Articles Tagged: Bartending Tips

Hump Day Liquor Links

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Sorry we’ve been silent for a bit. We just moved to a shiny new dedicated server. We’re still working out the kinks so let us know is you see anything wonky. Oh yeah, and the Giants won the World Series!

Now onto the links:

    Serious Eats shows how to make Mulling Spices for the Holidays. Can’t make Mulled Cider without them.
    Karl Kozel argues the free pour vs. measuring. We say free pouring chops come … Read more

Hump Day Liquor Links

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    The New York Times talks about the flavor enhancing properties of water. Yep, H2O.
    YumSugar shows us how to top off your cocktails with a pretty heart pattern.
    Dos Equis is putting on the most interesting show on earth. Sounds like a good old fashioned freak show.
    EndlessSimmer shared some amazing things you can do with cans
    Our friend Laren at Serious Eats NYC reviews the Joey Ramone Cocktail at Peels in the … Read more

What’s the Difference Between Coconut Milk and Coconut Water?

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When trying to cook or mix drinks with coconut, there can be a bit of confusion. Cartons of coconut water are showing up at grocery stores everywhere … but how are they different from what’s in the cans labeled coconut milk. And which one do you make piña coladas with? Here’s the scoop!

Coconut water

Split open a coconut and the juice you’ll find inside is the coconut water. It tastes like water that slightly … Read more

How to Make Great Cocktails at Home

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There are a few basic rules to follow when tending bar. However, though basic these rules must not be compromised, Ever!

    Premium Liquor
    ALWAYS USE PREMIUM SPIRITS. It is impossible to stress the importance of using premium liquor when mixing drinks.
    Ice
    Your drink can only be as good as the ingredients that you use. Make fresh ice or buy fresh ice. Don’t use ice that has been sitting in your freezer for the past … Read more

How to Chill a Glass

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Cold cocktails should be served in cold glasses. But there are different to chill a glass. Don’t worry; they all work well! It’s just a matter of choosing the method that works best for your situation.

Here are the ways you can chill your cocktail glasses:

    Keep glasses in the fridge or freezer. This is the easiest method but only if you have the room to do it. Works great for a small gathering or … Read more

How to Make an Ice Ring to Chill Punch

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Keeping a big bowl of punch chilled can be tricky. You don’t want to use standard ice cubes, because they will melt fairly quickly and water down your punch.

The best way to keep your punch cold is with a large block of ice. A pretty way to do this is to make an ice ring filled with fruit or other garnishes. Here’s how:

    Find a large bundt cake pan or other large, metal form … Read more

How to Rim a Cocktail Glass

Many cocktails are enhanced with a rim of salt or sugar around the glass. Think of the salt coating a margarita glass. It looks great, and it’s also really easy! Here’s how you do it.

    Moisten the rim. For drinks that contain lemon or lime: take a wedge of the citrus with a slot cut into it and put it on the rim. Squeeze gently as you rub it around the rim of the … Read more

Cocktail Party Tip: How to Batch Drinks

If you’re having a cocktail party, it is possible to make your drinks ahead of time for a large number of guests. The pros call it “batching,” which really just means making a larger number of drinks all at once to save yourself some time.

No matter what kind of cocktail you’re serving, the first step of batching is to take the recipe you’re going to make and multiply all the ingredient measurements by the … Read more

How to Make Simple Syrup

Simple syrup is a vital part of many cocktail recipes — mojitos, mint juleps and more. It’s the easiest, most reliable way to add a little sweetness to balance your drink.

It’s just sugar and water. (Truly simple, no?) Many recipes that call for muddling sugar or adding a sugar cube can just as easily be made with simple syrup.
Here’s what you do:

    Pour equal parts sugar and water into a container with a … Read more

How to Open a Bottle of Champagne

If champagne will be a part of your Valentine’s Day, be sure you know how to open it without putting an eye out.

Though it’s very dramatic to “pop the cork” and send it flying across the room, the correct way to open a bottle of champagne is far quieter … and also doesn’t waste any bubbly or put anyone in harm’s way.

Simply point the bottle away from yourself and others. Remove the foil. … Read more

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