The humble jigger has been around in some form for centuries for measuring spirit pours. The word, probably derived from “thingamajig”, dates back to at least 1879, and jiggers can now be found in any cocktail bar around the world. The team at Monkey Shoulder whisky decided it was time to reinvent this essential bar tool and have come up with the Trigger Jigger.
Global brand ambassador Joe Petch-Saunders, a former bartender, developed the inspired concept that features a finger-controlled mechanism on the side of the jigger for releasing the liquid rather than requiring the bartender to tip it over to pour. After extensive tests, it was found that this not only results in 100% accuracy per pour but saves every bartender across the planet on average four hours and 42 minutes per year.
“Some jiggers are just not good for business and can result in slower serving speeds,” Joe explains. “So, inspired by a nickel and silver-plated jigger from the late 1880s and through countless hours of research with bartenders around the world, I set about righting some wrongs.
“By engineering a piston valve mechanism, I’ve 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.”
It follows Monkey Shoulder’s previous bartender innovations: the extendable bar spoon called the iSpoon; a revamp of the 1930s Konga Shaker which mixes drinks using rotating handles; and The Claw for picking up ice and other items with greater precision.
To test the Trigger Jigger’s effectiveness, Joe and the team timed bartenders pouring three 20ml measures using standard jiggers and again with the new invention. They discovered that the Trigger Jigger, at 7.89 seconds, was on average 0.79 seconds faster when up against a standard jigger at 8.68 seconds. Calculating the average number of drinks made throughout the working year, they concluded that the Trigger Jigger could save every bartender an average of 16,985 seconds or 4 hours and 42 minutes per year.
However, Joe adds: “The tests were conducted in several locations with different groups and whilst we are very confident with these results, we cannot guarantee the same result every time due to varying factors such as liquid viscosity, temperature, bar setup and the general speed of the user – hence why we created an average score based on many test scores.”
The Trigger Jigger apparently also improves on accuracy compared to some inferior jiggers that can be off by as much as 20% because they do not always have correct volume marks and can increase the likelihood for spillage.
The only question remaining is what will all the bartenders do with their extra four hours and 42 minutes per year?