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Algonquin Cocktail With Pineapple In Coupe Glass

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Algonquin Cocktail Recipe and Ingredients

If you are looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the big city, the Algonquin cocktail might be the drink for you.
A Amber Dream Cocktail With Jigger Strainer And Mixing Glass

General

Amber Dream Cocktail Recipe & Ingredients

The Amber dream cocktail is a Gin based cocktail made with yellow chartreuse, dry vermouth, and a dash of orange bitter.
Two Sugar Rimmed Lemon Drop Cocktail In Martini Glass

General

Lemon Drop Cocktail Recipe & Ingredients

When you have a sweet tooth, nothing hits that sweet spot like a lemon drop cocktail. Its sweet and sour profile will have you 'dropping' your guard.
Two Bloody Mary Cocktails Garnish With Shrimp Pickled Chili And Olives And Lime

Bartending & Mixology

6 Epic Bloody Mary Variations (With Recipes)

If you love the Bloody Mary, you're in luck. Today, we're going to show you six different Bloody Mary variations that you can try at home.
Mezcal Cocktail On Pink Table With Chili Flakes Jpg

Culture & Community

Top 10 Mezcal Cocktails You Can Make From Home

Mezcal is a must-have tool for the modern mixologist, but how can it best be employed from a home bar cart? With these 10 Mezcal Cocktails of course.
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Cocktails & Recipes

An Honest Review of ’10 to 1′ Rum

Do you love Rum? If not, you have got to try this one. In this video we look at Ten to One Rum, and why it might be your next favorite rum. Don't believe us? watch this video!

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.