Lime, mint leaves, sugar, cocktail glass - everything is ready for your mojito. But you don’t have a muddler. What will you use? Whether you’re on a budget or simply want to experiment, here are cocktail muddler alternatives that you can easily find in your kitchen.
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Making your go-to mojito without a muddler is not an issue if you have these items at home. Let’s find out how each one works.
1. Wooden Spoon
A wooden spoon is probably the most available alternative at home for a muddler. Be sure it is well-cleaned without traces of oil and strong odors from spices like curry.
With the tip of the handle, gently press the mint leaves to the bottom of the glass if your spoon has a slightly rounded or flat end. If the tip is too narrow, you can press the mint leaves on the glass side using the tip of the wooden spoon’s handle.
Another alternative for a muddler that is very likely available in your kitchen is the good old pestle. Clean it well and make sure it does not have any traces of spices.
Use the handle - the part you hold when using it with your mortar - so any spices’ traces will not be mixed with the cocktail. If you are a bit wary of using it, use disposable plastic gloves so your hands will not be in contact with any spice on the head of the pestle.
If you’re into making sauerkraut or pickles, you probably have a pickling tamper (upper) in your kitchen. A pastry tamper (lower) is also the right choice.
Using a sauerkraut tamper, use the handle so the sauerkraut or pickles’ flavors will not be in the cocktail. When using a pastry tamper, remove all traces of oil, shorteners, or flour.
Another good alternative for a muddler is the handle of a wooden meat pounder. As with the other kitchen tools, it is essential to keep it clean from all traces of oil, meat, or foul odors.
An unused 1-inch dowel is a good alternative for muddling. Sand the unfinished end of the dowel with #600 sandpaper. Wash and clean appropriately before use.
The French rolling pin, usually used for making pizza dough and dumplings, is also an excellent alternative to use as a muddler. Remove all traces of flour, shorteners, oil, or spices before using it to muddle cocktail ingredients.
But for home bars, the best muddler alternatives are the wooden spoon and the French rolling pin since they are the most likely to be less contaminated with strong odors.
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