How To Mix Drinks at Home
Mixing drinks isn’t as simple as it sounds…
Don’t take mixing drinks too literally and think all you are doing is combining two different drinks to form something new. Mixing drinks is a entire art form that has coined the name mixology.
No matter what you are doing, with the right tools, your job will become much easier. There are a ton of tools out there that will make mixing drinks a lot easier.
Of course, you can probably make do without them, but for their low cost, you might as well mix drinks the right way.
This article’s purpose is to teach you how to mix drinks at home. By the time you’re done reading, you will have gained knowledge that will point you in the right direction towards acquiring your drink-mixing talent.
Today you will learn:
- What equipment do you need
- What alcohol should you have
- Basic drink recipes
- Should you invest in a home bar
What Equipment do you need?
Your life will become a lot easier once you have the right tools to get the job done.
Drink-mixing equipment is more commonly called barware. I’ll be going over a few extremely useful tools you should have in your home bar.
Paring Knife – A paring knife is the most essential knife a bartender will ever need. Its perfect for quickly cutting up lemons, limes, berries, and other fruit.
Cocktail Spoon – Cocktail spoons become very useful when you have to stir tall glasses. You’ll want to have one of these lying around even if you aren’t going to be mixing a lot of cocktails
Juice Squeezer – This tool is essential if you are a cocktail enthusiast! It is SO much easier than hand-squeezing fruit.
Shaker – What is a home bar without a shaker? You are going to need one of these fancy-looking tools to shake up your concoctions.
Jigger – A jigger is an excellent tool that every mixologist should have. This will make you mess up your measurements a lot less.
Recipe Book? – I’m not sure if you’d categorize a recipe book as “equipment”, but I thought it was important enough to include here anyway. A recipe book will constantly feed you with a ton of new ideas.
I recommend taking a look on Amazon for a good recipe book.
What alcohol should you have?
According to every home bar owner in the world, there’s no such thing as too much alcohol!
A lot of alcohol-blogs follow the concept that there are 12 essential bottles that every bar must have. For the most part I agree with this theory.
What I recommend doing is picking out the top 10 drinks you plan to make once you get started. Find out what alcohol you need and then buy the ingredients you need.
Buying alcohol as you go is a great way to initially save money.
Anyway, I’ll be going over my top 5 choices for essential bottles.
If you want to know more about what alcohol to choose, please refer to my Stocking a Home Bar article.
Gin – Gin is thrown into a lot of modern drinks. It is loved for its juniper taste. Gin is a type of alcohol that will eventually grow on you.
Rum – Rum is in a lot of tropical drinks. It is great to have during the summer. If you want to mix mojitos, this bottle is a must!
Tequila – Arriba! Tequilla is most commonly used in margaritas.
Rye Whiskey – Rye whiskey is found in a handful of classic cocktails such as the ‘Manhattan’ and the ‘Old-Fashioned’(we’ll be going over both a bit later).
Vodka – This is the alcohol you need to make one of the most classic drinks of all time, the bloody Mary. Vodka doesn’t have much of a taste which makes it easy to mix into almost anything.
Basic Drink Recipes
In this section, I’ll be referring you to some amazing drink recipes I have found.
Also, if you are interested in memorizing recipes(like a bartender would), checkout this Quizlet study set!
Food.com’s Bloody Mary Recipe
Bloody Marries can seem strange at first because they call for tomato sauce. Bloody Marries are a great, and important to learn, drink to mix.
I liked this recipe because it is simple and to the point. There aren’t a whole lot of steps for you to make this drink. Overall, Food.com did a great job with this recipe!
Esquire’s ‘Old Fashioned’ recipe
The Old Fashioned is a drink that makes use of your rye whiskey. Esquire posted a great recipe for their variation on the drink.
It’s another one of those drinks you should memorize how to make.
About-Food’s Manhattan recipe
The last drink we’ll be talking about is the classic Manhattan. About-Food published a great recipe for their version of the Manhattan.
This drink also makes use of garnishes. The only garnish you’ll need for this drink is a cherry.
Should you invest in a home bar?
Without a doubt, having your own bar makes mixing drinks a whole lot easier.
Buying a home bar is no longer an expensive luxury that only high class individuals can partake in. Whether you want an indoor or outdoor bar, you can build/buy your own for an extremely reasonable price.
Your own bar will easily create a perfect hangout for you, your friends, and your family. It will also keep your kitchen clutter-less since most bars have storage drawers, cabinets and racks.
If you haven’t noticed, the title of this website is How To Build a Home Bar. You can probably guess that this site talks about building your own bar once and a while.
This site is actually dedicated to all things pertaining to owning a home bar. From mixing cocktails, to building a bar, to buying the perfect bar, we got it!
Let me first thank you for making it to the end of this article! You’re a champ!
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