Tools They Use: Tough Luck Club’s Jon Holcombe & Stephen Ott

Tools They Use is a new series that takes a peek at local food artisans, such as chefs, bakers, brewers, and more, with a simple photo displaying signature items and favorite tools.

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Tools for Jon Holcombe and Stephen Ott at Tough Luck Club (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Tools for Jon Holcombe and Stephen Ott at Tough Luck Club (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Ice Saw

“The ice comes in five pound blocks and three hundred pound blocks if you want to break it down yourself,” Holcombe said. Here’s one type of hand saw.

Cocktail Shaker

The shakers in the bar are either 18 or 28 ounces. Shake horizontally, not vertically.

Citrus Peelers

Each bowl of citrus around the bar needs a peeler. The aromatic oil from citrus peel is essential for many countless cocktails.

Mixing Glass

Look for straight sides to allow more room for stirring.  A heavy base keeps it from tipping.

Ice Picks & Chisel

The ice pick provides precision when cutting and shaping ice, while the chisel helps split large blocks of ice.

Muddler

This muddler was custom-made by local woodworker Jon Mavko.

Hawthorne Strainer

Hawthorne strainers are most versatile,” Holcombe said. “You can effectively strain a stirred drink with a Hawthorne but you can’t necessarily strain a shaken drink with a julep.”

Sunkist Commercial Juice Extractor

Bottled lime juice is not a substitute for fresh lime juice. Using the Sunkist commercial juice extractor can save hours of juicing labor, especially considering TLC juices approximately 800 limes a week.

“Juicers don’t extract as much bitterness pith like they used to, ” Ott said.

Jon Holcombe and Stephen Ott at Tough Luck Club (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Jon Holcombe and Stephen Ott at Tough Luck Club (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Jackie is a food writer and photographer native to Tucson. He loves corgis and still thinks rickrolling is funny. If you'd like to stalk him, visit jackietran.com.

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