How to become a bartender at home
An important role in the preparation of cocktails plays the necessary equipment. Shaker – a mandatory attribute of the profession. In a shaker, we mix a lot of drinks when the recipe has, for example, protein or egg yolk, juice, thick syrup or cream liqueur. All of the above ingredients require good mixing with ice, and there is hardly anything can replace the shaker.
It is also nice to have a spoon in the household bartender with a long handle and strainer (special strainer for pumping the drink from the ice). Another important attribute of the bartender (albeit home) – jigger. This is a metal measuring Cup, which you will measure the required amount of liquid ingredients from the recipe. You can, for example, just buy some “bartender set”, which includes everything you need.
So, if you have a shaker (or liter jar), strainer (sieve or skimmer), jigger (or glass, which can be measured), ice tongs and a bar spoon, then you are quite ready for a small home cocktail party.
In advance to attend to and harvesting of ice. And, I would advise to use not packages for freezing of ice, and plastic or rubber molds. One mold is enough for two or three cocktails. Freezing bags can help speed up the process, but the pieces of ice in them tend to be small and melt quickly when they come into contact with the liquid.
To prepare cocktails at home is not necessary to take a large number of ingredients. 4-5 components, of which one strong alcohol (base), one liqueur or vermouth, which complement the main ingredient, one aromatic (for example, bitter). You may need a simple sugar syrup (this is water and sugar mixed in a 1:1 sugar ratio) and lemon juice or a mixture of lemon and lime juices to balance the taste of the drinks.
There are three main techniques – mixing in a shaker, mixing in a mixing glass, preparation of the drink directly in the glass, which will be served.
If we talk about win-win combinations, then to some extent a lot depends on your personal taste preferences. With each drink, whether whiskey, Bourbon, gin, vodka or rum can be at home to make a few interesting options. For example, you have a bottle of gin, which is now very fashionable. Supplement it with white dry vermouth and lemon zest, get a “Dry Martini”. Or pour 30 ml of gin into a champagne glass, squeeze a couple of slices of lemon and pour sparkling to the top. So much for French 75.
Another option: you have a bottle of sweet sherry and brandy. Mix them in a mixing glass with ice in a ratio of one to two (sherry:brandy) and filter into a pre-cooled glass. Or take fresh berries from the garden, mash in a shaker, add a good portion of brandy, a little lemon juice and mix well with ice. After filtering on the ice in a pre-cooled glass. It’s a Brandy Cobbler. By the way, brandy can easily be replaced with port or the same sherry, the result will be no worse.
Mixology is very interesting. If you are really passionate about the theme of cocktails, I advise you to look through the book of a recognized expert and historian of cocktail culture David Wandrich “Imbibe!”, which will help both Amateur and professional to learn the history of most popular cocktails. A beginner – to understand the vector to be followed by mixing drinks at home.