In this article you’ll find the list of national liquors based on the Wikipedia list with some major or minor corrections (thanks to your input).  A liquor is considered as a national liquor when the alcoholic drink is standard and respected in a given country. We specifically aim at liquors, otherwise it would have been the list of national drinks.

It is of no surprise that there are many rums, whiskeys, raki’s and other interesting drinks amongst the national liquors. This list of national drinks is a good start but we need your help!

We don’t know if this list is 100% correct. And more important it is not 100% complete.

Therefore we’ll need your help.

But first, here’s the list:

Country
Liquor
Cocktail
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Albania
Rakia
   
Argentina
Hesperidina
 
Paula Prez
Armenia
Oghi
   
Australia
Rum
   
Austria
Schnapps
   
Barbados
Rum
   
Belarus
Krambambula
   
Belgium
Jenever
   
Belize
Rum
   
Bermuda
Rum
   
Bolivia
Singani
   
Bosnia & Herzegovina
Rakija
   
Brazil
Cachaça
   
Bulgaria
Rakia

Mastika

Mente

Oblak
Dmitry Puzyrev
Cambodia
Sombai
   
Canada
Canadian rye whisky
   
Chile
Pisco
   
China
Moutai Sorghum
   
Colombia
Aguardiente
   
Costa Rica
Guaro
   
Croatia
Rakija
   
Cuba
Rum
   
Czech Republic
Becherovka Slivovice
Beton
Anushka Love
Denmark
Akvavit
   
Dominican Republic
Rum
   
Ecuador
Aguardiente
   
El Salvador
Tick tack
   
England
Gin
   
Estonia
Vana Tallinn
Royal Tallinn
Jevgeni Kadilin
Ethiopa
Tej
   
Finland
Vodka

Koskenkorva Viina

   
France
Cognac

Champagne

Pastis

   
French West Indies
Rum
   
Georgia
Chacha
Tbilisi Fix
Beso Tatikishvili
Germany
Schnapps

Korn

   
Ghana
Akpeteshie
   
Greece
Ouzo
   
Crete
Raki
   
Guatemala
Rum
   
Haïti
Rum
   
Hungary
Palinca

Unicum

   
Iceland
Brennivin
   
India
Rum

Feni

Toddy

   
Indonesia
Arrack
   
Iran
Aragh
   
Iraq
Arak
   
Ireland
Whisky
   
Israel
Arak
   
Italy
Grappa
   
Jamaica
Rum
   
Japan
Sochu

Sake

   
Jordan
Arak
   
Kenya
Dawa
   
Latvia
Balsam
   
Lebanon
Arak
   
Lithuania
Midus
 
Maz Jocas
Macedonia
Rakija
   
Malaysia
Tuak
   
Mexico
Tequila
   
Montenegro
Rakija
   
Nepal
Raksi
   
Netherlands
Jenever
   
Nicaragua
Rum
   
Northern-Ireland
Whisky
   
Norway
Akevitt
   
Panama
Seco Herrerano
   
Peru
Pisco
   
Philippines
Lambanog
   
Poland
Vodka
   
Portugal
Port

Medronho

 
Miguel Romão
Puerto Rico
Rum
   
Romania
Tuicã

Palinca

   
Russia
Vodka
   
Scotland
Whisky
   
Serbia
Rakija
   
Slovakia
Slivovica
   
South Africa
Amarula
   
South Korea
Soju
   
Spain
Sherry

Pacharan

Orujo

   
Sri Lanka
Arrack
   
Suriname
Rum
 
Recipe Queen
Sweden
Brännvin

Akvavit

   
Switzerland
Absinthe
   
Syria
Arak
   
Taiwan
Kaoliang
   
Tanzania
Konyagi
   
Thailand
Whisky

Rum

   
Trinidad & Tobago
Rum
   
Tunesia
Boukha
   
Turkey
Raki
   
Uganda
Waragi
   
Ukraine
Horilka
   
United States
Whiskey

Bourbon

Manhattan
Martin Duffy
Wales
Whisky
   
Venezuela
Rum
   
Vietnam
Rượu nếp
   

Let us know if your country is not on the list or if something is not right.

