Want to impress your friends, put new meaning into a "Cocktail
Party", try these recipes. Just select your preferred base ingredient and take it
from there. There are also some non-alcoholic varieties listed if this is more your scene.
Before you get started, however, here are some general tips you need to know -
Measure - provided the measure used is kept constant
throughout the recipe, the finished cocktail will have the correct flavour, texture and
colour. Use small or large measure depending on the number of drinks required.
Shake - if the recipe indicates the drink should be
shaken, put the ingredients together with plenty of ice into the shaker, shake rapidly
with a vertical movement until the outside of the shaker is frosty. Always strain
the liquid, unless told otherwise. NEVER shake fizzy ingredients, these are always
added last, unless you want to redecorate the ceiling!
Stir - if the recipe indicates the drink should be
stirred, add the ingredients to ice cubes in a mixing glass, stir with a long-handled bar
spoon, and strain.
Blend - blend the ingredients together with the
recommended amount of crushed ice but only for a few seconds otherwise it becomes weak and
Fruit Juice - juice extracted from fresh fruit is the
best, to extract as much juice as possible from the fruit soak for a few minutes in hot
water before squeezing, or rub between the hands.
Twist of peel - using a very sharp knife, shave off
strips of the zest (coloured part) of the peel leaving behind the white pith. Twist
a strip of peel over the surface of the drink, then drop the twist into the cocktail.
To serve - always hold the glass by the stem or the
base to avoid fingerprints and unnecessary warming of the drink. Never fill the
glass to the brim and remember to leave room for a garnish if one is to be added.
Crushed ice - wrap ice cubes in a clean, dry tea towel
and bash with a mallet.
Glasses - almost any glass can be used for cocktails,
however, as a rough guideline choose stemmed glasses for cocktails which are not served on
ice (as these will stay cooler longer), tumblers for drinks on ice. Short cocktails
look best in traditional cocktail glasses, while goblet styles are generally used for
drinks incorporating egg yolks.
Temperature - it is essential all cocktails are served
very cold and, ideally, glasses should also be chilled. They can be kept in the
refrigerator for an hour or two or, alternatively, ice placed in a glass whilst the drink
is being prepared will help to cool it.
To ease out a stubborn cork, soak a cloth in very hot water and wrap it
around the neck of the bottle. This should expand the glass and free the cork.
To open a bottle of champagne without it overflowing, hold cork and turn
Lost your corkscrew - insert a large hook or eye into the cork and use a
stick, sturdy wooden spoon or similar to gently turn out the cork.
STRONG ALCOHOL CONTENT
tip comes with a strong warning - if you decide to do this
PLEASE use it sensibly!
Back in Ohio the
ADULTS (I was a kid back then!) would bore a hole in the top of the
water melon and pour in a bottle of vodka! Mind you, in my
immediate family we are not "big drinkers," but, as the
extended family would typically assemble for picnics and other
celebrations, an entire watermelon would suffice for those who chose
to imbibe! Very refreshing if kept in an ice-filled tub.
Gin Based - A-B:
PLEASE DON'T DRINK AND DRIVE!
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