If you own a cocktail shaker, you should know that cleaning one is not fun. However, it also depends on the type of a cocktails shaker – some are easier to clean than others. For instance, the three-piece cocktail shaker will definitely take more time to be cleaned in comparison to the two-piece one.
While many bartenders already have their own routine on how to clean a cocktail shaker, there is an easy way you can clean a cocktail shaker. Keeping your shaker clean will ensure the longevity of your cocktail shaker and will consequently save you money in the long term.
Moreover, cleaning your cocktail shaker is very important because of hygienic purposes. Below, we will discuss ways you need to clean different parts of your cocktail shaker.
You can clean these in the dishwasher or just hand wash with soap and warm water.
Shaker glasses are solid enough for a dishwasher trip, so it is very easy to clean them. If you don’t have a dishwasher, a good soap and water will do the job.
Clean shaker tins with soap and warm water by hands – do not put them in the dishwasher, since dishwasher can damage them.
There is no need to use any soap to clean jiggers since the only liquids that are normally measured inside of them are alcohol, juice, and syrup. You can just wash them in warm water to make sure they are ready to be used again.
However, if you measure egg whites in a jigger, make sure to properly wash it with water and soap.
Make sure to clean your measuring spoons with soap and warm water. Sometimes, these spoons will have granulated sugar or spices on them. Do not miss these – put enough pressure to get rid of them!
Clean bar spoons with soap and warm water. After cleaning, make sure to vigorously wipe down the spoon, especially if it has a muddler end. Like this, you will ensure that there is no residue on the spoon.
Mesh strainers are safe to wash in the dishwasher. In fact, it is even recommendable to do so – a trip to dishwasher will make sure that there are no small particles left in the strainer.
Moreover, if you intend to clean your mesh strainer with a usual sponge, it is very likely that pieces of sponge can stuck in the fine mesh.
In case you don’t have a dishwasher – do not panic. Just be very careful and pay attention not to leave any remnants on the tool.
Traditional strainers need to be cleaned by hand with soap and warm water. Unlike mesh strainers, traditional strainers do not have the same issues. Hence, it is okay just to wash them with soap and water.