After a lot of searching I finally found an inexpensive fine mesh strainer I like. The mesh is rolled into the rim and held firmly in place. The handle is one piece that runs through the strainer and isn’t spot welded on. It won’t pop off and because it’s stainless steel it won’t discolor.
Did I mention that this is a fine mesh strainer? It’s not so tightly woven that it’s hard to clean but unlike other so called fine mesh coco strainers it will actually catch all your mint and basically all of your ice shards.
Also, I think it looks fantastic! More importantly though, I suppose, is that it’s light and the basket is just the right size. I like that it’s handle is properly proportioned and isn’t so gigantic that it gets in my way!
This 550ml mixing glass from M-TAKA is hands down the best bang for your buck! It’s hand blown, completely seamless, and it’s side walls aren’t needlessly thick.The Japanese Yarai pattern is hand cut, not molded, into the glass and is sparklingly beautiful. What I think what I like the most about this mixing glass is that the inside bottom isn’t completely flat. The interior edge meets the base with a bevel and this curved transition makes stirring with a well angled bar spoon fluid and effortless. The base is also nice and thick making it stable and hard to knock over.Like all blown glassware there might be a small bubble or imperfection. It’s perfectly normal!
Shaker tins are a dime a dozen, right? They give them away for free at just about every promotional event and some bars even provide them for their staff. So why would you need to pay $70 for a set of what is essentially metal cups?Well let me tell you! 😊 Yes, these are made in Japan, they have a beautiful finish, a stylish bit of detail work, and are made of high quality 18/8 Japanese stainless steel. But what I love about these is that they’re are truly workhorses. They aren’t weighted but they are very well balanced. For those of you that like to channel a bit of the late Sasha Petraske they’re perfect for a double shake that starts with smashing your tins together. Thats because there’s no spot welded weight to eventually come loose.These are also the only tins I’ve ever used that have never gotten stuck on me. They seal perfectly and release well every time. Why? The smaller tin is designed so that the taper to the base starts further down. Check out the diagram.
Beautiful finish with stylish details
Made from Japanese 18/8 stainless steel
Are very resistant to getting stuck together; I’ve never done it yet
The best thing about this Julep strainer from Yukiwa is that it's one piece. It's embarrassing when you're behind the bar and the inexpensive spot welded julep strainer you picked up falls apart, right? Don't let that happen to you! It fits very nicely on the mixing glasses we sell and like all things Yukiwa looks fantastic. It's made of Japanese 18/8 stainless steel and is manufactured in Niigata, Japan.This version isn't plated like the gold version. It's 18/8 stainless steel so it’s fine in your standard high temperature dishwasher. Given the choice I still hand wash my tools but this one will stand the test of time.
This three piece silver Yukiwa cobbler shaker is perfect for showing off your Japanese Hard Shake! Shaped perfectly for that purpose it’s comfortable to hold and really beautiful at the bar. Because of its built in strainer it’s convenient for beginners or those packing light as well. It’s made from Japanese 18/8 stainless steel and has a 500ml capacity. Unlike some cobblers I’ve used in the past the small cap at the top doesn’t become stuck when really cold.Order one today and get started perfecting your Japanese Hard Shake!
These seamless glass bitters bottles look great behind the bar or on the shelf at home. They’re cut with a beautiful Yarai pattern, look stunning, and add a heavy dash of sophistication to your kit. If you’re a huge Harry Potter fan like I am they’ll make you feel like you’re mixing up a real magic potion. Who knows, maybe you are? 😉Beyond being my favorite looking bitters bottle it’s also quite functional. Being 85ml it’s perfect for often used bitters like Angostura or Peychaud's. Because of the long tapered stem it’s comfortable to hold between your fingers in a variety of positions and flip for a dash.The dasher top uses a cork seal and unlike some others that I’ve used the cork doesn’t come off after being refilled a certain number of times.
Stylish and functional
Yarai pattern cut into glass
Comfortable to hold and use
Made by M-TAKA in Japan
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A few tips on a consistent dash:
Apply consistent force when dashing. Don’t be too gentle or forceful.
Don’t let the bottle get almost empty.
A common mistake is to flip the bottle over quickly as part of your first dash. Don’t do this! It traps an air bubble and makes your first dash really small. Instead, tilt it over a bit slower making sure there is no trapped air. Don’t worry, the bottle won’t leak but it will ensure your first dash is the same as your subsequent ones.
These Yukiwa bar spoons are my favorite for a lot of reasons. The tight twist of the shaft feels great and makes them easy to control while stirring. The edges aren’t sharp but still provide a good grip. I’ve also noticed a lot of poorly designed bar spoons that have little to no curve at the spoon and I hate that; it’s like working with a flat paddle! The Yukiwa is set at a nice 30° angle. This angle helps when stirring to reduce agitation and keep air bubbles from forming in the liquid.The teardrop at the top is perfectly sized and weighted to maintain a good balance; it isn’t top or bottom heavy at all. This makes it easier to maintain control and avoid the annoying clinking and clanking of the glass we all try to avoid! Lastly the spoon itself has nicely rounded edges, which may not seem like a big deal until you’ve seen some of the poorly stamped bar spoons that look like unfinished sheet metal.A good stir is an art form. It takes lots of practice! A good barspoon is a pleasure to use, makes learning easier, and improves an already great stir.Did I mention that these look fantastic? 😄
35 cm long
Fine twist makes for easy handling
Angled spoon allows for a proper stir; keeping air bubbles out and reducing agitation
Perfectly balanced; not top or bottom heavy
Nicely finished edges and thoughtful design show real craftsmanship and quality