Beachbum Berry Tiki Barware to be Introduced by Cocktail Kingdom and Jeff Beachbum Berry!

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Premium Bar Tools & Glassware to Complement the Current Tiki Cocktail & Bar Renaissance!

Named “one of the instigators of the cocktail revolution” by Esquire’s David Wondrich, and one of Imbibe Magazine’s “25 Most Influential Cocktail Personalities of the Past Century,” Jeff “Beachbum” Berry is the author of six books on vintage Tiki drinks and cuisine, including the recently published Potions of the Caribbean: 500 Years of Tropical Drinks and the People Behind Them (Cocktail Kingdom, October 2014; $27.95).

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As a natural progression from this position of authority, Beachbum Berry has teamed up with Cocktail Kingdom, the premier barware producer and cocktail book publisher, to create the Beachbum Berry line of glassware and tools designed specifically for the Tiki enthusiast, which will be available starting late Monday, May 18, at www.CocktailKingdom.com.

Drawing on Tiki’s long history, Beachbum Berry and Cocktail Kingdom combined their talents to recreate items that were once essential items at the best Tiki bars and restaurants across the U.S.

Pearl Diver Glass

Beachbum Berry Tiki Line glasses

Named for the Pearl Diver cocktail, this uniquely shaped glass held many exotic drinks in its heyday of the mid-20th century – including the Planter’s Punch at Don the Beachcomber’s in Hollywood, the Sumatra Sam at Doc’s Place in Toronto, and the Deep Sea Diver at Mai-Kai in Ft. Lauderdale. By the 1970s, however, the distinctive but delicate glass had all but disappeared making them very rare, highly prized collector’s items.

Excellent for any tall drink, the Beachbum Berry Pearl Diver Glass from Cocktail Kingdom is an exact replica of the original exotic design.

Pack of 4 ($36.95), case of 24 ($179.00)

Swizzle Cup

Swizzle Cup

The long-lost Swizzle Cup came to fame in the 1940s at the hands of Don the Beachcomber, the father of the Tiki bar and the Tiki drink, who served up wildly popular faux-Polynesian concoctions, most of which had Caribbean roots. Among them were Swizzles, based on a West Indian technique of churning drinks with a spoked twig that had been whittled into a “swizzle stick.”

By the 1950s, the sleek metal Swizzle Cups frothed with exotic cocktails, but were expensive to make (and replace when customers absconded with them); by the 1980s they had disappeared from Tiki bars and been replaced with standard Collins glasses.

Cocktail Kingdom’s Swizzle Cup is an updated version of the original bespoke vessel – sleeker and made of lighter-weight stainless steel, perfect for any julep, cobbler, swizzle or other long drink.

($14.95)

Skull Bar Spoon

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Tiki drinks didn’t just cater to 1950s suburban fantasies of a work-free island paradise; there was also the call of adventure, epitomized by such classic Tiki cocktails as “Skull & Bones,” “Shrunken Skull” and “Cannibal Grog,” drawn from pirate history and headhunter lore. To help you mix such South Seas concoctions, Cocktail Kingdom and Beachbum Berry created the Skull Bar Spoon for that touch of deserted island vibe.

The new Beachbum Berry Tiki items join Cocktail Kingdom’s other Tiki tools, including the Navy Grog Cone ($17.95), which was first created by Don the Beachcomber for the purpose of forming his signature ice-cone garnish in faux-Polynesian punches.

Tiki’s history and extensive array of cocktails can be explored further in Beachbum Berry’s book, Potions of the Caribbean, which is available at www.CocktailKingdom along with the new Tiki tools and glassware, all of which can be shipped nationally and internationally; shipping rates apply.

Stainless Steel ($22.95), Copper-Plated ($27.95), Gold-Plated ($29.95)

Cocktail Kingdom

 

Cocktail Kingdom is the world’s premier manufacturer and distributor of professional bar supplies, offering a wide spectrum of barware created to meet the exacting standards of professional bartenders. Products are designed to incorporate historical cues and contemporary knowledge to be practical and elegant, yet durable enough for daily use.

Cocktail Kingdom has dedicated itself to design and functionality, with the understanding that utility and practicality are the prime factors in professional barware. Find Cocktail Kingdom on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CocktailKingdom, or on Twitter via @CocktailKingdom

That`s such amazing and good news!! I for one have been wanting that Pearl Divers glass and Swizzle cup or years! I`m glad they are re-creating them! and that nifty skull bar spoon is a must as well 🙂

Thank you Jeff Berry and Cocktail Kingdom now we can sip our Pearl Diver`s Punches and other drinks and Rum Swizzles in style! now go get it! I know I will….

 

Images courtesy of Jeff Berry and Cocktail Kingdom

DO YOU COLLECT BARTOOLS?

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Bartools is a topic that interest many including myself and one day i got the idea to check out what i really have and started to dig out my shakers, jiggers, spoons and muddlers. Like most cocktail geeks i have more than i need for myself – that`s clear but it doesn`t matter because there`s always occasions when you need to bring along your tools. Its of course better to have a set of tools that you like and therefore use than tons of things that just will take up space but on the other hand..its also fun and something very satisfying in collecting beautiful and useful bartools.

I`m especially fond of shakers, muddlers and spoons, but for some reason i have managed to abtain quite a bit of different jiggers and have found out which jiggers are my favorites and its actually 3 different jiggers. As for spoons i will always love my Inox barspoon from Italy with a little muddler top. Its wonderful in my hand and its slightly bent at the spoon-part which i like. But its good  to have a few with different shapes.

A very nice barspoon is the japanese spoon that has a fork at the end. These also comes in gold and indeed they look elegant and cool. One such spoon was the prize for the best cocktail during the 1 year anniversary TDN, not a bad prize! and it went to Tony Harion (Mixingbar) Otherwise you can get them from Cocktail Kingdom.

