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‘Accurate’ jigger from Monkey Shoulder

Monkey Shoulders’ accurate jigger The ‘Trigger Jigger’ comes after other bar inventions from Monkey Shoulder, including the extendable iSpoon (2014), Konga Shaker (2016) and ice tong ‘The Claw’ (2017).

A new device, called the ‘Trigger Jigger’, claims to save bartenders across the world 4 hours and 32 minutes on average every year. A jigger is used to measure and pour spirits behind the bar.

Blended malt whisky brand Monkey Shoulder claims that some venues face the issue of using “inferior” jiggers that are imprecise by as much as 20% due to the chance that spirits will spill while being measured.

So, inspired by a nickel- and silver-plated jigger from the late 1880s, and through countless hours of research with bartenders around the world, Monkey Shoulder set about righting some wrongs.

By engineering a piston valve mechanism, the William Grant & Sons-owned whisky maker has ensured an accurate cut start and stop flow rate. Pour in the liquid and apply some pressure on a trigger using a good old fashioned finger. The spirit streams out at an optimum rate into the drinking vessel.

Following “rigorous tests”, the brand’s lab technicians found that standard jiggers produce one pour per 0.86 seconds, while the ‘Trigger Jigger’ has recorded speeds of one pour per 0.789 seconds.

The Konga Shaker features rotating handles that allow cocktails to made using a rolling rather than shaking motion. Monkey Shoulder’s version of the Konga Shaker retains a stainless steel cylinder and red plastic handles, with the modern addition of a sieve.

The Konga Shaker is larger than a typical cocktail shaker and allows bartenders to create between three and four cocktails at one time. Just 250 Konga Shakers were created and distributed to bars across the UK, along with bespoke cocktail recipes.

‘The Claw’ is said to provide more precision when it comes to adding ice to drinks through its hooking technique.