How to Muddle Guide
The Beechwood Muddler is a great size muddler and it is available for only $3.95!
Muddling fresh herbs and fruits is one of the best ways to get the full flavor potential out of fresh ingredients. The mojito has become one of the most popular and refreshing muddled drinks today, but many bartenders ruin this drink by over-muddling the mint. There are many other cocktails that can also benefit from using freshly muddled ingredients. We would like to aid bartenders all over the world by helping them become more creative with their mixology.
The Basics of MuddlingMuddling cocktails may have started as a specialized process that only master mixologist in exclusive bars would use, but many modern cocktails require muddling. Follow these simple rules for perfect cocktails every time.
1. Always use fresh herbs, this will make a big difference in your cocktails.
2. Herb leaves have small veins which contain chlorophyll. If the leaves are shred or crushed, the chlorophyll gets released which adds a very bitter taste. (Similar to grass) This is why a flat headed muddler is preferred for herbs.
3. Muddlers with teeth on the end are much better for muddling fruits. The teeth tear through the rinds and flesh of fruits, releasing the oils and juices within. The serrated edges tend to cause herbs to shred which will release more chlorophyll into your cocktail.
4. Always use a cocktail shaker tin or sturdy mixing or pint glass that will not break. You don't want to risk chipping glass into a cocktail especially if you are using a Stainless Steel Muddler.
5. When muddling herbs press down lightly and just give a few twists.
6. A serrated head muddler can be used with fruits, and you should see the juice and oils release from the fruit as you press on them.
7. Adding simple syrup with the leaves while muddling is a great way to make sure the flavors will dissolve evenly throughout the drink.
Tip: Simple syrup is super easy to make. It is just equal parts sugar and water(example: 1cup sugar= 1 cup water). It can be combined using hot water and a bit of stirring. Or you can combine room temperature water and sugar in a jar with a lid and shake the heck out of it (will take about 4 good minutes of shaking). A rich simple syrup can also be made with a larger ratio of sugar to the amount of water used. In this case, less can be used per drink and it will last a bit longer in the fridge.
Which muddler is right for you?
Classic blonde wood muddler.
This wood muddler is made of smooth unvarnished wood. It features teeth at one end that are great for muddling fruit. The handle side has a smooth round end that can also be used for muddling leaves.
Black Plastic Muddlers
Affordable and tough.
The plastic black muddler is a very affordable option that will last for years to come. It is available in 3 different head options: flat, grinder, and masher. The flat head is great for muddling leaves. The grinder and masher can easily extract juice and oils from fruits. If used lightly, the masher head can also be used for grinding herb leaves.
Stainless Steel Muddlers with Serrated End
Some prefer stainless steel.
Stainless Steel Muddlers are attractive and easy to use. They are sleek looking and feature serrated ends with grinder teeth. This muddler is available in a 7 inch size that is a bit wider or a 8.5 inch version that is skinnier. Both also have a rounded grip side that can also be used to gently muddle leaves.
Wood Muddler with Grip Bands
Get a good grip on your muddler.
This a classic style blonde wood muddler. It features 3 textured bands that allow you to get extra grip on your muddler even if your hands are wet. Both sides have a flat head, so you will not have to worry about ripping or tearing your leaves when you use this muddler.
Unique and fun muddler!
These super durable muddlers are almost impossible to destroy! They are available in 5 fun colors to match your own personal style. This muddler features a tenderizer head that is ideal for extracting as much flavor and juice as possible. The acrylic muddler features a unique look with bubbles throughout the entire muddler.
Stainless Steel Muddlers with Plastic Head
Classy sleek muddler.
This muddler has the same sleek look as the regular stainless steel muddler but with a plastic head. This style head is ideal for muddling in glass. The plastic head is meant to keep the glass from being scratched or chipped. The stainless steel is super easy to clean. It is available in a regular or slim version and both sizes offer tenderizer or flat head options.
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