Top Tips for Making Cocktails at Home

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Whether you’re a fan of the fruity or prefer your drink to have a stronger sip, there’s a cocktail for everyone. It’s always enjoyable to drink a professionally mixed cocktail, but it can be a bit tricky to replicate the same experience at home.

To help you shake or stir together some delicious cocktails at home, we share some top tips to make your drink better.

 
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Use the Right Equipment

For proper mixology, you’ll need an assortment of tools to create the best cocktail, so if you want to replicate cocktail perfection at home, then you’ll likely need to acquire a bit of gear:

  • Cocktail shaker
  • Measure
  • Muddler
  • Mixing Spoon
  • Juicer
  • Strainer
 

What If I Don’t Have the Right Equipment?

However, you might not be able to get your hands on this equipment, for one reason or another, so there are some ways you can substitute it for items you are more likely to have at home.

For example, a thermos flask can be used in place of a cocktail shaker, an egg cup can act as a measure, and the end of a wooden spoon can be used as a muddler and mixer. A tea strainer or small sieve could be used to strain the cocktail, and fruit can be juiced by hand.

If you get a bit creative with the tools you have available in your kitchen, then you’re sure to find a way to make a delicious cocktail with ease.

 

Use Premium Alcohol

When it comes to cocktails, the alcohol is usually the star of the show. While it may be flavoured or enhanced by a bit of fresh juice, a cocktail will typically highlight the flavour of alcohol, rather than mask it like a basic mixed drink, like vodka and cola.

To make a cocktail taste great, you’ll need to choose a premium liquor. This isn’t to say that you’ll need to crack open the rare bottle of Scotch whisky you’ve had sitting proudly on your shelf, but it does mean stepping out of the cheapest alcohol bracket.

While you can use alcohol from popular brands that can be bought at supermarkets for £20 a bottle, naturally, the quality of alcohol is likely to get better if you spend a little more.

 

Chill Your Glasses Before

Having chilled glasses means that your cocktail will stay cool for longer, keeping its refreshing quality through to the last sip. You can chill your glass by popping it into the fridge or fill them with icy water.

 

Use Plenty of Ice to Shake

Ice can be the key to a good cocktail. It keeps all the ingredients chilled, and the more you use, the cooler it will be. You should be sure to add the ice into the shaker last, after all the other ingredients, as it may melt if you add it first, which will dilute your drink.

 

Serve in Smaller Glasses

Big glasses warm up quicker than smaller cups and ruin the overall experience of the cocktail. It’s better to enjoy smaller servings to keep the drink tasting the best it can.

 

Shaken? Stirred?

We all know how James Bond likes his cocktail made, and largely it is down to personal preference. However, if you like your drink well chilled, then shaking it thoroughly is a sure way to ensure that every ingredient is well and truly chilly!

Shaking is also essential when your cocktail includes an ingredient like cream, as a firmer shake will be required to completely mix all of the ingredients.

 

Use Fresh Juice

Freshly squeezed juice offers a rich, fresh and vibrant flavour for cocktails that just isn’t matched by boxed juices. Either squeeze the fruit yourself or use a quality juice from the fresh juice section!

 

Save Sparkling till Last

If your cocktail calls for a splash of something sparkling, like soda or sparkling wine, then make sure you only add it in at the last second. You don’t want to be adding these fizzy ingredients to your shaker to be mixed up, as this will just make them flat.

 

Use an Aromatic Garnish

While all garnishes can add a little something extra to your cocktail from an aesthetic point of view, only aromatic garnishes will help to enhance the flavour experience of the drink.

Add a little mint, lemon zest or sprig of rosemary to add an extra level of flavour and aroma to your cocktail to really enhance it.

 

Do you have any tips for crafting cocktails at home? If so, why not leave a comment below with your suggestions!

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