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In our section “Meet the cocktail expert” we present  some people in the cocktail industry you should meet… We kindly asked them to present themselves and to share their favorite cocktail with us. Cheers!!

Today we present you Alexander Kovaliuk

Bio

Alexander is living in Kiev, Ukraine. He is working for eight years as a bartender.
He is the bar manager of Narikela HUB and HYPE Bar. He is also to founder of the School Bartenders – FLAIR STYLE. He has been rewarded as the Ukarainian champion in flair bartending and as multiple winner in mixology.

Favorite cocktail

He’s favorite cocktail is the Scottish Hope.

The history of this cocktail and the name are closely linked with the Scottish values and traditions of the Dewar family. Their life story, their perseverance and their confidence in their work inspired Alexander to create this cocktail.

Ingredients

Instructions

The Scottish Hope cocktail is stirred and served in a nice wine glass. Use some cotton to garnish your Scottish Hope.

Contact info

The origin of gin.

Although the English claim to have invented gin, it’s origin actually lays with the Dutch who started producing it in the 16th century for its “medicinal power”. The name is also derived from the Dutch word jenever which means “juniper”. The juniper berry is the prime component of gin giving its characteristic odor.

Gin in cocktails.

Next to the juniper berries gin contains other ingredients which can vary per distillery. But ingredients most commonly used are angelica, licorice, iris root, citrus peel, caraway en coriander seeds. Gin has a strong aroma but despite that it suits well as an ingredient in cocktails. This is due to the fact that it’s colorless and has an aroma of herbs and spices which mixes well with liqueurs, juices and other distillations.

Types of gins.

From a legal point of view there are 4 gin categories. Juniper-flavored spirit drinks which are produced by pot distilling a fermented grain mixture and re-distilling it with herbs and spices. Compound Gin is a juniper-flavored spirit made by simply adding juniper and/or other natural flavoring substances to a neutral gin. Distilled gin is produced exclusively by re-distilling ethanol of agricultural origin with an initial strength of 96% ABV in stills with primarily juniper berries and other optional natural botanicals. London gin  is made exclusively from ethanol of agricultural origin and with a maximum of 5 grams methanol per hectolitre which is introduced through the re-distillation in traditional stills of ethanol together with the juniper berries and all other natural plant components used.

Types of English gin.

In Europe the minimum required alcoholic strength is 37,5%. English gins are around 45%. The main types of English gin are London Dry gin  and Plymouth gin. London dry gin  is the most famous of the two and doesn’t necessarily needs to be produced in London as its name would suggest. They have an intense flavor and Gordon’s and Beefeater are the best-known brands. 

Plymouth gin is distilled at the Blackfriars distillery at the coast of Plymouth. It’s a full-bodied gin with more subtle aromas and it’s dryer then the London dry gin . A small quantity of the gin ages on wood and is called “golden gin” due to its color.

What are Dutch gins?

Dutch gin or jenever varies from English gin due to the mixture of heavily fermented grains that’s being used. This results into a more beer-like taste. There are two types of jenever: old and young jenever. The young jenever resembles the English gin most.

What are American gins?

What’s the difference between English and American gins? American gin tends to have more floral and fruity aromas. These more fragile flavors can get lost in a cocktail mixed with liqueurs and bitters. That’s why the stronger English gins are preferred in cocktails. The minimum alcoholic strength for American gins is 40%.

How is gin made?

Gin is quite simple to make. A grain distillate is made from rye en barley while wheat is used for jenever or American gin . The gin gets purified by means of repeated distillation. The aromas are added by soaking the berries, dried herbs and spices in the alcohol or by letting the alcohol drip through the ingredients. The result is bottled and ready for consumption.

Gin in some famous cocktails.

Besides gin and tonic there are some other cocktails that you should try like the famous Martini, the Gin Fizz which has an acid taste due to the lemon, the Negroni with its bitter taste, the Gimlet made with Plymouth gin or the Singapore Sling.

Cheers!!

Difference between liqueurs or liquors?

You might have asked yourself one of these questions: what’s the difference between liqueurs and liquors? Are liqueurs and liquors the same? Well, liqueurs are sweet while liquors are not. That’s the easiest way to remember the difference. Now we’ll explain it a little more technical.

What is liquor?

