techniques

How to Build a Cocktail

How to Build a Cocktail
Build a cocktail like the best bartenders
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One of the first steps you'll need to learn when starting to make cocktails is how to "build" the cocktail from some recipe. The term build simply refers to the manner and order that the various ingredients are mixed together. Usually, a cocktail is made in a mixing container. Typically, the... Read More

When to Shake, When to Stir

When to Shake, When to Stir
Know when to shake or stir
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This can be a hotly contested topic in cocktail culture. Both methods are used to both chill the drink and to melt ice into water to mix in with the other drink ingredients.It is instructive to know the basic effects either technique has on the ingredients. Read More

How to Shake a cocktail

How to Shake a cocktail
Shaking a cocktail
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This is an essential skill for making cocktails. Shaking has the effect of mixing the ingredients, chilling the ingredients as well as mixing water and air into the mixture. Read More

How to Stir a cocktail

How to Stir a cocktail
Stirring a cocktail
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Like shaking, stirring is an essential skill for making cocktails. Stirring has the effect of mixing the ingredients, chilling the ingredients as well as mixing water diluting the cocktail. To properly stir a cocktail, you'll need a mixing glass and a bar spoon. Read More