June 03, 2021 4 min read
It’s one thing to buy a few ingredients and mix up some drinks at home, but a whole other ball game to make them just as Insta-worthy and delicious as what you’d order at the fanciest bar in town.
For professional quality drinks at home, these simple tools and tricks will seriously up your cocktail game.
Glassware is not just about presentation. It’s a very important factor in the ultimate flavour of a beverage and how it hits the palate. Over 3000 years of glassware design means today we have glasses designed specifically for different drinks. Tall, short, wide, squat, light or weighted — there’s a perfect glass for every drink — to enhance flavour, assist aroma, showcase colour and more. But who can afford a set of glasses for every drink?
The trick is choosing versatile glasses that caters to more than one type of drink, but that also looks great in the drinks cabinet. To avoid spending a fortune, opt for versatile but classic shapes that cater for a range of drinks, but that you can still show off in the cabinet or bar cart, such as:
There’s a time and place for everything, including when to stir and when to shake your cocktail. Need a rule of thumb that you can remember?
Shaking is the most commonly used method for mixing drinks and should be the technique you employ when your ingredients go beyond just alcohol. So shake if you’re working with fruit, herbs, juice, dairy or egg and you’ll dilute your mix while adding air and texture, which is what you want.
Opt to stir if your drink is spirit heavy — think Old Fashioneds, Manhattans and Martinis. Here you want only minimal water and air in your cocktail and to keep the texture smooth. (Sorry 007!)
Got your drinks sorted but want to add an impressive twist? A simple way to add the wow factor is to freeze some juices, a few herbs or even edible flowers picked straight from the garden by placing them into an ice cube tray with a splash of water before popping them in the freezer. Not only will these keep your beverage chilled, but they’ll also add a pop of colour and a whole new level of flavour to your drinks.
We can’t get enough of mint leaves and citrus peel. And who doesn’t have those at home?
To dress your drink is to garnish your drink. Whether it’s with a citrus twist, olives on a cocktail stick, a salted rim or floating flower, garnishes add that extra flair and aroma. Garnishes that look both delicious and delightful get us excited about the beverage we’re about to receive. For simple go-to-garnishes that are readily available:
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