The Best Booze, Bitters and Bar Tools for the Ideal At-Home Drink
By now, you've got the all the ingredients and the tools necessary to build a proper drink. Here's how to put them to good use. We sought the wisdom of Charles Schumann, author of "The American Bar: The Artistry of Mixing Drinks," for the top tips to craft the perfect cocktail the right way.
When you've got a cocktail that's all liquor, shaking it would just make it murky. According to Schuman, cocktails that are stirred are often among the classics—drinks like martinis and the Manhattan. He suggests stirring drinks with an upside down bar spoon, so you can mix from the bottom up.
Never shake more than two cocktails in a shaker.
When a recipe calls for a dash,
that's approximately ½ oz., or 1 tablespoon.
A twist of lemon or lime isn't simply a garnish. The essential oils enhance the drink, so make sure to pinch the skin to release a venom-like spray onto the drink's surface before running it around the rim of the glass. Then drop it in.
When mixing drinks, Schumann suggests adding the non-alcoholic ingredients first and the liquor last.
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