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Your favourite watering hole is shut and you are missing your go-to cocktail? Worry not, you don’t need to be an expert with the best bartending tools to be able to whip up a mean martini (shaken, not stirred) or caipirinha. 

We’re sure you’ve already started making your own meals more often, and are even going beyond by making bread and baking cakes; delivery of cocktail premixes have started as well. But why stop? Try your hand at crafting your own cocktails.

If proper bartending tools are your main concerns, worry not. From using your fingers as measuring equivalents to replacing a shaker with your protein shake bottle, there’s a lot you can do.

Swap the shaker for a protein shaker or water bottle

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Working on them gains recently? You’re in luck — you can use your protein shaker to replace a regular cocktail shaker perfectly. They’re both optimised to blend ingredients well. If you don’t have a protein shaker at hand, we’re sure you have at least a water bottle with you — that works fine too.

Swap the Hawthorne Strainer with a fork or mesh strainer

Bartenders usually have two kinds of strainers on hand: The Hawthorne strainer and the Julep strainer. The former has a spring around the strainer, which is designed to perfectly fit into the cocktail shaker to strain out any pulp or seed into a cocktail glass. As for the latter, it’s designed to fit into a cocktail mixing glass.

Most of us will probably have a mesh strainer at home, whether it’s a small one or a larger one like above. If you don’t have these at home, we’re pretty sure you have at least a fork — use that as your cocktail strainer.

Swap the jigger with your fingers

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A jigger is the standard measuring tool used by bartenders. But you don’t have to specially purchase one of these for your home bar. If you have measuring spoons for baking, you can use those. Another nifty way is to use your fingers as a measurement tool.

Wrap your fingers around the bottom-most part of your glass, and think of one finger as ‘one part’. Most cocktail recipes will call for you to add one part of this ingredient, and two parts of another. One finger will be ‘one part’, while two fingers will be ‘two parts’, and so on. It’s not accurate down to the digit, but it’s a handy metric.

Swap the bartending spoon for a single chopstick or spoon

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Similar to the jigger, you don’t have to get a bar spoon for your home bar. Sure, it’s a nice addition to show off to your guests (when you can have some over), but a single chopstick works perfectly fine to stir down your drinks. Even a spoon works just as well.

This story first appeared on Lifestyle Asia Kuala Lumpur

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