How to Improve Your Cocktails

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If you find that your cocktail recipes are lacking something you can’t quite put your finger on, it might be the types of ingredients you are using to mix drinks. While a beginner can get away with practicing on cheaper alcohol or mixers, you need to upgrade your personal bar if you want to mix amazing drinks. Since alcohol can get expensive –especially for the good stuff—it’s a good idea to start out slow and incorporate higher quality alcohols into the bar over time. Here are a few easy ways you can improve the look and taste of your personal bar in order to wow your friends:

Purchase Better Alcohol – As we mentioned before, the type of alcohol you serve will have a lot to do with how your cocktails taste. Typically, liquors found on the lowest shelf in the store are the lowest quality, while the liquors on the top shelf are most prestigious and expensive. If you have a favorite drink, for example a vodka and cranberry, it might be a good idea to splurge on the best type of vodka you can afford since it’s primarily what you drink. If you want to try out different recipes and don’t have a favorite, the liquors in the mid-shelf range taste decent and are affordably priced.

Measuring Tools – The key to a great drink is to use the proper tools. If you are just starting out, a valuable tool to have in your bar is a jigger, which allows you to easily measure your liquors and mixer ingredients. Many cocktail recipes taste great because they are measured properly – otherwise, one ingredient could overpower the other and it no longer tastes amazing. As you start to get an eye for measurements, you might find yourself relying on the jigger less and less. Keep in mind however, that once you have had a few drinks you might not be the best at estimating your drink recipes!

Ingredients – If your drink calls for extra ingredients, such as lime juice, it is best to use a fresh lime over a bottled concentrate. Fresh ingredients always taste better, so try and use the actual fruit when creating a cocktail recipe. In addition, fresh ingredients will be completely natural, so you don’t need to worry about extra preservatives or sugars.

The perfect cocktail usually happens when you are prepared and have all the right tools. With some practice and better quality ingredients, your cocktail drinks will rival the ones you purchase at the bar!