“Stir with love” oh yes!

…and shake…and how i love the sound of the shaker! When it comes to shakers, i more or less always use the same old shaker – its a boston shaker with two tins that once lived in a bar and that has a partially rubber surface on the biggest of  the tins giving it a good grip, its old and worn-out and i love it.

Another interesting topic is vintage shakers and i would like to start collecting a few of those, they are very interesting and really beautiful and some has some fun shapes. I wouldn`t mind having one or two vintage Hawkes sterling and crystal shakers…I saw some very interesting vintage barware and tools (among many other interesting things) at the Museum of the American Cocktail in New Orleans and quite a few similar looking shakers in the shops windows.

If you`re interested in cocktail shakers, here is a good site: http://cocktailshakers.com/

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Shakers in the shops windows in New Orleans.
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Vintage shaker at the Museum of the American Cocktail

Another barware that  i`m very fond of is the bitters or dasher bottles. Oh are they beautiful and useful! I collect them whenever i get a chance, all kinds of varietes, the ones we can buy here comes from Germany. The one i like the most is the rounded art-deco style bottles with “cracked” glass but there´s those beautiful  japanese bottles too and by now you should know where to find them.

Soda siphons is something else that i find interesting and especially i find the meshed ones really beautiful and talking about soda, have you yet checked out the book “Fix the Pumps” by Darcy O`Neil?  – if you haven`t i think you should, its a massive work containing a lot of interesting reading about everything from the history of the soda fountain to obscure tincture recipes.

The muddler is another collectors item and one of the most useful of the tools and if i`m not wrong Camper has quite a collection. I like robust muddlers of wood and to my luck i was graced with an excellent Pug-muddler of my good friend Kaiserpenguin. (PUG stands for “Pick Up Gallagher’s” ) and are made by Chris Gallagher in Cornwall, New York. They come in a variety of woods and can be ordered by contacting him at jcgallagher08@hotmail.com

Here is a link to a picture of the Pug muddlers which really looks like work of art.

The Pug muddler is said to be the best muddler and it is good, very good even though for me it took a little while for me to get used to the pointed top. I do  have other muddlers too of course, and sometimes another muddler may fit better, its all depending on what`s going to be muddled and the shape of the glass, for example a thinner muddler fits better in a tall narrow glass, like the one from Leblon.

Here is a great post about Pug and other muddlers.

So which are your favorite tools and why? do you collect something special?

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WHAT`S YOUR FAVORITE JIGGER?

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Does it matter what type of jigger you use?

I came to think more about this topic after i came back from the Tales armed with quite a bit of swag. There was a jigger in there from Uber Bar Tools (ProJig) and i started to use it. After a while i realized i had almost stopped using my old jiggers and that i felt pretty comfortable with this jigger.

So what makes it better? does it really matter which jigger you use? Let`s take a look first into what i used before (i  still use them sometimes)

I had three types of jiggers. The first and second i bought here in Sweden, and there´s not much to choose from here i can tell. The first is a 2 sided stainless steel ml measured jigger, something i got from the mall many years ago. Its rounded and quite narrow in shape and in my opinion too light-weighted. The second is a plastic ml measured tube, its quite deep and also quite wide, the third is the common two sided jigger purchased from the US Ebay measured in oz, rounded, a bit lower and more open than the stainless steel ml jigger.

These three types of jiggers are very common and i find them fine to use but when i compared to Uber Bar Tools jigger all of a sudden i saw quite a bit of a difference.Their jigger has pouring edges which prevents spilling, feels steady when pouring – and well, just nice to grip. I also like the triangular shape. Its made in transparent plastic and is two sided with 3 different smaller measurments on one of the sides. It measures up to 12 different volume combinations up to 60ml compared to 4 on a standard jigger.

I decided i needed to try out more jiggers to see if i could find a favorite among them. There´s one particular jigger that i used all the time in the US – the OXO. (OXO Good grips) Its not available here – and that`s very unfortunate. But luckily for me i have blogger-friends who likes to swap stuff,-) so two of those landed here just recently. You can get OXO at Amazon.com.

The OXO jigger is very good, easy to use, wide and angled in shape, its either in transparent plastic or stainless steel (i prefer the transparent) You can also read the measurements from above. This one is very user friendly.

A working friend of mine told me about a jigger that i`ve never seen yet, its shaped like a pencil with a cup on, laying on top of the mixing glass, and you just turn the cup into the glass without having to lift up the jigger, but that doesn`t look so very practical to me if you happen to spill.

Now comes the next jigger i wanted to try, – the Japanese jigger. The two at Cocktail Kingdom is actually made in China after an old American design, but are the ones currently used in Japan.These are a bit different in shape, thinner and deeper, double sided, (1.5 ounce) on one side and 30ml (1 ounce) on the other. Cocktail Kingdom (Mud Puddle) has 2 varietes, one that is gold plated which is really beautiful.

But how good are they? To find out out i ordered one.

To start with it has a balanced weight – that is good, its two sided, has good depth and that helps preventing spills. So i think it´s good and even if versatiliy, practicality and user friendliness is the main focus and even if its not nessecary for your measuring results – i just have to say this jigger looks awesome..the gold one is a beauty.

My final conclusion is that the common two sided jigger, the one i started with is fine to use but if you want to feel really comfortable and raise the standard a snap i would recommend either the OXO, the Uber Bar Tools triangular ProJig jigger and then we have this beautiful and deep Japanese  jigger, these are my favorites.

The jigger is a very important tool as many cocktails require exact measurements and consistency, and precision & balance is really the main thing. Luckily now i have all my favorite jiggers around and a bunch of extras for those tiki sessions.

So what´s your favorite, does it matter to you which jigger you use?

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