Bar Techniques and Practicalities

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Spirit Quality

There is an assumption that to make top quality cocktails you need to use top quality ingredients.  In general this is true, and there are several areas in which you should never compromise on quality.  Using freshly squeezed lemon/lime juice over any alternatives is...

Mixing Methods

This post is in many ways a companion to the Mixing Theory post.  While that one dealt with the theory behind mixing drinks, today we're going to look at the practicalities of the various methods we use.  Except that is, for shaking.  As the primary, go-to method used...

To Shake or not to Shake?

Without a doubt, shaking is the primary technique used to make cocktails in the modern era.  The standard method we automatically apply.  True, there are plenty of other techniques and methods used to mix drinks.  But whenever we choose not to shake a cocktail, we...

Ice and the Equilibrium of Temperature

If I were to ask you "What is the most important of all cocktail ingredients?"  You might answer gin, or whiskey.  Or perhaps sugar or lemon juice.  Or even Bitters.  But the real answer is ice. Without ice we can't make cocktails.  It really is as simple as that.  So...

Cocktail Priorities

In an ideal world all our cocktails would be perfect.  They would look great and taste amazing.  Be cheap, quick and easy to make.  And making a dozen would be no harder than making one. Back in the real world this idealized scenario isn't common.  Devoting time and...

Cocktail Sex Appeal

Some cocktails have serious sex appeal.  They've got the looks.  They've got the name.  And they've got it where it counts.  Everyone wants a piece of them. What's so special about them? It's a fun topic to banter about.  But it's also important on a more serious note...

Cocktail Recipe Styles

Anyone performing even casual research into cocktails will quickly encounter different cocktail recipe styles.  I'm not just talking about different recipes for the same cocktail.  I'm talking about the style they are presented in. Some of these styles are meticulous...

Sugar Syrup

Sweet Stuff Sugar syrup is an invaluable tool in the cocktail bartender's arsenal.  With it you can increase the sweetness of a cocktail one drop at a time.  This allows you to make minute adjustments to the sweetness of your cocktails whenever you need to. The value...