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
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? 😄
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
These glass bitters bottles look great behind the bar or on the shelf at home. They’re simple, elegant, and add a 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? 😉
Pretty is nice, but functional is better! This bottle is made by M-TAKA in Japan and is 50ml. It’s comfortable to hold between your fingers in a variety of positions and flip for a dash.
It’s also very important when making cocktails or creating new ones that the dash is consistent. Believe it or not it’s really something that can break the balance of your drink. I did a bit of quasi-scientific testing and determined that this dasher, when consistent force is applied, produces a 0.2ml dash give or take 0.02ml. It of course will change as the bottle gets very close to empty. Given that the bottle holds ~40ml or 225 dashes when filled to the top of the bulb I don’t think you’ll get too low during one shift. If you’re making 50 old fashioned’s in a row you may need a bigger bottle!
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 traditional Hawthorn strainers look stunning in gold and are just as classy as everything else made by Yukiwa. The strainer is one piece Japanese 18/8 stainless steel except for the coil which comes off easily for cleaning. The two prongs fit nicely on both shaker tins and mixing glasses. The + shape hole pattern is simple and classy. Yukiwa is etched into the handle but I like that there isn’t a brand logo cut out of the metal.
I’ve personally had the silver and gold Yukiwa Hawthorne strainers for over two years now and they both still look like new after nightly use. That being said, I don’t run them through the dishwasher because they’re easy enough to clean by hand.
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!