Whiskey, tequila, vodka, rum and gin are (distilled) liquors. A distilled liquor is obtained by the distillation of fermented fruits, plants or grains. Fermentation is the process where yeast transforms carbohydrates (= sugar) into ethanol (= alcohol), carbon dioxide and energy.

Distilled liquors are alcoholic beverages in which the concentration of ethanol has been increased above that of the original fermented mixture by the method of distillation. Distillation means that when a liquid which contains ethanol is heated to a temperature above 78.5°C but below 100°C (the boiling point of water) the vapour coming off that liquid condenses. That condensate will have a higher alcohol concentration.

How is liqueur made?

To come to liqueur, liquor is used as a base spirit. The liquor gets flavored with fruit, plants or grains and sweetened by the addition of sugar. The alcoholic percentage of liqueur can vary from 20% to 60% (40 to 120 proof) and it contains at least 100 grams of sugar per liter. To talk about cream or crème, the liqueur should contain at least 250 grams of sugar per liter.

So liqueurs are sweet because they contain a lot of residual sugar, whilst liquors don’t. There are many types of liqueurs:

Now you know everything about liqueurs and liquors.

Arak versus Raki versus Araki versus Ariki… Some say that Arak was already made in India in 800 BC although that is not clear at all. Arak is not one typical drink but it stands for a collection of distilled drinks. The basic ingredients and the production process depend on the region. In Indonesia the basis for Arak is sugar cane although sometimes also rice is used. In India the juice of palm trees is the basis for making Arak.

Arak arrived in the Middle-East and the Mediterranean area where it is one of the most popular alcoholic drinks. The name is based on the Arab word for juice.

In the Western world, Arak is mostly known under the name Raki. The anis flavored distilled drink from Greece and Turkey. Raki is also known as the unofficial Turkish national drink. It is made from different fruits in different regions, but grapes, figs and plums are the main ones. Some of the colored Raki has a refined taste but most of the Raki is colorless with a strong taste. Raki is also very often drunk in the Balkan countries.

Traditional Arak or Raki serving tips

Arak or Raki is traditionally served pure: serve it on room temperature in a shot glass. But very often it is mixed in approximately 1/3 arak and 2/3 water and served in ice-filled cups. Some people also like the “Arak & Coke“, Arak mixed with coke and ice.

Cocktails based on Arak or Raki

We made a selection of some delicious and easy to make cocktails based on Arak and Raki. The complete list of Raki recipes can be found here.

All our Arak or Raki recipes can be found here.

Enjoy!!

What do you know about your favorite cocktail? Some cocktails have quite a long history although it is often not easy to be sure if all the stories are true. Therefore we selected some stories behind your favorite cocktails. Urban legends or true stories?

Unknown ObjectWe don’t know to be honest. But at least you know what to tell next time you order your favorite cocktail.

Screwdriver

Vodka and orange juice. Can it be easier than that? One of the stories says that the screwdriver was born when workers started mixing vodka and orange juice with their… screwdriver. Yes!

Other stories tell us that the screwdriver was a codeword to mislead federal agents during the prohibition. Also linked with the prohibition are the stories of unregulated production of alcohol. This lead to loads of low quality booze. Bartenders then started to mix fruit juices with the alcohol to mask the pour quality booze. This could have given birth to quite some mixed drinks.

Another story tells us that the screwdriver was born when Smirnoff was building up their brand notoriety in the USA.

Harvey Wallbanger

The Harvey Wallbanger is in fact a combination of orange juice, vodka and galliano. It looks like it is invented in the 1950’s by Donato Antone. He has been a world champion mixology… So far for the facts and figures.

Another funny urban legend states that the Harvey Wallbanger gets its name from a surfer guy called Harvey. He came daily to the bar the have some screwdrivers to which he added some galliano. From time to time he then stumbled around smashing into the wall. People therefore started calling his favorite drink the Harvey Wallbanger. This story is hard to check but I prefer this one to the official one.

Bloody Mary

The Bloody Mary is in my opinion the queen of the cocktails. Some people link the name of the cocktail to Queen Mary I who tried brutally and with a lot of bloodshed to bring back Catholicism to England… A terrible story!

