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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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30 comments to WHAT`S YOUR FAVORITE JIGGER?

  • Tony Harion

    I think the type of jigger you use does matter a lot, in terms of speed, practicality, precision and sometimes first impressions too.
    I only used the OXO during tales too, and found it very interesting, but I can´t get them here. My down side for this one is that it might not be that easy to work with it on fast pace or dark bars. Maybe some more experimenting and getting used to needed to be done.

    Lately I’ve been getting used to the Uber Jigger, It´s fast to use and good for dark environments, since you don’t have to read the measures as closely as others.

    I have to say that this Japanese jigger is just beautiful. Even though I have plenty of jiggers around I have to have this one! Not just because I have a fetish for this kind of bar tools, but it looks very professional. Some people judge a professional not only by their skills, but also by their tools and having a gold jigger kinda helps the credibility along, and helps building first impressions. This is not true (or a top priority) in many cases, but when you do presentations, gold/silver tools, antiques, etc. might be something to think about.

  • slkinsey

    I recently found an interesting antique glass jigger at a flea market. It’s the typical shape of a double jigger, consisting of two cones joined at the narrow point. One side is one ounce and the other side is two ounces. What makes it interesting is that there is a line in the glass across each side of the jigger. On the one ounce side, the line marks the level for a half-ounce, and on the two ounce side, the line marks the level for three quarters of an ounce. Because the jigger is made of glass, it’s easy to see through when you’re pouring a half ounce or three quarters of an ounce up to the lines.

  • I am a total OXO addict. I’ve got four in my bar. Why four? Well, they come in three packs, and because I hate doing dishes.
    I’ve got lots of other jiggers, but the precision of the OXOs just can’t be beat.

    What? Three packs, but I said I had four? Shut up, that’s why….

  • I’m an OXO user too, but I’ve been meaning to give the Uber one a shot (no pun intended) ever since I got one at Tales.

    Great post, T.! And I think you’ve now officially begun collecting jiggers ;-)

  • Tony, i have two Oxo`s so i can share one..

    slkinsey, if you drop that glass jigger, is the glass strong enough?

    Doug..well..what can i say?

    Yes Dr B, I guess your`e right, i`m an official collector of jiggers and i don´t even know how that happened. But i`m afraid its going that direction with barspoons too.

    And then we have antique shakers..

  • ATanzer

    I’m a OXO person. I keep two of them in my bar kit. Since they’re plastic, I feel fine just tossing them into my glass mixing vessel when they’re all in my bar kit.
    Picture –> http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3341/3302162676_9c14736b18.jpg

    I have a bunch of measured shot glasses from various sources which I’m prone to using at home, as well as a few of the little stainless steel double jiggers.

  • I too am an OXO fan. Since I got mine, I’ve never used another jigger. my only request would be that they add a mark for 3/4 oz.

  • 3/4 oz. would SO rock.

  • The OXO love shall continue! I especially like the metal one for reading the measurements. Traditional jiggers are classier, especially if you use them with panache, but they are messier, especially if you measure properly with them.

    T – this article was awesome. I’m jealous I didn’t think of writing it. :)

  • Tony Harion

    Hey T.
    I think the jigger your friend mentioned might be something like this:

    http://www.comlines.com.br/site/bar/945-dosador-aco-inox-para-bebidas-tramontina.html

    They are quite common here in Brazil, almost every bar i can name uses them for measuring spirit pours and for Caipirinha measures. There is tons of variations on the design and usually they measure between 45-50 ml (the usual measure for a shot in Brazil.). There are stainless steal and cheap plastic variations.

  • Tim

    Aw. I was going to go out and buy an OXO jigger this weekend, but I am disappointed to hear that it doesn’t mark 3/4 oz. I saw someone using it on an Internet video and have fallen in love with it.

    I currently use a shot glass that has 1 oz. and 1 1/4 oz. measurements marked. I can usually adapt any cocktail recipe to utilize this shot glass, though I am excited about the OXO. =)

  • ATanzer – i got to get myself a bar kit as well;-)

    Talley and Doug, i second that 3/4 oz would really be good, i hope OXO read this.

    Rick, is there better reading for measurements on the metal one?

