Invented at a gentlemen’s club in Philadelphia in 1732, the Fish House Punch was one of later Founding Father George Washington’s preferred drinks. Apparently he once drank so much of the punch that it took him three days to recover from its effects.
Just like it’s important to find the right cocktail shaker that fits your needs, the same thing goes for your choice of measuring jug. In fact it’s a very good idea to spend some time finding all the right tools for your bar tending job, just like when a chef looks for that perfect chefs knife that fits his grip and is perfectly balanced.
There are two main types of measuring jugs used for bar tending: Continue reading “Choosing the right measuring device for the bar”
“Dark rum in drinks, maybe even expensive vintage rum as a mixer in drinks – you can’t do that, that’s BLASPHEMI!?”
You’ve probably heard the above sentence in some variation and I must admit, that I was once one of those people singing this song. I don’t do that anymore. I don’t do that anymore because several years ago it dawned to me how incredibly wrong, elitist and hopeless it was for me to claim that only cheap spirits belonged in cocktails and the expensive ones was for “pure” drinking only. Oh how wrong I was. Continue reading “Dark rum in drinks”
Today there are no limits as to how you differentiate your coffee and make it unique. Just like in the fantastic world of cocktails the number of coffee varieties has risen exponentially the last couple of decades. A possible reason for this could very well be the global market of today, which helps create a demand for these amazing goods. In this article I will introduce some of the most common types of coffee drinks, along with their characteristics and recipes for making them.
It is relatively easy to layer spirits with different density. But what about carbonated fluids (eg. soda), where the carbon acid does not actually help in keeping those sharp layers? Continue reading “Tip: How to layer carbonated fluids”
Some drink recipes will eventually grow beyond them selves, turning into more of a category and less of a uniformly served drink. The Zombie is one of those recipes. Here’s an (rather) official definition of the Zombie as a category of drinks: Continue reading “Zombie (Definition)”
The cocktail zombie has a somewhat foggy past however there is one thing that seems to be the cause for the name of the drink: apparently everyone drinking it turn into a zombie… Continue reading “Zombie”
If you want to layer different alcohol types, you have to remember to have the heaviest spirit at the bottom and then work your way up. If you don’t remember this, all the layers will mix in the glass, destroying the effect. Below you will find an alcohol density chart of some of the most common known spirit’s density. The bigger the difference is between two types of alcohol, the easier it will be for you to layer them. Continue reading “Alcohol density chart – the most comprehensive list available”
Recipes and tips to make the perfect mojito
The mojito is an old classic, whose creator is not certain. In short there are two theories where one tells the tale that the mojito was created among the black slaves in early America, where an ancestor to todays rum types was used. Another theory is that it was a traveller/explorer who invented a recipe containing mint, lime, cane sugar and the rum of the time. No matter who invented it we are certainly very happy about it.
My personal favorite, perfected through years of testing (1 serving):
All over the world New Year’s Eve is a night of celebration – and champagne! But what champagne, champagne-cocktails and drinks should you serve to your guests? Read on to find the editorial staff’s top 10 list of excellent cocktail recipes where champagne is a vital component in both experience and taste. Continue reading “10 champagne drink recipes for New Year’s Eve”
Almost every time I’m at a restaurant or at a bar/night club, and order a cognac, I have it served in a glass where the expensive drops doesn’t come to their right. The “traditional” cognac bowl (balloon). You know that huge glass that everyone thinks is “the real cognac glass”. And that is a pitty since (to me anyway) cognac tastes a lot better and gets to unfold its complex taste, if it is served in a tulip/onion shaped glass. Continue reading “Choose the right cognac glass for the best taste experience”
Every year on the 31st october it’s halloween, a tradition that is particular popular in the USA. Besides being a hugely popular event among kids, a lot of young people use this day to throw halloween-themed parties all over the world.
The colour palette for halloween often sees extreme amounts of black and orange – seen in pumpkin lanterns in the dark – and hence it’s obvious to serve drinks that matches this colour scheme.
But… what should you serve at such events and parties? Drinks and cocktails are notoriously hard to create in deep black (unless you use 100% liquorice, squid ink or ingredients that probably shouldn’t be consumed), but don’t let this be a showstopper for maintaining the right athmosphere in the bar. Continue reading “10 Halloween drink recipes”