Techniques & how to mix

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Draught cocktails (Draft cocktails)

Cocktails served on draught using beer dispense technology allow consistent drinks to be served incredibly quickly. Draught cocktails can be batched with

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Egg dos and don'ts & using eggs in cocktails

Eggs are essentially reproductive cells from everything from chickens to ducks and quails but here we are specifically looking at chicken eggs, their characteristics

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Cocktail glassware

Cocktails are something of a luxury. You don’t just ping a cap and pour – they take a degree of time and skill to mix, so deserve a decent and appropriate

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Shaking Cocktails - advanced tips, myths & lessons

I’m guessing you're reading this page because you’re already an accomplished cocktail mixer and are interested in the fineries of the art or you've

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How to use a three-piece cocktail shaker

Three-piece shakers are also called ‘Standard' or 'Cobbler' shakers, they comprise of three sections: 1) Flat-bottomed, conical base or 'can' 2) Built-in

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Barrel aged cocktails

Since cocktails left their disco-era style to the 1990s and grew up into the sophisticated drinks we know and love, a trend developed towards ageing cocktails

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How to use a two-piece cocktail shaker

Also known as a Boston or French Shaker, two-piece shakers tend to be preferred by professional bartenders (Japanese and other East Asian bartenders excepted).

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Swizzles & How to swizzle a cocktail

Swizzles are sour style drinks with a similar composition to a punch that, distinctively, must be churned with a swizzle stick. They are usually served

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Vanilla infused vodka

Commercially produced vanilla-flavoured vodkas tend to have more of a cream-of-soda rather than genuine vanilla flavour. Many also have added sugar so

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Glass-aged cocktails

It was in 2004 after receiving a 1920s bottle of Dubonnet that I first decided to age a series of classic cocktails in small barrels with different proportions.

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Measuring cocktail ingredients

Balancing each ingredient within a cocktail is key to making a great drink. Therefore the accuracy with which ingredients are measured is critical to the

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Smokes & smokers

Originally used a preservative, chefs commonly use smoke to flavour food and a chef's smoker can also be used to flavour cocktails.

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Stirrers & How to stir a cocktail

Stirring is the most basic way of mixing a cocktail. You might not give much thought to a technique used to stir a cup of tea or even a pot of paint, but

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Fat-washing

Made famous by the Benton’s Old Fashioned, created by Don Lee at PDT in New York City, which uses bourbon flavoured by smoky bacon fat, fat-washing is

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Fine straining (double straining) cocktails

Most cocktails that are shaken and served ‘straight-up’ (without ice) benefit from an additional 'fine strain' over and above the standard strain to

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Cocktail bartending etiquette

There are certain basics when it comes to making drinks, and this time we’re not talking ice, shakers or citrus. Keeping it clean has never been so important.

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Foams

Foams can be applied to the surface of a cocktail, the aroma and flavour of which usually contrast with that of the drink beneath, so adding complexity.

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Nitrous oxide

First synthesised by the philosopher and chemist Joseph Priestley in 1772, nitrous oxide (E942) is commonly known as laughing gas and is a colourless non-flammable

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How to throw a cocktail

As the name suggests this method of mixing a cocktail is achieved by pouring the ingredients from one vessel to another, ideally pouring from one vessel

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Salt

Out of the five basic tastes, sweet, sour, bitter, salt and umami, salt is perhaps the rarest to be found lurking in our drinks. Indeed salty liquid seems

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The hard shake

Perversely the hard-shake is not hard, it’s gentle; although this choreographed shake is hard to master. Invented by Japanese bartender, Kazuo Uyeda,

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Acid phosphate

Popping up as an ingredient on menus worldwide, acid phosphate has officially been reborn after disappearing from sight for nearly 70 years. But what is

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Leather-aged cocktails

The team at the Artesian bar, at the Langham Hotel, are world renowned for their experiments in cocktail creation. From barrel, glass and clay pot ageing

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Stirring vs. shaking a cocktail

Stirring and shaking obviously result in the various ingredients being mixed together, but both actions also cool and dilute the cocktail being mixed.

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Cocktail shakers & how to shake a cocktail

Shaking not only mixes a drink, it also chills, dilutes and aerates it. Along with stirring shaking is the most common technique employed to mix cocktails.

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Infusion and maceration

Alcohols ability to draw out flavoursome substances from herbs and spices by infusion and then preserve those flavours has been used since the Middle Ages

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How to flame a cocktail

The terms ‘ignite’, ‘flame’ or ‘flambé’ mean that a drink should be set alight. Please exercise extreme care when setting fire to drinks.

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Ice

A plentiful supply of fresh ice is essential to making good cocktails. When buying bagged ice, avoid the hollow, tubular kind and thin wafers. Instead,

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How to muddle a cocktail

Muddling means pummelling fruits, herbs and/or spices with a muddler (a blunt tool similar to a pestle) so as to crush them and release their flavour.

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How to layer a cocktail

As the name suggests, layered drinks include layers of different ingredients, often with contrasting colours. This effect is achieved by carefully pouring

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Blending

When a cocktail recipe calls for you to ‘blend with ice’, place all ingredients and ice into a blender and blend until a smooth, even consistency is

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Rolling

Sometimes also referred to as the ‘Cuban Roll’ after the origin of this method of mixing, ‘rolling’ offers more dilution and aeration than simply

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How to strain a cocktail

When straining a shaken drink, a Hawthorn strainer tends to be used, but when straining a stirred drink it is traditional to use a Julep strainer. Both

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Garnishes for cocktails

Garnishes are used to decorate cocktails and are often anchored to the rim of the glass. You’ll find more about garnishes and how to prepare them in