Our inexpensive drink jiggers from Wine Devices are bartender essentials for your home or hospitality industry business. We have classic stainless steel double jiggers that measure 1-ounce quantities on one end and 1 1/4-ounce quantity on the other end of a traditional hourglass-shaped measuring cup. We have plastic double jiggers with lines for 1/2-ounce to 3-ounce measurements. Our bargain-priced premium double jigger in stainless steel measures 1 ounce and 2 ounces for great cocktails. Or, choose our multi-level jigger measurement cups.
Irrespective of your intention, you need a jigger in your life. Running a pub? Need a jigger. Inviting your friends for drinks? Need a jigger. Want to exercise some semi-pro bartender skills in the household? Need a jigger—you get the drift.
Now that you know the importance of it (we can’t stress on it enough), you ought to know further details too. For instance, how do you use one? What are its measurements? What is its volume? All that and more—we’ve mentioned what you need, now here are the whys.
What is a Jigger?
Let’s address the elephant in the room. What is a jigger? Working as a bar tool, a jigger is used to measure and by association, pour alcohol. In order to accommodate both a bigger and a smaller quantity (we’ll get to that in a bit), a jigger has two ends that have different measurements.
The two ends form the shape of cups, in order to maximize the alcohol-holding capacity. That is why it is also known as a double jigger. These might vary according to their nature. For instance, bell jiggers take the shape of an hourglass, whereas Japanese-influenced jiggers are a lot narrower.
Remember how we mentioned that there are two separate measurements? The larger one holds more alcohol than the smaller one, quite obviously. This becomes important as double jiggers form one of the most quintessential cocktail-measuring utility tools.
How to Use a Jigger?
Now that you know what a jigger is, it is time to know the art of mixology. Keep in mind that as an amateur, it takes a lot of time and patience to be the jigger artist that you aspire to be. Even before you think about all the flair and panache, remember to practice to get your basics perfect first.
The first and foremost thing is to know thy measurements. Some like the Japanese ones require filling up to the brim, whereas some others need it to be filled to the tip. See which one you have access to, and measure appropriately.
Considering it is constructed out of metal, you can’t really maintain parallel eye contact to measure. Similarly, you can’t measure by looking from the top too. As we said, practice makes perfect.
The next thing to keep in mind is the sequence of ingredients. Considering how your ingredients will vary in viscosity, it is important to follow the right sequence. For instance, you would want to add your booze first, before you add the citrusy or the syrupy elements.
Next up, positioning. You’d ideally want to hold your jigger in such a way that you can mix ingredients in both smaller and larger ounces gently. Sure, placing the jigger between your thumb and index finger seems safer, but we recommend you place it between your middle and ring finger. Putting it between your index and middle finger works too.
With practice, it is important for you to develop some patience too. Patience is super important as you don’t want to spill all the ingredients in order to mix drinks “efficiently”. Moreover, if you have the Japanese type of jigger—patience is your only way out.
While the aforementioned illustration shows the sheer spectrum of jiggers, the 40mm is the standard one. This holds about 1.5 ounces on the bigger cup and 0.75 ounces on the smaller one. This is considered the standard—one which is also known as the “jigger shot”. Before you go ahead and purchase one, be sure to check for the sizes of the cups.
How Many Ounces in a Jigger?
As stated above, depending on the size of the jigger, the ounces vary. When we refer to the jigger, we are merely talking about the standard size. Here, each jigger carries about 1.5 ounces on the bigger side and 0,75 ounces on the smaller.
How Many Ounces in a Shot?
Shots are a pretty tricky affair. While it should ideally hold a standard range between 0.67 ounces to about 2 ounces, it actually is geographically different. As you will see, European countries like Germany and Denmark consider 0.67 ounces to be a shot, whereas the mighty Italians think otherwise. 2.2 ounces for a shot—bonkers!
This should provide you with a pretty comprehensive idea of what a shot might constitute. As you can see, the range itself is pretty fixed—but the intimate variations differ only by country. Does that make it different from a jigger? That brings us to…
Jiggers vs Shot Glass
While the difference in volume and weight is obvious, double jiggers and shot glasses are different in more ways than you can imagine. Here are some of them.
The first, is the purpose. Even if hypothetically both jiggers and shot glasses had the same dimensions and weight, their purposes are quite different. Where a shot glass is used to contain and consume the booze, the jigger is used as a measuring tool. The shot glass is the customer’s necessity, whereas the jigger is the bartender’s essential.
Moving aside from equal-volume hypotheses, there is no doubt that the most obvious difference between the jigger and the shot glass lies in the…you guessed it right—volume. The standard jigger has both 1.5 ounces and 0.75 ounces at its ends, whereas the shot glass varies a great bit.
The next bit of difference lies in the construction. The shot glass is constructed out of glass. This not only makes for an easygoing drink session, but it also enables you to see what the drink itself is. Having it made out of glass means that there is transparency in alcohol exchange, no pun intended.
Wholesale Double Jiggers
The jigger on the other hand is mostly made out of stainless steel. It might also have demarcations. The reasons for it are simple. Demarcation enables you to add an exact amount of liquor that isn’t 1.5 ounces or half.
Being stainless steel means that it can stand the test of time rather efficiently. Keep in mind that the jigger is the longer-lasting tool of the two, and it becomes super important to keep rust and dust at bay here. Additionally, shot glasses are pretty fragile but jiggers are not—thereby giving you that window of respite to pour to your heart’s might!
A sturdy stainless steel jigger allows the bartender or home mixologist to be precise when measuring that perfect amount for a great martini, margarita, or another classic cocktail. The hourglass shape of traditional drink measurement jiggers is to allow you to easily rest the device between your fingers while measuring each pour. Also shop our drink stirrers, cocktail strainers and shakers, ice tongs, and other barware basics for homes, taverns, restaurants, and wine bars.