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Ask any bartender, and they’ll tell you that when it comes to making cocktails professionally, consistency is key across the board. This applies to a variety of factors—think consistently fresh and high-quality ingredients, presentation, and the like—but perhaps most important of all is measurement.
Sure, bartending at home is a more casual endeavor, but if you want to nail your drink recipes, you’ll want to invest in a good jigger. Read on for our top cocktail jiggers of the year as selected by pro bartenders from across the country. Here is a list of our choice picks for the best jiggers to get right now.
Best Overall: Cocktail Kingdom Leopold Jigger
“For a utility at-home jigger, I’ve always preferred the Leopold [design] from Cocktail Kingdom,” says Alex Jump, head bartender of iconic bar Death & Co.’s Denver location. “All of the measurements [are] in one tool so you don’t have to worry about getting a bunch of tools dirty. Bonus: they look really pretty, and I really like the weighted feeling they have.”
Cocktail Kingdom offers their signature Leopold jiggers in two sizes and a number of different finishes. A one-ounce/two-ounce jigger is the go-to for many bartenders, so we’d recommend opting for the 30-milliliter/60-milliliter size.
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Best Value: OXO Steel Angled Measuring Jigger
Jump’s fellow Death & Co. Denver bartender Jon Feuersanger offers another handy option for the at-home bartender: “The measuring devices I use at home that are 100% [utilitarian] and easy-to-use are the OXO steel-angled jiggers.” According to him, these workhorse jiggers function as a mini measuring cup and hit all the main measurements in one, from a quarter ounce to two full ounces. Plus, the price is hard to beat.
Best Splurge: MATCH Italian Pewter Jigger
If you find yourself constantly wishing you lived in a renaissance painting and you also enjoy a great cocktail, consider investing in this handmade Italian pewter jigger, which is part of a larger (and equally Old World) collection of barware.
The smaller end measures one ounce while the larger side measures one and a half; if you’re looking to build your own set around this beautiful piece, you can choose from a shaker, strainer, mixing glass, and more. Just note that this material is hand-wash only.
Best for Beginners: Barfly Japanese-Style Jigger
Barfly’s straightforward one-ounce/two-ounce Japanese-style jigger is a combination of aesthetically pleasing design, durability, and affordability, which is everything any novice home bartender could ask for.
Choose from a variety of different finishes, or buy a few different ones to see what you like best. These jiggers are dishwasher-safe and feature interior measurement markings in addition to a rolled top on both sides, which helps to prevent spills and drips.
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Best Japanese: Piña Barware Slim Jigger
For lovers of both form and function, the super-slim mid century-inspired Piña jigger ticks all the boxes. “It’s very accurate because of the super narrow base, and it’s very comfortable to use,” says Washington, D.C. bartender Justin Golash of the sleek design. This jigger features exterior measurement markers with corresponding lines on the inside walls, so you’ll always have a handle on even the smallest pours.
Best Ergonomic: True Trio Multi-Unit Measured Jigger
“My forever favorite [is the] the multi-level jigger,” says Montreal bartender Kate Boushel. This design, she says, allows you to build directly in the jigger and features all of the important units of measurement (ounces, milliliters, and tablespoons). “It’s sturdy, super comfortable to hold, and even has a quarter-ounce measure [when flipped],” Boushel adds.
Most Durable: Cocktail Kingdom Japanese-Style Jigger
“I go classic with the Japanese style jigger in one ounce/two-ounce capacity,” says Robin Kirk Wolf, a bartender in San Luis Obispo, California. “I love the physical balance in my hand, and the longer profile is great for moving quickly on a busy Saturday night turning out rounds of cocktails!”
This classic design by industry favorite brand Cocktail Kingdom is made of copper-plated stainless steel and features measurement markings on the inside walls. Note that these jiggers are hand-wash only.
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Best Design: Yukiwa Stainless Steel Seamless Jigger
When it comes to barware, New York City bartender Orlando McCray has one go-to: Japanese specialty brand Yukiwa. “[Their] jiggers are really elegant and feel great in your hands,” he shares, though there is one downside to this piece in that there are no markings. “You have to train yourself through repetition—having an accurate idea of how much you’re pouring is a pretty good skill for us all to have, though,” he adds.
Best Set: West Elm 4-Piece Barret Bar Tool Set
Whether you’re starting your home bar collection from scratch or just love the idea of a display piece, this retro-chic West Elm set will add a touch of glam to any bar cart, cabinet, or counter. The kit includes four brass-finished stainless steel tools with pink quartz accents: a handled jigger, a bar spoon, a bottle opener, and a Hawthorne cocktail strainer. You can store these in any metal or marble canister for the perfect home bar centerpiece.
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Longtime wine and spirits writer Céline Bossart has tested countless jiggers over the years––between her picks and a handful of ideas from fellow industry pros, this list is sure to cover all of your cocktail needs at any experience level.