If you like cherries, this is the drink for you. It’s intense cherry flavor will knock your socks off.
- 4 parts scotch
- 2 parts cherry liqueur
- 3 parts cranberry juice
- Shake ingredients with ice
- Pour into chilled rock glass that is filled with ice
- Garnish with a cherry
This tropical drink will stir up memories of Jamaica and the Caribbean.
- 1 part white rum
- 1 part pineapple juice
- 2 splashes cream of coconut
- Shake ingredients
- Pour into all ice filled Collins glass
- Garnish with mint, a pineapple slice and a cherry
This cocktail definitely packs a wallop. Go easy on it and take it slow.
- 8 parts brandy
- 1 part cointreau
- 2 parts lemon juice
- Put ice and all ingredients into a shaker
- Strain into cocktail glass
This fine southern cocktail will leave you feeling gone with the wind.
- 4 mint sprigs
- 2.5 oz bourbon
- splash of water
- 1 tsp sugar
- Muddle the mint, sugar and water
- Add ice
- Pour bourbon over the ice
The Tom Collins is a classy cocktail for long summer days. It is both sparkly and sweet.
- 1 part simple syrup
- 3 parts gin
- juice from half a lemon
- soda water
- Shake the gin, syrup and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker
- Add ice to a Collin’s glass and pour mixture over ice
- Fill glass to rim with soda water
- Garnish with an orange slice and a cocktail cherry
This drink has a bunch of caffeine in conjunction with alcohol. What a combination.
- 2 parts expresso vodka
- 1 part kahlua
- Fill a rock glass with ice
- Pour in the vodka
- Next add the kahlua and insert a cocktail straw
This classic drink gets its name from its ingredients. The first B is Benedictine and the second B is for brandy.
- 1 part Benedictine
- 1 part brandy
- Pour the Benedictine into the rock glass first
- Next gently pour the brandy
This rum cocktail packs a double wallop. Not only does the rum hit hard, but the tequila adds a second hit in this one-two combination.
- 1 part rum
- 1 part tequila
- 1 part coffee liqueur
- start with a heavy bottomed rock glass
- pour the ingredients in the order listed
- the goal is a layered effect so pour slowly to avoid disturbing the layers
There are many different Martini recipes and some don’t even deserve to be called Martini’s. This is the classic Martini recipe for when you want an authentic Martini.
- 5 parts gin
- 1 part vermouth
- 1 green olive
- Fill a shaker with ice
- Add the gin and vermouth
- Shake and pour into Martini glass
- Drop in the olive
This drink has been around for ages and it something every cocktail maker must know how to make.
- 1 part gin
- 2 parts chilled tonic water
- Pour the gin and the tonic water into a glass that is filled with ice
- Stir and serve with a lime wedge
This drink gets it’s name from having a healthy dose of orange juice. It’s good to know that you are getting your Vitamin C in this drink.
- 2 parts gin
- 1 part vermouth
- 1 part orange juice
- dash of angostura bitters
- Shake ingredients.
- Pour over ice into a martini glass
- Garnish with twist of orange
This tasty drink has a striped layered effect. You will have to pour carefully to keep the layers separate.
- 1 part amaretto
- 1 part cream liqueur
- 1 part cognac
- Use a clear shot glass.
- Pour the ingredients in the order listed above. Pour slowly to avoid mixing the layers.
This drink was supposedly invented by Winston Churchill’s mother Jennie. It is one of the great number of drinks named after cities in New York State.
- 4-6 cracked ice cubes
A dash of Angostura bitters
3 parts rye whiskey
1 part sweet vermouth
A cocktail cherry
- Combine and stir over cracked ice in a mixing glass.
- Strain into a glass and decorate with a cocktail cherry.
The Mojito hails from Cuba. It has been around for ages and it has grown to be one of the most trendy and popular tropical cocktails. It used to be called the Cuban Highball, but at some point its name was changed to the Mojito. I guess its new name is much catchier than its old one.
All Mojito recipes must contain five ingredients: rum, mint, lime, sugar and club soda. If it doesn’t have these ingredients, then its not a Mojito. When mixing mojitos, be sure to use premium rum like Appleton, Cruzan or Mount Gay for a magnificent drink. You do want it to taste good, right?
Mixing the mojito is quite straightforward. The first step requires putting about four mint leaves into a collin’s glass and squeezing the juice of 1 lime upon the leaves. Add one teaspoon of powdered sugar and then you need to muddle it. I know: this is a very technical term.
