Mixing Theory

Mixing Theory

This post is a companion to the Mixing Methods post.  That one deals with the practical aspects of the various methods we use to make cocktails.  This one deals with the theory and the science underpinning those methods.  Both start with a single question: When we mix...
Cocktail Naming Conventions

Cocktail Naming Conventions

What’s in a name? The names we use for cocktails can be quite confusing when you first approach the subject.  Most people assume that there must be some complicated cocktail naming conventions known only to master bartenders.  Trade secrets not passed on to...
The Balance of Sour

The Balance of Sour

The Balance of Sour A significant majority of cocktails rely on the correct Balance of Sour for their success.  That is, having the right balance between Sweet and Sour so that the other flavours in the cocktail reach their full potential. What this balance is may...
The Axes of Taste

The Axes of Taste

Taste Profile The axes of taste is a concept I came up with to illustrate the idea of a cocktail’s taste profile to novice bartenders.  It has since proven an excellent training tool.  It is a way to visualize the continuum of taste.  How the taste of a drink...
Personal Taste Trumps All

Personal Taste Trumps All

The Best Cocktail People often ask me “What’s the best cocktail you know?”  I tend to sigh inside at the ignorance of this question.  Then I proceed to outline a simple truth.  Everyone has different personal taste.  This means that a cocktail which...