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Top 8 Gifts for Serious Whiskey Lovers & Aficionados 2020

Whether you're an expert or looking for a gift for a friend, our best gifts for serious whiskey lovers list is here to help you choose a great whiskey.


Cocktail Hammers’ Amazing Whiskey Sour Recipe

Get ready to learn one of Cocktail Hammers' personal recipes for the best whiskey sour. So break out your cocktail kit, and grab your coupe glass, this is going to be fun!
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Are All Cocktails Alcoholic? (Unexpected Answer)

It's a fair question if you think about it. If the Shirley Temple exists. And it is technically a cocktail, that begs the question, are all cocktails alcoholic?
Political cocktails.


12 Political Cocktails: Vote for Your Favorite (2020)

This is about freedom and democracy. Actually, it's just about delicious cocktails. Here's a list of political cocktails and the parties they best represent.
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The Best Moscow Mule Recipe (Shockingly Easy to Make)

This refreshing and delicious Moscow mule recipe might even feel like a home remedy for a cold. Now that I think about it, in Russia, it probably is.
Mocktail with soda whats the difference between a mocktail and a cocktail?


What Is the Difference Between a Cocktail and A Mocktail?

If you've ever heard of a mocktail and thought what's the difference between a cocktail and a cocktail, we have the answers you are looking for.
An assortment of essential bartending tools for beginners.

Tools & Supplies

Top 10 Essential Bartending Tools for Beginners

In this post, we will cover the top ten essential bartending tools for beginners. We will also offer some suggestions so you can start mixing drinks today!
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How Is Alcohol Made? 10 Spirits, & Their Magic Ingredients

Do you know what your favorite spirits are made of? In this post, we will answer the question, how is alcohol made?
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Culture & Community

Top 10 Rum Brands You Need to Know in 2020

Time to channel your inner Jack Sparrow. In this post, we cover the top 10 rum brands you need to know in 2020. Let's get to it.
Whiskey brand you need to know.


Top 10 Whiskey Brands You Need to Know in 2021

Ah, whiskey. The right glass will have you on top of the bar singing folk songs. In this post, we cover the top 10 whiskey brands you need to know.
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The Surprising (True) Origin of the Word Cocktail

The word alone can solicit a giggle. But what is the origin of the word cocktail, and what does it have to do with a drink? The answer will surprise you.

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.