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Basic Cocktail Techniques, One Should Know

METHOD OF MAKING COCKTAILS

Building:

It is made by pouring the ingredients one by one in the glass in which it is to be served and then stirred. Ice is added if the recipe calls for it. If ice is required to be served place it before adding the ingredients.

Stirring:

It refers to the mixing of the ingredients with ice, by stirring quickly in a mixing glass with the stirrer and then straining into the appropriate glass. Drinks made up of clear liquids like spirits, liqueurs, wines and effervescent drinks etc are always stirred. It is done quickly to avoid dilution.eg.  Martini, Bombay cocktail.

Shaken:

It is done by rigorously mixing ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker and then pouring it through the strainer into the glass.eg. Bacardi, Black Russian

Blending:

This method is used for combining fruits, solid foods, ice etc in an electric blender. Any drink that can be shaken can also be blended. it is suitable when making drinks in large quantities.eg. Pina colada,

Layering:

This is used when different ingredients of different colours, flavours and densities are mixed. One ingredient is floated over the other by pouring gently over the back of the spoon.


POINTS TO BE CONSIDERED WHILE MAKING COCKTAIL:

  • Make sure that there is a good supply of ice
  • Do not reuse ice
  • Do not touch ice with hands. Always use scoops or tongs
  • Serve cocktails in chilled glasses
  • To avoid spillage , do not fill glasses to the brim
  • Do not overfill cocktail shaker
  • Effervescent drinks drinks should not be shaken
  • Do not leave prepared the cocktail for a long time
  • Use short and snappy action for shaking a drink
  • Check the freshness of ingredient before using it
  • Always place an ice first in the glass or in the cocktail shaker
  • Use fresh ingredients

WHEN DEVELOPING NEW COCKTAIL

Points to be checked:-

  • Size of cocktail
  • Type of alcoholic drink to be used as a base
  • Modifiers and their proportion
  • Flavouring and sweetening agents
  • Method of mixing drinks
  • The type of glass to be used
  • Type of Ice
  • Garnish

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