Arctic Chill sent us one of their muddlers for a review so we decided to give it a try.
The product is a nice smooth metal grip with a nylon head. It’s look is simple and basic.
One of the things I liked about this muddler is its short, stout shape. I’ve come across many metal muddlers that seemed designed more like some arm-length car mechanic’s tool. I could appreciate Arctic Chill’s design in that way.
This muddler, like other metal ones, is fitted with teeth on the bottom which makes them better suited for crushing than their wooden counterparts.
Its effectiveness in crushing citrus and other ingredients definitely lives up to the message. It was quite easy to mash up a slice of orange and a cherry into sugar and bitters, if that’s something you want to do.
As most cocktailians know, muddling is really less about “crushing” ingredients and more about opening them up.
The point is not to pulverize mint leaves into sugar when making a mojito as Bacardi commercials would have you believe.
(I suspect this misunderstanding of how mojitos are made is one of the reasons so many bartenders claim to hate making them.)
Many herbs are so delicate it takes little more than a light tap to release the oils and aromas of the plant.
So, I’m not a big fan of the tag line on the box, “crush citrus fruits, herbs and spices with ease,” for this reason.
One other concern I would have regarding this product would be its durability over time with either being washed by hand or in a machine. Still, nothing in my review led me necessarily to believe it would degrade over time.
I generally prefer wood muddlers. They can be particularly beautiful and have an appeal the way many baseball fans prefer wood bats over metal ones. Both materials have their benefits and, in many ways, it simply comes down to a matter of preference.
The Arctic Chill muddler is great for the amateur mixologist at home. It would also work for a restaurant or bar that was simply looking for a reliable tool for day-to-day muddling.
See our videos for our a closer look at Arctic Chill’s product in action.