Stainless steel muddlers are highly durable, bulky, and easy to clean tools in your bar. They’re usually equipped with a serrated bottom to aid you with muddling. It’s not the number one choice for professional bartenders, but if you’re in a pinch, this will come in handy.
Do You Need to Use a Muddler?
Recipes that require spices or herbs can benefit from muddling. Muddling brings out the flavors of the ingredient by expressing the oils without destroying them completely. These are a few muddled recipes you can try: mojitos, mint juleps, and an old-fashioned.
Things You Need to Know About Stainless Steel Muddlers
Thermal conductive. Metal is highly conductive toward temperature, which means it can get cold when exposed to things like ice. This could be difficult to grip over time as cold temperature slows down blood flow and hinder your performance.
Condensation. Making mixed drinks and exposing your tools to cold temperatures can cause condensation. This is when air is unable to hold moisture anymore, and they tend to stick to the surface.
Since metal is not porous like wood, the water droplets do not get absorbed and can cause the stainless steel muddler to be slippery. Slippery muddlers can cause accidents, so be sure to use a bar towel and dry out the muddler before use.
Heavyweight. Metal is heavier than wood. This factor makes it hard to control, which can over-muddle your ingredients or potentially break your mixing glass. Remember to practice with metal muddlers so you can get used to the weight and feel.
Great for beginners. These last longer than wooden muddlers since you need little to no maintenance. They’re dishwasher safe, easy to clean, and dry. You don’t have to worry about rot since metal is an inorganic material.