What to Use When You Don’t Have a Muddler? Muddler Alternatives

Lime, mint leaves, sugar, glass - everything is ready for your mojito, right? Oh no! You don’t have a muddler! What will you do? Whether you’re cutting on budget or simply trying out your hand at making cocktails before you decide to buy the proper tools, here’s a few alternatives to a cocktail muddler

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What can I use if I don’t have a muddler? 

Making your go-to mojito without a muddler is not an issue if you have any of these at home. Let’s check out how each works.

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 tip. If the tip is too narrow, you can press the mint leaves on the side of the glass using the tip of the handle of the wooden spoon. 

Mortar and pestle

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 that you hold when using it with your mortar - so any traces of spices 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. 

Wooden Tamper

If you’re into making sauerkraut or pickles, you probably have a pickling tamper (upper)  in your kitchen. A pastry tamper (lower) is also a good choice. When using a sauerkraut tamper, use the handle so the flavors of the sauerkraut or pickles will not be in the cocktail. When using a pastry tamper, remove all traces of oil, shorteners, or flour. 

Wooden meat pounder

Another good alternative for a muddler is the handle of a wooden meat pounder. As with the other kitchen tools, it is important 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 properly before use. 

French rolling pin

The French rolling pin, usually used for making pizza dough and dumplings, is also a good alternative to use as a muddler. Remove all traces of flour, shorteners, oil, or spices.


As the muddler is an important tool for making cocktails, having a good muddler is a must but for home bars, the best alternatives are the wooden spoon and the French rolling pin since they are the most likely to be contaminated with strong odors. Here’s a review and buying guide for muddlers. If you are not familiar with using a muddler, please read this

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