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Summer is in full swing and that means it’s time for refreshing and relaxing cocktails. We know you can’t always make it in to try on of our amazing craft cocktails  so here are 10 tips on how to make some of your favorites at home!

  1. Think Fresh – Check out your local farmer’s market for local, fresh and sometimes funky ingredients to inspire you!
  2. Get the Right Tools – Your mojito a little clumpy and lackluster? Are you using a kitchen knife to chop instead of muddle? These little details go a long way when it comes to flavor. Grab an easy cocktail kit to make your muddling and shaking easier! We like this one.
  3. Don’t Be Afraid to Experiment – Great cocktails come from lots of trial and error. If you want to make something new, go for it! Creating greatness takes courage!
  4. Know Your Ingredients – It is important to learn what each ingredient contributes. There are so many different forms of citrus, liqueurs and spirits that all add something unique to your drink.
  5. Stay Organized – A clean bar area is a happy bar area. It’s easy to get messy and lose track of important components, keep your space clear and your mise en place uniform.
  6. Taste everything – When it comes to making tasty drinks, your taste buds are your most important tool! Don’t be afraid to taste at multiple steps and feel free to tweak any recipes to your liking!
  7. Learn to Combine Spirits – If you want to combine different flavor profile spirits, we recommend an ounce and a half of the weakest and an half-ounce of the strongest. Any more of the strongest flavored and your cocktail will only take on that flavor.
  8. Don’t shake everything – Tom Cruise sure made shaking look cool, but some cocktails do best with a light stir on  ice to keep their delicate flavors intact.
  9. Be Methodical – Cocktails are somewhat like a science. It is important to measure out ingredients (via count or jigger) and follow the steps you are given.
  10. Don’t Forget to Garnish – Don’t you find that the best drinks are always the prettiest? We do, but we also know that garnishes add something for your nose to focus on. Don’t forget to add a lemon peel, some bourbon cherries or a sprig of rosemary.

 

 

 

 

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