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The Tom and Jerry. The Forgotten & Flavorful Past of This Winter Cocktail.

The Tom and Jerry is a warm cocktail traditionally consumed during the winter holiday season in the U.S and Canada...with a complex past.


Four Easy Ways to Warm Up Your Saké

Warming up your sake is a great way to release the flavors and aromas, but the process can be overwhelming. Here are four easy ways to warm sake.
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Top Ten Winter Cocktails to Drink by the Fireplace

Here’s a list of the top ten winter cocktails to warm those shivering bones. 

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Irish Coffee

Irish coffee's sweet taste, creamy flavor & energy boost are just some of the reasons why this drink has remained popular for over 75 years.

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The Glogg or the Swedish Glogg is the perfect hot holiday drink to warm your soul and sets your taste buds aglow, like a cozy winter hug in a cup.

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Clover Club

The clover club cocktail is smooth like silk, and subtly sweet with a hint of sour. Join this club and you'll have a very lucky night!

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Hemingway Daiquiri (Papa Doble)

If you're looking for a classic cocktail with a unique twist, the Hemingway Daiquiri is a perfect choice, and a nod to one of the greatest writers ever.

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Prescription Julep

The prescription julep is exactly what the doctor ordered, except instead of a health tonic, it's a refreshing cocktail. Hey, it still counts as a remedy.

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Frozen Margarita

The frozen margarita is a delicious and refreshing cocktail that is both simple and flavorful, and has become a classic in its own right.

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The Mimosa was also known as a Buck's Fizz, a similar drink by Pat McGarry at the Buck's Club in London. Learn more about the mimosa here...

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Who doesn’t love a full glass of sangria on a hot summer day? It's probably the most ubiquitous wine cocktail & one of the easiest ways to entertain guests.

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Lime in De Coconut Cocktail

Ginger, lime, coconut. Talk about refreshing and delicious. Add a little bit of voda in there and you got yourself a Lime in de coconut 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.