Bar Techniques - The Mexican Elbow
Mar 29, 2018
Craving a fresh Daiquirí or Whiskey Sour? Ever tried to make one at home and wonder how bartenders manage to keep that bitter pith element out of your drink? (We won’t discuss the embarrassment of picking pips out of the cocktail glass that manage to stray past the strainer.)
What’s the trick? (Sorry, crushing your fingers into a lime half is not the answer.) The world’s best bartenders squeeze their fresh juice with a hand citrus press—popularly nicknamed a Mexican Elbow, as these are very common in the land of margaritas and fresh juices and have an “elbow” bend to them.
This simple, lightweight, handheld tool comes in sizes that are perfect for pressing fresh lemon, lime, or orange juice without losing a drop. Simply cut your fruit in half across the middle. Place the cut side down into the half of the press that has holes. Flip the other half of the press over the fruit so you can grasp both handles in one hand. Then squeeze down. No pith. No pips. Just fresh juice into your mixing glass, ready and waiting for the addition of your other ingredients.
Okay. Time to make a round of Daiquirís for the gang. Enjoy!