Bar Blenders

Restaurant Education: 8 Essentials to Stock your Bar

Bar BlenderA bar that has all the right supplies will make it easier to make the drinks that your customers want, when they want them. Whether you’ve just realized you’re missing a key piece of bar equipment, or you’ve finally decided to install that old tiki bar in your basement, here is a list of what you really need to celebrate a successful bar experience.

Cocktail or Martini Glasses: Depending on the size of drinks you’re looking to serve, martini glasses range in size from 6 ounces to 10.5 ounces. Most drinks are measured at 3-5 ounces, but who doesn’t love those giant 10oz margaritas? Decide which size is best for you by reviewing your drink menu. Do some research on popular cocktails (ahem, see previous blog Four Hot Cocktail Trends) to determine if you have need for a specific glass size.

Rocks Glasses: Generally, most drinks are poured over ice. You’ll also have many guests that will just want a whiskey on the rocks. These short tumblers are a must have addition to any bar. Keep in mind; it’s important to store these upside down to prevent dust from settling inside.

Hi-Ball (tall) Glasses:  You’ll find tons of drinks that call for tall, rocks glasses. Typically hi-ball glasses are between 8 and 12 ounces. Popular hi-ball drinks include: greyhound, screwdriver, madras, vodka & tonic, and Bloody Mary. These are usually sweet, highly drinkable cocktails that everyone will want, so stock up.

Wine Buckets: Two words: Bottle Service. Aside from the obvious benefits of selling liquor or wine by the bottle, the latest generations of drinkers love the notoriety of bottle service. While bottle service typically goes hand in hand with reserved tables and a bevy of mixers of the customer’s choice, the “piece de resistance” is often the premium bottle of liquor, champagne or wine. Serve it in style with one of Burkett’s stainless steel or clear polycarbonate buckets.

Shaking your head and thinking this is the exact reason you’re building a bar in your basement? No problem, they make awesome ice buckets too.  Even at home bartenders know that cold is key.

Cocktail Shakers + Strainers:  From martinis to margaritas, you just have to have one. Cocktail shakers do more than mix drink ingredients together. Their main purpose is making the drink as cold as can be, as quickly as possible. A good stainless steel cocktail shaker will be the star of the bar on a busy night. Shopping for shakers can be overwhelming. The most important feature to look for is a tight seal to eliminate the problem of the two pieces getting stuck together.

Measured Liquor Pourers:  A fail proof method of serving the right amount of liquor for your drink recipe. Measured pourers will give your bartenders precise shot measurements without the need of shot glasses or jiggers (although, all bars should have shot glasses too…I mean, shots are fun).  To appeal to your business side, pourers save money by avoiding over-pouring and potential spills. Burkett Restaurant Equipment offers a variety of colors and sizes to accommodate any of your beverage needs.

Bar Mats: When bartenders use a bar mat, the work surface is raised slightly off the bar, meaning that any spilled liquids fall between the holes or spaces between the plastic. This reduces any puddles or sticky spots on the actual work space, making it easier and faster for the bar tender to make drinks. It also takes a little of the pressure off for when the business gets a big rush and spills happen more frequently.

Blenders: Last, but certainly not least you will need a bar blender. Bar blenders provide the easiest and most convenient way to make any sticky sweet frozen drink. Whip up your famous daiquiri or pina coladas quickly. Bar blenders are all stars when it comes to ice, alcohol, fruit, and anything else you want to throw in there!

Immersion Blender vs Bar Blender vs Food Blender

Every product in your kitchen has a different use, regardless of how similar their actions are. You have a knife that cuts pieces of Filet Mignon, while a different knife is used for slicing and dicing vegetables. Blenders are no different. Some a free standing and blend smoothies, others are perfect for mincing vegetables, while some blenders allow you to mix food and drinks in any pot or mixing bowl.

Immersion Blender One of the easiest and most versatile blenders on the market, an Immersion Blender is a necessity in any commercial kitchen. While other blenders require that you use a specific mixing vessel, you can use any type of bowl, pot, or container with an Immersion Blender. However, one drawback to the Immersion Blender is you have to hold it as you are blending.

Bar BlenderSimply pour your ingredients into the blender carafe and press a button to thoroughly mix, blend or puree your mixture. A Bar Blender is perfect for mixing liquids such as milkshakes and smoothies. Added benefits include, they are a hands-free appliance, offer a high and low power setting, and many also have a pulse feature for crushing ice. A Bar Blender however, will not properly chop food.

Food Blenders Food mixers usually have more features, options and speeds so you can process foods of all sorts of consistencies and varying degrees of frozenness. Food blenders can be used to prepare salsas, combine ingredients for various foods like cakes and specialty sauces.  A drawback is you have to use the blenders carafe, which means having to pour a soup mixture for example into the blender carafe and then returning it to the pot- adding an extra step in your cooking process.

Immersion Blenders and Food and Bar Blenders offer great benefits but each has a drawback that is available in the alternative. In the end, you need to consider the use of your Blender, before making a purchase. If you will be making a lot of mixed drinks, smoothies, and milkshakes, a Bar Blender will better suite your needs. On the other hand, if you plan to use a blender for soups, salsas, marinara sauces an Immersion Blender or Food Blender is the better option.

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