If you love cocktails and in particular those that have gin as their main ingredient, surely you have faced the challenge of measuring correctly the amount of liquor for each drink. Although many experienced bartenders can do it by eye, for most fans this can result in a fairly difficult task. That’s why today we present the jigger, an essential tool to prepare cocktails accurately and always get the perfect result in your creations.
What is a Jigger?
A jigger, is a tool used in the cocktail preparation that allows to measure the exact amount of liquor that is added to each drink.
It is designed with a shape similar to an hourglass, with two cones joined by a central section. Each of the cones has a different measurement, allowing the gin meter to be used to measure both small and large quantities of liquor.
This tool is available in different materials, such as stainless steel, copper, bronze, plastic and glass, and can be found in different shapes and sizes, depending on the needs of the bartender or the cocktail enthusiast.
The use of a jigger is essential to get the right amount of gin in each cocktail, which ensures a well-balanced and delicious drink.
How to use a Jigger?
Using a Jigger is quite simple, follow these steps:
- Make sure you have at hand the Jigger and the gin bottle you are going to use.
- Shake the gin bottle well before use to make sure all ingredients are well mixed.
- Take the Jigger and pour the gin into the larger cone until full. This corresponds to the measure of the drink you need.
- If you need a smaller amount of gin, use the smaller cone of the Jigger, and pour gin until full.
- Pour the measured gin into your shaker or mixing cup.
- Repeat the process if you need to measure more than one portion.
- Clean the Jigger after each use to keep it in good condition.
Is it worth using?
Yes, it is definitely worth using a gin meter in the preparation of cocktails that include gin. Although experienced bartenders can measure the right amount of liquor by eye, most enthusiasts may have difficulty doing it accurately, which can result in poorly balanced and disappointing beverages.
Using a meter ensures that each cocktail has the right proportion of ingredients, resulting in well-balanced and delicious drinks. In addition, the gin meter is an easy-to-use tool that requires no special skills, making it ideal for both professional bartenders and home cocktail enthusiasts.
Where to buy a Jigger?
There are many options to buy a gin meter as follows:
- Stores specializing in bar supplies
- Online stores
- Kitchen stores
- Liquor stores
If you enjoy making cocktails with gin, the Jigger may be useful. With its use, it is possible to obtain perfectly balanced and delicious drinks, regardless of previous experience in the preparation of cocktails. So if you want to go a step further in the preparation of gin cocktails, we recommend you invest in one and start enjoying consistent and delicious cocktails.
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