Muddling Over Muddlers
After taking a little holiday hiatus, as well as added repsonsibilities at the hotel, I have finally found tme to post a blog. Sorry to my seven loyal readers for the delay, but I gotta pay the bills.
For those of you new to tending it’s the little thing in the cup that looks like a baseball bat that you first thought was for hitting a drunk over the head. Not so (well not always!). Most bar owners and bar managers look at their bottom line and are too cheap to put a good muddler in the bar, whether fear of theft or elevated ignorance of the mixology world. Likewase, many bartenders are unfamiliar with the use of this little tool, and frequently roll their eyes as they dig around looking for the muddler and would rather hit the customer then make a drink with it.
I carry my own gear to work each day, and yes I do spend a pretty penny on my tools (hence the bills). Ponder this: ever seena 4 star chef use the kitchen knives other than to open a box or pry open a crate. Nope, and you won’t. He or she has invested a load of cash into those shiny blades in the roll-bag they carry. I feel the same about my stuff and one of the biggest pride items in my bar are my muddlers.
There are plenty out there to choose from, and I’d like to show a few of my favorites:
Not sure about the name but its stainless steel contruction makes this muddler the most sanitary choice having no pores and is dishwaher safe. The head is silicone, again sanitary and safe and is ribbed or has teeth which makes this muddler ideal for harder fruits like apples when wanting to extract the most flavor. The drawback is that it takes a VERY delciate touch when muddling herbs, almost too delicate. The handle is a little uncomfortable as well depending on what you are using it on. Oenophilia at Amazon
Love these! Hard wood contruction, large and easy to use. They are made by David Nepove, Mr Mojito himself, who oversees their crafting and makes muddlers from cherry, maple and and walnut. He has designed several styles nad they always look impressive when in the hands of a skilled bartender. My favorites are the Classic and the Hammer. www.mistermojito.com
Best of the best! Hand lathed by Chris Gallagher since 2004, Chris got curious about cocktails when he met Gary Regan and saw Gary’s tool bag. He recognized the “classic’ design of the muddler could be improved, and working with Regan created the PUG! (acronym for Pick Up Gallagher’s!) With a choice of a variety of hardwoods (cherry, walnut, oak, just to name a few), the size and design of this muddler makes it the top in its field. The cut-away handle fits perfectly in the palm and and becomes and extension of the arms working with the body to allow maximum effiency with minimal effort. Hands down my choice! PUG! Muddlers
So, take that paint cover piece of pine that your boss bought, and toss it to the curb. Drop an extra dime adn get yourself a better muddler.