Articles Tagged: Bartending Tips

An Interview with the King of Cocktails

For those who don’t know the Dale DeGroff, the legendary bartender who grew to fame at New York’s Rainbow Room, this is a great introduction to the man and his no nonsense cocktail philosophy. He is not only responsible for the Cosmopolitan, but for helping to make bartending the creative, respectable profession it is today.

When asked, “Any tips for home mixologists on making drinks at home?”

Says the King of Cocktails, “If you have … Read more

Bartending Books

Bartending & entertaining guides make great gifts. Here’s a few we really like.

Gary Regan — (writes for the SF Chronicle , very well regarded mixologist)
The bartenders Bible

Bartending for Dummies (always good)

The Craft of the Cocktail – Dale DeGroff — Legendary Bartender from the Rainbow Room

The ultimate A-Z Cocktail Book – I use this one alot

Cocktail Food – we gotta eat

Cocktail Parties with a twist

This one is just … Read more

Holiday Party Tips from Kahlua

Just in time for this holiday season, Kahlúa has assembled a who’s who of the entertaining world and made them available to consumers via a toll-free “Entertain Like The Experts” hotline, 1-888 Kahlúa Tips, and online at kahluatips.com. Whether a holiday get-together is an intimate family gathering or a soiree for 50 close friends, professional advice from today’s top chefs, master mixologists, lifestyle experts and party planning specialists is just a phone call or a … Read more

Automatic Bartender

Technology is amazing, this automatic cocktail maker cranks out an amazing 200 drinks per hour. The company says that the auto bartender will increase quality and consistency, reduce costs and loss and increase over all efficiency.

Of course, this may all be true, but will it innovate? While I am sure that this is great for vanilla chain restaurant, hotel and airport bars, it will never replace the neighborhood barkeep. Nor will it create amazing, … Read more

Two-Minute Beverage Chill

This is a handy tip for any aspiring bartender. Submerging the target beverage in a salted bath of cool water will hasten the cooling process and your drinking pleasure. Sprint (a site sponsor) has put together a fun site, waitless.org full of videos to help you save time.

To chill a soft drink, wine or spirit fill a large bowl with ice and cold water. Add 1–2 cups of ice and target beverage stir for … Read more

Bar Tools – Strainer

The Strainer is easily the funnest of bar tools. Many strainers even come wearing a great big smile, and why not they are making great cocktails. The traditional bar strainer is made of stainless steel and features a coiled spring around the edge. The coils are used to make a perfect fit between inside a Boston Shaker or mixing glass, holding back the ice and releasing yummy goodness.

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How to Make Simple Syrup

This is an often asked question with a simple answer.

Here’s what to do

Combine:

1 Cup Sugar
1 ½ Cups Water

In a heavy pan on low heat, stir to with wooden spoon until all the sugar is dissolved. Run the spoon around the edge of the pan to keep the sugar from crystallizing. Next, bring the mixture to a boil for 3–5 minutes, scoop of any accumulated scum and remove from the heat. … Read more

Bar Tools – Jigger

An essential for every bartender, the jigger (or measure in Europe) will save the home bartender a ton of disproportioned cocktails. Counting pours is cool, but a good jigger is your key to making great cocktails without the bother of getting it wrong.

A typical jigger has two measures, 1 ounce and 1 1/2 ounce. Personally, I like the double cup versions, a 1 oz and 1 ½ oz side. Some have a handle. I … Read more

The Well-Stocked Bar for Summer

The Washington Post laid out this simple and affordable collection of spirits that will have you making Martinis, Mojitos and Manhattans in no time. These dozen well picked bottles can be had for a mere $187. Not a bad investment for the summer. Spend another $80 bucks on on 5 specialty bottles like Pernod and Campari, and you’ll have the ultimate summer bar.

The Well-Stocked Bar for Summer [WaPo]

Also see our own guide to … Read more

Teach Your Baby How to Mix Cocktails

This new book series by Lisa Brown is hillarious. In addition to bartending, the series lays out all sorts of chores you can have your 2-year-old perform. These include banking, making breakfast, and fixing the car. 

 

 

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