Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Some tips on glasses

When you think about drinks, you probably imagine not only drinks, but mixture glasses. This is because mixture glasses can add to the overall appearance of the drinks. There are also those drinks that are better provided in certain styles of glass. Knowing about the different types of beverage to offer in a given glass will not only boost the display of your drinks, it can boost the taste of your drinks.

Arguably the most famous container for offering drinks is the mixture cup, commonly known as the martini glass. This "Y" formed container is designed to keep a liquid cold without ice. Cocktail eyeglasses have lengthy arises. By having the control of a glasses stem rather than the glass itself, you will transfer less heat to the beverage.

Who can think about sparkling wine in any form without thinking about flutes?

Having a lengthy stem draws another well known glass into the mixture family: your wine glass. Wine glasses are perfect for offering combined drinks.

Highballs are another mixture glass. Also known as Collins glasses or lengthy glasses, highballs are high and relatively slim, although forms can differ. You will also find highballs in several sizes. Think in terms of plenty of ice and plenty of liquid.

You may fancy old-fashioned glasses generally known as rock glasses, tequila tumblers or briefs. These are brief, go preferred with hefty beverages and are used for drinks that do not require as much ice as those provided in highballs.

What would any home bar be without glasses? Photographers are used to offering little alcoholic drinks and liqueurs which are sometimes absorbed in one drink. Purchase wider glasses with hefty ice to give the glasses some weight.

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

10 Ideas for a Cocktail Party

Cocktail events were always typically the early event at a celebration. They were, and still are organised mainly for business or business events, but can also be for a family or casual get together. The celebration has now progressed and has become a concept celebration in its own right.

Take a look at the following celebration thoughts for some recommendations and inspiration:

1. For your cards you could cut a dark-colored fit, red shoes or a cocktail cup out of paper.

2. Consider selecting a professional cocktail manufacturer if you're asking for your celebration to the organization. They offer excellent enjoyment and are well worth the money!

3. Otherwise you could place several platforms around the location with the substances and guidelines so visitors can create up their own beverages. This will offer excellent enjoyment for everybody.

4. The best designs you should go with would simply be non colored documents balloons.

5. If you have a funds, or if the organization is choosing up the tab, consider selecting out a servant for an included touch of elegance.

6. For your music, go with Jazz music or Traditional. Some excellent options would be Eddie Harris, Expenses Evans or Tosca.

7. For meals, you need to go for kids finger buffets; small sections but a lot of them and a lot of choice. Consider selecting a server to offer the meals on containers and go through the full delightful range from hors d' oeuvres right through to sweets with a lot between.

8. Onto the beverages, the substance and key to your celebration. Ensure that that you over get ready for this, not making anything to chance and you and your visitors will be satisfied. Inventory up on ice, fruit for take, straws, little umbrellas and associated with all designs.

9. Inventory up on wine beverages and sparkling wine beverages as beverages will not be to every person's flavor. The most popular beverages will be the sophisticated, the filthy and many different versions containing martini. Inventory up on martini!!! Of course, also get in carbonated beverages and appliances such as red, cranberry extract, calcium and freshly squeezed orange fruit juice.

10. Remember that the whole point of a celebration is that it is expected to be a elegant event. A little extra expenditure will go a long way to create your celebration unforgettable, so you really should consider the accessories such as cocktail creators, cooks, servers, butlers, performers or even a valet to recreation area your visitors vehicles.

Saturday, 12 May 2012

5 cocktails from film and media

Since the days of prohibition, when bar owners created mixed drinks in order to mask the taste of their homebrewed alcohol, cocktails have been the centre piece of festivity when it comes to alcoholic beverages. Ale is good, and rum is quicker, but the cocktail - with its vibrant colours and entertaining garnishes - are perhaps the most fun you can have with a drink.

There are several tried and true cocktail recipes, and here are 10 of the most famous cocktails (from film and media) you're every likely to encounter:

Vodka Martini (007 style)

Ingredients: 1 1/2 shot vodka, dash of dry martini

Mix ingredients with crushed ice in a shaker. Shake well. Strain and serve in an ice cool cocktail glass. Garnish with olive.