Although hard to trace the truth, a certain Fernand Petiot claims he invented the drink in 1921 when working at the New York Bar in Paris. In that time the Russian revolution brought vodka to Paris. Together with some tomato juice and some spices, the drink got some success and got known in America under the name Red Snapper. Why it then changes to Bloody Mary is unclear to me but maybe it really had something to do with the referral to the bloody Queen Mary I. Who knows… anyway for those who don’t known yet, the Bloody Mary contains: vodka, tomato juice, lemon juice, salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper and Worcestershire sauce. I also tried versions mixed with a raw egg and I must admit I like them!!

Gin and Tonic

The origin of this cocktail goes back to the British soldiers who were fighting in the Indies.

There they were confronted with another problem, called malaria. Tonic water was used against malaria because it contains quinine.

The soldiers then added their gin to the tonic because the tonic alone was quite awful. After the war, the cocktail remained and nowadays we are witnessing a revival thanks to the gin hype.

Manhattan

Sometimes the Manhattan is told to be invented by Winston Churchill’s mother. Jennie Churchill who was living in New-York at that time organized a party at the Manhattan Club celebrate Samuel J. Tilden’s.

This party would then have resulted in the Manhattan cocktail but this story is not true at all. It’s just a nice story for at the bar

This combination of whiskey, vermouth, bitters dates probably back to the New York bar scene of the 1860s but not much more is really known about its origin.  Sometimes it is referred to as the Martini with whiskey…

Irish Coffee

Some time ago in Ireland a flight was delayed. A bartender then had the original idea to add Irish whiskey in the coffee which would warm them up.

The passengers loved it and spread to word. The Irish coffee was born… no mention of added sugar or cream at that time. These came later and added a special touch to the drink.

Mojito

The Mojito is a combination of rum, mint leaves, sugar and soda water. I heard that the original recipe was without soda water and I must admit I like it better without the soda. Just add a little sugar water instead of the soda.

The history of the cocktail is quite blurry but it is a fact that it finds its origin in Cuba.

The Mojito also seems to have been popular within the sailor community because it was a good preventative against scurvy. Another story says that Cuban farmers did not like their rum at that time which was quite bitter Therefore they added lime, mint and sugarcane juice.

So true or not? We don’t know and we don’t care. But at least some new stories to could help you to impress the waitress next time you order your beloved cocktail. And if she’s not impressed… well then you still have our cocktail to…

Enjoy!

 Pokémons were very popular in the late 90s and the early 2000s and are now making a huge comeback in 2016 with the Pokémon Go app.

That’s why we’ve made a list of our 7 favorite Pokemons as a cocktail drink. Check them out and also try to prepare these cocktails with pokemon names:

1 Pikachu as a cocktail

Pikachu is Ash Ketchum’s trusted friend and pokémon. Pikachu has a yellow fur and red dots on his cheeks just like this pokemon cocktail has a yellow red mixture. This Pikachu pokemon cocktail has been made with vodka, peach liqueur and orange juice. To finish it we used a maraschino cherry. You can also add a straw and break/bend it like the lightning tail of Pikachu to give it some extra swag.

2 Charizard as a cocktail

Charizard is certainly one of the coolest Pokémons out there. Charizard is a Fire and Flying type of Pokémon and not a Dragon type. When a Charizard becomes angry, the flame which they have at the tip of their tail flares up. In the Charizard Pokemon cocktail we use a lime wedge to represent the tail and the Sambuca is perfect to create fire effect. Add some Triple sec and some dashes of cinnamon and you have your perfect Charizard mixed drink. Check out the full Charizard cocktail recipe.

3 Vaporeon as a cocktail

 Vaporeon is a water type of Pokémon and is one of Eevee’s final forms. It has a long tail which is often mistaken for a mermaid’s. In our Vaporeon Pokemon cocktail this tail is represented by a lemon slice. The Blue Curaçao gives this Vaporeon mixed drink its blue color.

4 Dragonite as a cocktail

 The Dragonite Pokémon is of course a dragon type. So obviously we used dragon fruit or pitaya to make the Dragonite cocktail. The Dragonite’s character and appearance can be described as gentle. So for this Dragonite mixed drink recipe we also used rose water and champagne. Click here for the full recipe.

