We’ll admit it: Bartending tools are expensive. Just the basics—a jigger, a strainer, and a shaker tin—come to around $50. And that cost that doesn’t even begin to include mixing glasses, bar spoons or ice tools.
If you’re unwilling to spend the money—or just haven’t gotten around to stocking up on everything you need yet—there are a few everyday kitchen tools that you can use instead. And even if you did splurge on bartending tools, there may come a time when you find yourself in a situation when you need to improvise with kitchen basics. Here are five ways to use your kitchen tools as bartending tools.