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Flor De Jerez

Drinking the Flor de Jerez cocktail is like savoring a secret bouquet of flavors from the hidden corners of Spain. Stop and smell the sweetness.

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Flirtini

Sipping a Flirtini is like enjoying a sparkling conversation with a charming companion - sweet, bubbly, and impossible to resist.

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Silver Fizz

Expand your palate of Gin Fizzes with one of its most popular and delicious cocktail cousins, the Silver Fizz. It does not disappoint.

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The Fitzgerald

Awaken your inner Gatsby with The Fitzgerald cocktail, a literary libation with a touch of bittersweet complexity. Perfect for a night of jazz & drink.
Cafe Maguey Woodtable

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Espresso Martini

A famous supermodel walks into a bar and says "I want a drink that'll wake me up and F@#K me up!" Bartender Dick Bradsell christens "The Espresso Martini"

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Elk’s Own

Just to drink the Elk's Own cocktail, you have to know the secret password. All I can say is it involves a delightful mix of brandy, citrus, and ruby port.

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El Presidentè

The El Presidentè is a Cuban cocktail so delicious, you'll want to elect it for another term as your go-to drink of the night.

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Uncle Angelo’s Eggnog

Uncle Angelo's Eggnog is a festive drink that's either a creamy holiday dream or a lactose-intolerant nightmare, depending on who you ask.
Two Cuba Libre Cocktail Drinks With Lime Wheel And Mint And Ice

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Cuba Libre Cocktail Recipe & Ingredients

The Cuba Libre (meaning "Free Cuba") is a highball cocktail made with rum, cola, and lime juice, typically garnished with a lime wedge or wheel.

General

Dirty White Mother

The Dirty White Mother is just a spin on the White Mother cocktail, only with the addition of heavy cream to add a little extra sweetness and texture.
Cosmopolitan Cocktail In Martini Cocktail Glass And Lemon Twist Garnish

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Cosmopolitan Cocktail Recipe & Ingredients

The Cosmopolitan cocktail was popularized by the TV show "Sex and the City", but have you ever actually tried it? Let's have some fun.

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.