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How to Prepare and Drink Absinthe

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So what is the “Green Fairy” and how can you drink it? It’s absinthe, an anise-flavored spirit. It’s usually light green, but can also be colorless, white, yellow … even red. On March 5th 2007, absinthe was once again legalized in America after about 100 years.

Because of its very high alcohol content, the typical preparation involves adding water and sugar to it. Though it takes a little patience, it’s worth it.

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How to Make Flavored Syrup

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DIY – How to Make a Spiral Lemon Zest Garnish

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A beautiful lemon spiral is a great garnish for cocktails like the French 75 or any cocktail that you want to add a little lemon oil to. You can also do this with oranges for cocktails that call for an orange twist. It takes a bit of practice but, as you’ll see in this video, it’s not that hard. All you’ll need besides lemon is a citrus zester, also called a channel knife.

 

 

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How to Juice a Pomegranate

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Pomegranate juice tastes fantastic in cocktails. Looking at a pomegranate, though, you might be left wondering how to actually get juice out of that thing! Sure, it’s easy enough to find a bottle in the store. But it can be expensive. Maybe you hit the fresh-pomegranate jackpot and want to use the bounty. Or maybe like us you always use fresh juice whenever possible.

Here’s what to do to turn that funky fruit into juice. … 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 Read a Bourbon Label

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From the recent Nightclub and Bar Show in Vegas, Jim Beam’s Bobby G. teaches us how to read a bourbon label and the finer points of what makes a whiskey Bourbon:

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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

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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