Japanese jiggers are an important tool in the world of bartending, valued for their precision and sleek design. These unique jiggers have a rich history, evolving from traditional Japanese tea ceremony jiggers to becoming a staple in modern cocktail bars.
1. Pouring 2 ounces Amaretto liqueur into jigger

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What is a Japanese Jigger?

A Japanese jigger is a measuring tool used to pour and measure liquid ingredients for cocktails. It has a unique, elongated hourglass shape that allows for precise measurement of ingredients, and it accommodates different drink recipes by having two cups– one measuring up to 1 ounce and the other measuring up to 2 ounces.
These cocktail jiggers are often made of stainless steel, which is more durable and easier to clean than other materials. The long, slender design makes them a popular choice among bartenders because they’re easier to hold between the fingers.
Japanese jigger measurements

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Benefits of Using Japanese Jiggers

The precise measurement and consistent pours that these jiggers provide are the main benefits of using them. This accuracy can help bartenders save time and reduce waste, leading to a more efficient and cost-effective bar. It also all but guarantees more consistent and balanced cocktails.
The hourglass shape of Japanese jiggers also makes them easy to use and pour, preventing spills and ensuring a smooth, even flow of ingredients.
Stainless steel Japanese jigger alcohol jigger

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History of Japanese Bartending Tools

The Japanese bartending style has existed since the 1800s but emerged in the Western world over the last couple decades. It is characterized by its focus on precision, attention to detail, and artistic presentation.
Japanese bartenders use specific tools and techniques to create a unique drinking experience for their customers, which is important in the overall development of Japanese bartending.
slim jigger Japanese-style with a green cocktail

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Choosing the Best Japanese Jigger

Our A Bar Above Japanese Jigger is quite literally a bar above the competition. It’s a high-quality bar tool designed for precision and ease of use– and I should know because I’ve tested our jiggers to make sure they’re super accurate!
Made from durable stainless steel, this is built to last and withstand frequent use in a busy bar environment. Its long hourglass shape ensures precise measurements and even pouring, making it super useful for creating perfectly balanced cocktails.
The Japanese style jigger’s sleek and elegant design makes ergonomic to hold in the hand, which busy bartenders love. It also looks really sophisticated on any bar. Overall, this cocktail jigger is a must-have for any bartender looking to elevate their craft and create professional-quality cocktails.
14 piece cocktail set

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Other Essential Bar Tools

Japanese jiggers are just one of many essential tools that every bartender should have in their arsenal. Other tools, such as shakers, strainers, mixing spoons, and glassware, are also must-haves for creating quality cocktails.
Investing in high-quality barware can significantly enhance your home bartending experience and help you create professional-quality cocktails. You’ll create smoother, more balanced cocktail with accurate and durable bar tools.
By making sure you have high-quality bar tools, including Japanese jiggers, you can elevate your home bartending experience and create professional-quality cocktails.
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Importance of Investing In Quality Barware

Investing in quality barware is essential for any professional or at-home bartender. Quality barware can significantly enhance the overall drinking experience, making cocktails taste and look better.
  • Quality barware is designed to be more durable and long-lasting, ensuring that the tools can withstand frequent use in a busy bar or home bar setup. This means that they are less likely to break, crack, or wear out quickly– saving time and money in the long run.
  • High-quality barware is designed to perform well and consistently, ensuring that cocktails are made accurately and efficiently. This is particularly important when making more complex drinks, as precise measurements and mixing techniques are necessary to achieve the perfect balance of flavors.
  • These bar tools look great and add a touch of sophistication to any home or commercial bar. A well-presented cocktail can be just as important as its taste, and quality barware can help achieve that professional look and feel.
  • Investing in bar tools can help build a reputation for excellence, particularly for bars and restaurants. Using top-quality tools and barware shows a commitment to quality and customer satisfaction, which can lead to repeat business and positive reviews.
Anyone who’s serious about creating high-quality cocktails and providing an excellent drinking experience needs great barware. It’s a worthwhile investment that will pay off in the long run when you’re serving amazing drinks.

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.