In an attempt to help you become the ultimate hostess, I have created the Ultimate Bar. Each week I'll feature an essential item for the ideal at home bar. You may not know what a bar measure is (I didn't until my friend Sonia gave me one as a hostess gift), but once you do, you'll wonder how you ever lived without it.
A bar measure is a tool that bartenders and mixologists use to measure liquids. A measuring cup is to a baker as a bar measure is to the cocktail-er. This tool is especially helpful to the bartending beginner. Until you learn more about ratios of alcohol to mixers, I recommend following the amounts stated in your recipes. You don't need anything fancy, this bar measure also serves as a shot glass and for only $2.99 the functionality will beat out the price in a week. The one Sonia gave me is similar to this glass, but is a little bit larger and I use it every time I try out a new cocktail recipe.
If you're in the mood for something a little more snazzy (your guests could see this while you are entertaining!), look at these other options.
For the classic bar, check out this sleek and chic measure that is design friendly and reasonably priced ($15.95). The inside of this highly polished vessel includes a stamped measuring scale making it easy for you to measure your vodka and vermouth.
Splurge on this large measuring glass that fits 24 ounces. This will allow you to make more than one drink at a time. It's the top half of a Boston cocktail shaker so the expense ($45.00) is worth it when you think about all the drinks you will be mixing with this baby.