Believe it or not, there are actually four different pouring techniques used by bartenders.
- Free Pouring: The most popular pouring method used is free pouring, allowing bartenders to pour 2-4 bottles simultaneously. This method helps improve both efficiency and speed. And while it may seem like free pouring could lead to inaccurate measurements, skilled bartenders are surprisingly accurate.
- Hand Measuring: Perhaps the most accurate method of pouring, hand measuring is also one of the slowest. This is because hand measuring requires the bartender to pour each liquor into a measuring device, meaning the bartender has to pour each liquor individually. Still, this is the pouring method utilized by 20% of Baltimore bars.
- Pre-Measured or Controlled Pourers: These types of pourers tend to be expensive and malfunction frequently.
- Electronic Liquor Dispensers: These electronic systems are expensive and, because of this, are not very popular, despite being very user-friendly.
The technique of choice for a bartender depends on several factors, including personal preference, drink selection, and management policy.
Free Pouring Tip: Silent Counting
To test your skill at free pouring, try the following exercise.
- Grab an empty glass, a measurer and bottle of liquor with a slow plastic pourer.
- Hold the bottle at a 45 degree angle and pour the liquor into the empty glass.
- Count silently in your head. Each second should equal a half once of liquor.
- Test your accuracy by pouring the empty glass into the measurer.
- Repeat until you are pretty accurate!
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