Making cocktails yourself - an activity that has long since ceased to be confined to bars or clubs. Whether for yourself or for friends and family - the preparation of cocktails has long since found its way into your own four walls! But just between you and me - never has a true cocktail master just fallen from the sky. How do you get started? What ingredients do you need and what techniques will turn your cocktail into a real eye-catcher?
In this blog, we'll teach you the basics of cocktail mixing, from the tools you need to the different types of cocktails you can create. Learn how to create your own cocktail creations with Bazylia Liquor!
The basics at a glance
First things first! The first step in mixing cocktails is understanding the basics. A cocktail usually consists of a base alcohol or spirit, a flavoring, and a liquid that dilutes the drink, such as water or juice.
These ingredients are mixed in a cocktail shaker or mixing glass with ice and then strained into a cocktail glass. However, there are many different types of cocktails and each type has its own special ingredients and techniques. Which type or ingredient you choose is entirely up to you!
To mix a cocktail, you first need the right ingredients. If you have a collection of recipes for cocktails, you should read the list of ingredients carefully and make sure you have all the necessary ingredients on hand.
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If you're a beginner, we recommend starting with simple cocktails with few ingredients. This way, you can familiarize yourself with the basics of cocktail mixing before moving on to more complex recipes!
Next, you'll need the right tools. A cocktail shaker is an essential tool for cocktail mixing. It consists of a metal cup with a lid that can be placed firmly on top of the cup. There are different types of cocktail shakers, but most consist of a large cup and a smaller cup that is used as a lid. Some shakers also have an integrated strainer to make straining the ingredients easier.
As an alternative to the cocktail shaker, there is also the mixing glass. This is a thicker glass that is usually used with a bar spoon and strainer. Unlike the cocktail shaker, the stirring glass is better suited for spirits-based cocktails that require stirring rather than shaking.
In addition to the shaker and mixing glass, there are other tools that can be helpful when mixing cocktails. These include a measuring cup, a bar spoon, a muddler (for crushing ingredients), a jigger (a measuring cup for small amounts), a strainer (for straining ingredients), a zester (for adding citrus flavors), and a pestle (for crushed ice).
Basil liqueur - the real insider tip for your cocktail creation
An ingredient that has enjoyed increasing popularity for several years is basil liqueur. This liqueur is a true all-rounder! Not only in cocktails basil liqueur rounds off the taste of your ultimate cocktail, also in aperitifs and long drinks can basil liqueur with its natural ingredients
add a delicate freshness that makes the pleasure.
When choosing your basil liqueur, be sure to use only natural ingredients.
The ingredients of basil liqueur are many and varied! Basil has a variety of uses that can be applied in both culinary and medicinal fields. In particular, the use of basil seeds to treat heart disease and to promote positive mood and increased courage has been proven for quite some time. Some basil liqueurs also contain a mixture of lemon, juniper and fig. The contained lemon is a true all-rounder - full of vitamins, a tonic for the immune and nervous system and known for its healing properties. Who wouldn't want all that in a liqueur?
Derived from the Latin word juniperus, which translates as "eternally young" or "youthful," juniper has long been considered an enigmatic and mysterious plant. Its berries are believed to have blood-purifying, diuretic and digestive properties.
It exudes a sweet and spicy aroma that conjures up images of Mediterranean landscapes and warm memories of long, sun-drenched summers.
So what are you waiting for? Create your very own cocktail creation with basil liqueur now.
The technique of mixing cocktails
When stirring cocktails, it is important to fill the glass halfway with ice. Then add all the ingredients to the glass and stir gently with a bar spoon until well mixed and chilled. Stirring cocktails is especially necessary for spirit-based drinks like the classic martini to ensure the drink is clear and transparent.
Decorating cocktails is another important technique in cocktail mixing and further rounds out your very own creation!
Whether it's a slice of lemon or orange, a cherry or a mint leaf - let your creativity run wild and give your cocktail your very own touch!
Adding zest or a hint of spices like cinnamon or nutmeg can also make your cocktail a real eye-catcher at your party.
If you want to become a true cocktail master, you should also have a rough understanding of the different types of cocktails. There are many different categories of cocktails, including short drinks (like the Old Fashioned or the Negroni), long drinks (like the Gin Tonic or the Mojito), tiki drinks (like the Mai Tai or the Zombie), and frozen cocktails (like the Daiquiri or the Margarita).
Each cocktail category has its own ingredients and techniques, so you should familiarize yourself with each category before attempting to mix them. For example, tiki drinks usually require rum, various juices and syrups, and fresh fruit and a decorative umbrella, while short drinks usually require spirits and sugar.
One of the most important things about cocktail mixing, however, is the spirit of experimentation. You shouldn't hesitate to try different ingredients and techniques to create your very own unique and delicious cocktails. You might even discover your own signature cocktail recipe!
In conclusion, cocktail mixing is both an art and a science. It requires the right tools, the right ingredients, and the right technique to get a perfectly mixed drink. However, if you understand the basics of cocktail mixing and are willing to experiment a bit, you can mix impressive cocktails at home for you and your guests.