BELIEVE US HERE (AND WE ARE THE PROS) THIS IS NOT ROCKET SCIENCE. ANYONE CAN MAKE COCKTAILS. READ ON TO ENTER OUR WORLD OF MIXOLOGY.
Now, without trying to do ourselves out of the job we are going to let you guys know what tools you need, the importance of ice, ingredients and methods for making cocktails in the comfort of your own home.
Now the essence of cocktail making, like cooking, is balancing flavour. Adding too much or too little of any ingredient will effect flavour and ensure your drink gets consigned to the nearest sink. . Upping any element (and by that we mean chucking more booze in!) is not a good idea, so behave and follow our recipes to the letter.
We would also like to dispel a myth....you will find sites or "how to" guides that say you can use domestic tools that you find in every household to make cocktail...WRONG. Don't be fooled. This is ridiculous and will cause you problems from the outset. You wouldn't find a professional chef using a saw to cut a joint of roast beef (well...actually we can imagine this is possible in our local) so please don't try to cut corners...your mixology career will be over before it started!
So, balance of flavour, following the recipe and the tools of the trade are what you folks need to focus on.
TOOLS OF THE TRADE
25ML JIGGER: Used for measuring your ingredients
COCKTAIL SHAKER: Does what is says on the tin. Get a Manhattan Shaker rather than a Boston Shaker as it is easier to use for beginners & has a built in strainer.
MUDDLER: Used for the extraction of juice from fruits. Essentially a tiny rolling pin!
COCKTAIL SPOON: Used for the stirring of cocktails to ensure adequate mixing and ice dilution.
Pretty straight forward we think and if your serious about actually having a fighting chance in making a drink that doesn't taste horrendously a must have investment.
The kit is easy to come by but we would recommend visiting the very amenable chaps at Drinkstuff who will have all the kit you need. The well known cocktail gurus at The Independent also put together this very handy guide to cocktail making equipment.
We will of course be sharing the love and sharing our cocktail recipes on a regular basis but just for now we are going to focus on three classic drinks. These delicious bevvies will teach you a few of the methods of drink making, without you having to purchase a boatload of absurd spirits.
25ml Fair Cafe Coffee Liqueur
5ml Gomme Syrup*
Put all ingredients into a cocktail shaker and top with cubed ice. Shake very hard (you have to shake hard to get that great cofee crema at the top of the cocktail)
Double strain and serve in a chilled coup glass with three whole coffee beans to garnish.
25ml Gomme Syrup*
4 lime wedges (cut 1/2 lime into four pieces
8 good sized mint leaves
Cubed Ice (this drink is usually knocked out with crushed ice but we know this is not always practical)
*Gomme can be made using 2:1 sugar to water ratio. Mix sugar with boiling water, stir and leave to cool.
Cut half a lime into quarters. Add the gomme syrup and rum and muddle together in the manhattan tin. Fill with cubed ice and shaken hard. take the lid off the tin, add in the mint (after gently clapping it in between your hands to release the minty essence) and give it a stir. Carefully pour the elixir into a tall glass, top with soda (no more than 50ml to avoid it being watery) and if your feeling it garnish with a paper straw and a nice, clapped, sprig of mint.
DARK & STORMY
3 lime wedges
Add 3 lime wedges to the a tall glass and muddle the fruit to extract the juice. Add in your rum and the ice before topping with ginger beer. Little dash of bitters and you have crushed it.
Check out one of our cocktail specialists Pearson knocking out a perfect Dark & Stormy in the video above.
25ml Orange Liqueur
1 lime wedge
75ml Cranberry Juice
Easy...so squeeze a lime wedge into the shaker, discard the juiced fruit. Add all of your ingredients, fill with ice and shake hard. Traditionally this is served into a martini glass and if you have one please strain into the exotic vessel. If not strain into a small glass over ice. Now for the final flourish. Cut a disk off a firm orange. Put between your thumb and fore finger and gently squeeze the oil out of the orange, over the flame of a lighter. Do this over the drink to share some of the toasted orange essence with the liquid. If our instructions sound like a foreign language CHECK OUT THIS VIDEO of Andrew Knowlton from Bon Appétit setting an orange on fire. Drop disk into drink.
So there we have it...a short introduction into our world. Now as mentioned remember...follow our recipes, invest in the kit and balance the flavours.
As we mentioned earlier, quality and volume of cocktails at events is rocket science. We would highly recommend getting a mobile cocktail bar company or hiring a mixologist to help you make your party swing and ensure you don't embarass yourself in front of your friends. If that sounds likely then CONTACT THE TEAM AT THE COCKTAIL SERVICE. We offer national coverage and the best cocktail bartenders and mobile bars in the UK.
Until next time cocktail aficionados.