Welcome to the constantly-updated Mix That Drink Gift Guide for Cocktail Lovers. This list features bar accessories and novelty items, and I've arranged it by category. Most of the items are from Amazon, which makes shopping with this gift guide super-easy. Gift Guide Categories Cocktail / Mixology Kits Books Home Brewing /DIY Kits … [Read more...]
Ever wonder how to pour a layered cocktail? Or rim a glass? Or mix up a properly measured cocktail pitcher for your guests? We've got you covered with bartender tips and tutorials.
Sometimes you want to make a nice Mojito or Julep, but the only mint you can find is packaged. It may still be green, but it probably looks pretty tired and sad, like this bag I bought. Fortunately, there's a way to revive mint leaves and make them look fresh again. Reviving wilting mint leaves I knew my packaged mint leaves wouldn't look like they'd … [Read more...]
So you overdid it a little at a party last night, and now you're paying the price. What are the best hangover cures? Do any of them really work? The search for hangover cures There's no solid scientific answer to the question of how to cure a hangover. Many sources agree that drinking lots of water is important. Some call sleep the best solution. Some … [Read more...]
Layered cocktails taste good, look amazing and impress anyone who sees you successfully pouring them. They're typically associated with sweet liqueurs, but plenty of layered cocktail recipes use rum, whiskey, vodka and other hard liquors to cut the sweetness and add some kick. Whether your style is "cin-cin" or "chug chug," there's a layered cocktail out … [Read more...]
When you're entertaining guests, you can save yourself time by pre-mixing a pitcher of cocktails. This is simple to do - just follow the tips below. Premixing a pitcher of cocktails You can pre-mix a pitcher of cocktails up to a week before your party, as long as you don't add ice until you're ready to serve: Know how many drinks you expect to … [Read more...]
Some cocktail recipes, like margaritas, call for you to rim the glass with salt or sugar. You should also feel free to add rims to cocktail recipes that don't call for them - this can put an exciting twist on standard recipes. You can do this with a rimming dish (I spent about $8 on this one at Amazon) and it makes it much easier) or just plates and … [Read more...]
When you're serving cocktails to guests, there are some easy ways to tweak each drink so it's just the way each guest likes it. This mixology tip is a great way to impress your guests with your bartending skills, and it starts by asking questions. Mixology Tip: Creating customized cocktails Ask your guests how they like the cocktail you're about to … [Read more...]