Making the Grade

Grow your skillset, learn the latest news and trends, see what’s in stores now.

Making the Grade is our section dedicated to expanding your horizons and adding to your skillset in mixology. This is where we share the news of all the major brands and feature the latest products released. We also interview the movers and shakers (pun!) in the scene so you can learn their secrets and tips. This field is all about fun and creativity, and we want everyone to get better and strive for greatness. Check back often to see the latest press releases from your favorite brands and articles from the Empire Mixology staff.

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Speed pours or bottle pours are essential equipment for any bar. Streamlining the flow of the liquid adds a measure of control to the bartender or mixologist and helps to reduce over-pouring and spills. Seems like a simple enough tool right? Well sort of; the issue is that most establishments use cheap or flashy pours which can lead to leakage, spills, and contamination.

That’s why when we found the folks over at the PURE POUR, we were pretty excited. We tested the Pure Pour alongside commonly used plastic-based pours of varying varieties and costs and the contest was a no-brainer; the Pure Pour is a cut above the rest. The secret lies in the pliability of the rubber based pour. It fits almost any bottle and creates a seal that’s tighter than any plastic pour could ever hope to achieve. The flow of liquid is balanced and smooth. Also, the pours are easily cleaned, making their shelf life considerably longer.

Stay tuned as we release a featured article about the PURE POUR in the next few weeks!

Making the Grade Articles

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