Cocktail Ingredients

Everything that goes into Cocktails

Gin

Now that we're finally tackling Martinis it's time we had a serious talk about Gin.  Gin is perhaps the most important of all spirits used to make cocktails.  This importance is down to its extreme versatility.  You will find top quality gin based cocktails in every...

American Whiskey

Whiskey is an aged spirit distilled from malted grain of various types.  You'll note that this is a pretty broad description.  It allows for huge variety in the grain type used, as well as the length and style of aging.  By comparison, brandy can be made from only a...

French Brandy

French Brandy Continuing our venture into the world of brandy, it's time to consider the gold standard.  For centuries it has been conventional wisdom that the best brandy in the world is French.  And it is Cognac.  Whether this is *actually* true or not is, as usual,...

Brandy

It's time to take a closer look at one of the main spirits used in cocktails.  Brandy.  Please note that the purpose of this post is to discuss the use of brandy in cocktails.  Not to review individual brandies.   I will give a quick overview of the greater world of...

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...

Campari

We continue our series of taking a closer look at individual cocktail ingredients with Campari.  Campari is by far the most popular and most significant of the class of drinks known as bitter liqueurs.  As the name suggests these are of liqueur strength of alcohol...

Mint

Today we continue our series of taking a closer look at individual cocktail ingredients with mint.  Mint is a very special plant.  The scent of its leaves is highly distinctive and is known to have a positive effect on both human health and the human psyche.  It is...

Cachaça

Since my blog's inception I have refused to limit myself to just posting cocktail recipes.  Those recipes require context and further knowledge to be properly understood and successfully applied.  There are large numbers of topics that I'll get around to posting about...

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...

Bitters: Cocktail Seasoning

Once you enter the world of cocktails it doesn't take long to come across "Bitters".  Doesn't matter if you're a consumer looking at a cocktail menu.  Or a novice bartender doing a bit of research.  The term Bitters seems to be all over the place.  And often in...

Egg White and Yolk

When making drinks in front of customers at the bar, everything I do is on display.  Watching me work is part of the experience.  But few things elicit such negative vibes or looks of concern as cracking an egg on a Boston glass and adding the raw egg white....

The Essence of Sour

 The Essence of Sour This post is in some ways a counterpoint to the post on sugar syrup being the essence of sweetness.  Here we're going to talk about lime and especially lemon juice - the essence of sour. But first we're going to need to talk about our taste for...