COCKTAIL OF THE WEEK:
Hot Toddy - A holiday favorite
1 oz whiskey, brandy or rum
1/4 lemon juice
1 tablespoon honey
1 cup boiling water
1 whole clove
1 cinnamon stick
Drizzle the honey into mug, add liquor ingredients and lemon.
Boil the water with the cinnamon stick and clove. Pour into your mug through a strainer.
PERFECT GIN MARTINI
Make the perfect gin martini for your guests:
~2 ounces dry gin
~1 ounce dry vermouth
~Lemon or olive garnish
Step One: If you have room let glass chill in the freezer for a few minutes.
Step Two: Combine the gin and vermouth in a shaker, fill it halfway with ice, and stir vigorously until well chilled, about 20 seconds.
Step Three: Strain into the chilled glass. Garnish with olives or a twist of lemon. Run the lemon twist over the rim of the glass.
THE PERFECT VODKA MARTINI
3 ounces vodka
1 teaspoon French vermouth
Step One: Shake the ingredients well with cracked ice.
Step Two: Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a twist (or an olive).
Bartenders who can create special drinks with themes or names for an event are called Mixologists. A professional bartending school is usually a 40 hour program. Mixologists earn their title by taking an extra four to six hour program.
TO SHAKE OR STIR?
Shake cocktails when they include fruit juices, cream liqueurs, syrups, sour mix, dairy or any other or mixers. Shake & strain into a glass.
Stir cocktails that contain distilled spirits such as gin or whiskey. Stirring is more delicate and is said to not “bruise” the spirit.
THE FESTIVE KIR ROYAL
This is an easy, festive and fun cocktail made with just two ingredients:
3 ounces Champagne
1/4 ounce Crème de Cassis
(Crème de Cassis is a red, sweet, black currant flavored liqueur)
~--Pour the Cassis into a Champagne flute
--Top off with Champagne or other sparkling white wine
Mixology is generally accepted as a term for a refined and in-depth study of the art and craft of drink mixing. Mixologists are viewed as "bar chefs." Merriam-Webster's dictionary dates mixology to 1948 and defines it as: "the art or skill of preparing mixed drinks." A mixologist is a bartender/bar chef who can blend specialty drinks and create one-of-a-kind beverage concoctions. You can make themed drinks. Study up on recipes. Invent your own concoctions.
Themes for specialty blended drinks can range from team sport-inspired cocktails or a unique drink to honor a wedding couple's toast, to a beverage celebrating an anniversary, birthday, a company's grand opening, a new home, and just about any other event. Mixologists are making drinks that feature ice, fire, beer cocktails, you-name-it. Below is a tool that will guide you through just about any drink recipe. Search by drink name or ingredients (vodka, rum, etc.) You don't have to be a certified Mixologist to create your own drinks with fun names or to honor an occasion or moment in time. You just need a fundamental understanding of the chemistry of liquor and how ingredients react. Practice makes perfect. What event do you want to mark with a signature cocktail? Send us a photo of you with the beverage you created in your home bar!
Take time to appreciate the little things & accomplishments in life.
Celebrate with this citrus mix cocktail of gin and vermouth.
1 1/2 oz. gin
3/4 oz. dry vermouth
3/4 oz. sweet vermouth
Juice of 1/4 orange
2 dashes Angostura bitters
Tools: shaker, strainer
Garnish: orange wheel
Combine ingredients and shake with ice cubes. Strain into a chilled glass and garnish.
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