Articles Tagged: home bartending

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!

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    ALWAYS USE PREMIUM SPIRITS. It is impossible to stress the importance of using premium liquor when mixing drinks.
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    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 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

Bar Gadget Black Box Set

This black-box bar gadget set looks smooth.

It includes a cocktail “compass” that gives common cocktail recipes, a two-sided jigger, a corkscrew, a wine collar, a wine and a spirits pouring spout and a foil cutter.

Whether you buy it for your own bar or give it as a stylish housewarming gift, this bar set is pretty slick.

Bar Gadget Set @ Crate & Barrel

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How to Make Clear Ice

When you make ice at home in your freezer, it’s cloudy. Want to make crystal-clear ice like the pros? You don’t need a special machine.

Here are the simple steps:

    Use distilled water.
    Boil the water, then let it cool.
    Boil the water one more time.
    Let it cool slightly, but pour in the tray when it’s still hot.
    Freeze.

The smaller your cubes, the better they will look.

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How Many Shots Are in a Fifth?

Q: Marlene writes, “How many ounces are in a 1/5th bottle of vodka?”

A: First, let’s use a 1 oz shot for this exercise. Next, what exactly is a fifth? It is an old measurement for a bottle of booze. It refers to the fact that the bottles were 1/5th of a gallon. These days most bottles are 750 ml, which is close to 1/5 of a gallon. A gallon contains 128 fluid ounces. So … Read more

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