woman bartender with jigger as tool for pouring

Behind the Bar Rail: Jigger

bartender pouring shot into cocktail glass with jigger What's a jigger?

When it comes to equipment behind the bar, there is a small list of essentials for making sure your customers can take advantage of all of your liquor, beer, and wine options. One of these essentials is a jigger. We’ll talk about styles, measurements, and size.

Jigger Size

A jigger is a small object made out of plastic, wood, or metal to measure shots in a cocktail. It’s usually the size of your first and has two openings on either side. In most cases, one size is used to measure an ounce, and the other is one and a half ounces.

Since it’s a popular tool by mixologists sometimes, you’ll find it in precious metals like gold, silver, or copper. As well as stylistic choices to decorate the metal by hammering it.

Jigger  Measurements jigger measurements

The most important aspect of a jigger is reliability in its measurements. The jigger is meant to safely and accurately create a cocktail without over-pouring. In addition, it should be easy to handle and pour. In some cases, it may be designed with a handle to help this easier.

Multiple Jiggers?

Since making drinks is a popular activity behind the bar, especially for martini lounges or establishments focused on cocktails, there should be multiple jiggers available to bartenders. It’s best to have AT LEAST one at each cocktail station. As well as a couple stored in a case, the establishment becomes so busy that eligible runners start making drinks.


Jiggers can easily be purchased on Amazon if one is not supplied.

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