White Russian (The Big Lebowski)

Ingredients: 1 1/2 shot vodka, 3/4 shot kahlua, 3/4 shot light cream or milk

Mix the vodka and kahula together, then gently pour in the cream. Add ice.

Manhattan (Sex and the City)

Ingredients: 1 shot rye or Irish whiskey, 1/2 shot sweet vermouth, 2 dashes bitters, cherry, lemon twist.

Combine the liquids in a shaker with ice, and stir. Strain and pour in a glass with the cherry and lemon trist.


Ingredients: 1 1/2 shot vodka, 4 1/2 shot freshly squeezed orange juice, 1 tbl spoon lemon juice.

Stir into a tall glass with ice cubes.

Screaming Orgasm

Ingredients: 3/4 shot vodka, 1/2 shot triple sex, 1 shot cranberry juice, 1.2 shot lemon juice.

Add ingredients to cocktail mixer, shake, then strain into a chilled martini glass.

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Three terms for cocktail makers

There are four terms (at least) that every cocktail makes will be familiar with when it comes to making cocktails - bending, mixing, mudding and shaking. These are terms that are essential to any cocktail maker, methods that define the cocktail making world. If used wrong, these methods could result in disastrous cocktails, and ruined parties.

Most cocktails can be stirred or skaken, apart from ones containing eggs or fruit. James Bond, for example, took his vodka martini shaken, even though most cocktail purists will claim this mix should be stirred (because stirring can bruise the spirit, and detract from the flavor). Each method for making a cocktail involves different techniques that result in subtle differences in how a drink tastes, and will also make a noticeable difference in how a drink looks. By all means, experiment... but know that the methods provided in most recipes are tried and true for a reason.


Blending cocktails is just like blending food, in as much as some recipes will require you to blend them together into a single consistency. Shaking won't achieve the same effects. Blending also adds texture to the cocktail by including air in the mix, leading to froth forming. Be careful not to overblend, as this will reduce your cocktail to a watery mess. Another good hint is to avoid putting cubes of ice into the blender, first crushing or breaking the ice.


Mixing is usually used for cocktails with clear ingredients. Often it involves a jug or tall glass with a lip for pouring. Ice cubes are places into the jug, and then the mixers are poured in, at which point the long stirring spoon is used to gently stir the mix until it is chilled (which is indicated by condensation on the outside of the jug or glass). Make sure to be extra gentle with fizzy mixers, as this will preserve the texture and avoid stirring it out.


At the end of most mixing spoons there is a round knob. Most people assume that it's for decoration or purchase, but this is untrue; it's called the "muddler". Old fashioned mixes - such as the Old Fashioned - take advantage of the muddler, which is used to crush certain ingredients such as the leaves of mint in a Mint Julep.

Food at cocktail parties

Cocktail parties have been making quite the comeback in recent years. From cocktail weddings to charity events, hosting a cocktail party has become a stylish and fun way of entertaining people, and they're a good fit for a multitude of venues. People are, more and more, choosing to host cocktail parties over more traditional parties. Such parties are a convenient way to entertain guests in an environment that can be made to fit any place, and can be tailored to different levels of formality.

Regardless of whether you are planning a casual party with close friends, a formal corporate event, or a fashionable wedding reception, the food you chose is perhaps more important than the cocktails you offer if you want your party to be a success. Good presentation and and ease-to-eat are the most important parts of good party food. Offering different types of food, such as fruit dipped in chocolate or breaded scampi, will impress the guests at your party, and they'll be certain to come back for more.

There are an endless choice of foods you can have at a cocktail party, and the way it is presented can be altered to suit any venue. What party foods to serve are entirely up to you, but there a few pointers that should allow you to make the best choices:

At formal party events, a buffet may be the best choice. Finger food can be displayed on a buffet table, or at different buffet tables around the room, along with food trays given out by hand. At less formal events you probably don't need to get out the fine cutlery, but can use plates or less formal silverware to tailor the party food based on the type of event. Sausage rolls, hot dogs, cheesecake, and fruit are popular choices.