    Tony, yes that`s the one my friend was talking about, i showed him the picture. I also showed him the pics of the antique ones by Greg that we saw yeasterday.

    Tim – i recommend you to try it!

  • T, yeah, it’s easier to read on the metal one.

  • Tony Harion

    wow, Rick i wouldn´t imagine that, good to know for we i get a my hand one.

  • Whisky13

    I love OXO utensils too! I have many different jiggers, including the “tipping” jigger. I think the advantage goes to the traditional jigger simply for ease of use, you don’t have to look at the measurements, just pour and dump!The tipping jigger is pretty cool too. Just set it across the glass and pour. It has embossed lines for easy measuring, then it’s a simple tip into the glass.

  • ATanzer

    Tiare – I put that bad boy together myself. It took me some time to find tools that I like. I’m still annoyed with the spoon I chose, but oh well!

  • Brent

    I’m an OXO fan too, but I think is best used when you have time to make an accurate pour. It actually feels cumsy in the hand unlike “traditional” jiggers. Probably not best used in a fast paced or low light bar.

    I “solved” the 3/4 oz. problem by pouring in 3/4 oz. and marking the spot with a Sharpie fine line permanent marker. If OXO get’s the message, I’ll buy. It’s still my favorite.

  • I love the OXO, We use them at our very fast paced, high volume cocktail bar. We have a stack of them on the bar, when you are done pouring ingredients we just upend the OXO right into the mixing glass, then do something (anything) else for a second, and take them back out. It produces a new “show” effect. Here in the US free pour still reigns, but as we get into more complex and delicious cocktails, accurate measurement is very important! I love the OXO’s

  • Jim

    We love our OXO jiggers, but prefer the metal ones over the plastic ones for their look. Sadly, I just contacted OXO regarding the jiggers, and they’ve told me that they’re discontinuing both the plastic and metal models. :(

  • What?? JIm, do you know when that is supposed to be?

  • @jim @Tiare
    Good to know…Better stock up!

  • [...] consumer muscle to try to bring back a truly essential product. Via the comments in a thread at A Mountain of Crushed Ice, I learned that OXO has decided to discontinue what is perhaps the most essential bar accessory out [...]

  • erasergirl

    this was an incredibly informative post. thanks

  • Aron

    Good article! I have just spent an good hour searching Ebay for good jiggers and measuring glasses and this gave me some brands to look for.

    However, what i CAN´T seem to find is something with a 0.25 oz meassure (for the sugar and orgeat syrup my Mai Tais)!

    It really doesn´t work to translate it to 5 ml. (which, BTW, the new Tiki+ iPhone app does if you change from oz to cl) because it change the taste of the drink and it is a pain to pour 0.5 tbsp…

    Tips would be appreciated!

  • Thanks @ erasergirl!

    Aron, try here –
    http://www.amazon.com/Mini-Angled-Measuring-Cup-capacity/dp/B000ON555S/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1299293874&sr=8-5

    This is the jigger i have and use the most, it has 1/4 oz.

  • Aron

    Thank you Tiare! I was uncertain if that measuring cup included 0.25 oz. The sellers on Amazon (both .com and .co.uk) didn´t ship to Sweden (where I live) but if other Swedes are interested I can recommend Ebay! The seller globalrestaurantsupplies sold one for £7, including S&H.

  • Hollowbarista

    The jiggers we use in Finland have to be stamped by the alcohol distribution inspection office so there is just one.

    A cylinder with tilted edges with three spouts to give room for spill and indicate the measure of said jigger 1 , 1,5 ,2, 4 , 8 or 12cl

    But I’d love to use a jigger that loans a bit of the design (Ie. the tilted edges with three spouts) of our current one, but were double sided and double cone shaped like the old american / japanese ones.

    Ciao!

  • I prefer the plastic “measuring cup” jigger, you can build ingredients in the cup, you can read the measurements in dark light, only draw back is that you have to eye the 3/4 oz mark, but you have to do this for most jiggers WTF!

  • shawn nelson

    just found the awsome thick glass double jigger mentioned above by slkinsey- i know its old, i cant find any info on ebay or any other place on the net about it, if any one know any info please let me know. thx shawn

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