The 11 Rules That Made My Drinks Better
The Cocktail Guidelines I Follow
November 03, 2017
Before we get too far in here are some rules I follow:
- Solid clear ice is being used to shake, stir, and serve unless specified. This may be the most important ingredient to all of these drinks. Make your own ice.
- To make measuring easier I list all ingredients using the metric system. These increments are easy to learn with practice and removes the need for measures like a fat or skinny half ounce. Metric jiggers are available because most all the bars outside of the US use them.
- For shaking most all cocktails I use a stainless steel Yukiwa 500ml three piece cobbler shaker.
- You should also have a Boston shaker around. It is actually a great vessel to stir drinks in due to its ability to fluctuate temperature quickly. You can also double up drinks in a rush but that throws off the dilution rate. I specify this shaker from time to time.
- Do not double strain the drinks listed unless specified. With solid ice and a cobbler you won't need to and I don't make drinks with lots of roughage in them anyways.
- All juice used should be strained so a measure of juice is all juice and no pulp. There are very few exceptions to this rule (see Gin Rickey).
- The simple syrup I use is a 58% sugar solution. Not a 1:1 or a 2:1 but right in the middle.
- If dashes are called for use a standard dasher top for all bottles filled to a reasonable level. You should always dash to taste anyways.
- It is rumored that bitters companies have been widening their dashers to expel more product over time...
- All mixers (carbonated water, tonic, still water, cola etc.) should be chilled and new within a day. Buy small, in glass, and often. Invest in a bottle capper.
- When measuring out carbonated mixers do not use a jigger. Pour directly into the drinking vessel slowly to save the precious carbonation.
- A huge pet peeve of mine is watching people measure out carbonated stuff with a jigger. Even more so is a flat drink that should be fizzy.
- I keep clear spirits (gin, vodka, rum, etc.) in the freezer unless specified.
- These are guidelines at best. Modify accordingly if you need to and please have fun.
...And thirdly, the code is more what you'd call "guidelines" than actual rules. Welcome aboard ... -Barbossa (Pirates of the Caribbean)
Bar To Home
A simple translation from bar to home.