Should you use a bar spoon for cocktails?
- The spoon’s bowl holds about one teaspoon of liquid so it’s useful for measuring. It’s also useful for layering liquids in a glass. When a liquid is poured slowly over the back of the bowl of the spoon onto another liquid, it lays on top instead of mixing in.
- The end of the spoon of the classic bar spoons from mid-century traditionally had a decorative balls on them, but you can find ones that have ends that are forks or ends that have disks for muddling or crushing sugar cubes.
- The long handle is spiral so that it twists easily in the hand while stirring. Stirring should be done very gently so the ice doesn’t smash against the glass or other pieces of ice and dilute the drink too quickly. It also reaches into the bottom of jars of olives, cherries and other garnishes.
- Stainless steel is the best material for a bar spoon. It won’t make the drink taste any differently and it can be washed in the dishwasher.
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