The mixology trend took the world by storm and surely has swept over Singapore too. Although we are blessed with plenty of crafty cocktail bars, not everybody wants to pay $25 for a drink. I tell you what – making your own cocktails is just as fun as drinking them. Don’t worry you don’t need to be a trained bartender or classy mixologist to craft your own delicious cocktails. Here are 5 easy to tips to get your cocktail recipes right. (All tips also work for mocktails.)
Most mixologist experiment with the craziest flavours that most of us may not even have heard of. Don’t shy away, but take a step back. The first and most important step to getting your cocktail recipes straight is to ask yourself ‘What do I actually like?’ There is no need to have a fully equipped bar at home – simply choose a few liquors that you actually enjoy drinking.
2. Pick your Palate
Cocktails don’t only have alcohol, but juices and syrups, varying across the palate. Do you really like fruity beach cocktails or do you prefer the more potent drinks? Perhaps you want to make some sweeter drinks – often preferred by ladies. What will it be – sweet, sour, fruity or salty? There are many more possibilities. Pick and choose your juices, syrups and other ingredients accordingly. Just like you would with food.
3. Think first – then Mix and Experiment
Even though it’s cheaper to mix your cocktails at home, there is no need to waste your drinks. Think first about what you want to achieve – once you have a good idea, you can start mixing and experimenting. That way your learning curve is much steeper and you actually develop your own palate. Therefore, you should always compare your mixing results to what you had initially planned. Quickly you will discover that certain combinations pair well. For example, rum often goes better with a sweet taste than with sour flavours.
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4. Perfect in Small Amounts
Mixing your own cocktails can also be a fun activity to do with friends at home. Instead of mixing many big cocktails, you can also test creations as shots (which simply can be a small version of your cocktail). That way you can try more cocktail recipes and perfect your cocktail much faster. Why don’t you make it an entire evening with friends and have a cocktail party – making your own cocktail recipes.
5. Name & Decorate your Cocktail
If you have created your own original cocktail recipes that you are happy with, you might as well name them. Next time you have friends over for a dinner party, you can present them – but not without decoration. The first impression of your cocktail is crucial. While a fruity cocktail obviously goes well with fruits, you should add some olives to dry cocktails. In the end, it depends on what you like. Go on and test it.
– Shaking your drink will break the ice and dilute the drink faster
– Stirring will keep the drink longer cold
– Whether you stir or shake – do it for at least 15 seconds
– Keep drinking water between different cocktails, as it will help you to develop your palate