How to: Common Cocktail Mistakes
2 - Minute Read
Your professionally mixed cocktail always tastes better than the one you’ve cobbled together at home, doesn’t it? This doesn’t have to be the case, so we’re going to let you know the 5 most common mistakes and how to correct them.
Simple science will tell you that the larger the ice cubes, the longer it takes for them to dilute your drink. You don’t want a diluted drink. But you also don’t want a warm cocktail. The solution? Often pouring your cocktail into a chilled glass, one that has been in the freezer will elevate your libation to the next level and provide a hospitable touch that none of your guests are expecting.
2. You are shaking or stirring when you shouldn’t be
It looks cool and it can be fun yes, but shaking isn’t always necessary. You don’t need to shake your cocktail when it only contains liquor and bitters. However, if it contains any mixers, fruit or ice, such as our Stone Fruit Fizz, a good shaking ensures that the ingredients don’t separate in the glass.
We have said this before, and we will say it again, there are different types of glasses for a reason - they are not just for aesthetics. Read what they all should be used for here, and use the different styles to your advantage to impress guests.
4. Don't miss out the bitters
Bitters are not something to miss out, they were even a requirement in the original definition of the cocktail. They are a concentrated infusion of botanicals in an alcoholic base, which add an extra layer of flavour to your drink. Orange bitters are added to our Negroni Sbagliato.
5. Muddle away
Don’t just throw some leaves in the glass for decoration, fruit and herbs need to be muddled to release their purpose – the flavour that they add. Fruit needs a heavier hand than leaves when being muddled. The same goes for a twist, you need to twist it to release the flavour from the peel.