Top Ten Christmas Cocktails

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.

Four Easy Ways to Warm Up Your Saké

Four easy ways to warm up your saké | sake | cocktail hammer

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.

Everything You Need to Know About Cocktail Syrups

Bottle of cocktail syrup with lime and jigger

Here’s a list of all the different types of cocktail syrups you’ll need to know to start your journey. We’ve listed all the ingredients and directions necessary.

Top Ten Gin Brands You Should Know in 2022

Different gin brands on shelf

With gin being one of the most complex and delicious spirits on the shelf, we make it easy to understand with our Top Ten Gin Brands You Should Know in 2022.

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.