What can I pour with a bottle pourer?
Bottle pourers can serve any liquid that flows freely. Thus, bottle pourers are extremely useful for pouring free-flowing drinks like liquors, juices, and syrups. However, bottle pourers are dreadful at pouring turgid fluids such as custard.
Why use a bottle pourer?
Dispensing expensive liquors and other drinks with generous overfilling (a la Hollywood movie tropes) is a sure way to hammer your bottom line in any bar-keeping business. Instead, use bottle pourers–also known as pour spouts–to deliver accurate measurements that protect you and your customer.
It’s not just barkeepers who can benefit from bottle pourers–so can restauranteurs serving foods like salads and desserts that go with drizzles such as olive oil and strawberry sauce. Bottle pourers save on waste and mess, and a well-stocked bar or kitchen will undoubtedly profit from keeping a wide range of bottle pourers on hand.
Specific examples of bottle pourer use
Use a bottle pourer to help dispense the following items cleanly and accurately:
- Alcohol (liquors and wine)
- Olive oil
- Snow cone syrups
- Coffee syrups
- Dessert sauces (e.g., drizzles and liquid toppings)
What not to dispense with a bottle pourer:
Using bottle pourers
Not every liquid requires super-accurate measures. It’s okay to have a dash more dessert sauce, a little dribble or two more olive oil, or an extra smidgen of snow cone syrup.
Alcohol dispensers are the most likely to be accurate because barkeepers expect to pour a certain number of times out of each bottle. Non-alcohol dispensing bottle pourers will not be as precise as the industry doesn’t require such exactness, yet the difference in the two types of bottle pourers doesn’t stop with just measurements.
Alcohol dispensers do not need to be thoroughly cleaned as often as non-alcohol dispensers because bacteria more easily breed and thrive in the latter dispensers than in the former. Furthermore, there is rarely a reason to have closed-off alcohol-dispensing pour spouts because most alcoholic drinks do not remain on shelves for long once opened. In contrast, olive oil has a shelf life measured in months or even longer.
Looking after your bottle pourers
To keep pour spouts safe to use:
- Routinely clean them with soapy water, rinse, then leave them to soak in clean water for about 15 minutes
- It’s suggested that alcohol-dispensing bottle openers should be cleaned every other day
- Clean non-alcohol-dispensing bottle openers after every use. (You may dispense with the soapy water, but if so, be certain to use hot water and thoroughly scrub the pourer clean of any left-over bits, as these are the areas where bugs will breed.)
Where to purchase bottle pourers?
Luckily, pour spouts are inexpensive, and most anyone can easily outfit a restaurant and/or bar by purchasing bottle pourers wholesale or getting in touch with helpful experts at Pour Spouts a division of Anytime Bar Supplies.