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Home for the Holidays? Time for some great cocktail making tips!

'God Jul' from Sweden!

Make Great Cocktails these Holidays

Are you looking to mix some cocktails over the Christmas holiday season? Make sure you’re doing it right by checking out some of the resources from the blog:

 

First things first, you need to make sure you have all the right tools and ingredients for the job –

  • Essential Ingredients for Your Home Bar

 

Tools and ingredients – check. Now to make sure you’re mixing your drinks well with ‘Mixing Cocktails 101- The Methods’ –

Choose a great recipe for the occasion –

  • Printable Guide for 96 Cocktails – PDF

 

Happy Mixing and Merry Christmas!

 

// Dave

Revision time – Easy Guide to Alcohol part two – Liqueurs

Have you ever wondered what that bottle of Cointreau on your shelf is actually made of? Understanding liqueurs as ingredients (such as Cointreau) will help you make better drinks – if you haven’t already then check out Easy Guide to Alcohol Part Two – Liqueurs

Revision time – The Easy Guide to Alcohol part one

It’s hard to make decent cocktails if you don’t understand the Ingredients you’re using. If you haven’t already, make sure you check out part one of my Easy Guide to Alcohol series – it looks at the important fundamentals behind how alcohol is actually made, including fermentation, distillation and spirits.

Bombay Sapphire

Cocktail Recipe List PDF – big update, now 96 cocktails!

I’ve made a big update to the downloadble cocktail recipe PDF – it now contains 96 cocktails including all your favourites like the Mojito, Old Fashioned, Margarita and Cosmo, along with a selection of classics and ‘modern classics’.

Check it out today!

Downloadable Cocktail Recipe PDF

 

Bombay Sapphire

 

How to stir cocktails at Make Cocktails at Home

Mixing Cocktails 101 – How to stir a cocktail

The proper way to stir a cocktail

 

For more info about bar equipment check out the ‘Essential Equipment for your home bar’ blog post

Time for the next post in my series on mixing methods, and today we’re going to take a look at stirring, or stirred,  cocktails.

I’ve previously covered shaking, an aggressive action we use when we need to mix ingredients that that differ greatly in consistency (mixing spirits, juices and syrups together for example), but what if we are using simpler ingredients?

If we are simply mixing two types of clear alcohol together (such as gin and vermouth) then the aggressive nature of shaking  is really more than we need- it  will ruin the appearance of the drink by making it cloudy,  and the small chips of ice that break off during the shaking action can also add often unwanted dilution to the drink.

Instead, we’re going to treat this cocktail with respect – be gentle, and stir.

Technique

You will need:

  • Mixing glass (part of your shaker set)
  • Bar spoon

Take your (clean) mixing glass and fill it with (clean) ice.

Using a measure for accuracy pour in the ingredients from your cocktail – for example if you are making a Martini, pour in measured amounts of gin and vermouth.

Now you have the ingredients in the ice it’s ready to mix.

 

 

It’s time to grab your bar spoon. Ever wondered why it was so long? Well, wonder no more – the extra length lets us get right to the bottom of a mixing glass to the precious, precious alcohol.

Carefully push the ‘spoon’ end of your barspoon down the side of the glass right down bottom, holding the base of the mixing glass steady with one hand.  Stir the spoon around in a gentle circular motion making sure that the ice and liquid  move around almost silently – we want a smooth mixing action, we’re not trying to smash the spoon through the ice.

Continue stirring until the drink is mixed – you may read ridiculous things in fancy guides like “stir clockwise 27 times” but really the mount you need to stir will depend on how fast you are stirring, and in general it will probably take around 30 seconds. The most important thing to remember is that we are stirring for a reason – we want to make the ingredients mix and the drink temperature nice and cold – so we will be finished when we have accomplished these two goals.

Mixed and cold, it’s time to move the drink into our glass. Grab your Hawthorne strain (or a Julep strainer if you have one), fit it over the top of your mixing glass and carefully pour your cocktail into it’s new home.

 

Done.  Now be a good bartender – rinse your equipment – and then take a seat, relax, and enjoy your beautiful stirred cocktail.

 

/ dave

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