I love the cocktail! Both drinking and making it. What I have to discover is cocktail making is an art, not a science.
It is an art of combining different kinds of hard and soft drinks to come up with a drink that people can enjoy drinking.
My aim here is to share my experience with the art of making a cocktail. I will tell you everything you need to do to make a super cocktail. Let’s get started.
What is a Cocktail?
A cocktail is a form of drink made from a base of one or more spirits and usually combined with a mixer of soft drink or juice.
There is an infinite variety of cocktails available, with combinations of ingredients limited only by your imagination.
Types of Cocktail
There are two common types of a cocktail.
3-Piece Cocktail Shaker
is normally manufactured out of stainless steel with a built-in strainer and cap, hence 3 pieces. These 3 pieces can be difficult to separate.
Boston Cocktail Shaker
consists of two parts manufactured out of stainless steel without a built-in strainer. The ingredients are shaken and then strained through a separate hand strainer (Hawthorn strainer).
Electric Cocktail Blender
it is often used in preference to cocktail shakers. Blenders are particularly good for cocktails requiring fresh fruits, ice, and other ingredients to be blended at high speed for a consistently smooth blend.
It consists of a stainless steel frame with a wire coil, which fits snugly on a mixing glass or the stainless steel Boston shaker.
Cocktail Mixing Glass
is a heavy 500mL glass and is used for stirring and chilling clear cocktails such as Manhattans and Martinis. Notice that the mixing glass is calibrated to help the bar attendant assess how much of each ingredient is required to make the number of cocktails on order. The mixing glass is normally partnered with a Hawthorn strainer.
Cocktail Mixing Spoon
is made out of stainless steel, with a twisted shaft and a flat top for crushing garnish or fruit (also called muddling). It is very stylish and effortlessly combines the cocktail with a simple stir. Its length means it will reach the bottom of just about any mixing glass.
Stirrers, Straws, and Swizzles
are used to garnish cocktails and allow the customer to mix the ingredients of the drink. Toothpicks and paper umbrellas may also be used for garnishing.
The garnishes used should be suitable for the drink and in keeping with the establishment's image. Single-use items such as straws and disposable cups are not to be reused and should be thrown away.
jugs may be used to store freshly squeezed juices and other commodities used for cocktail production. Jugs must be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized between uses and juice should not be stored in the jugs for longer than necessary for quick use.
Ice Crushers and Shavers
Ice crushers and shavers are used to break up ice cubes to put in various drinks. Many different styles are available.
Tea towels, glass cleaning towels, and other linen must be organized as part of good mise en place. Towels must be kept separate according to use, i.e. towels used for cleaning workspaces must not be used for cleaning glassware.
Linen should be changed frequently to prevent contamination.
Use appropriate cleaning equipment to ensure that glassware is clean, sanitized, and professionally presented. Cleaning equipment includes glass washing machines, detergents, sponges, sanitizers, glass brushes, etc.
You can use the following methods in mixing your cocktail
Building a cocktail involves mixing spirits, flavorings, juices, and ice directly in the glass. No blender, mixing glass, or cocktail shaker is required. For example, Bacardi and Coke (Cuba Libre), Rum and fruit juices (Planters Punch), layered cocktails such as KGB – (Kahlua, Grand Marnier, and Baileys)
place all ingredients in a glass or the glass component of a cocktail shaker and stir with a muddling spoon, straining into the glass if necessary, e.g. the classic Martini
pour all ingredients into the appropriate cocktail shaker over ice, replace the lid/cover and shake in a snappy action while holding the shaker above shoulder height, for 5 shakes.
This method of mixing cocktails is used for cocktails containing cream, fruit juices, eggs, and other ingredients that are difficult to mix. Shakers are designed for mixing small amounts of ingredients at any one time. e.g. Whisky Sour
solid ingredients such as spices are added to the glass and then muddled or mashed using a muddling spoon to extract the juice/flavor from the ingredients. The liquid ingredients are added afterward. Examples include Mojito and Caipirinha
a blender specifically designed for bar work with sharp ice-crushing blades is best suited for these styles and types of cocktails. Blended cocktails are usually large-volume drinks due to the aeration and ice content.
Blending is best suited for cocktails incorporating ice, fresh fruits, and cream.
When the cream is part of the recipe, add it during the last five seconds of the blending process to avoid lumps. When lemon juice is part of the recipe, substitute a sour mix for the lemon juice to add body to a possibly watery end product.
Examples of frozen cocktails include fruit Daiquiris and Margaritas.
Two textures of cocktails are produced in a blender:
the term ‘layering’ describes cocktails that are made by layering different colored liqueurs and other alcoholics, or non-alcoholic beverages according to their density.
The visual effect can be very attractive and appealing.
The beverage with the heaviest density would be placed at the bottom of the glass with the lightest density beverage at the top, in even proportions.
Professional cocktail bar attendants use the bar spoon to control the flow of each liqueur or other beverage into the glass. Some recipes may include up to six layers of contrasting colors and flavors.
Examples of Pousse Cafes and Shooters include:
Cocktail Production Steps
While presenting your cocktail make sure Garnishes are added to drinks just
Typical garnishes for cocktails:
My aim was to pass you through the Art of making a cocktail- meaning of cocktail, tools for making a cocktail, cocktail mixing methods, cocktail production steps, and presenting a cocktail.
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