The Featured Ingredient section of my website has been a very important part of christinabatista.com.au and for that reason I have decided to expand it to include a featured cocktail of the month. My aim is to showcase the versatility of the cocktail, especially with respect to entertaining and dispel the myth that it cannot make the transition from cocktail hour to the dining table. There is a way to integrate food and spirit based drinks successfully and with the help of Kangaroo Island Spirits it is my aim to showcase this. I know that cocktail making can be very daunting for many of us, I include myself in this category because although I enjoy drinking cocktails making them seemed very complex. That was until I learnt a few simple tips and tricks which has made making cocktails a whole lot easier.
Where to start when it comes to setting up a home bar…
I suggest to keep it basic, only a few tools are needed in order to create an extensive collection of drinks. First things first I suggest buying a Cocktail shaker. There are two types that are readably used by bartenders. A cocktail shaker is a metal shaker with a tight fitting top, covering a strainer which fits onto the bar tin (or main section of the shaker). Cocktail shakers are available in many stylish designs and are perfect for the home bar, in fact this is what I use at home. The other is a Boston strainer, this shaker serves a dual purpose because it is comprised of a 16 ounce mixing glass and a larger, flat-bottomed bar tin. The glass can be used alone for stirring drinks over ice and the two pieces are used together for shaking ingredients with the tin fitting over the glass. The Boston Shaker is typically used by professional bartenders and requires the use of a strainer.
The next piece of equipment is a Jigger, which is used to measure your spirits. Typically made of two cones, one on either end. The Larger usually measures 30ml while the smaller 15ml.
Last but certainly not least is glassware, this is very important as it can make or break the appearance of your cocktail. Most cocktail recipes will suggest a glass to serve the cocktail in. Don’t let this constrain you, have fun and be creative the main thing to keep in mind is the amount of liquid in which the glass is to contain. There are a few glass types that I do suggest as must haves in your cupboard: Martini Glass, Highball, Old Fashioned and of course a shot glass.
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