6 Tips + Techniques for Better Cocktails










Do you find your libations lacking? Are your mixed drinks mediocre? Well, you’re in luck because here are the top six tips to make your cocktails out of this world!

  1. Start simple.

Remember, you have to crawl before you can walk. Experiment with simple spirits and even simpler recipes until you’ve got your foundation.

  1. Use the right tools.

You don’t need an arsenal, but you do need some basic bartending tools at your disposal, including a graduated shot glass, cocktail shaker, and bar spoon. Also…use them! It might look cool to eyeball a concoction a la Tom Cruise in Cocktail, but if you want good results, always take the time to measure!

  1. Chill out.

Chill…your glassware that is. It minimizes dilution and can do wonders for your drinks.

  1. Opt for fresh.

It’s no surprise that fresh is better, and that goes for juice as well as mixers. For the best results, use your juice within thirty minutes of squeezing, and use a freshly opened single-serving mixer.

  1. Use the right ice.

Yes, there are differences in ice, and using the right ice matters to your cocktail (a lot). Rather than tap water, use filtered or boiled water, and always seal your cocktail ice in a separate bag. This minimizes unpleasant absorbed flavors from the freezer.

  1. Do your homework.

Knowing a bit about the world of cocktails can dramatically improve your products. For one, “cocktails” and “mixed drinks” seem interchangeable, but they’re actually two different animals. Learn what to stir, what to shake, and what to pour directly over ice.

Learning how to create the perfect cocktail doesn’t happen overnight. It takes practice—lots of it—but with these six tips, you’ll be well on your way to cocktails that rival the best of ’em!