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Grog, Traditional

Bartending & Mixology

Grog, Traditional

The grog is the 1700s cocktail that made sailors see straight and made landlubbers seasick, and did a fine job keeping the scurvy at bay.
Navy Grog

Bartending & Mixology

Navy Grog

The navy grog is a very close relative to the traditional grog, just that the navy adds some minor tweaks to the original recipe. Both are delicious.
Golden Girl

Bartending & Mixology

Golden Girl

Drinking a Golden Girl is like sipping on gold. Refreshing, dazzling, and worth its weight in richness. I decided not to make a Golden Girls reference.
Golden Dawn

Bartending & Mixology

Golden Dawn

Sipping a Golden Dawn cocktail is like experiencing spiritual enlightenment in a glass - without the need for meditation or incantations.
Godfather/Godmother

Bartending & Mixology

Godfather/Godmother

The godfather reflects the strong and classic qualities of the character and the cocktail, made with equal parts of scotch and amaretto liqueur.
Frozen Blue Hawaiian

Bartending & Mixology

Frozen Blue Hawaiian

Imagine drinking the Frozen Blue Hawaiian cocktail, knee deep in crystal clear ocean water, staring at the sunset, listening to the crashing of waves.
French Flamingo

Bartending & Mixology

French Flamingo

Like a pink flamingo in a Parisian garden, the French Flamingo cocktail is a beautiful, elegant and whimsical sip of summer.
French 75

Bartending & Mixology

French 75

Sipping a French 75 is like firing a shot of sophistication and sparkle, with a Champagne kick that always hits the target.
Fog Cutter

Bartending & Mixology

Fog Cutter

The Fog Cutter is a classic Tiki cocktail that originated in California in the 1930s. Lift your foggy mind and set sail toward a brighter horizon.
The Democrat Cocktail Drink In A Lowball Glass With Pineapple And Mint Garnish

Bartending & Mixology

The Democrat Cocktail Recipe & Ingredients

If you have a sweet tooth and need refreshing drinking to cool you off on a hot summer day, then you'll want to consider The Democrat cocktail.

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.