5 Gengar as a cocktail

 Gengar is a ghost / poison type of Pokémon with a dark purple color, spikes on his back and a sinister grin. To obtain his color in the Gengar Pokemon cocktail we used blackberries. We garnished the Gengar drink with some mint leaves to represent his spikes and the vodka which we added will also give you a little, sinister grin.

6  Clefairy as a cocktail

 A Clefairy Pokémon is a fairy type of pokemon. And as many fairies they come in pink. What better way to give our Clefairy Pokemon cocktail a pink color than a dash of grenadine. The Clefairy is cute and charming so we made it in a nice cocktail glass and didn’t use too much alcohol.

7 Mewtwo as a cocktail

 A Mewtwo is a psychic type of Pokémon with a grey body and a purple belly and tail. For this Memtwo Pokemon cocktail we used some vodka and sugar syrup to obtain the grey color. We added a purple edible flower to represent its belly and a purple straw.

Cheers!!

The most dangerous drinks!

With the student season back on track it’s time to zoom into the most dangerous drinks around.

Throwing a party? In for a drinking game? Or just want to get hammered asap?

Here are some drink that will do the job…

Dead deer

My all-time favorite killer shot! Whiskey meets jägermeister.

The nice thing about the dead dear shooter is that is gets immediately into your head.

Two means fun, four means danger and six or more… well just discover it yourself. I don’t remember… A really dangerous drink!

Dead bird

More of this but a little different… Replace the whiskey with wild turkey

The effects are comparable with the effects of the dead deer shot. Perfect for bourbon lovers. But take care, it remains a dangerous drink.

I suppose some people also will call it the the dead turkey.

Dead from within

This nasty bugger is a combination of vodka, white rum and dark rum.

It doesn’t sound that dangerous but i dare you to smash a couple of them…

The guaranteed hangover comes along with it for free.

Dead Nazi

I don’t know and I don’t want to know where the name comes from.

But the fact is that this terrible drink is a mixture of jägermeister and rumple minze.

The mixture of the jägermeister with the pepper schnapps will do the job. A really dangerous drink.

Three wise men

Something for whiskey lovers: Jim beam, jack daniels and johnnie walker…

The name of this dangerous drink is derived from the recipe.

It blends three types of whiskey together: scotch whiskey, tennessee whiskey ad kentucky bourbon. Brain damage guaranteed!

Urine sample

Want to impress your friends with something nasty? Well put tequila and bacardi 151 together and you’ll have what is called a urine sample.

Need I say more? Warm it a little bit up if you dare. This shot leads to unbearable headaches, bad memories and hangovers as never before.

And of course there are the famous flaming shot recipes: the Burning Smurf, the B52,

Let the games begin!

Orange juice in cocktails.

There are some famous cocktails based on orange juice like the screwdriver, the harvey wallbanger or the orange creamsicle. Orange juice is without a doubt the most used juice in cocktails. There are 4 major orange juice types that can be determined. But which orange juice should you use for your cocktails?

The first one is concentrated orange juice. It’s made by dissolving dried fruit powder in water. It’s low in quality and taste and should be avoided. So using concentrated orange juice in cocktails isn’t a good idea.

If you do decide to use pre-made orange juice then use brands which mention on the package that it contains fresh orange juice without pulp. These will approach the real deal better than the concentrated orange juices. An orange juice package should always mention if it holds concentrated or freshly squeezed juice.

Buying freshly pressed orange juice with fruit pieces out of a carton has some disadvantages. The pieces could disturb the balance of the cocktail because they interfere with other ingredients.

The final option is squeezing oranges yourself. The juice will be thinner than that from a box. That’s an advantage, because the juice will blend easier with the other ingredients. Do try to filter the juice so no fruit fresh ends up in the cocktail.

So we can easily conclude, that the more effort that’s been put in making the juice the better it’s suited for cocktails. So go that extra mile and make your own orange juice.

Have you ever wondered how to make the perfect cocktail? You did everything by the book but still your cocktail is missing that extra touch? Maybe you did not respect some of the simple but really important rules when making your favorite cocktail.

People often tend to forget them, that’s a fact! Most of these rules aren’t complicated at all, so a little reminder won’t harm at all.

