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Want to mix your own drinks at home?
Invest in these six essential tools and
you'll be able to conjure up a Turquoise
Blue better than Tom Cruise in Cocktail
WORDS LAURA FOSTER PHOTO STEPHEN LENTHALL
KNIFEFrom slicing fruit to cutting garnishes, you
de�nitely need a decent knife. Especially when
you want clean lines on the lemon peel you're
just about to drop into that ice-cold Martini.
Make sure the knife has a razor-sharp tip, and
when you're slicing the peel o any citrus fruit,
ensure that you remove as much of the pith
from underneath as possible. Chin chin.
Global utility knife; £49.99, lakeland.co.uk
MEASUREI approach cocktail making the
way I do baking: if you get the
measurements in the recipe right,
and use good-quality ingredients,
it's dicult to go wrong. The design
of this particular jigger is Japanese
and it's much more convenient than
having separate, straight-sided 25ml
and 50ml measures. It even has 15ml
and 35ml lines on the inside, meaning
four of the most frequently occurring
measures are covered. The Japanese
can turn cocktail making into an art
form, but in your own home, I don't
think you need to worry too much
about artistic impression, do you?
Japanese-style jigger 25ml/50ml;
So many cocktails call for a slug of citrus juice of
one sort or another that it's worth investing in a
decent juicer. And unless you want to fork out
hundreds of pounds on a juicing machine,
your best -and quickest - bet for extracting
that zesty-fresh uid is a Mexican elbow.
Simply slice your fruit in two and
place half at a time in the bowl, with
the cut side facing down. Then
squeeze. It couldn't be easier.
Urban Bar stainless
steel squeezer; £18.45,