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Waterproof Watch

The waterproof watch is a cocktail with the same qualities as its name suggests. Versatile, resistant, and perfect for the adventurer on a mission.

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Wet ‘N’ Tan

A beautiful creation with warm skin, golden brown, sunkissed by the sun, basking in the salty breeze. This is you should you drink the Wet 'N' Tan!

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Whiskey and Joe

Cup of Joe, anyone? The Whiskey and Joe is a latte better than your average everyday cocktail with coffee.

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White Bat

A nocturnal predator with agility and speed, cloaking itself in the night. I'm of course describing you after drinking the white bat cocktail!

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Yellow Bird

Join the ranks of the most famous yellow birds in history with the sip of a cocktail. Big Bird, Tweety Bird, that yellow angry bird shaped like a triangle.

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Yuzu Gimlet

The Yuzu Gimlet uses Yuzu, a citrus fruit with a distinctive tart flavor that is often described as a combination of lemon, lime, and grapefruit.

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Whiskey Peach Smash

The fresh juicy fruit taste mixed with the mint and oaky velvetiness of bourbon. Reign in the summertime with the whiskey peach smash cocktail.

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Dale’s Peach Julep

One of Dale's Degroffs most delicious cocktails on his menu. Dale's peach julep is exactly what you need for the perfect summertime refresher.

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The Kir cocktail is a delightful and refreshing French drink made with crème de cassis and white wine, perfect for sipping on a warm afternoon.

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Strange Brew

Magic fills the air. Gather your ingredients, mix them in your cauldron, watch it bubble & steam. The strange brew cocktail puts you under its spell.

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Brandy Milk Punch

If you're looking for a sweet and creamy drink that can be enjoyed as a dessert cocktail; well look no further. I give you the brandy milk punch.
Christmas Cocktails


Top Ten Christmas Cocktails

Christmas cocktails, the gift that keeps on giving jolly cheer. Let us know which of these 10 cocktails old St. Nick would stop to drink by the fireplace.

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.