Measuring is Important - Floridita Cocktail

There are two distinct camps that bartenders often segment themselves into, those that free-pour and those that measure. Personally, I am a strong proponent of measuring. I feel that the only mildly valid argument against it, is that measuring takes a little longer, and so in a very busy bar it might slow things down. While it is possible to train yourself to be fairly accurate at the free-pour, it is also possible to train yourself to be fast enough at using a jigger that it doesn’t matter. I have no intention of settling this debate here, but I do feel it is valuable to emphasize the importance of properly measuring your ingredients. For some drinks, the proper measure is more important than others. One-Quarter of an ounce is not a very big measure, and it can be easy to accidentally over or under pour by that much when mixing drinks. Drinks such as the Old Fashioned, Manhattan, and Martini are such that being off a little bit may not be very noticeable, but when mixing drinks with tart citrus, or intense ingredients like Chartreuse, that 1/4 ounce can make a big difference.

I think many bartenders see it as a rite of passage to feel they are skilled enough to free-pour, while others see it as a sign of how serious they take their craft that they carefully measure everything. Feel free to make up your own decision on this issue, but hopefully you realize that whether you free-pour or jigger, being sure you get the precise measure is important for making great cocktails.


1 1/2 oz rum

1/2 oz fresh lime juice

1/2 oz sweet vermouth

1/8 oz créme de cacao

1/8 oz grenadine


Shake all ingredients with ice.

Strain into a chilled cocktail coupe.


Matthew Parks 16 Jan 2015
12:04 am

I really like this OXO Jigger - It has 1.5oz/1oz - I like it because it combines all the jiggers into one. On the inside it has an small metal raised line that splits the 1.5oz side into .75oz and the 1.0oz side into .5oz and .25oz - Think I found it at target or somewhere similar.

blair frodelius 16 Jan 2015
7:23 am

Here are some items I use for measuring accurately. 

These spoons are great as they have 1/8 tsp, 1/4 tsp, 1/2 tsp, 3/4 tsp, 1 tsp, 1 TBS measurements.,+3/4

I also use this jigger more than any other in my bar.  It has 1/2oz, 3/4oz, 1oz, 1 1/2oz, 2oz, 3oz all in one!  I buy the clear version.


Blair Frodelius

Dinah (MetaGrrrl/Bibulous) 16 Jan 2015
10:20 am

Absolutely agreed on the importance of measuring and on the value of good tools.

Oh how I wish OXO would add a 1/4 oz line on their little measuring cup!

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