Tips and Tricks

  • 1/2 oz. of liquor is equal to 1 count –  Using a pourer on your bottle, to measure 1 – 1/2 oz. of liquor, count “1001…1002…1003” as you are pouring.
  • Highball – fill glass two-thirds full of ice before adding liquor then add the mixer.  Don’t stir drinks with carbonated mixers.
  • Cocktails, low-balls, and other shaken or stirred drinks – fill shaker half-full of ice.  For low-balls, fill the glass about half-full of ice before pouring drink.
  • Shaken drinks that contain light cream – drinks can be made as blended drinks, substituting vanilla ice cream for the light cream.
  • Blended drinks – first fill blender half-full of ice.  Add more ice if necessary as you are blending.
  • Stemmed glassware – stemmed glassware are used for pre-chilled drinks.  When a drink recipe calls for a stemmed glass, the drink always has to be pre-chilled before pouring into the glass.
  • Rock, or bucket glassware are used for drinks that are not pre-chilled.
  • Cooler, Collins, or chimney are names the same type of glassware.  These glasses are used for multi-liquor and mix drinks.
  • Wine glasses – White wineglasses are usually longer and narrow than red.
  • Shooter or cordial glassware are used for shooters or after dinner cordials.

Bar Setup

  • Corkscrew
  • Bottle Opener
  • Cocktail shaker with strainer
  • Jigger (Shot Glass)
  • Table/Teaspoon (set)
  • Bar spoon (a long spoon)
  • Blender
  • Juicer
  • Paring Knife
  • Ice Bucket

  • Old Fashion – Small Rocks Glass
  • Highball Glasses – Large Rocks Collins
  • Shot Glasses
  • Wine Glasses
  • Cocktail Glasses
  • Martini Glasses
  • Champagne Glasses
  • Brandy Snifters
  • Coffee Mugs

  • Vodka
  • Gin
  • Blended Whiskey
  • Bourbon
  • Light Rum
  • Dark Rum
  • Scotch Whiskey
  • Brandy
  • Cognac
  • Irish Whiskey
  • Canadian Whiskey

  • Triple Sec
  • Dry Vermouth
  • Sweet Vermouth
  • Amaretto
  • Kahlua
  • Irish Cream
  • Crème de Menthe
  • Crème de Cacao
  • Crème de Cassis
  • Sloe Gin
  • Curacao
  • Peppermint Schnapps
  • Sambuca
  • Melon Liqueur
  • Campari
  • Frangelico
  • Galliano

  • Limes
  • Lemons
  • Oranges
  • Olives
  • Cherries
  • Cocktail Onions
  • Strawberries
  • Pineapples
  • Cinnamon Sticks
  • Celery Stalks

  • Coke/Pepsi
  • Tonic Water
  • Club Soda
  • Orange Juice
  • Grapefruit Juice
  • Grenadine
  • Lime Juice
  • 7-Up/Sprite
  • Cream
  • Cranberry Juice
  • Lemon Juice
  • Ginger Ale
  • Pineapple Juice
  • Coffee

  • Sugar
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Bitters
  • Whipped Cream
  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • Tabasco Sauce
  • Celery Salt

Standard Measurements

Standard Bar Measurements
1 Dash 1/6 teaspoon (1/32 ounces)
1 Teaspoon (Bar Spoon) 1/8 ounce
1 Tablespoon 3/8 ounce
1 Pony 1 ounce
1 Jigger (Bar Glass) 1 ½ ounce
1 Wine Glass 4 ounces
1 Split 6 ounces
1 Cup 8 ounces