In any party, or in any club, there's one person that always seems to make people smile: the bartender. Bartenders are the kind, patient people who serve up amazing drinks, give you a good ear to listen to, and also offer you a smile when they serve you.
You never want to be the person at the party who doesn’t know how to make a tasty and refreshing cocktail. Nor do you want to be the entry level bartender who has no knowledge of cocktail mixing whatsoever. With drinking comes responsibility and with creating drinks comes knowledge. When it comes to gin, there are endless possibilities of gin cocktail recipes that you can follow, should memorize for your next party or for the next time you go out and tips for making classic drinks.
Tequila is one of my all-time favorite spirits. It enjoys immense popularity across North America, but I think its strengths are underutilized in the United States. North of the border, tequila is best known for the Margarita, which is delicious, but almost never properly executed. There are a couple other popular tequila drinks like the Tequila Sunrise or (shudder) tequila shots, but these fail to take advantage of the spirit's true potential.
People who choose an unflavored bottle of alcohol over a flavored one are certainly interesting human beings. Personally, that could never be me. My freshman year of college, I had a very poor experience with a bottle of unflavored Barcadi. And still to this day, just the thought of the smell of that bottle makes my stomach turn.
Cocktails are good companions for celebrating the arrival of summer and excellent companions for cooling down during hot days. Whether you decide to throw a summer party, make a barbecue in the backyard, or just relax a bit, a cocktail will help you enjoy the atmosphere you’ve created.
I'm personally not the biggest fan of beer because I don't like the taste, smell, or anything else about the beverage. However, I recently tried homemade ginger beer that my friend Rachel whipped up and it was shockingly amazing. Even though it's called ginger "beer," it's actually usually non-alcoholic. It's almost more like kombucha because of the fermentation process—in fact, if you're already familiar with how to make kombucha, the process is pretty similar. Ginger beer also contains vitamins and probiotics and is a healthier substitute to the majority of carbonated drinks. The taste was so delicious overall that I just had to make a couple on my own. It's definitely a tastier alternative to beer for people who don't like beer.
Smoking a cocktail isn't just for the professionals. The process is less complicated than you'd think, and with the right tools and some practice, you too can create a smoky cocktail right in the comfort of your kitchen. Let's learn how to make smoked cocktails, and then put your skills to the test with five tasty recipes to try.
Have you ever wanted to create your own cocktails right at home? The bartenders make it look so easy, and it is! You can create delicious cocktails that are infused with all-natural ingredients like fresh fruit, herbs, spices, and more. This is a much tastier alternative to already-flavored liquors, since you're using only all-natural additions. For a lower calorie summer cocktail or delicious winter beverage, there's an array of ways you can infuse any type of alcohol. Some people have even gone so far as to learn how to make infused sous vide cocktails, but that requires equipment we don't all have lying around.