You are able to locate a wooden muddle in almost any kitchen or general shop. You’ll find them in the same section as the herbs and spices. The muddle is really a very essential tool used to make a mojito. It is the difference between an amazing mojito and a mediocre one. You simply have to buy one if you want to make an authentic mojito.
The muddle releases the oil from the mint leaves. The mint oil is released when pressure is applied to the leaves. Muddling is an art, and must be practiced. Applying the right amount of force is paramount. You’ll want to be cautious not to macerate or grind the leaves. You want to release the mint oils without destroying the mint leaves. When you’ve finally mastered the art of using the muddle, you will then discover the mojito at its finest.
After muddling the lime juice, sugar and mint leaves dump crushed ice into the shaker. Add in two oz. of club soda and 2 oz. of rum. Strain the resulting mix into a glass and then garnish the glass with a mint sprig. That’s all there is to it, now your Mojito is complete.
Mojitos go down very smoothly. They can be dangerous trait if you are not watching how many drinks you’ve had that day. So be very careful when you and your friends are drinking them.
Club soda may be substituted with lemonade or mineral water. The juice of lime may be swapped out, too. Now these changes may modify the flavor of your mojito, but you are going to nonetheless get exactly the same general effect. The only way to learn what substitutions to make is to try them yourself and see what works best for you.
Technically, the mojito is not really a cocktail due to the fact the mojito has only one spirit-based component to it. But you can make it into one to shake things up and to give your mojitos a bigger kick. All you need to do is add additional neutral spirits.
But watch out, this will alter your drink’s flavor profile, too. Using vodka instead of club soda is actually a good alternative if you are planning to spice things up. Vodka has almost no taste on its own, and therefore will hardly alter the taste of your mojito. Rum also serves as a good substitute for vodka, too. But this will have a greater impact on the flavor.
The mojito is one of the most refreshing drinks you will taste anywhere. Even though it is most frequently associated with sitting by a swimming pool or relaxing in the sun on a tropical holiday, it may, in addition, be appreciated inside a lounge or a club, too. This fantastic drink is well-known as a drink that men and women can imbibe all night long. But be careful, it is much stronger than its taste would lead you to believe.
I’m not sure why the Cosmopolitan is really popular at parties, restaurants and bars. It’s a tasty drink which has a light, fruity flavor, but you will find lots of other drinks that taste great too.
Possibly, part of the reason behind its recognition is its name, which is shared by a most popular woman’s magazine. It’s also frequently featured in several hit tv shows and films, so possibly that’s one more reason why it’s so popular.
But regardless of why it’s so popular, its recognition dictates that the best bartenders need to understand how to fix this to drink or risk offending their clientele. The cosmo is among the basic drinks that each bartender needs to know, since it is asked for frequently.
Creating a cosmopolitan requires one ounce of triple sec, 1.5 oz. of vodka, 1/4th of an oz of cranberry juice and one-half ounce of fresh lime juice. When you add cranberry juice, remember that its purpose is to color the drink, not to flavor it. Too much juice will dilute your cosmos. Plus, Cointreau or a really top-notch triple sec will provide a much better flavor than a cheap triple-sec, and it is generally utilized if you want to make a great cosmopolitan. You merely pour all the elements right into a cocktail shaker, shake with ice, after which you strain the liquid right into a large, chilled cocktail glass, also known as a martini glass. Finally, garnish that cosmo by using an orange peel or perhaps a wedge of lime.
Since this cocktail is served inside a martini glass, it is frequently incorrectly categorized as a kind of martini. Now that you’ve read this article, at this point, you know better and won’t make the same mistake as others.
You will find 100s of versions of the cosmo. Most will use cranberry juice plus some citrus vodka. But, the versions that you make are just restricted to your imagination as well as your taste buds.
The basic cosmo recipe is dependent on vodka citron, which is a lemon flavored vodka. But you can make a lot of changes to this recipe based on personal preference — the choice is yours as to how adventurous you want to be. You are able to stay with the conventional recipe or else you can definitely go wild if you want.
One of the ways that cosmopolitans are served is with the lime squeezed and mixed with the other ingredients, instead of as a garnish on the chilled cocktail glass. This can really accentuate the citrus facets of this drink and it can be a real hit if both you and your guests like limes.
Another variation is to create a blue cosmopolitan by utilizing whitened cranberry juice rather than the conventional red-colored cranberry juice, combined with blue curaçao instead of the triple sec. This blue coloration really appears to be a crowd pleaser. In case your visitors are fans of Star Trek, they might observe that the blue cosmo resembles Romulan Ale.
