The muddler is key to making some of our favorite smash drinks like the Mojito, Mint Julep, and Old-fashioned. This is one of the essential tools that every bartender should own and after awhile you will quickly learn that its uses stretch beyond smashing mint.
Though the muddler is really nothing more than a solid stick, all muddlers are not created the same. There are many poorly designed and constructed muddlers out there. As stick drinks become more popular among modern drinkers, the options... are growing and great muddlers can be found at a variety of price ranges so everyone can enjoy a great muddled cocktail.
Below are five of of the best muddlers sold today.
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Uber Bar Tools is known for a fantastic line of professional grade bartending tools and their ProCrush Muddler is no exception. The design of this muddler is very modern, almost space age, and it is nothing short of cool.
This is the Cadillac of muddlers and the features are nearly endless. The stainless steel muddler uses a patented ProGrip(TM) handle: your thumb goes inside the upper hole, giving you a nice, firm grip. When the muddler is flipped, this end also becomes an amazing ice crusher tha...t makes quick work of the toughest cubes.
The muddling head is plastic, a combination of silicon and ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene), and has teeth that quickly muddle the toughest fruit and herbs. It is also wide enough to prevent juice from splashing back into your face when used in the standard mixing glass or shaker tin.
If and when the muddler wears out, the head can be unscrewed and a new head purchased to replace it. This is an important consideration because the ProCrush is not cheap. At around $60, this is a muddler that was designed to last a bartender's lifetime and withstand the pressure of mixing thousands of drinks.
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The Floeberg Muddler has a number of good things going for it and it recently became one of my new favorite muddlers.
This muddler uses the shape that many stainless steel muddlers have taken on, a sort of bell shape with a tooth-grip base. It is a perfect design that fits into any sized hand and there is something about the leverage you can get from it that makes it perfect for crushing anything that we need to in the bar.
The Floeberg Muddler excels in design from similar muddlers because of its... nylon teeth and silicone rings that give it a good grip on both ends. The rings are removable in case you need to clean out the groves and if you loose one, a spare set is included (just remember where you store them).
The price is definitely right with The Floeberg. At less than $15, this is a quality muddler that anyone can afford and, so far, it has done its job perfectly.
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OXO is another company that is known for making quality bar tools and their steel muddler is a perfect example.
This muddler has a slimmer design than most but the gripping handle is wider. This is great for bartenders who find grip to be an issue with the average muddler.
The nylon muddling head has small, strong teeth. It will not scratch the surface of your mixing glasses, which is a bonus for drinks made directly in the serving glass.
Made of zinc, OXO's muddler is built to last and at... around $15, it is a great value. It is the perfect option for the amateur who likes the occasional Mojito.
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Wood muddlers have long been a favorite among bartenders though many leave a lot to be desired when it comes to longevity. It is inevitable that your favorite wooden muddler will get stained or crack after a period of use and many of the cheaper options have a nasty varnish or stain coating that could taint your drinks.
The bamboo muddler from Mojito Muddler solves all of those issues and is a sleeker design than the heavy club-like shape that is common in wood muddlers.
This is an 11-inch long... muddler, so it is ideal for reaching the bottom of tall glasses without constantly hitting your hand on the glass.
Bamboo is also stronger material than wood and does not absorb liquids as easily as wood. That and its sustainability have made bamboo a popular choice for kitchen products like cutting boards, so it is only natural that we bring those same benefits into the bar.
This particular bamboo muddler is moderately priced at around $25. For the wear and tear that this is going to stand up to, that makes it a great alternative to wood muddlers.Continue to 5 of 5 below.
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This muddler is probably the most mundane looking of the lot but, as the name suggests, it is a badass muddler.
There are no frills, no special style, or anything particularly appealing about Cocktail Kingdom's "Bad Ass" Muddler, it just simply gets the job done and it does it well. At 1 1/2 inches in diameter and a solid 14 ounces, it is thick and built to last out of the same food-grade plastic that many cutting boards use.
The simple design has two main features. One end is rounded... for the gentle muddling of herbs and delicate ingredients. The other end has a sharper edge that will break down and mash berries and anything else that needs a little muscle.
This muddler is under $15 and it is going to be a workhorse that is a no-fuss tool that is there to muddle whatever you need it to.