Bar Supply Terminology
The following are some words relating to bar supplies:
Boston Shaker: Boston shakers have two parts – a metal shaker and a glass or plastic mixing glass. The two parts can be overlapped to shake beverages, or they can be used separately for stirring or muddling.
Citrus Zester: Citrus zesters are used for making lemon twists and other cocktail garnishes. They are specially designed to cut and curl the fruit, and they are safer to use than knives.
Jigger: A jigger is a small tool, like a shot glass, that is used to measure alcohol. Most jiggers are dual sided, having different measurements on either side. For instance, a jigger could measure one ounce of liquid on one side and two ounces of liquid on the other side.
Muddler: Muddlers resemble a pestle. They have a flattened end and a handle. Muddlers are made for squashing fruit and other solids into a pulp or powder.
Spouts: Pouring spouts are placed on liquor bottles once the original cap has been removed. These handy tools regulate the pouring speed, making spills less likely. Some spouts will measure a pour. These spouts have ball bearings that only allow the pouring of one shot at a time.
Strainer: Strainers are used for separating solids, such as fruit seeds, from a liquid. The most common one is a Hawthorne strainer, which has a metal plate and a straining portion that resembles a spring. Strainers usually fit over shakers and some shakers have strainers built into them.
Wine Key: A wine key is an evolved corkscrew. A wine key has a corkscrew, plus a metal portion that is set on the top of the bottle to help ease the cork out. Many wine keys also have beer bottle openers.