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The Best Tools for Creating Cocktails

Creating Cocktails Can Be Fun!

I love everything about a cocktail – the smells, the colors, the glassware. I love that you’re supposed to wait until 5:00. I love that it’s slightly naughty. To me, a well made, balanced, cocktail, is an affordable, decadent, lovely indulgence. A little gift to myself for a day well lived.

the best tools for creating cocktails on a wooden board against a blue counter
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The recipes I will be sharing each week will be low FODMAP and truly delicious. You will have to do a little more of the prep since ready-made ingredients may not comply. And it will help if you have the right tools.

My Favorite Tools
  • Cocktail Shaker: I like a Boston Shaker and a strainer. The old fashioned kind your grandma had (or maybe just my grandma; I am the apple who didn’t fall far). I like this for three reasons. One, I like having a glass to pour liquids into so I can see what’s going on in there. Two, the kind with the lid always leaks, which is annoying. Three, they’re just cool.
  • Jiggers in various sizes. It’s handy to easily measure in ounces.
  • Muddlers: Mine is stainless and silicone. I love it.
  • “Y” shaped vegetable peeler: These make creating strips of citrus peel a snap.
  • Microplane zester for grating. You should get one anyway because we call for them in many FODMAP Everyday® recipes.
  • Box grater
  • High quality measuring spoons from 1/8 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon
  • Mason Jars with tight-fitting lids: Some components, like simple syrup, should be prepped ahead of time and kept in your fridge.
  • A Juicer: If you can afford it (Craigslist often has affordable used ones!) and have the space. Commercially bottled juices can contain high FODMAP ingredients. This one is compact and works well. 
  • Glasses! A high ball glass, a martini glass, a multi purpose wine glass, a champagne coupe or flute and a pitcher are all useful to have on hand. And, for the glasses, have several of each kind because it’s nice to drink with friends!

(Meet Susan Chatzky, the author of this article and many delicious recipes in our exclusive Interview).

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