Ready to brush up on your skills?
To make truly great tasting cocktails it’s important to understand both the reasons and the mechanics behind how they are made. Although it may sometimes seem like it, (good) bartenders do not just reach for the shaker every time they make a drink – they use the right tool for the right job, at the right time.
Start by having a quick look at the different types of bar equipement you’ll be using.
Essential Home Bar Equipment
Now that you have an idea about the equipment, it’s time to answer the age old question – shaken or stirred?
Have a look at the different mixing methods and when you should use them.
Mixing Cocktails 101 – The Methods – Overview
And the Individual methods
Mixing Cocktails 101 – The Methods – Build
Mixing Cocktails 101 – How to stir a cocktail
And of course, the all important
Mixing Cocktails 101 – The Methods – Shake and Strain
Get to know what you’re putting in your mouth Now that you have the core cocktail making skills you need to make a good drink it’s time to get up to speed on the next important part – the ingredients. Afterall, if you want to make great tasting cocktails of your own it’s essential you understand exactly what you’re playing […]
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 […]
Is all Lime Juice the same? There seems to be some confusion for the newly enthusiastic home bartender as to what exactly is meant by lime juice – do we literally mean only the freshly squeezed juice of a lime or could you use one of the green lime bottles littering the shelves at the supermarket? […]
. Shake and Strain . For more info about bar equipment check out the ‘Essential Equipment for your home bar’ blog post . Depending on the ingredients used and the overall effect we are seeking there are a number of mixing methods that we can use to make cocktails. We’ve covered built drinks already and […]
. Sometimes it’s good to cheat… . Flavoured syrups are a useful component to cocktails as they allow us to add flavour at the same time as adding the sugar that is necessary in many drinks to achieve sweet:sour balance. . Unfortunately mass production and efforts to achieve economies of scale may be good for many […]
The Built Cocktail When it comes to making quick and easy cocktails there is nothing faster than a built drink. As the name suggests, building a cocktail is a process of adding one ingredient after the other and stacking them straight into the glass, no shaking or straining necessary. When do we build cocktails? […]