There are loads of simple tips and tricks for the perfect cocktail that we are happy to share with you. Will start with seven tips in a series of many…

Use fresh ingredients

Use fresh instead of canned or bottled ingredients. Often bottled mixers will contain additives. Especially when using fruits or fruit juices it is best to use them fresh.

Drinks with only spirits have to be stirred

Cocktails with only spirits have to be stirred. This will lead to a crystal clear and rich looking drink.

The most famous example is the Martini (yes, 007 got it wrong). But this also counts for the Negroni, the Manhattan and many others.

Of course shaking your drink in that typical way makes you feel like a real professional bartender. I suppose that is way it is often so hard to respect this rule.

If you have ingredients to muddle: do it lightly

A lot of cocktails are made of muddled mint, lemons or limes. If so, most of the times it is best to muddle lightly.

This avoids you to release some bitter chemicals into the drink. The trick is to remain gentle, especially with the Moijto.

Oranges are best freshly squeezed

Oranges should be used fresh in a cocktail. Once the orange is squeezed, it will start to go bitter.

The longer you wait the more bitter they will get. Again a simple trick, just try it once with your Harvey Wallbanger.

Blended drinks need some extra sugar

Blended drinks are made with a lot of ice. This dillutes the flavor and makes the cocktail a little watery.

Therefore some extra suger should be added to flavor up your perfect cocktail. Sometimes i use some sugar syrup instead of sugar like in the Frozen Strawberry Daiquiri.

Match the glass and the drink temperature

When you make a cold cocktail, chilling the glass before will keep the drink colder for a longer time.

Fill the glass therefore with crushed ice or cold water and dump it before you put your cocktail in. Also for warm drinks, you best first warm before filling it. Important if you want your cocktail to be really perfect.

Invest in Cocktail Glasses

The final presentation counts for a large part of the cocktail. Need I say more. Learn more about cocktail glasses in our blog article.

So don’t forget these rules when you want to create the perfect cocktail.

To be continued!!

Do you feel like you so close to making the perfect cocktail? You got the feeling that the ingredients are right but something little is still missing? In our previous blog article ‘How to make the perfect cocktail’ we shared some basis but very important rules.

Now you are ready for the next phase. In this blog article you’ll find some new rules that should bring you very close to the perfect cocktail.

You best use big ice cubes

When the cocktail comes with ice cubes then try to use big ones.

They tend to melt much slower than smaller ones. This will make your cocktail less watery which keeps the perfect taste much longer. In another blog article we explain how you can make these ice cubes yourself.

Don’t mix up lemon and lime juice

Lemon and lime juice aren’t interchangeable. They are both comparable when it comes to acid strength. They differ in the concentration of acid which gives another sourness effect.

Don’t try to replace lemon juice with lime juice (or vice versa). It will ruin your perfect cocktail.

Lime or lemon taste better when aged (a little)

Lemon and lime juices taste better when they age a little. They are best when they are left for about 4 hours. You best keep them chilled and bottled then.

You better think a little ahead when you want to make the perfect cocktail. It’s a question of planning …

Everything has to be measured

This is a basic but really important rule. Many people don’t measure because it does not look cool or because it takes some time. The perfect cocktail is always balanced. So never forget to measure…

Some experienced bartenders never seem to measure their ingredients. Don’t be blinded by this, they of course have the experience to know the time needed to pour in a certain measure.

Don’t forget the garnishes

For some cocktails garnishes are really important. Without them the cocktail is missing an important essential part.

It often does not ruin the final drink completely but it will be hard to get your cocktail perfect. It’s not only about the presentation but the lemon, lime, orange or whatever garnish brings often that extra flavor and balance.

Again 5 simple rules when you strive for the perfect cocktail. In the end they all are so logic and easy. Just take your time, don’t rush, follow the rules and know your crowd…

A quick guide to the most important cocktail techniques.

The perfect cocktail needs the perfect ingredients but also the right cocktail techniques. The different cocktail techniques sometimes seem a little difficult to understand but no worries…

After going through this cocktail techniques survival guide you’ll easily master them all.

