Time to raise your drink­ing game.

ELLE Man (Canada) - - CULTURE -

David Kaplan and Alex Day, the gents be­hind New York bar Death & Com­pany (ad­di­tional cre­den­tials: They judged the 2015 Grey Goose Pour Masters com­pe­ti­tion), on the es­sen­tial items for the world’s great­est do­mes­tic booze sta­tion.

A RE­ALLY GOOD BAR KNIFE “This is not just a kitchen util­ity knife; get a re­ally beau­ti­ful hand­crafted show­piece knife for when you’re cut­ting up gar­nishes in front of your friends. Western Knife Works makes gor­geous steel ones.”

A JIG­GER “Even if you’re mak­ing drinks at home, mea­sure every­thing. Cock­tails aren’t like cook­ing; they’re more like bak­ing. Ja­panese-style jig­gers, like the ones from Cock­tail King­dom, are the most use­ful be­cause they have mul­ti­ple in­ter­nal mea­sures.”

A BACK-POCKET RECIPE THAT CAN BE ADAPTED “The last thing you want when you’re host­ing peo­ple is to spend the night mak­ing drinks. If you have a good-qual­ity seltzer and good-qual­ity booze around, you can make some­thing very so­phis­ti­cated. Grey Goose and soda, with sim­ple vari­a­tions like adding dif­fer­ent herbs, for in­stance, can be very im­pres­sive.”

AN EDITED BAR SHELF “Have a cou­ple of good bot­tles in each booze cat­e­gory—gin, whisky, vodka, tequila—and then a few that have sto­ries you can share with peo­ple. You also need a work­horse orange bit­ters. Re­gans’ or Fee Broth­ers is good.”

GLASS­WARE WITH PER­SON­AL­ITY “Glass­ware should be spe­cial, per­sonal. You only need a set of six or eight. Each glass should feel good in your hand. We’d rec­om­mend a Collins glass, an old-fash­ioned glass and maybe a coupe. The great thing about mak­ing drinks at home is that you don’t need to stick to a stan­dard—if you make a big drink, you can just pour it into two dif­fer­ent coupes you found some­where. Parched Pen­guin in Van­cou­ver has beau­ti­ful stuff.”

A GOOD SHAKER

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