Japanese bartenders are respected around the planet for their expertise behind the stick, but the craftspeople who forget their instruments deserve some of the credit as well.
The exact tools you will find in a Tokyo bar are far different than the schlocky piece combining dust in many American watering holes.
Here are the best Japanese cocktail tins to buy:
Koriko Shaker Tin Set
You may not think about the shaker balanced tins when you are mixing one cocktail, but after preparing about hundred, your arms will tell you if your off-balance shaker is doing more harm than best.
A rightly weighted shaker set, like this wonderful duo from Koriko, will make shaking just a tad simpler, mainly since the pieces lock easily and lock securely.
Yarai Mixing Glass
Put your ear up to an expert Japanese bartender mixing glass as they stir, and you will barely hear anything at all.
That lighting quick, nearly silent stirring is thanks in part to a standard mixing glass.
The yarai glass represents the gold standard in every way: best width for ornate, stirring decoration, powerful glass construction.
Wadasuke Fork/Smash Set
Japanese bar spoons generally pull double duty, with the tail end either acting as a muddler or a trident-like skewer for retrieving garnishes from hard containers.
This model from Wadasuke goes above and beyond with the same ends, like a Swiss Army Knife for cocktail making.
Maru-T Bitters Bottle
Amazing looking bitters bottles do more than store your custom elixirs and infusions in a pretty package.
The dasher tops on Japanese-style bottles restrict the flow of liquid matched to the plastic cap on a bottle of Angostura, which permits bartenders to include bitters and other potent ingredients even more rightly.
This bottle is cut from trusted Otsuka glass, making it both attractive and powerful.