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Bar spoon essential for stirred cocktails

With its particularly long, often twisted handle, the bar spoon is one of the most important tools when it comes to the cocktail bar: "Stirred, not shaken!". Thanks to its spiral shape on the stick, cocktails with ice cubes can also be stirred particularly quickly and cooled down optimally.

With its spoon surface, the spoon, small units can be measured and with the opposite end - depending on the version - fruits or leaves can be easily crushed. The bar spoon is also the ideal tool for layering multi-colored cocktails and therefore belongs in every professional bar equipment.

In the following you will learn how to use the bar spoon correctly and create great cocktails with it.

What shapes and sizes are there?

Bar spoons are available in different lengths: in shorter versions they are approx. 20-30 centimeters long, but the long bar spoons originally used in Japan with a length of 50 centimeters established. The latter can be used particularly well for tall long drink and mixing glasses, as the perfect stirring movement can be carried out particularly easily with a long stem.

While Japanese spoons often have a fork on their other end, other bar spoons often have a pestle or a decorative element on their handle end.

Different bar spoons at a glance

Structure of a typical bar spoon

The bar spoon as a bar measure

The bar spoon is also used as a measuring unit, abbreviated in the recipe as "BL"Or"BS“ („bar spoon"). Detected usually 0.5 cl - as much as a teaspoon. Depending on the version, the capacity of the spoon can also hold 0.6 cl or only 0.4 cl - but this difference is not too serious for the taste of the cocktail.

Usually holds a bar spoon 0.5cl, perfect for adding ingredients in small quantities.

How is a bar spoon used correctly?

A skillfully stirred cocktail is characterized by the fact that the ice cubes do not splinter during its preparation, the liquids cool down quickly by stirring and are hardly watered down in the process. For this, it is especially important to stir the drink quickly and fluently - this works best with a long, twisted stem. By stirring quickly, the cocktail ingredients cool down without too much melt water forming. Make sure that the ice cubes are taken with you when you stir them with the help of the spoon - this way they do not break and do not leave splinters on the surface of the drink.

For which gin cocktails do I need a bar spoon?

For some sour cocktails and some vermouth cocktails, stirring is usually the order of the day - because then the liquid remains clear, in contrast to the cocktail from the shaker. For example, a dry martini can also be prepared very well stirred. Tom Collins and Negroni (3 cl gin, Campari and red vermouth each, stirred with ice) are also cocktails that go well with a bar spoon. In addition, it can be used to make layered cocktails in all the colors of the rainbow.

The art of layering

When layering a cocktail - or Pousse Café, as this type of cocktail is often called - the basic rule applies: The ingredient with the highest density belongs down. Since these cocktails are prepared directly in the glass, you usually start with the syrup at the bottom, then, depending on the recipe, fruit juice or liqueur can follow, and the cocktail is finished with a layer of high-proof. But this is only a rough guideline. For example, if you want to layer different liqueurs or schnapps on top of each other, you should either try beforehand which liquid ingredient floats on top of which other, or you can stick to recipes that have already been tried and tested. A classic layered cocktail is the B52 (with coffee liqueur, cream liqueur and Grand Marnier), but you can also create your own creative creations with syrup, colored liqueurs, fruit juice and gin.

But at least as important as the basic knowledge of density is a steady hand and the right technique: The bar spoon is placed in such a way that the spoon surface (with the back facing up) hovers slightly over the previous layer and the tip touches the edge of the glass. Then carefully and slowly pour the liquid for the next layer over the back of the spoon into the glass. This doesn't always work at the beginning - but with a little practice you can create drinks that impress every guest.

Our recommendations for bar spoons

1 APS bar spoon / fork, stainless steel, length 50 cm

8,57 €

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2 APS bar spoon made of stainless steel, copper look, length 27 cm

9,52 €

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3 APS bar spoon, stainless steel, length 44 cm

10,47 €

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