There’s a science to just about everything and the art of cocktail making is no exception. Most of us have probably enjoyed some variation of our favorite cocktail at our favorite local bar and thought, “I could never make this at home.” But the thing is, with a little practice and understanding, you totally can! Science is on your side and we’ve got some tips that will help. Let’s get started.
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Don’t Get Distracted By Ice
Everyone wants a nice cold beverage, but you have to know when and how to use ice so it cools your drink, but doesn’t dilute it. Ice cubes as we know them melt incredibly fast which results in your drink watering down super fast, and no one wants that. So, our best science-based recommendation is to nab an ice sphere mold, ice spheres tend to take a longer time to melt, or simply put your drink in the freezer for a few minutes.
When it Comes to Citrus Juice, Go Fresh
There is a really good chance that one or several of the cocktails you’ll be making requires citrus juice, and we highly recommend going the fresh route. Not only do citrus juices add acid to your beverage, but they also add aromatics; as citrus juice ages, it oxidizes, causing the juice to lose flavor, which ultimately throws off the balance of your drink.
All About the Process
If science has taught us anything it’s that trial and error is inevitable and practice makes perfect. Same goes for cocktail making. If you’re feeling a little awkward when it comes to mixology, you know what you need to do – stick to your strict and repeatable process.
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Add the Ice Last
The second you put ice in your glass, it will begin melting. And as we already know, melting or melted ice dilutes our drink; so make sure you add your ice last. In fact, if the drink allows it, make your cocktail at room temperature, then add the ice before you serve it, and let the person drinking the cocktail give their beverage a stir as they sip.
Know Your Glassware
It may sound crazy, but the kind of glass you serve a beverage in could make or break the drink itself. Certain shapes and styles of glassware can actually enhance the flavors in your drink so you’ll always want to make sure you’re using the right glass to enjoy or serve a cocktail.