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Do we need new jiggers?

  At this point I am on a quest of rethinking bar tools. While the shaker is an interesting subject (stay tuned), the jigger is an often overseen, but very important tool in the bar. For some time, I have used my OXO jigger (transparent). And to be honest I found, that it is far more precise than any classic or Japanese (or whatever) metal jigger. The issue is, that you can overpour a jigger - but also underpour it. And I see far too often, that people don't have the right pourer and measure approximately with the jigger. That is worse. Due to the conical form, it will be eventually wrong. Now - I have looked in different solutions. Some cylindric measures - some which look like tubes - but I ended up with those conical lab measuring cups. They are really similar to use compared to classic jiggers (especially the Japanese style) - but they have different fill lines, which make it easy to measure even fillers (if you have got bigger measuring cups and different sizes).  The disadvan

Watermelon-Hibiscus Agua Fresca

 I am not sure if I am the only person who likes fresh watermelon (if it is nice, ripe and sweet) - but is usually disgusted by watermelon juice. It is a catastrophe - and it is independent if it is a pasteurized juice (there are few - maybe because of exactly this reason) - if it is purchased fresh - or homemade juice. A slow juicer makes it a bit better - but I would still rather drink any different juice. I believe, that it is a) the lack of acidity and b) the seeds, which introduce some "tannins" into the juice, which doesn't work with the overall fruity and refreshing aroma of watermelon. I tried basically everything possible (so I thought) to come up with a solution, which taste great. But basically by accident I found the solution: mix the watermelon with some hibiscus infusion. The idea originally was to make a watermelon aguafresca - blended with water and a bit sugar and strained. However I thought, it could not hurt to add a bit flavor. And as I needed anyway s