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Cadillac Margarita

Bartending & Mixology

Cadillac Margarita

Upgrade your margarita to the cadillac margarita, a higher end cocktail with premium ingredients to produce a drink of the highest quality.
The Mary Pickford

Bartending & Mixology

The Mary Pickford

Not Mary Pickford, the famous Canadian-American actress from the silent film era, but the light and refreshing cocktail named in honor of her.
Mark Twain Cocktail

Bartending & Mixology

Mark Twain Cocktail

Cheers to the Mark Twain cocktail, and as he famously once said "Too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough".
Maragato Cocktail

Bartending & Mixology

Maragato Cocktail

Add this one to your list of rum cocktails. The maragato is a simple cocktail for the vermouth enthusiast that prefers both dry and sweet in their drink.
Kentucky Colonel

Bartending & Mixology

Kentucky Colonel

Premium bourbon, some benedictine and a dash of bitters makes the Kentucky Colonel one of the easiest and smoothest cocktails on the menu.
Kentucky Christmas

Bartending & Mixology

Kentucky Christmas

Enjoy a Kentucky Christmas with a glass full of bourbon and some sweet sweet maraschino liqueur. Leave a drink and cookie out for ole' St. Nick.
Japanese Cocktail

Bartending & Mixology

Japanese Cocktail

The Japanese Cocktail was first introduced in Jerry Thomas' 1862 book "The Bar-Tender's Guide", and has been a classic around the world ever since.
Jack Rose

Bartending & Mixology

Jack Rose

"I'M THE KING OF THE WORLD" is how you'll feel after you drink the Jack Rose cocktail. It's a Titanic reference for those who missed that...
Hot Buttered Rum

Bartending & Mixology

Hot Buttered Rum

Hot buttered rum is the perfect way to stay warm and get buttered up at the same time. Enjoy the holidays with this 400 year old classic recipe.
Hanky Panky

Bartending & Mixology

Hanky Panky

The only kind of hanky panky I indulge in is the cocktail - it's a lot smoother and has no regrets. Come on in and give it a try.

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Cocktail Hammer is a mixology-centric website that provides an extensive array of resources for home bartenders, professional mixologists, and cocktail enthusiasts. Here are some responses to the most frequently asked queries to help enhance your cocktail crafting skills.

To start home bartending, you'll need a few key tools. A cocktail shaker is essential for mixing drinks, and a jigger will help you measure the ingredients accurately.

A bar spoon is useful for stirring and layering drinks, while a strainer ensures a smooth, sediment-free cocktail.

A muddler is important for crushing herbs or fruit, and a citrus peeler or zester is useful for adding garnishes. Finally, you may want a good-quality knife and chopping board for preparing ingredients.

There are a few key techniques that are critical for home bartending. Shaking is a common technique used to mix, chill and dilute drinks quickly. Stirring is used when you want to maintain the clarity of the drink while still mixing the ingredients. Muddling is used to extract flavors from fresh ingredients like herbs or fruit.

Layering is another technique that involves carefully adding different liquors or mixers so that they sit in separate layers. Finally, garnishing not only makes your cocktail visually appealing but can also enhance its flavor.

Proper storage and maintenance of your liquors and mixers can extend their shelf life and preserve their quality. Unopened bottles of spirits are stable and can be stored for many years. Once opened, they should ideally be consumed within 1-2 years.

Store spirits in a cool, dark place, upright, to prevent the alcohol from breaking down the cork. Liqueurs should be stored similarly, but keep in mind they have a shorter shelf life due to their sugar content. Vermouth and other wine-based aperitifs should be refrigerated after opening and consumed within 1-2 weeks.

Mixers, too, should be refrigerated after opening and used within the recommended timeframe on the label. Fresh ingredients like lemons, limes, and herbs should be bought regularly to ensure they are always fresh when used in your drinks.