo Chico Mineral Water
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1.5 ounce white rum
  • Ice

Instructions

  1. Put 10 mint leaves or more in your cocktail glass.
  2. Pour a teaspoon of sugar on top of the mint leaves.
  3. Squeeze half of a lime on top of the sugar.
  4. Take your muddler and bruise the leaves in your glass. Do this for about 15 seconds to incorporate the mint, the lime, and the sugar.
  5. Pour in 1.5 ounces of white rum.
  6. Pour in 4-5 cubes of ice and stir the contents until your cocktail glass gets cold.
  7. Add another 4 cubes of ice.
  8. Pour in the Topo Chico mineral water until it reaches the ice. This could depend on the type of glass you are using.
  9. Take your bar spoon and dip it into your glass up and down a few times.
  10. Take a stem with mint and slap it in your hands a few times to release the mint flavor. Then, add to the top of your glass as a garnish.
Blueberry Lemon Drop Martini

Blueberry Lemon Drop Martini

3. Blueberry Lemon Drop Martini

This recipe is for a sweet and juicy spin on a classic martini. Feel free to make it as directed or adjust it to your tastes.

Ingredients

  • Fresh blueberries, a handful
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • Half lemon, squeezed
  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 4 cubes ice

Instructions

  1. Place your cocktail glass in the freezer to chill.
  2. Put a handful of blueberries into your shaker and add a teaspoon of sugar on top.
  3. Roll a whole lemon gently on the counter a few times to release some of the juices.
  4. Cut the lemon in half and squeeze all of the juices out into the shaker. Don't worry about the seeds going in; they'll be strained out.
  5. Optional: Set aside squeezed lemon for garnish later.
  6. Take your muddler and smash the blueberries into the sugar.
  7. Add 2 ounces of vodka to your shaker.
  8. Add 4 ice cubes to the mixture and shake until ice cold.
  9. Take your cocktail glass out of the freezer and pour the mixture from your shaker into it.
  10. Optional: Take the squeezed lemon and rub around the rim of the glass. Dip in sugar.
Margarita on the Rocks

Margarita on the Rocks

4. Margarita

This recipe is for a standard-style margarita on the rocks. Feel free to make it as directed or adjust it to your tastes.

Ingredients

  • 1 ounce white tequila
  • Extra half an ounce of tequila, optional
  • 1 lime
  • Agave syrup, optional
  • 3/4 ounce triple sec
  • Ice

Recipe note: Our friends, the Deapos, shared with us this great recipe they whipped up on their own. This drink is also known as “The Deaporita,” as it has become very popular amongst our friends. We will never go back to the high-fructose Jose Cuervo mix now that we've tasted this.

Instructions

  1. Pour 1 ounce of white tequila into your shaker.
  2. Roll a whole lime gently on the counter a few times to release some of the juices.
  3. Cut the lime in half and squeeze all of the juices out of each half into your shaker.
  4. Add 3/4 ounce of triple sec to the mixture.
  5. Optional: add agave syrup for more sweetness. It's not necessary in my opinion though.
  6. Add ice into the shaker, so it stacks up to the level of the liquid. Shake until it's ice cold.
  7. Add some ice to your cocktail glass, and pour the mixture into your cocktail glass.
  8. Optional: Add ice to a blender, pour mixture into blender, blend, and pour the frozen mixture into your cocktail glass.

© 2020 Jackie Zelko

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