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Draft Cocktail Kegs: The Shake vs. The Circulating Pump

When it comes to draft cocktails, separation can be one of the biggest obstacles bartenders and operators face. When different spirits and juices sit in a keg, they will inevitably settle with the heaviest falling to the bottom, leaving customers to settle for a lesser quality beverage.

There are a few basic ways to shift these liquids around in attempt to regenerate the original recipe.

The first one is quite common in bars across the country. Periodically, during the shift and depending on the drink — a bartender or a member of the staff will take the batched cocktail keg and shake it back and forth to redistribute the liquids. This is obviously an inexact science, at best.

As bar equipment manufacturers realized the inefficiency and inaccuracy of this method, some tried to solve it with a magnetic turntable and stirrer, but there are problems with this, as well. There can be issues getting it started if the mixture is heavy, or worse, it might not work because the stirrer could be in the wrong position.

Still, almost all of the draft cocktail programs are familiar with the standard keg shake more than anything. The problem with these methods is an inaccuracy to evenly distribute the liquids.

draft cocktail keg circulationThe best way to separate keg cocktails was invented by Perlick as part of the Tobin Ellis Signature Draft Cocktail System. Using a specially-designed corny keg with four ports and an NSF approved circulating pump, this draft cocktail solution draws the beverage from the bottom of the keg and through the pump via barrier tubing. With only two ports, there’s nothing to hook the circulating pump to, and Perlick is the only manufacturer that creates a corny keg with four.

Whether you’re serving Margaritas or Negronis, this circulating action moves liquids on a specific path to maintain thorough mixing of ingredients without over-agitating the solution.

Finally, the Tobin Ellis Signature Draft Cocktail System includes a programmable timer that allows for intermittent mixing to precisely control the amount of circulation based on the type of beverage and the recipe you’re serving.

Get both “shaken and stirred,” delivered with consistent quality, in a time-saving fashion, all the time.

Learn more about high quality draft cocktail delivery in this new Tobin Ellis Draft Cocktail System Guide from Perlick.