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How to Use a Speed Pourer

Anyone in the know knows the beauty of the speed, or bottle, pourer. The main benefit of the speed pourer is that it streamlines the flow of liquid coming out of the bottle (helping to avoid spills and splashes) while giving you greater control over the amount of alcohol that is poured. It is essential to the professional bartender and a nice-to-have for any home bar.

Here are a few quick tips to get you on the road to becoming a speed pouring master:

  • Place the speed pourer in the bottle so that the pouring hole is facing the bottle's label. This way you'll always know which way the hole is pointing.
  • To slow down the rate of pour use your finger to block the air hole on top of the pourer.
  • Hold the bottle upside down over the glass and count to three to pour 1 1/2 ounces of liquid. Practice with an empty bottle filled with water and fill a shot glass while counting. After a few times of doing this, you will have trained yourself to this rhythm and know exactly how much you've poured.
  • Never store a bottle for a long time with the speed pourer, this will cause air to get into the bottle and cause its shelf life to go down.