The Queen of Cocktails
The origins of this drink are hazy as most cocktail history is. Some say Winston Churchill's mom had it made for her or that it was named for the color of sewer water in the Borough of New York that shares its name. I have even heard that the area code of Manhattan being 2-1-2 is the perfect ratio of the drink but I . . .
How many articles have you read about this drink? Why do people keep Googling the old fashioned? I think that everyone wants to know how to make it the best. Like any drink. That is the common question when working behind a bar. What is the best? I get it. Why would anyone want to waste their time with a subpar beverage? . . .
Shake. Stir. Swizzle. Egg Stuff.
Rule of thumb: Shake drinks with juice or egg. Stir drinks that are all booze. Of course, all rules and thumbs can be broken. Like the rest of this information none of this section is gospel. These are just the best ways I have found to make cocktails. Building blocks if you will. These are also the techniques I use to . . .
Little Bit of This...Little Bit of That
If you have recently watched Tom Cruise's masterpiece Cocktail, like I did to prepare for writing all this, you will notice how damn cool he looked free pouring all that booze all over the floor. He can do what he wants (he is the last barman poet after all) but I will stick to measuring with a jigger. A jigger is a . . .
Citrus is the acidic component in sour cocktails. Learning to make a sour is a critical step and one that is full of personal preference. Very quickly, I want to show you something:
Gin (or vodka) + Acid + Sugar = Gimlet
Rum + Acid + Sugar = Daiquiri
Tequila + Acid + Sugar = . . .
You don't need a camera to make good drinks
Aside from glassware and liquor here are some unboozy things to collect that will make cocktailing easier:
- A bunch of Instagram filters
- Fancy camera
- A brand deal.
Ha. Just kidding. The Internet is full of guides on how to be a home bartender and most of them talk about what angle to take . . .
A Martini in a Coffee Cup is Still a Martini
Remember: a martini in a coffee cup is still a martini. The cocktail looks stunning in its straight sided namesake cocktail glass though. Also people won't think you have a drinking problem. If I had to choose one and only one glass to keep at my house it would be a white wine glass made by Riedel or Schott Zwiesel. . . .