The History of Cocktails

America might get the blame for a lot of things these days but next time you’re tempted to join in remember there’s something for which we should thank our colonial cousins: the modern cocktail! One of the earliest written references describing a cocktail appears in an American magazine from 1806, …

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Christmas and New Year’s Drinks

With whisky being the traditional drink of Scotland you’d expect there to be a few drinking traditions involving the Gaelic spirit. And you wouldn’t be disappointed! A bowl of this Christmas Cheer is guaranteed to make your party go … anywhere! It can be prepared well in advance as long …

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Cocktail Mixing Tips

Shaking When making cocktails, if you are using heavy ingredients they need to be shaking vigorously in order to be mixed. Shaking tends to create a colder and cloudier drink than just stirring alone. To mix cocktails using this technique either use a Boston or a three piece, fill the …

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Essential Equipment for Making Cocktails

Blender – ideal for blending fruit and frozen cocktails, such as Daiquiris and Margaritas. Soda siphon – uses containerised water coupled with a carbon dioxide gas canister to create fresh, sparkling water. Cocktail shaker – also known as a cobbler shaker or a three piece shaker, it contains a metal …

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Essential Spirits and Mixers

To contain absolutely everything in your bar or drinks cabinet can prove very expensive and sometimes impossible. However, by having a few of the basics from the lists below will allow you to make your favourite cocktail at a moments notice, whether it is a refreshing Pina Colada in the …

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Top 10 Cocktails

We’ve gathered together recipes for our top 10 most popular and best-known cocktails. With these basic cocktails at your fingertips, you’ll be the bartender of the year! But don’t be afraid to vary quantities and even ingredients in your search for the perfect cocktail! Cosmopolitan 1½ shots vodka 1 shot …

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Drinks Glassware

Cocktail Glass Also known as a Martini glass the cocktail glass has a triangle-bowl design with a long stem, when viewed face on it has a Y-shape. The shape of the glass helps keep the ingredients from separating whilst the stem keeps the drink cool. This glass is ideal for …

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