You may also steer clear of the James Bond cliche by stirring your cosmo inside a mixing glass instead of shaking it. Bond might not approve, but your visitors might.
If you are planning to have a party, it’s wise to include cosmopolitans in the listing of cocktails that you are planning to serve. They’re definitely a crowd favorite. But, to really please your visitors, you need to follow this important tip: always serve your cosmopolitans in chilled glasses.
You are able to chill your glasses in two ways. One method to keep the glasses chilled prior to using them would be to pour a bag of ice right into a portable chiller that you keep close to the bar. They put the glasses into the portable chiller. When you need a glass, just open the chiller and take one out.
Another method to keep cocktail glasses chilled prior to using them would be to put the glass within your freezer for around 60 to 80 seconds. Just put the glass in the freezer before you start making the cosmo and once you are done mixing it just take the glass out of the freezer and use it. This brief time in the freezer is more than enough to chill the glass, before using it. Chilled glasses will impress your visitors and give your drink masterpieces a higher quality finish.
Vodka is like the actor that never steals the spotlight, but always makes the other actors shine. Due to its virtually non-existent taste, vodka goes perfectly with almost any ingredient that you can picture. Some may say that a lack of taste is bad, but when it comes to vodka, a lack of tastes is a good thing. This is what allows the flavors of the other ingredients to really shine through.
If you are seeking to develop a sweet, sour, or spicy cocktail, vodka can fill the bill and be the perfect matching spirit. Its neutral flavor goes with everything and will allow you to make drinks that simply can’t be made with any other spirit.
Even though you can find plenty of cocktails that have vodka as a major ingredient like the Screwdriver, which calls for orange juice and vodka, there are a number of more intriguing cocktail recipes containing vodka that will make your party memorable.
Most people have had vodka cocktails before, and aren’t averse to trying some thing new with it as the major ingredient. So it is up to you to experiment with it to come up with your own signature drinks. And it is up to you to broad your repertoire of vodka based drink recipes. Here are a few recipes to get you started.
One recipe worth trying out can be a cocktail called a Minty Chocolate Vodka. First, mix 22 milliliters each of vodka, white cream of chocolate, and green cream of mint. Shake the combination thoroughly, strain, and pour the liquid into a single shot glass that has already been chilled. The Minty Chocolate Vodka is a cocktail which will have your guests coming back for more. It is so delicious; you better make sure you have enough vodka on hand.
Everyone’s heard of a Bloody Mary, so why not attempt this exclusive variation at your next cocktail party? It’s called the Fresh N’ Fruity Bloody Mary. First, use a muddler to crush six fresh raspberries in a cocktail shaker. Add 88 milliliters of vodka with orange zest, 66 milliliters of fresh orange juice, 55 milliliters of cranberry juice, and 22 milliliters every of raspberry-flavored liqueur and fresh lime juice, then shake. Add in 3 ice cubes and pour into a tall cocktail glass. Garnish your Fresh N’ Fruity Bloody Mary with a fresh raspberry. I think your guests will definitely enough this sweet take on a Bloody Mary, especially if they don’t like tomatoes.
The Melon Coconut Sensation is the ideal drink to serve when you are relaxing by the pool, sunning at the beach, or just hanging out having a couple of buddies. This tropical drink is made by adding 88 milliliters of vodka with 132 milliliters of fresh pineapple juice. Then add 22 milliliters of coconut rum and melon liqueur. Pour it into a Collin’s glass and garnish it with a wedge of fresh lime. Your guests are positively going to enjoy this drink!
Attempt this next cocktail recipe on a stunning autumn day. It’s called the Sweet Apple Vodka. First, press about four fresh ginger slices on the bottom of a cocktail shaker with a pestle. Then add 176 milliliters of fresh apple juice, 66 milliliters of bison vodka, and 22 milliliters of sugar syrup and apple schnapps liqueur. Put ice into a glass and strain the concoction as you pour it into the glass. Finally, grate nutmeg into the finished drink and garnish it with a slice of apple.
You can come up with a totally original cocktail recipe that contains vodka completely on your own. Experiment with it and work with as many different flavored spirits as possible to learn how to create the very best vodka based cocktails. Try mixing it with different fruits and syrups to create your own signature drink.
In the world of drinks, fruit is very important. Numerous distinct varieties of cocktails have fruit in various forms listed in their ingredients. You would be very remiss as a drink maker if you do not have any fruit based cocktails in your arsenal.
