Japanese jiggers are common and really useful tools in bartending, known for their precision and sleek design. These jiggers have become increasingly popular in the Western world and are a staple in modern bartending.
Today, we’ll explore the history of Japanese jiggers, their unique features and benefits, and their role in making cocktails. We will also provide recommendations for finding the best Japanese jiggers (Hint: We make it!) and other bar tools and barware.
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The Emergence of Japanese Bartending

Japanese bartending differs from Western bartending in its focus on quiet, precision, attention to detail, and artistic presentation. While the art of bartending has long been celebrated in Japan, this style has increased in popularity in the Western world in recent years.
Japanese bartenders use specific tools and techniques to create a unique drinking experience for their customers, and Japanese jiggers are an important part of their bartending arsenal.

The History of Japanese Jiggers

Traditional Japanese cocktail jiggers were made of copper or silver and were used in tea ceremonies. The jiggers used in bartending have evolved over time to be made of stainless steel, which is more durable and easier to clean.
They are unique in that they are shaped like a tall, elongated hourglass, with one end narrower than the other. This shape allows for precise measuring of ingredients and easier pouring without as much overflow or spillage.
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The Features and Benefits of Japanese Jiggers

Japanese jiggers are designed with precision in mind, allowing for accurate measurement of ingredients. They also have a unique aesthetic that sets them apart from other types of jiggers.
The stretch out hourglass shape of these jiggers allows for ease of use and ensures that ingredients are poured smoothly, with little to no spilling. Additionally, Japanese jiggers are often more compact than other types of jiggers, making them easier to store and transport.

The Role of Japanese Jiggers in Modern Bartending

Japanese jiggers have become a staple in modern bartending and are often preferred by professional bartenders. They are commonly used in high-end cocktail bars and are valued for their precision and efficiency.
The Japanese jigger is also slender in the middle, making it comfortable to hold between the fingers when pouring.
With a variety of options available on the market, it’s essential to choose the best cocktail jigger for your bartending needs. Investing in high-quality bar tools, including Japanese jiggers, can elevate your home bartending experience and help you create professional-quality cocktails.
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Bar Tools Every Bartender Needs

Every bartender needs a few other key tools to ensure that they can make quality cocktails quickly and efficiently. Here are a few of the most important bar tools that every bartender should have in their arsenal:
  • Cocktail Shaker – A vessel for shaking up drinks, the cocktail shaker is a must-have for any bar. There are three main types of cocktail shakers: the Boston shaker, cobbler shaker, and French shaker.
  • Jigger – A jigger is a small measuring cup used to measure and pour the right amount of liquid ingredients into cocktails. They come in a variety of styles, including the Japanese style.
  • Mixing Spoon – A mixing spoon is used for stirring cocktails and is designed to reach the bottom of a tall glass or shaker. Choose one that is long enough for your mixing vessel and comfortable to hold.
  • Strainer – A strainer is used to separate the liquid drink from ice or solid ingredients, such as fruit or herbs. There are different types of strainers, such as the Hawthorne strainer and the Julep strainer.
  • Ice Scoop – An ice scoop is used to scoop ice into drinks or the shaker. It’s essential to choose one that is durable and easy to handle.
  • Muddler – To extract the essence of fruits, herbs, and spices, use a muddler to lightly mash these ingredients. Choose a muddler that is durable, easy to grip, long enough to save your knuckles from hitting the edge of your glass or shaker.


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By having these essential bar tools, bartenders can create quality cocktails quickly and efficiently. Whether you are a professional bartender or an amateur enthusiast, having the right bar tools can make all the difference.

About Melanie Tornroth

A former English teacher, Melanie optimistically embraces the struggle that is work-from-home parenthood as the in-house writer for A Bar Above. When not responding to “Mom” and writing articles for ABA, she also runs Goodnickels Photography, loves to cuddle her cats, and is perfecting the art of keeping her pandemic “fermentation babies” alive.