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An Overview of Measuring for Cocktails 05:51

Neal Bodenheimer

Making the perfect cocktail is easy once you know how to measure ingredients with precision.

An Overview of Measuring for Cocktails 05:51

Neal Bodenheimer

Making the perfect cocktail is easy once you know how to measure ingredients with precision.

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The Steps

  1. 1. The small side of the Japanese “half and three-quarter” jigger contains lines marking 1/4-ounce and 1/2-ounce measurements. The larger side of the jigger measures 3/4-ounce. 00:35

  2. 2. The large side of a bell jigger measures 2 ounces with a 1 1/2-ounce measure mark. The small side measures 1 ounce with 1/4-ounce, 1/2-ounce, and 3/4-ounce measurement marks. 00:56

  3. 3. The large side of a traditional Japanese “two-one” jigger measures 2 ounces and has a 1 1/2-ounce mark. The other side of the jigger measures 1 ounce and denotes smaller measurement with marks. 01:24

  4. 4. A bar spoon can be used to measure as well as stir. When the base of Neal’s Japanese bar spoon is level, it measures 1/2 teaspoon. Different spoons may measure different amounts. Be sure to know the spoon’s capacity before using it for a recipe. Using a standard teaspoon measuring set is the most accurate way to measure small quantities of ingredients. 01:46

  5. 5. To ensure an accurate measurement, be sure to hold the jigger straight, or rest it flat on a counter before adding any liquid. When pouring, rest one finger on the base of the speed-pour stopper to hold it in place. Set that same finger over the hole at the base of the speed-pour stopper to control the flow of the liquid. Fill the jigger until the liquid meets the appropriate measurement line. Set the jigger down to confirm that the measurement is accurate. Carefully, lift it up next to the mixing glass. Tip the jigger so the liquid falls into the glass. 02:31

  6. 6. To measure with tall jiggers, place the tip of the speed-pour stopper inside the jigger. Fill the jigger until the liquid meets the appropriate measurement line. Set the jigger down to confirm that that the measurement is accurate and pour into the mixing glass. 04:36

  7. 7. To measure using a bar spoon or teaspoon, hold the spoon steadily over a mixing cup. Use your finger to control the flow of liquid coming out of the speed-pour stopper. Carefully pour the desired amount of liquid into the base of the spoon. Tip the liquid into the cup. 04:48

What You'll Need

Equipment

- Japanese “half and three-quarter” jigger
- Bell jigger
- “Two-one” jigger
- Bar spoon
- Teaspoon
- Bottle with speed-pour stopper
- Mixing glass

Ingredients

- Liquor of choice

Chef Notes

The “meniscus” is the subtle, natural curve of the surface of a liquid in a container. Depending on the type of liquid, the curve will either be convex or concave. For an accurate measurement, make sure the bottom of the meniscus lines up with your desired measurement.

Jiggers come in many different shapes and sizes. They can be purchased from any kitchen or bar supply store.

To learn more about fundamental cocktail making skills, visit Neal Bodenheimer’s “How to Properly Shake a Cocktail” and “How to Properly Strain a Cocktail” tutorials located at the bottom of the page.

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Chef Neal Bodenheimer

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Neal Bodenheimer is a master mixologist and co-owner/founder of three award-winning bars in his hometown of New Orleans... read more