Being a bartender was once considered a somewhat shameful profession due to its association with alcohol. While many still make the mistake of thinking that bartenders have an easy job, mixology is an art that requires technical training, and in some cases, years of experience, as an article by Business Insider notes.
Pouring drinks and shaking up cocktails is a skill, but it’s something that can be practiced, and by taking advantage of some tips from the pros, you can create perfect cocktails right at home.
Good Quality Liquor
There is a significant difference between cheap, bottom shelf spirits than top-shelf options. As the liquor in a cocktail generally makes up more of the drink than the other ingredients, the taste will suffer if you try, for example, to make a martini using a $5 bottle of gin. That doesn’t mean you have to choose the most expensive liquor, but look for options at your local liquor store in Savannah GA, or wherever you happen to live that are more mid-range priced. You can do some experimenting, comparing which provides the very best flavor.
Don’t Forget About the Aroma
The aroma of a drink is something that can actually make it taste better – that’s because when you smell something good, your mind is already being told, “this is wonderful,” before you taste it. Your cocktails must have a pleasing aroma, which is why adding fresh herbs to the top is often done when bartenders make craft cocktails. It accentuates the beverage before it’s even sipped, prepping the senses to enjoy it even more. Mint is a great ingredient to add to a cocktail, such as a mojito, for example. If you lightly crush the mint leaves into it, the oils are released.
Use Fresh Ingredients and Don’t Forget the Garnish
While you can buy sweet and sour mix, make simple syrup and whatever other ingredients you can make yourself. If you make your own, the difference in the taste of the drink will be dramatic. The same goes for garnishes – garnishes make a cocktail extra-special, but you need that orange slice to be extremely fresh for a perfect cocktail. If you can, head to your local farmer’s market early in the morning to get the freshest.
The Right Glass
Presenting with flare is another important factor in a perfect cocktail. The best glasses don’t have to be complicated, and you might even find some at one of your local vintage or thrift stores. A highball is a tall, skinny glass ideal for gin-and-tonics, whiskey, and gingers, but it can also be used for tiki drinks with crushed ice. You’ll need coupe glasses for martinis – a set of four can be had for less than $20 and is an ideal starting point for beginning craft cocktail makers. A single rocks glass is for any spirit on the rocks. It can also be used for chilled, stirred cocktails that are served chilled in a glass without a stem. For hot cocktails like a hot toddy or Irish coffee, you’ll want an Irish coffee glass made with a heat-resistance glass and includes a handle so it can be held comfortably.