In case you wish to make the very best fruity cocktails around, then you first need to learn about your ingredients and how they’re utilized in fruity cocktail recipes. In this article, I will discuss the various ways that fruits are used to make the best drinks around.
Together with alcoholic spirits, fruit may be utilised to create cocktails stand out in terms of taste, smell, and consistency. One method to use fruit in cocktails would be to make fruit flavored spirits. These types of spirits are amazing because they balance the taste of fruit with the strength of the alcohol very well.
You can make fruit flavored spirits by placing fresh limes, berries, or currants (just to name a few fruits) into any neutral spirit. Next, simply let the alcohol fruit mixture sit undisturbed in a dark corner for about a month. During that time, the alcohol will be flavored by the fruit, thus making your own uniquely flavored spirit. It will be hard to wait for a month for the fruit essences to infuse, but it will be well worth the wait.
Fruits are also utilised in cocktails as purees. A puree can complete a cocktail’s taste and boost the general aroma of the cocktail recipe. Purees may also counter-balance some of the negative characteristics of the alcoholic spirit. They can take away the edge that alcohol adds to a drink and make it much smoother and easier to drink.
Either you can buy purees of fruit or make your own purees. It is very easy to make purees from fresh fruit. If you want to make a puree, all you’ve got to do is add 1 tablespoon of your home made sugar syrup (or commercial sugar syrup) when you blend up your puree. To puree a fruit you just need to remove the seeds, skins, etc. and blending it until the fruit is smooth. I highly recommend making your own puree, rather than relying on a store bought one.
Garnish is yet another strategy to use fruit in cocktails. A well thought out garnish can make even a dull drink exhilarating. To make a garnish, you will need to select a fruit that will complement the general flavor of the cocktail. You are able to add the fruit using two techniques.
The first is to slice the fruits into chunks and drive a long toothpick through them to produce an instant (and beautiful) skewer. Then set the skewered fruits on top of the glass, and you’re finished.
The second way would be to add fruit to the cocktail by placing it on the side of the glass. Merely cut the fruit into a manageable size, and cut a slit halfway through the fruit. Place the fruit on the rim of the glass after the drink has been poured.
The growing urgency to make drinks quickly has caused some drink mixers to jettison fresh fruits and use bland, canned fruits because they are easier to use. But using only the freshest of fruits has a great number of benefits.
Fruits that are fresh offer the cocktails that you make flavors that are natural and their juice will ensure that any drink you mix will be much smoother. Moreover, naturally grown fruits do not contain artificial additives and unnatural preservatives that can destroy the flavor profile of your well blended cocktail.
If you are seeking to create mixed cocktails that are actually fruity, your best bet would be to use fresh fruit rather than canned fruit. With fresh fruit able to give your cocktails both fruit pulp and fruit juice. The pulp, in particular, will add body to your drinks that can’t be replicated by canned fruit juices.
Clean and almost as scentless as spring water, vodka has a distinctive flavor that is completely unique. This makes it the perfect ingredient for many diverse cocktail recipes. You can use it to make more drinks than you can imagine.
Once you combine vodka into cocktails, it elevates the flavors of other components. Since it lacks a taste of its own, it lets the flavors of the other ingredients really shine through. But, if you would like your vodka to impart a flavor, you may also buy it infused with other delicious flavors like coconut, vanilla, and even lime.
The first vodka was made in the 9th century in Eastern Europe. The first bottle of vodka wasn’t observed here in the western world until the 20th century. It definitely took its time getting here. But now that it is here, it is definitely having a huge impact.
Vodka can be mixed or shaken up, and vodka drinks are as easy to make as they are to imbibe. It is no surprise that one in every 4 drinks poured contains vodka. With only a small number of ingredients, vodka may be used to make more distinctive cocktails than you can count.
Nevertheless, the quality of your cocktails is dependent upon the quality of the vodka that you employ. A drink mixed using a cheap bottle of vodka will undoubtedly not taste the same as a drink made from a high quality vodka. You don’t need to spend your whole pay check, but try to locate a great bottle.
When you are in a liquor store, the shelf placement tells you the general quality of the vodka. Usually, vodka from the bottom shelves of the liquor store will be the least expensive and lowest quality when it comes to mixing cocktails. So, when you are buying vodka, take a look at the center shelves or higher.
A vital component of making mixed drinks that use vodka is thinking about the other ingredients. The character of a drink can be altered to a massive degree by the choice of ingredients. There is no substitute to experience. You simply have to experiment and see how the complexion of a drink changes as you vary the ingredients.
