Making Cocktails

Make a popular cocktail!
Make a popular cocktail!

Making cocktails at home can be as good as the ones you order out. By knowing a few tips and techniques, you can impress your friends with a great cocktail that they will never forget.

About Making Cocktails

Making cocktails requires more than just pouring ingredients into a glass. It takes some practice and knowledge of a few basic techniques. Once you have mastered the basics, you are ready to show off your cocktail making skills to your friends. Some tips to keep in mind:

  • Always stir clear drinks such as vodka or gin martinis
  • Shake frozen drinks like daiquiris with crushed ice
  • Cocktails containing juice should be shaken
  • If making a cocktail that contains cream, be sure to shake it until the ingredients are all combined
  • Using a chilled glass will keep the cocktail cold longer
  • Always measure your ingredients
  • Never add fruit to the shaker. Always add it after you pour the drink into a glass.

There are numerous books on the market as well as bartending classes being offered. If you want to really impress your friends and you've already mastered the basics of cocktail making, find a class or a book to advance your skills. Another way to improve your skills is to watch a professional bartender prepare some cocktails. You may be able to pick up on a trick or two.

Basic Ingredients

A well-stocked bar is necessary when making cocktails. It is important to keep the basic ingredients on hand so you can make a wide variety of cocktails. Some basics to have include:

  • Vodka
  • Rum
  • Whiskey
  • Gin
  • Tequila
  • Mixers such as juice and soda

Of course, you can keep other liqueurs on hand such as a flavored schnapps or amaretto. Tailor your inventory based on what you and friends prefer, and make sure that you have enough supplies on hand if you are hosting a party. There is nothing worse than running out of ingredients in the middle of your party and having to run out and get more. Being well prepared is essential when you want to make cocktails.

The Right Tools

Keep the right tools on hand to mix up your cocktails. It will make the task easier and be more impressive to those watching you prepare their drinks. The basics include:

  • Cocktail shaker
  • Jigger
  • Bar Spoon
  • Mixing sticks

Special Touches

Once you have made the perfect cocktail, be sure to add a garnish to the drink for a special touch. Garnishes can be anything you wish, but some popular choices include:

  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Olives
  • Cherries

Another special touch is to swirl chocolate in a glass if you are making a drink such as a chocolate martini. For a drink like a margarita, rim the glass with coarse sea salt. A sweet drink can have a rim of sugar. Be creative, and be sure that the drink you are serving is as pleasing to look at as it is to drink.

Final Thoughts

There is no need to stress over making cocktails once you have mastered a few basic techniques. By having ingredients and tools on hand, cocktails can be made without a hassle. Be sure to include a decorative garnish to make your cocktail a work of art.

Making Cocktails