I remember the first time I saw Tom Cruise slinging bottles around behind the bar in Cocktail. I’m definitely not the first one think, “Wow, I could probably do that, and I’d look hella cool doin’ it too.” Naturally, my next impulse was to jump on Amazon and buy all the bartending stuff I could find.

Countless hours later, I was covered in grenadine and lime juice, crying on the kitchen floor. Well, maybe it wasn’t that dramatic, but I was pissed off that people weren’t flooding into my house and throwing dollar bills at me yelling, “Bartender! Mix me up somethin’ fancy!” Don’t make the same mistakes I did. Here are 5 bartending hacks that’ll do the trick:


Hack: A jigger helps you measure how much liquor you’re pouring. A shot glass works just as well.


Hack: Use two solo cups instead of shakers to mix your drink.


Hack: Use a whisk instead of a strainer to keep the ice out of your drink.


Hack: A stirrer is an unnecessary luxury. Use a spoon for crying out loud.

Bottle Opener

Hack: A plastic lighter substitutes as a perfect bottle opener.

Oh yea, if you want to become a baller (bartender), find the rest of the hacks in the video.