Shaking

Shaking is definitely the most used and best known cocktail technique. It is used to mix cocktails fast and rigorously.  It is also a technique was quickly cools down the drink before serving. But watch out, not all cocktail can be shaken.

The shaking process consists of different steps. First fill a shaker until half with ice cubes or crushed ice. Add the ingredients to be shaken. Shake until some frost forms on the outside of your shaker. Use both hands to shake. You best put one hand on each side. After the shaking strain your drink into a glass.

Blending

Many cocktail and drinks are blended with ice. They are blended with ice until they reach a smooth consistency.  Often the identical recipe is used as the original cocktail but a scoop of ice is added before blending it in a blender. Just take care not to add too much ice. It will dilute the cocktail. The blending technique is used for making frozen cocktails or smoothies. The frozen daiquiri or the frozen margarita are well known signature cocktails of the blending technique.

Building

Building is probably the easiest technique. Basically it means nothing more than putting the ingredients together in the right order.  You just need the right ingredients. You then put them together in the right order. Just make sure the measurements are correct.

Double straining

This technique is used to avoid little parts of fruit to slip into your cocktail. For instance when pureed fruit is used. It can also be used to prevent small parts of ice to get into your cocktail. Your strain your cocktail normally but strain it through another fine strainer.

You can also use a shaker with built-in strainer together with a Hawthorne strainer.

Muddling

Through muddling we try to get the out the flavors of fruits or herbs. This is done by using a unsharpened tool like the muddler. For some cocktails it is important to muddle well, especially when you muddle fruits. Otherwise the juice and flavors will not come out. On the other hand it is sometimes more than enough to muddle gently. An example of this is the mojito cocktail. You just muddle the mint leaves gently otherwise they break up and give a sort of bitter taste to you drink

Stirring

Stirring is the technique to use for cocktails which need to be mixed and cooled but without losing their clarity. Often the cocktail will be stirred in a mixing glass with some ice and afterwards strained into the cocktail glass.

The bar spoon is the best tool for stirring your cocktail. Depending on the recipe you should be stirring hard or gently. This technique ensures that there will be no air bubbles or little ice fragments in your drink.

Layering

Layering is the art of putting spirits on top of each other creating different layers in one drink. It is of course important to float the lightest ingredients on top of the cocktail. There are different ways to create the layers. One way is by using a spoon and putting it on top of the first layer with its round side up. Then pour the next spirit very gently over the spoon creating a new layer. Another way is by putting the bar spoon in the center of the glass. Make sure the rounded part is down and facing you. Make the spoon rest against the side of the glass when you pour the next layer into you cocktail.

These are the most important cocktail techniques. You’ll see it is not so hard to master them. And don’t forget, it is at least even important to respect the right measures and order of the different ingredients.

Cheers!!

Pimp your cocktail with a nice ice ball!

In this blog post we will help you to transform even the most standard cocktails into a hip artwork. We’ll explain you how to make these fancy ice balls  yourself.

Ice balls are not only cool, they also melt slower than ice cubes. They keep your drink colder for a longer time but more important they will dilute much slower the taste of your cocktail?

And last but not least, these ice balls are really easy to make yourself.

How to make these ice balls?

All you need are the following tools:

Fill the balloon with water and close it. Don’t get carried away, make sure the ice ball will fit in the glass.

Fix the water balloon on a stick and hang it in the freezer in such a way that it won’t lose its form.

When you need an ice ball, take the frozen water balloon out of the freeze and cut it open.

Peal of the rest of the water balloon and your ice ball is ready.

Some people add some additives to the water or use other ingredients to give the ice ball another color or taste.

Have fun!

In our section “Meet the cocktail expert” we present  some people in the cocktail industry you should meet… We kindly asked them to present themselves and to share their favorite cocktail with us. Cheers!!

Today we present you Sivakumar Mohanroop.

Bio

Sivakumar Mohanroop is a home bartneder. Welcome to The Cocktail Room, your guide to craft cocktails at home, where Sivakumar Mohanroop,aka Roop, is your host. He is a home bartending/ mixology enthusiast. Join him in his misadventures behind his home bar from trying to recreate awesome cocktails, formulating quirky DIY alternatives to complex mixed drinks, investigating the intriguing lore behind iconic cocktail inventions, deciphering bartending techniques, crafting homemade syrups, shrubs, cordials and everything in between and all this without bringing the house down.

