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Essential Tool Not On the Chopping Block!

Essential Tool Not On the Chopping Block!


Recently, I heard that OXO, the makers of many nifty kitchen gadgets, had discontinued their gadget most near and dear to the hearts of many cocktailians, the OXO 2oz. Angled Measuring Cup.
I was miffed, as were a bunch of others. I asked everyone who read my piece to spread the word and to contact OXO, asking them to please not discontinue this essential product. Apparently, our efforts got their attention, because this comment appeared yesterday:

Stop the presses!!!! This is OXO. Seriously…OXO. I want to clarify that the Mini Measuring Cups are NOT discontinued! They are currently only available at retail (and I saw them on Amazon – just type in “OXO Mini Measuring Cups”), however we are working on a configuration to make both the stainless steel and plastic versions available on our website, http://www.oxo.com, very (very) shortly. Stay tuned!

I immediately communicated with the commenter, Bena, who is a Senior Brand Communication Manager for OXO. Apparently, the problem was that OXO had discontinued selling the cups on their own website, rather than discontinued making them. Apparently, they had a minor internal miscommunication which resulted in inquiring minds being told that the cups were no longer being made. The issue is that heretofore, OXO has sold the cups only in packs of 24. This does seem a pretty large number to buy at once, I will admit. When you buy a single cup from Amazon, or at a retailer like Bed, Bath, & Beyond, for four bucks, the retailer has broken up one of these 24 packs for resale. Why they don’t just sell them in smaller quantities (I’d suggest three packs), I don’t know, but Bena assures me it isn’t quite that simple. (Last sentence edited after clarification)
Still, the status of discontinued on the OXO website will apparently be short-lived. Plastic mini measures will soon be available there again, with the stainless steel to follow at some point. Bena has not gotten me actual numbers on the calls and emails they’ve received, but she was sure it was a pretty good number. It got her attention at any rate! So I call this one a victory for the cocktailosphere (whether our squawking actually had anything to do with the decision or not).
Regardless, we can all rest easy, our cocktail jiggers will not pass into that good night. Also, another OXO manager I corresponded with, Michelle, did reassure me that, while the cups were designed primarily for cooking, OXO has for quite some time realized how popular the product is with bartenders, professional and enthusiast.

Oh, and I did not call a Tiki Timeout from the February festivities here for this post because I think the mini measures are especially valuable for Tiki drinks. More than any other kind of drink, Tiki drinks call for large numbers of ingredients in small quantities. You can make these drinks with jiggers and spoons, but the process gets even more laborious. And all the Hawaiian shirts and Tiki music in the world won’t keep your mood happy if it takes you longer to make your drink than it does to drink it!
So, to celebrate the resurrection of the Mini Measure, demonstrate it’s Pegu Blog Certified Tiki Effectiveness™, and make a Rule 2 tie-in back to where I first heard of the whole kerfuffle (as well as throwing in a shoutout to two products brought by the Liquor Fairy), I present to you the following treat from Tiare, at a Mountain of Crushed Ice.

CATDADDY MOONSHINE ZOMBIE PUNCH

Put everything into a blender, saving ice for last and blend at high speed for 5 sek. Pour into a chimney glass. Garnish 2 pineapple leaves and a lime slice.

Now, if I could only get them to make a metal, 2 cup, dry measuring cup, I’d be my wife’s hero….


  1. Matt R.

    10 February

    Well now that you have her info, you need to help all of us out, Doug, and get a .75 oz mark added to those cups!

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  2. Ouroboros

    10 February

    Woohoo! chalk another victory up for those sodden drunkards, the liquorati of the cocktail-o-sphere!

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  3. Doug

    10 February

    The”Liquorati”!

    I am so using that word from now on.

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  4. Tiare

    10 February

    I sigh of relief..that was certainly good news and thanks for adding my drink to your post. A .75 oz mark wouldn`t hurt.

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  5. jgodsey

    10 February

    if you hadn’t sounded the alarm, i would have never discovered this little gadget. I have 2 of them now and couldn’t be happier. thanks!

    turns out OXO makes all the best toys!
    i found their Citrus juicer doesn’t suck!
    http://www.oxo.com/OA_HTML/xxoxo_ibeCCtpOXOPrdDtl.jsp?a=b&item=47716&section=10054

    that came in the package with my Mini measure jiggers and i put them straight to use.

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  6. Frederic

    10 February

    They used to sell them in 3 packs — in fact the first store we saw them in years ago only sold the packs. We didn’t know how good they’d be so we found one that was not in a pack and got a special price for it (it wasn’t stickered or in their system).

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  7. Dinah

    10 February

    Go, liquorati!!

    This is great news! *phew* I can rest easy.

    (Bena, we’d LOVE a .75oz line so much and 3 packs are great!)

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  8. brian12566

    11 February

    I just ordered mine on Amazon.com (thanks for the link Doug)

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