Whether you’re a seasoned bartender or just an at-home enthusiast, you know there’s more to a great cocktail than spirits alone. Like any expert craftsman, even the best mixologist relies on a set of tools to ensure every drink is good to the last drop. Even better is knowing where to keep them all.
Tilit, the go-to brand for stylish and functional chef gear, is bringing its talents behind the tap with its new Bartenders Bag. Insulated, padded, and designed to fit muddlers, strainers, and glassware of all sizes, it’s a convenient solution to keeping your whole bar kit together, and it turns into a backpack for easy transport when it’s time to take your skills outside of the home.
Count Yana Volfson among the bag’s first fans. The Bronx native knows a thing or two about tending bar—currently the beverage director of New York’s Cosme and Atla, she has been crafting cocktails in the city for over 15 years. (She also can teach you a thing or two about mezcal.) For Esquire.com, Volfson shared what she keeps in her bag—and why stainless steel drinking straws come in handy even after the shift.
Koriko Weighted Shaking Tin Set
“These can handle the weight of solid ice without breaking open mid-hard shake.”
Classic Zester Grater
“To extract the soul of any ingredient.”
Ultra Premium Mesh Cocktail Cone Strainer
“To always catch my infusion, broken ice shards, or loose herbs.”
Original 4″ Swiss Peeler
“I love the exactness of this peeler. I use it to remove the skins from tomatoes, cucumbers, ginger, and turmeric; it makes the most tedious of prep feel like tying a bow.”
Nonstick Colori Paring Knife
“I love all the different colors of this knife and how easy it is to sharpen.”
Triangle Stainless Steel Tweezers
“They make me feel like Inspector Gadget with fine motor skills.”
Japanese Measuring Spoon Set
“For the smallest of pinches behind a bar.”