The following recipe is one of his own creations. It is inspired from the Indian movie “Padmavat” and the Indian folklore behind it.

Favorite cocktail

Sivakumar Mohanroop’s favorite cocktail is he Courage of Padmavat cocktail.

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Wanna have a taste of Padmaavati before your see it in theatres, then stay tuned! Yes Padmaavati! A movie shrouded by so many controversies. But this video is not about that. But on the other hand we at cocktail room believe in the freedom of creative expression and feel that all works of creativity should be critiqued and not protested.

Today’s cocktail is a tribute to the legendary queen so little bit of background on the legend. Padmavati was a Sri Lankan princess of magnificent Beauty. Our hero Ratan Sen, a Rajput ruler of Chitoor fort heard about her beauty from a talking parrot and went on an adventurous quest and won her hand in marriage. But dark times were ahead as the Sultan of Delhi, Alauddin Khiliji also heard about her boundless Beauty and launched a siege to Chitoor fort. During this devastating battle, our queen and her companions decided to sacrifice themselves by lighting themselves on fire to save their honor.

Now muddle the peppers to bring a spiciness to the cocktail synonymous with the queen’s courage. Add the tequila that is as feisty as Padmaavati followed by lime juice to balance the drink and finally to represent the sweetness and softness of our queen, the strawberry shrub. Add ice and SHAKE it!
Double strain to your coupe glass. Garnish with a single slice of jalapeño and there you have it the courage of Padmaavati!

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A wise man once told me that a woman who orders a good whiskey or scotch in a bar is one of the sexiest things that can happen. Especially when she drinks it neat…  It may be true, maybe because it just doesn’t seem to happen that often. However, most people don’t associate whiskey or scotch with a women’s drink. Women are thought to drink sweet and fruity  creations.

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Why women don’t like whiskey or scotch… But is this really like that?

Some research shows us that in particular countries up to 30% of the whiskey and scotch drinkers are female. This could be true for one or another country but in general this percentage is estimated to be quite lower, 15% seems like a more realistic estimate.

The fact that women don’t drink whiskey that often, can also be related to a sort of statistical explanation. Not only women don’t drink whiskey or scotch. Most males don’t drink or like whiskey or scotch either, especially neat. We all know that males consume far more alcoholic drinks than women. So if you would do the mathematics it is obvious why  significantly more men than women drink whiskey. On the other hand this reasoning should lead to the same conclusion when it comes to drinking wine. And then this theory doesn’t really seem to be accurate.

Whiskey and scotch are often considered as a niche product. They are not that known for mixing. Everyone of course knows the whiskey and coke but it is still quite unknown to the masses as a drink you can mix into classy and nice cocktails such as the Vieux Carré the Whiskey Fix or the Heather Julep. That is a fact we cannot deny… people have moved from neat spirits towards cocktails. The people have spoken and they want cocktails!

Of course it also has to do a lot with the culture in some countries. In the USA for instance, there was a general belief in the early years that women should not have any liquor or liqueur at all.  Alcohol was considered dangerous. Being able to confront those dangers was a man thing.  This lead to the idea that drinking together became an expression of male bonding, especially with dark, heavy and complexly flavored spirits such as whiskey and scotch.  In some regions there is a rather white spirits culture where people tend to prefer vodka, gin,…

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It could also be the result of a certain social programming combined with the effects of marketing. Men drink beer, women drink wine. Men drink whiskey and stronger spirits, women drink pretty and sweet cocktails. When this is all people see or hear… we can speak of the self-fulfilling prophecy. A well-spread belief strengthened by some whiskey and scotch producer’s marketing campaigns solely focused on the male market. Again based on the larget market potential amongst male creatures.

But change could be coming… We now start to see some changes in that pattern. Could it be the start of a shift?  Some women now order whiskey or scotch as a statement. And maybe they are right to do so. Some men find it terribly sexy. Urban legend or not, this is what male subjects seem to when a woman orders a whiskey or scotch:

Reasons enough for women to start drinking whiskey or scotch… But take care, it’s totally different story when you order cheap whiskey or scotch!

Enjoy!

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