So, what does this suggest today when we look back through history to discover that the bar tools we see today in our bars (and homes) today, are not far removed from those used during Prohibition.
Most designs trace their roots back to the 19th century – great examples are the Julep strainer, wooden muddler (evolving from a toddy stick),a Boston shaker, a Hawthorne strainer and the Cobbler shaker..
Whilst some other tools were tried (an aluminium shaker – but drinks tasted of metal, or cast iron juicer – bit cumbersome but good for shutting up a pesky client!) the basis of what we see today is not far removed from products developed almost 100 years ago.
By the time we reached Prohibition the tools and production of classic (modern) cocktails was becoming established, yet as production, materials and machinery improved, it seems that generic bar products are being produced and sold for price for less and less money.
So wouldn’t we imagine the consequence of this that something must give; namely quality, function and performance?
The old adage that a tradesman is only as good as the tools that they use still stands true today.