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It’s beginning to look and smell like Christmas, and while the holiday is just around the corner, I know you’ve been having thoughts about mixing up some yuletide drinks for the celebration. Classics are always a way to go for tradition and festivity. So let’s go down memory lane as we learn a bit of history for each of the classic drinks we have come to know and enjoy throughout the year. Eggnog I’m sure this egg and milk-based drink would spark a reminiscence of childhood for most of us. Just thinking about how grandma or mom would use to do it is already bringing back those fond and precious memories. But how did this drink become a tradition and a part...
A stuck cocktail shaker lid might be one of the most common issues bartenders and home mixologist experience. In this week’s blog, we decided to feature a topic that can benefit your cocktail-shaking experience. Let’s begin! You like a refreshing cocktail on a weekend evening, so you take your cocktail shakers out and throw in spirits, bitters, and ice. You put on the lid and get shaking like a pro, maybe with a flair too. And just when you thought you could finally drink that well-shaken drink, your shaker lid gets stuck for some reason! What a bummer, isn’t it? We’ve all been there! BUT WHY DO COCKTAIL SHAKER LIDS GET STUCK? Here are some reasons that you should know...
Ice might be the most common cocktail ingredient there is, so beginner bartenders should know that the form and quality of ice are as important as the other ingredients in mixology. To know more about how to use ice to your advantage, keep reading! Ice Form The choice of ice in cocktails is not only for aesthetic purposes but it actually serves a function so you can enjoy your drinks better. Here’s a simple logic of cocktail ice: the size of the ice and its surface area is correlated to the rate of dilution. So, the smaller the pieces are and the larger its surface area, the quicker it can chill your drink, but it would melt and dilute your...
Shaking a cocktail using a proper shaker is one of those things that looks simple and hard at the same time. Well, to tell you the truth, it just takes a little practice and a mix of knowledge of cocktails, shakers, and personal style. Let’s look at some of the various factors that affect the cocktail shaking style. Types of Shakers The type of shaker usually affects only the way the shaker is held but doesn’t necessarily mean that using different shakers would change the drink significantly, but it is still beneficial to know the kinds of the shaker so you'll be guided on which one to choose based on your comfort and cocktail making skill level. So choose the...