Cocktailing Dos and Don'ts

Artfully creating cocktails is all about the ingredients you add to your drinks. Adding even the slightest amount of the wrong ingredients can make for some unsavory flavor. There are a number of elements to crafting cocktails, and equally as many directions where you can go wrong. Adding a splash of lemon juice to cranberry vodka, for example is a HUGE “no no.But understanding exactly how much ice to use is equally as beneficial. Alas, these are our basic Dos and Don’s for the at-home bartender.  

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DON’T Use Lemon with Cranberry Juice

Rules are always meant to be broken, but when it comes to the pairing of cranberry and vodka, lime is the preferred choice. The malic acid content sits longer on your pallet. Limes tend to pair better with cranberry and white spirits, while lemons tend to pair better with brown spirits.

DO add Champaign or Sparkling Wine to Your Mules

Adding some bubbly to your favorite cocktails never hurts. Champagne is the perfect substitute for ginger beer, if you’re trying to get creative with your mules. If you want to keep your champagne mule on the sweet side you might want to opt for brut champagne. A splash of vodka, ginger liquor and lime juice with an undertone of your favorite champagne or sparkling wine. Add a fresh slice of lime and fresh mint for garnish and you have yourself the life of the party!

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 DON’T use bad ice – it makes for bad drinks

Ice is one of the most important; or arguably the most important part of crafting the perfect cocktail. Adding pristine water in the production of spirits usually makes for a better spirit. Therefore, if you’re using impure water the chances of your cocktail having a bad taste are more likely. The formula is simple: Add some fresh ice and mix it with a spirit that is just as pure as your ice and that will improve the overall taste of your cocktail.

Anthony Augusto