The 6 Best Cocktail Muddlers of 2020

Perfect your bartending skills with one of these top picks

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Our Top Picks
"The rounded top is comfortable to hold and to press down on when you’re mashing fruits in the bottom of the glass."
"You can use this in your tall tiki glasses or in a pitcher when you’re making drinks for a crowd."
"Unlike metal muddlers, it won’t transfer the cold to your hand when you’re working in chilly drinks."
"Made entirely from hardwood beech, this doesn’t have any coatings that could wear or flake off, yet it’s resistant to absorbing liquid."
"Hard enough to handle your toughest fruits, yet it won’t scratch your glassware and the textured end helps break up fruits and herbs."
Best Stainless Steel:
OXO Steel Muddler at Amazon
"The unique shape of this 9-inch long muddler makes it comfortable to use and hold."

Best Budget: Cresimo 10" Stainless Steel Cocktail Muddler and Mixing Spoon

While this might not be the absolutely cheapest muddler you’ll find, the extras make it one of the best values you’ll find. The 10-inch muddler is made from stainless steel with a nylon head that’s very sturdy, but won’t damage your glassware. The rounded top is comfortable to hold and to press down on when you’re mashing fruits in the bottom of the glass, and the attractive long spoon is great for stirred drinks, while the opposite end of the spoon is a cocktail fork that will help you spear slippery maraschino cherries from the jar when you need them. The final item in the kit is an ebook with recipes and instructions, so you’ll be confident when mixing your first cocktails.

Best Splurge: Cresimo Mojito Muddler

Made from sturdy and sustainable bamboo, with an attractive design, this muddler makes a statement. At 11 inches long, you can use this in your tall tiki glasses or in a pitcher when you’re making drinks for a crowd.

There are no coatings or varnishes on this muddler, yet it won’t soak in liquids or get soggy with extended use during a party, and it won’t splinter or crack with normal use. The bamboo material is naturally antibacterial, so you can feel confident with hand-washing it to keep it clean between uses. Despite the size, this is lightweight, so it’s not tiring to use, while the large rounded end makes it comfortable when you’re making multiple pitchers of mojitos or sangria for a crowd.

Best Plastic: Winco Netted Head Muddler

Lightweight, durable, and affordable, this 8 1/8 inch long polycarbonate muddler in classic black might not be the star of the show, but it does its job well. Unlike metal muddlers, it won’t transfer the cold to your hand when you’re working in chilly drinks, yet it’s sturdy enough to muddle fruits and herbs for all of your cocktails and it won’t damage your glassware. Since it’s molded in a single piece, there are no seams that could collect food particles. When you’re done muddling and mixing, this is dishwasher safe.

Best Wooden: Top Shelf Bar Supply Extra Long Cocktail Muddler

This 12-inch long muddler will fit into your carafes and pitchers to muddle fruits and herbs for your mojitos, sangrias, and more. The rounded end is comfortable to hold, while the wood is gentle on your glassware. Unlike most muddlers that have spikey ends that piece the food, this has a flat end that mashes without breaking the food, releasing bitter compounds, or getting bits of food stuck in the spikes. Made entirely from hardwood beech, this doesn’t have any coatings that could wear or flake off, yet it’s resistant to absorbing liquid and it’s naturally anti-microbial, so you can use it with confidence.

Best Bamboo: HIC Harold Import Co. Natural Bamboo Mojito Muddler

Made from renewable and sustainable bamboo, this sturdy, attractive 8 1/2-inch long muddler won’t absorb liquid like wooden muddlers can, and it won’t transfer the chill to your hand the way some metal muddlers will. The bamboo is hard enough to handle your toughest fruits, yet it won’t scratch your glassware and the textured end helps break up fruits and herbs to release flavor, while the rounded end makes this easy to hold and to press down as you muddle. This doesn’t have any coatings or lacquers that could flake off into your drinks, so you can be confident when aggressively mashing the fruit. Like other wooden cooking gadgets, this should be hand washed when you’re done making cocktails.

Best Stainless Steel: OXO Steel Muddler

The unique shape of this 9-inch long muddler makes it comfortable to use and hold, whether you’re pushing down on the wide top or holding it from the side using the soft grip that helps protect your hand from the chill of the drink. The body of this muddler is made from sturdy stainless steel that gives it weight to aid in mashing, while it’s also stain-resistant and attractive, with a brushed finish. The bottom of the muddler has a nubby surface that helps to mash fruits while extracting flavor from herbs. Made from nylon, that bottom is sturdy enough to mash hard foods like ginger for drinks and for recipes. When you’re done meddling and mashing, this is dishwasher safe for easy cleaning.

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