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 price. Most of the items are from Amazon, which makes shopping super-easy. Over $100 Gift Guide The Mixologist Toolbox comes with everything you need to take your cocktails to the next level. It includes flavor … [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.
My mint plant recently died. I wanted to make some cocktails garnished with mint, so I went to several grocery stores. But it's January, so naturally the only mint they had was packaged and looked pretty tired and sad. It wasn't brown yet, just crumpled and dull-looking. Reviving wilting mint leaves I knew my mint leaves were not going to look like they'd just been … [Read more...]
There's no solid scientific answer to the question of how to cure a hangover. Many sources agree that drinking lots of water is essential. Some consider sleep the best solution. Some recommend drinking lots of juice with vitamin C. A traditional hangover cure used to be drinking coffee, but it's now believed that just makes you seem more alert and functional without really … [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 there for … [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 serve while … [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 saucers, but either … [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 is a great way to impress your guests with your bartending skills, and it starts by asking questions. Creating customized cocktails Ask your guests how they like the cocktail you're about to pour them. Now, not everyone spends a lot of time … [Read more...]