Your cocktail choices will also change depending on the type of event, so choose carefully with type of alcoholic beverages will fit your event the best. More formal events may call for champagne or wine, whilst more casual parties may be better suited to mixed drinks and other cocktails.

A list of handy cocktail terms!

Cocktail lingo can be some of the most obstructive words in the drinking world. What's the difference between a measure and a part? What's an apertif and a digestif? Well not to worry: here's a list of really handy terms used most commonly in the cocktail world to refer to all things about cocktails.

Using this list you'll be able to talk the talk, even if you can barley walk the walk (because you've had too many cocktails).

A list of handy cocktail terms!

Aperitif: A refreshing drink typically served before a meal to stimulate the appetite.

Back: A non-alcoholic drink such as water or a soft drink served in a separate glass alongside an alcoholic drink.

Blue Law: Laws that restrict the sales of certain goods, particularly alcohol, on Sunday.
Build: To pour ingredients directly into the serving glass.

Call Drink: To request a brand name liquor when ordering a drink.

Cocktail: A drink that combines one or more alcoholic beverages.

Cordial or Liqueur: Sweet distilled spirits with a base liquor, sugar and a variety of fruits, herbs and spices for flavor that varies greatly by type or brand.

Dash: The smallest bar measurement.

Digestif: A drink served after dinner to complete a meal.

Dry: Refers to the quantity of vermouth in a cocktail.

Float: To carefully pour a small amount of liquid over the back of a spoon to balance as the top layer of a drink.

Libation: A beverage containing alcohol or the act of pouring a liquid in sacrifice.

Liquor or Distilled Spirit: A beverage distilled from alcohol.

Mixed Drink: A drink that combines one or more alcoholic beverages.

Mixer: Any non-alcoholic beverage used as an ingredient in a cocktail.

Mixology or Mixologist: The art or skill of preparing mixed drinks.

Muddle: Combining and mashing ingredients in the bottom of a glass using a muddler.

Neat: A drink served without ice or a mixer.

On the Rocks: Refers to a drink served over ice.

Parts: One part is any equal part.

Roll: Ingredients are poured from one glass into another and back again to mix.

Straight Up: A drink chilled in a cocktail shaker and strained.

Sweet and Sour Mix: A mixer of lemon, lime and sugar commonly used in mixing cocktails.

Monday, 7 May 2012

5 of the Most Popular Cocktails

Everyone wants to know what cocktails they should server at their parties. There are a mountain of recipes out there, so which ones do you pick for you big bash? Here are 5 of the most popular and easiest cocktail recipes, more than enough to get your party going with a bang.

1. Sex on the Beach


2 shots Vodka, 1 shot Peach Schnapps, 3 measures orange juice, 3 measures cranberry juice


Pour the Vodka, Peach Schnapps, orange juice and cranberry juice over ice in a glass of your choice. Garnish with a slice of lime.

2. Cosmopolitan


2 shots Vodka, 1 shot Cointreau, 1 shot cranberry juice, .5 shot lime juice


Shake the Vodka, Cointreau, cranberry juice and lime juice together with lots of ice in a shaker. Strain, and serve in a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a twist of orange zest, or slice or orange.

3. Margarita


2 shots Tequila, 1 shot Cointreau, 0.5 shot lime juice.


Rub lime around the edge of your cocktail glass, and then place upside down on a saucer of salt. Add the Tequila, Cointreau and lime juice into your shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into your glass. Garnish with thin slice of lime.

4. Blue Lagoon


1.5 shots Vodka, 1.2 shots Blue Curacao, lemonade


Fill your highball glass half full with ice, and gradually build the Vodka and Blue Curacao into the glass. Top up with lemonade, and garnish with a slice of lemon or lime.

5. Pina Colada


2 shots White Rum, 4 shots pineapple juice, 1 shot coconut cream, 1 shot cream


Pour the ingredients into your cocktail glass, with a handful of crushed ice. Garnish with a pineapple wedge or pineapple leaf.