In this post, we go over twelve foolproof tips for mixing cocktails.
- 1 12 Foolproof Tips for Mixing Cocktails
- 1.1 Use premium liquors.
- 1.2 Cool your glasses before time.
- 1.3 Make sure you use a top-quality jigger.
- 1.4 When shaking, make use of lots of ice.
- 1.5 Shake, then shake and shake again.
- 1.6 Make sure you use small glasses.
- 1.7 Sample ahead of serving.
- 1.8 Use fresh ingredients.
- 1.9 Buy a quality toolkit for bar work.
- 1.10 Good quality glassware.
- 1.11 Keep the buzz going.
- 1.12 Stirred or shaken?
- 1.13 Here are some resources I recommend:
12 Foolproof Tips for Mixing Cocktails
Use premium liquors.
It’s hard to overstate the importance of premium liquor for a high-quality cocktail. We’re not suggesting you have to mix Macallan 25-year-old Scotch into your Dry Rob Roy, but do not scrape the bottom of the barrel either.
Cool your glasses before time.
Or, you can cool them in your refrigerator or fill them with water and ice. Chilling the glass will ensure that the drink remains cool and refreshing until the final drink.
Make sure you use a top-quality jigger.
This allows you to make measurements of cocktails without difficulty. Unfortunately, an unbalanced amount of booze can damage many cocktails with many ingredients. Shame on you.
When shaking, make use of lots of ice.
The addition of ice can help chill the drink further. Make sure to add the ice at the end since it may cause the drink to become diluted if it is kept for too long.
Shake, then shake and shake again.
Shake the drinks vigorously until you can see condensation on the exterior of the Jigger. This allows the cold to fully penetrate the drink and provide a refreshing, crisp, and incredible final taste to the drink.
Make sure you use small glasses.
It’s indeed more work over the long term. However, unless you’re Arthur big glasses, they provide you with a warm beverage.
Sample ahead of serving.
Fruit juices may differ in sweetness from fruit to fruit. Try every drink (through the straw, obviously!) before serving the drink to inexperienced customers.
Use fresh ingredients.
Freshly squeezed juice is an excellent addition to cocktails. If you aren’t able to juice it on your own, buy high-quality juices instead. The Rose’s Lime Juice is your best option if you cannot find fresh limes.
Buy a quality toolkit for bar work.
Like a chef’s knife, you’ll require a top shaker, jigger, and muddler. There are many bar sets to choose from, including the one below and this bar set for traveling.
Naturally, you’ll require…
Good quality glassware.
Every good home bar has quality glassware.
Keep the buzz going.
Mixing cocktails using sparkling ingredients such as sparkling wine or club soda water – ensure you add them at the last second.
Now… to answer the ultimate question regarding bartending in the home…
Stirred or shaken?
This is a valid question and is dependent primarily on your personal preferences. The one exception to this is when the drink contains potent ingredients such as cream… in which case, a lot of shaking is needed to blend the components thoroughly.
There you go, 12 steps to making an ideal cocktail. When better to start than right now? After all, practice makes perfect.
Here are some resources I recommend:
120 Alcoholic Drinks for Connoisseurs shows you over one hundred unique alcoholic drinks to make and show off to your friends and have a night you won’t forget.
Professional Bartender Kit is a must-have collection for anyone interested in bartending, mixology, or someone who loves to make drinks.
RUBY Decanter w/ Built-in Aerator is easily the best on the market that we recommend.
8oz Premium Flask for when you’re going out and don’t want to blow all your money on drinks.
Stainless Steel Cooling Stones for keeping your drinks cold and classy.
Bartending & Mixology Masterclass teaches you everything you need to know about mixing drinks and alcoholic beverages like a professional.