The Art of Cocktail Mixing – Become A Master!

Everyone enjoys going out for drinks once in a while, whether it is to celebrate a special occasion or meet with friends and work colleagues for a catch up. What makes the drinking experience all the more enjoyable is when cocktails are on the menu. A treat for the taste buds, these concoctions can be made with or without alcohol. Bartenders will mix up a range of drinks, such as the Margarita, Daiquiri and Cosmopolitan. These are just a few of many world-famous cocktails and if you’re keen to learn the art of mixing drinks, take the following mixology tips on board and entice more customers into your restaurant or bar.

Shaken or Stirred?

When you’re standing at the bar waiting to be served, there’s a chance you may hear the bartender ask a customer if he or she wants their cocktail shaken or stirred. This isn’t just an expression one might hear on a movie, because there is actually a rule behind it. Each cocktail recipe will usually inform you about which method to choose but typically, cream liqueurs, juices and thick mixtures will need to be shaken. Light mixers can be stirred and this method is relevant for cocktails like the Rob Roy and Imperial Cocktail.

Is Ice Necessary?

Most cocktails will have a high alcohol content and therefore most of the glass will be filled with ice, whether it is a stemmed glass, highball glass or wine glass. The reason for this is because it is the only ingredient that is universal to every single beverage. What this means is that it can be used to keep the cocktail cool. The type of ice used will change the texture of the drink, and some common forms of ice include shaved, blocked, cracked and cubed.

Stocking the Bar

To make your cocktail bar stand out from others in the area, or to show guests a good time when throwing a cocktail party, it’s vital that you stock the bar properly. Don’t just offer the typical cocktails – go all out! Allow customers to sample new flavours by stocking up on liqueurs, mixers and spirits like absinthe, vodka, tequila, amaretto sour, orange juice and whiskey.

If you don’t want to prepare drinks for your next event, rent a function room at the PA Hotel! Call +61 7 3282 1577 to arrange a tour of this two-storey timber hotel.

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