If you find your vodka lacking, you are able to increase its palatability by incorporating flavoring. You may use flavorful items like plums, chili peppers, mint, strawberries, coconut, apples, blood oranges, lemons, melons, limes, or maybe even herbs. Though the entire process requires about thirty days, it’s well worth it. Simply put the specified ingredient in the vodka bottle and let it stand in a dark corner for about a month or even longer. The more the alcohol sits with the ingredient, the more powerful the aroma and also the greater the flavor will be.
The last suggestion which is genuinely valuable in building cocktails that include vodka is to make certain that the cocktail glass is close in temperature to the cocktail that is being served in it. When serving cold cocktails, your glasses ought to be cool. In same manner, warm cocktails really should be served in warm glasses.
To cool a glass, pour a bag or two of ice cubes inside a portable chiller and set the glasses in it. Or, place the glass within a freezer while you are making the cocktail. If you want a warm glass, just rinse the cocktail glass with warm spring water before you add the warm drink into it.
Whether you’re new to mixing cocktails or an experienced pro, it’s not difficult to create tasty cocktails employing vodka. Sure it will take work, but in the end it is worth it. All you have to do is use your creativeness and you’ll be able to produce a memorable drink that everybody will love.
Good cocktails are the difference between a good party and a great party. Exotic cocktails with outlandish names, not only serve as great ice breakers, or conversation starters, but they will also keep people talking even after they have headed home. And they will make all your guests look forward to your next party. You don’t even have to hire a bartender to do the cocktail mixing at your next party. And you don’t need to enlist the services of one to come up with your own easy cocktail recipes. All you need is to learn the fundamentals of cocktail mixing and you will be able to mix up your own fantastic drinks that will keep everyone partying on.
To start with, you will need to find out about glasses. Preparing a cocktail in the right kind of glass informs your guests that you really know what you’re talking about when it comes to drinks, and they should rely on your judgment in relation to knowing what they may enjoy.
Cocktail glasses consist of martini glasses, liqueur glasses, tall cocktail glasses, rock glasses and champagne glasses. Rock glasses are far better recognized as shot glasses. If you’re likely to give your invitees a complete bar, you’ll need to stock it with every one of these diverse types of glasses. You never know exactly what sort of cocktail a person may request, and you need to be equipped.
You must additionally invest in the right equipment to produce several of the most well-known drinks. If nothing else, get hold of a mixer. It does not have to be extravagant or pricey; it simply has to possess a strong motor along with sharp cutting blades to be able to crush ice.
Ice is additionally a staple in many drink recipes. Be sure that you stock up on ice prior to your next celebration. Keep in mind that top quality water helps make top quality ice. Consequently, when the water in your area is bad, get bottled water and use it to make your ice.
You should additionally purchase a cocktail shaker. Cocktail shakers are produced from stainless-steel and possess caps and small strainers. Many drink formulas call for the ingredients to be shaken and strained just before they are served, making a cocktail shaker a vital piece of bar gear.
Before you have a party, acquaint your self with a number of the most popular spirits. Vodka might well be one of the most well-liked. Known because of its nearly non-existent taste, vodka will go nicely with practically every single component you can possibly imagine. Make sure to stock up for your party. Rum is another widely used spirit. Though it is less versatile than vodka, rum will go very well with numerous ingredients.
Bourbon can be yet another crowd favorite, however is most frequently used in cocktails which require bitter or sour components such as lemons or mint leaves. The powerful Mexican alcohol tequila is also well-liked. It is usually dished up as a shot with salt and lemon wedges, which usually makes for a wild evening. Furthermore, maintain stocks of gin. There are a large number of cocktail formulas which require gin due to its distinctive taste.
And finally, for a complete cocktail bash experience, you’ll need to apply garnishes on your drinks to help to make them even more thrilling and appealing. Even though they may possibly seem to be cheesy, the well-known paper umbrella is a must-have. Mostly used for exotic drinks, umbrellas will make your invitees chuckle and deliver glee to your gathering.
You’ll in addition need to stock your bar with the necessities to make salty and sweet rims. You must buy creme liqueur and fruit syrup. Then pour either onto a clean plate. Next you just dip the cup’s rim into the plate. Once dipped, dip the cup once again into one more plate containing salt or sugar. You ought to also supply your drink station with plenty of fruits, such as lemons and limes that may be placed on the rims of drinks.