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.
Then you’ll enjoy this Bergamot bitters from Miracle Mile Bitters Co! Infused with Bergamot oil, orange, cinnamon, summit hops, and other herbs and spices this bitters pairs well with clear spirits like gin and Pisco.
Very sweet and lightly bitter it does taste of bergamot but it’s not overpowering. I use it in a gin sour with some egg white. I think it’s a great combination of lavender flavors. It’s also good for Long Island ice tea, Jamaican rum, and an interesting twist on your standard Ice Pick!
These limited-edition bitters from Miracle Mile Bitters Co. are a wonderful twist on Louis’s already delicious Forbidden Bitters. Barrel aged for six months in a Rye Whisky barrel from Sonoma County Distilling they’re truly something special and unique for the cocktail enthusiast.
Based on 19th-century aromatic bitters Barrel Aged Forbidden combines exotic root spices like Angelica root, Zedoary, and Galangal, along with aromatics such as Vanilla, Clove, Cinnamon and Cardamom. A perfect match for any aged spirit.
This variation is less spicy than the original and the aging process has definitely mellowed it out. It’s dry with notes of cinnamon and clove that shine through. You can also taste the tannins from the wood. It’s a wonderful companion for an Old Fashioned or Manhattan.
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? 😄
This is the gold plated version so remember it’s not dishwasher safe! In my experience once or twice by accident won’t ruin them but you should do your best to avoid it.
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
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